Quick Gifts to make
Making gifts for
people is a lovely way to show you care for them and gives
you the chance to step away from everyday routines for a
may or may not save you money to make gifts, but if you are on a tight budget,
creative thinking can result in beautiful gifts for less expense.
can make these gifts look really special by choosing labels and containers that
are beautiful, interesting or whacky themselves.
following 'recipes' are quite easy and generally create inexpensive gifts.
coffee lovers, this is a real treat. You can vary the flavours to suit your
loved ones, or create a few and give them some variety.
coffee sugar (the large crystals)
flavoured liquor (e.g. Cointreau,
Spread out a single
layer of the sugar on a baking tray or other flat surface.
Sprinkle some liquor across the sugar, but be careful not to
add enough to make the sugar look wet.
Leave the sugar to dry for about 24 hours.
Place the sugar in a nice container
and wrap as a gift!
This is an easy gift to make
in bulk and then divide into gift size portions. It is
useful as a small gift for teachers or as an attachment to a
1 cup rock salt
(easy to find in your supermarket)
4 - 6 drops of an
essential oil (choose an essential oil rather than aromatic oils which are
not as pure)
2 - 4 drops food dye
This is real easy - put
everything into a bowl, mix and put into a container!
You can mix different
oils and make colours stronger or paler by adjusting how many drops you use.
If placing in a
cellophane bag or glass bottle, a sprig of a relevant herb or flower tied on
with some raffia makes it look fantastic.
The earlier you make
this vinegar, the more flavour it will have by the time it
is used. It can be used as a salad dressing, for poaching
eggs, as a marinade and in other foods where savoury
flavours are desired.
vinegar (plain and
wine vinegar works, or even mix them up a little)
fresh herbs from the
garden (or green grocer)
Break the herbs up into
large pieces and put into a bottle. Pour in vinegar to almost fill the bottle.
Add the lid and shake.
Leave the vinegar to
steep, giving it a shake every few days until you're ready to give it as a gift.
Note if you want to give
this gift soon, you can gently heat the vinegar before bottling it as this will
speed up the steeping process - but don't boil it.
Tash Hughes is a Mum of two in Melbourne. She is also a writer and owner
of Word Constructions. Tash is available to write articles and profiles for any
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