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.