With the holidays looming, we’re starting to peruse shops and online stores for those perfect gifts for our loved ones. When you become a mum, however, holidays are no longer about you, your spouse, or your friends. After the arrival of your first child, holidays are spent trying to capture baby’s “firsts” and fulfill family obligations, not leaving much time or money to spend on gifts for those you haven’t given birth to. Many of us already have everything we need, therefore, giving some of your friends and family members the ideal gift can seem virtually impossible. Fortunately, there are many great DIY gift ideas that you can easily create for that person in your life who has everything. Here are a few unique DIY presents for this holiday season.
Homemade Seasonal Spa Gifts
Who doesn’t love a day at the spa. For those of us with with babies and/or toddlers, spa trips provide the best reprieve from our parental duties and gives us the opportunity to be spoiled for a few hours. Spa gift cards are practical and can be purchased at most spas, however, these packages can be quite costly and may be difficult for the recipient to use right away. Crafting your own, individualized spa gift packages is a brilliant way to give a unique, personal present without breaking the bank. Create a basket or gift box filled with spa goodies like tranquil candles, fragrant oils, and relaxing bath salts. Throw in items like robes and slippers and beauty products for the face, hands, and feet. Customize your DIY spa package with a theme that suits your loved one. For instance, for the runner in you
r life, create a basket incorporating items for the feet. such as soothing foot balms and other pedicure tools. No matter what type of spa package you make, a homemade spa gift is both a thoughtful and practical holiday present.
Hampers and baskets stuffed with favoured delicacies make marvelous holiday presents as they are easy to put together and can be quite useful to the recipient. Start by creating a theme based around an activity, hobby, or sport your loved one enjoys. Is your mate a sucker for holidy-inspired films? Choose some treasured holiday classics, a bag of gourmet popcorn, a box of her favourite candy, or, if she’s health conscience, a Fruity Bouquet, and a nice jug of homemade eggnog to fill your holiday movie hamper. If your loved one has a green thumb, a hamper filled with items such as gardening tools, seeds, and a winter plant or flowers from M&S are must haves for a garden-themed holiday hamper. Perhaps you have someone in your life who is a huge foodie. Integrate items such as a hom
emade book of your own prized recipes, rare spices and marinades, a sweet, holiday baked treat, and, just for fun, a food-themed DVD like Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares or Julie and Julia. These may seem like simple gifts, but they are special and meaningful to the recipients because they’re one-of-a-kind presents created just for them.
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