I love the holidays, but I hate feeling like I have to buy gifts for everyone who comes in contact with my child. Don’t get me wrong —- I appreciate (most) of his teachers, but Christmas is for children so I doubt they really need another apple shaped paperweight. I do crochet things for those who I know well enough to know what they like, but a few people are added to the shopping list because I feel like I have to get something. Here are a few suggestions for gifts that are just ambiguous enough to make them wonder, “if it’s the thought that counts, what were you thinking?”
For the person who thinks they deserve a Major Award, but you know better:
I wish that I could post a pattern, but it was really just trial and error. This was crocheted, but I’m sure you can knit or sew one as well.
For the person who thinks they’re #1, but you know they are more like a big #2:
These are more cute than gross and taste great!
For those who think they have been nice, but you know they are on the naughty list:
DIY Charcoal Bath Bombs
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup citric acid
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1/4 cup Epsom salts
- 1 tablespoon activated charcoal
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 teaspoon of black gel food coloring
In a bowl, combine your dry ingredients with a whisk. Pour the vegetable oil, water, and 1/2 teaspoon of the food coloring into a spray bottle and mix well. Here’s the tricky part– spritz your dry ingredients with as little liquid as possible, mixing with the whisk until the mixture comes together. Too much water will make it fizz too soon, leaving you with a useless mess. Pack your mixture tightly into a bath bomb mold or just squish into a lump for a more realistic apprearance. Remove your finished bomb from its mold and allow to dry overnight.
For someone who doesn’t deserve a gross tub, but still deserves coal:
I couldn’t try them, because of the gluten. (Plus, I’m far too nauseated these days) However, N and my darling husband loved them.
For the guy who thinks he’s the messiah, but you just think he stinks:
Three Kings Soap:
Melt and pour soap
Frankincense essential oil
Myrrh essential oil
Gold cosmetic grade glitter
Simply melt down the soap, add fragrance and glitter, then pour into molds. Of course you can make soap the old fashioned way, but I am not coordinated enough to play around with lye.