Homemade Gift Ideas

This post is not entirely about the munchkins for once, although I do have one more tip for the last-minute shoppers out there:

Children’s Place Outlet! There is one at Britannia and Mavis in Mississauga (I’ve been many many many times) and they have fantastic deals on kids clothing. The socks in particular rock, the kids grow out of them before they can wear them out and the quality of the clothes is excellent too. Why pay full-price if you don’t have to?

Now onto the homemade gifts! This scarf I made my mom, but can also be made for the ‘tweens or even younger with a length adjustment, can be made in a matter of hours. It is super-soft and easy to make! The pattern can be found here at Lion Brand Yarn’s website, and it only takes one skein of the Homespun yarn to do it! And even better, Homespun is on sale at Michaels this week!

I also made gifts last year and they went over very well! A fun time was had making soaps that were customized to be lavendar, or orange scented and in a variety of colours. A very easy project, I used a block of glycerin soap purchased at, yes again, Michaels (though Wal-Mart may have it too), and microwaved it until it melted, dyed it with food colouring, added a touch of scent and poured them into a baking tray! Perfect! Another variation to try which I did was to add chamomile to the soap. It looks gorgeous when done. Oatmeal works too! Check the Martha Stewart website for further details and ideas!

And one final tip, for now, baking is always appreciated at this time of year. And it’s affordable! Bake up a batch of your favourite cookies, package in a simple paper bag and affix a bow or ribbon and a gift tag and voila! A lovely little ‘thinking of you’ gift.

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