Homemade Christmas Present Ideas
by Lyn Lomasi; Co-owner of Brand Shamans & Write W.A.V.E. Media
Receiving gift baskets for Christmas often can be a great joy. Homemade Christmas presents are great ways to show appreciation since a lot of love can go into composing them. A good homemade Christmas present idea is one that the recipient will find both useful and meaningful.
Be attentive to the personalities and lifestyles of those you are giving gifts to in order to come up with the ideas that will suit them the best. Amazon is a great source for many of the craft and hobby items required when making these homemade Christmas present ideas.
The Gift Basket
The gift baskets you make can include crafts. First, think about the types of things you have seen in the recipient's home. Also consider what that person likes to do. For example, a car lover who has pictures of cars or car collectibles around the home might appreciate a craft gift basket full of model car kits, model paint, a hobby knife and model glue.
Alternatively, that same person might also enjoy scraps of wood, plastic and other materials that can be used to design his own model vehicle. When considering supplies for homemade Christmas present ideas, everything should be catered to the needs of the recipient. If the gift recipient likes flowers, twist a few floral stems around the basket handles, or you can even incorporate some into the gift itself. There are endless possibilities when it comes to gift baskets as presents for Christmas.
The Food Basket
Christmas-themed foods also make great homemade Christmas present ideas when it comes to filling a gift basket. Foods can include jams, pies, fruits, nuts in the shell, chocolates and peanut brittle. To make them extra special, prepare the foods yourself. If you are unsure how to do this, fear not.
All it takes is a simple Web search to find the perfect holiday recipes. Foods that are great to prepare and use as homemade Christmas present ideas for gift baskets include fruit cake, spice cake, cookies, gingerbread house kits, hot chocolate mix, ribbon candy and Christmas-themed chocolates made from candy melts and molds.
Homemade Christmas Ornaments
There are many homemade Christmas ornaments that can be made from food items. These are great things to put into gift baskets for Christmas. One idea is to take simple dough, roll it out and cut out cookies with cookie cutters. To make the dough, you'll need 4 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt and about 1 1/2 cups of water.
Mix those ingredients together. Flour a flat surface and roll the dough out on it. Use cookie cutters to cut out Christmas shapes. Bake the ornaments until they are slightly browned. Let them cool. For decorating the cookies, any acrylic craft paint can be used. These ornaments make great homemade Christmas present ideas because they
For another homemade ornament idea, read "Kids Christmas Crafts: Recycled Tree Ornaments". Adults can make and enjoy these as well.
Homemade Bath and Beauty Gifts
Most people like to pamper themselves every now and then. A bath and beauty gift basket can be filled with homemade items such as glycerin soap, candles made with a scent personal to the recipient, and custom scented bath salts. You also can blend essential oils together for a personalized combination.
Aromatherapy-at-home.com has instructions for making your own essential oils. If you wish to save time, essential oils can also be purchased and then blended at home to make massage oils, bath oils, salts and more, all targeted to the recipient's needs. Essential oils can be used on the skin, hair and nails as part of a natural beauty regimen to keep them healthy.
If you aren't very crafty but you like the homemade feel you also may want to consider handcrafted jewelry items.
by Lyn Lomasi, Staff Writer
That was one of my little girls shouting from upstairs. I went up to see what all the fuss was about. It was the night before Halloween, and she was stressing over her store-bought princess costume.
Tired of seeing - and wearing - the same old costume ideas every year? So was I, and so was my little girl. She wanted something unique that none of her friends were going to be wearing. She had just found out that a couple, at least, were going to be princesses - and they had bought their costumes at the same place.
She decided she wanted her princess costume to instead be scary, but in a girlie sort of way. We all racked our brains and in the end she decided her costume would be a princess - not just any princess, mind you - an alien princess. Of course, it was my job to now come up with the costume design that would back her idea and be satisfactory enough for her to be seen around town in. We decided on a homemade alien princess Halloween costume for women and little
Homemade Alien Princess Halloween Costume
The first thing you will need to do for this Halloween costume is search your house to see which of these items you already have. You might be surprised at what you find. Also, don't forget that even if you don't have an exact item, you may have something you could use to create the item or to act as a substitute for the item. Most women and girls have at least one frilly dress. In our case, we used an Easter dress that had only been worn by my little girl one time. Any dress with shiny, lace, or frilly fabrics will do the trick. The dress is the first step to creating the perfect homemade alien princess Halloween costume.
The next item you'll need are some green pantyhose or tights. If you can't find any, dye some white ones green with RIT Dye. If you do not have time for that, simply go without the tights. They add effect, but are not necessary. If you are using the tights, use two pair. Cut the legs of the second pair so that you can slide those over the arms.
The next part to the costume involves both the wig as well as the alien mask. Since this is not just any princess, but an alien princess, you'll want the hair to look exotic. Take a dreadlock or braided wig and put that on. Now, on the mask, cut a couple small holes in random areas where the hair would be. If the mask does not have an area that goes over the hair, skip the cutting part. Now, if you cut those holes, once you put the mask on, pull a few braids or dreadlocks through each of those holes. The end result should be pieces of hair randomly sticking out all over the head.
Now slide on some dress shoes and you are almost finished with your homemade costume. The dress shoes should somewhat match the princess dress. You may also wish to add bracelets, necklaces, or other jewelry and accessories.
The finishing touch includes the wand and the tiara. Both items can be bought from the Halloween store, craft store, toy store, dollar store, or even the neighborhood grocery store or Wal-Mart. If you cannot find these items, simply make your own out of construction paper. The design is up to you. For the best results, try to match the princess dress.
There you have it: your very own homemade alien princess Halloween costume for women and little girls. By the way, my little girl won the Halloween costume contest at school for "uniqueness", "creativity", and "best look."
Enjoy! Happy Halloween!
*I originally published this via Yahoo Contributor Network
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