Browsing Category: Gifts

Breakfast in a Box

I always appreciate homemade gifts. This time of year many recent high school grads are venturing off to college away from home. This is a simple yet thoughtful way to let them know they’re missed. This cute little box would also be a great gift idea for so many occasions, just use your imagination!

For full instructions and other ideas visit Style Baggage

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The Sunbathing Companion

It seems like women like to have huge bags with many unnecessary items on hand at all times. When my girlfriends and I head to the beach, this gets to be a bit much, as you want as little as possible for fear of someone snatching your stuff while we are having fun in the water. When I found this precious towel craft, I wanted to go make one right away and hit the hot sand! This extremely simple and even more useful project is a great way to bring your towel and the essentials that are needed for the beach, without the huge tote.

 

For full directions with photos, check out the “recipe” for cuteness at Moda Bake Shop.

 

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DIY BBQ Rub

This will be my husband’s second Father’s Day. It’s such a fun holiday to celebrate. He’s an amazing father and I love doing something special to celebrate him.  Last year we got him a hand crafted leather football which he absolutely adores….so much so that he has it on display and won’t even throw it, lol! This year I thought it would be fun to make something. He’s a fantastic cook and an even better grill master. This DIY BBQ rub seems like a perfect gift!

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Big Batch Barbecue Rub (found on Real Simple)

Makes 1 1/3 cups

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup paprika
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 3 tablespoons ground coffee
  • 4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoons black pepper

Directions

  1. Combine the ingredients and store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 months.
  2. Instructions to include with your gift: Up to 2 hours before cooking, coat 2 pounds of chicken, beef, pork, or seafood with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle with 2 to 4 tablespoons of the rub. Cook as desired.

Repurposed Keys To Hang Your Keys

My oldest son and I were going through an old bag this weekend, because he wanted to use it.  I hadn’t used it in a while, but it still had a bunch of stuff in it.  One of the things we found was a ring of old keys, keys that I had no idea what locks they opened.  I wanted to see what I could make with them, and I found this great DIY on SierraClub.org.  I am always losing my keys, and am really in need of a place to put them when I come in the house.  I have a pretty big key chain, It only has 4 keys on it, but I keep lots of small tools hanging on there as well, so I always have what I need.  This would be a great way to keep my keys in the same place every time, and to make something that looks cool to hang by my door!

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Instructions:

  1. Place a key in the vise and carefully bend the stem into a hook with the pliers. (This is one thing I would do a little differently. I would use a needle nose pliers, and apply a small amount of heat so that I could bend the keys up a little more without breaking them.)  If you don’t have a vise, bend the key by gripping the stem with the pliers and pressing the head against a hard surface. Repeat with the remaining keys. (Note: If you are using very old circular keys, you will need metal working equipment to heat and bend them).
  2. Line up the bent keys on the piece of wood. Measure and mark the points where you want to attach them.
  3. Attach the keys to the wood with nails or wood screws (for a nice touch, use decorative furniture nails).
  4. Attach to the wall using picture wire, or screw the wood directly to the wall.

Coconut Vanilla Body Scrub

If you’re not someone who exfoliates year round, it’s good to at least do so in these warmer months so your exposed skin stays smooth and moisturized.  My favorite way to accomplish this is via homemade body scrubs.  With just a few simple ingredients I don’t have to worry if it contains something  harmful to my body.  And let’s face it homemade scrub is far cheaper!  I loved this one and will be honest, coconut and vanilla is a combination that’s pretty hard to beat in my book!

This recipe was adapted from Natural Vitality Living

Coconut Vanilla Body Scrub

Makes about 1 pint

  • 1 cup coarse sugar
  • t tsp real vanilla
  • 1/3 cup sea salt (I also like to use pink Himalayan salt)
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil

Combine all ingredients until it’s the texture of wet sand and then store it in an airtight container (I like to use canning jars). Store at room temperature.

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DIY Hanging Terrarium

Flowers and plants are great for Mother’s Day but I loved the idea of a DIY Hanging Terrarium.  They add so much beauty to any room you choose to hang them in.  And are great for mom to hang above her desk at work!

For details please visit Home A Sandwich Shoppe

All you need:

  • Hanging Terrariums
  • Succulants

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Vegetable Bouquet

One of my wife’s favorite dishes is vegetables and dip, so I always make sure to have that on hand for the Mother’s Day celebration.  This year I wanted kick the vegetables and dip up a notch to see if I could make it more special.  In my search, I found some good examples on Hostess with the Mostess Blog that even has a nice video on some tips and techniques for making a really nice vegetable bouquet!  However, basically all you have to do is put your vegetables on bamboo skewers, and arrange them in a vase, or a homemade melon vase like this one from watermelon.org.  You can also check out Instructables for a very easy and fast way to make radish roses.

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Sugar Scrub Cubes

I was trying to find a mother’s day present that I could help my boys make that my wife would really like.  We are running out of space for all of the art projects my kids create at home and at school, so I figured helping them make something she could use would be great!  My wife and I made sugar scrub for her sister’s baby shower favors, and she really loved using all of the leftover, which is now gone.  So, when I saw this, I knew she would love it, and my kids would be able to do almost all of the work to get it done!  I found these instructions on TheIdeaRoom.net, and here is what they say about the process:

Here is what you will need:

  1. Almond Oil or Coconut Oil (or oil of your choice)
  2. White Granulated Sugar
  3. Shredded Bar of Soap
  4. An Essential Oil (I used DoTerra’s Citrus Bliss)
  5. Mixing Bowl
  6. Spoon
  7. Microwave and possibly a double boiler
  8. A mold or a scoop

Sugar Scrub Cubes:

1/4 cup Almond Oil

1/2 cup Shredded Soap

3-4 drops of Essential Oil

1 cup Sugar

1.  Pour the oil into a bowl and add the shredded soap of your choice.  Microwave this on high for 10 second intervals stirring in between each.  If this does not work to slowly melt your soap into your oil you may have to melt the soap shaving in a double boiler.  (If you don’t have a double boiler like me, simply place a small bowl over a saucepan filled with boiling water).

2.  When the mixture is melted and and stirred together, add several drops of your Essential Oil.

3.  Get your mold ready to go before adding the sugar.  This is important because once the sugar is added the scrub will harden VERY quickly.

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4.  Pour in sugar and stir quickly.  Take mixture and place it into your molds with your fingers.  Or…if you don’t have a mold you can take a scoop and make rounded sugar “cubes”.

5.  Let cubes harden by popping them into the freezer for at least 30 minutes.  Then pop them out of the mold and cut them into fourths depending on the size you would like them to be.

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