12 (Thousand) Days of Christmas Gifts

Now that Christmas time has come to an end and I have some time to catch my breath, I thought I'd share some of my keepsakes from this holiday season. Not sure what made me think about getting crafty this year, but I decided to hand-make all of my Christmas gifts for family and friends this year. While it seemed like a great idea, it was actually a lot harder than I had intended.

These gifts ranged from personalized wood signs, to candles, to lip balms and scrubs that nearly burned down my house (who knew that coconut oil was so flammable?!). Thought it might be fun to share some of these keepsakes here in one place. There were others, but with the rush of the holiday season, I didn't get pictures of everything before wrapping it - bummer!

Wooden Signs

These wooden signs were on sale at Hobby Lobby and were perfect for the decor of my family's homes. I decided to personalize them with their last names, but their favorite quotes or bible verses would have been great, too.

Peppermint Lip Balm

This was a fun and easy project - minus the coconut oil that almost burned down my house, of course. I found the recipe here, but with only 3 ingredients, this gift was thoughtful and affordable. Target had these cute mini mason jars that were perfect to hold some homemade lip balm.

Lemon Sugar Scrub

Much like the lip balm, the lemon sugar scrub was super affordable with only three ingredients. I found these ADORABLE jars at Hobby Lobby on sale and made my own little tags. Both of my grandmothers love exfoliating scrubs and with the lemon essential oil, this gift was exfoliating and smelled amazing. Here's the blog I used for the recipe.

Coffee Mug Candles

Y'all candles are hard to make. They are super cute but so time consuming. I found these cute coffee mugs at JC Penny for $5 a piece and looked at about 10 different blogs and Pinterest posts on making candles. I got all the supplies at Hobby Lobby but for me to make 7 candles, it took nearly 5 1/2 hours. I found apple pie, peppermint, and spiced pumpkin scents for these gifts. While they look really cute, I'm not sure how they will work when lit - I"ll have to let you know how this one goes once I hear from my family and friends who were gifted these candles.

Miscellaneous Goods

As I said previously, there are lots of gifts I didn't get pictures of - like more signs, some whiteboards, hand drawn designs on coffee mugs, wood burns, etc. But, this pictures shows a chalkboard I made for my mom's kitchen, some wooden coasters, and a calendar for my dad's office - again, lots of easy gifts that are still meaningful while not breaking the bank.

In all, making my gifts this year was so much fun - even though it was a lot of work. It was fun thinking of what my loved ones might like and then making those things come to life. I think handmade gifts are so much more meaningful and after all, that's what the holidays are all about - spending quality time with those loved ones in your life.

Happy Holidays to you and yours! Have a fantastic and peaceful New Year!

-KF

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