I’m a huge fan of DIY holiday gifts since they’re both budget-friendly and add a nice personal touch. The following gifts are a cheap and easy way to make the loved ones in your life feel … well, loved!
1) Vanilla Extract
Cheat: Instead of waiting the requisite time for the vanilla and alcohol to meld, add half a bottle of authentic (i.e. not the artificial crap that’s passed off as vanilla extract) store-bought vanilla to your container, a few vanilla sticks, and top off with vodka or bourbon. The gift will have plenty of homey appeal but is much faster to create!
2) Hot Chocolate in a Jar
With this gift, you can go all out and use high-end ingredients, or dump store-bought powdered hot chocolate and toss a few marshmallows on top. If you really want to play for keeps, consider tying a mini bottle of Bailey’s Irish Cream or another complementary liquor to your jar for Adult Hot Chocolate.
3. Gourmet Cookies (or other Yummies)
Okay, so baking cookies for someone isn’t exactly original. But, if you decide to make high-end, to-die-for, delicious goodies, that’s a whole ‘nother story! Like this.