Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2016

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Giving handmade gifts adds special meaning to your holiday gift exchange experience. But not everyone has the time to make their gifts. Even if you can't make your own gifts, you can give the gift of handmade. This handmade holiday gift guide offers a little something for everyone this holiday season. Not only will your recipient appreciate the extra thought, but you're also helping out the artist and their families as well!

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Giving handmade gifts adds special meaning to your holiday gift exchange experience. But not everyone has the time to make their gifts. Even if you can’t make your own gifts, you can give the gift of handmade.

This handmade holiday gift guide offers a little something for everyone this holiday season. Not only will your recipient appreciate the extra thought, but you’re also helping out an artisan and their families as well! Keep reading to discover handmade gifts for soap lovers, gifts for DIY-ers, gifts for guys, gifts for kids and more!

Handmade Gifts for Soap Lovers

Handmade Soap Gifts for the Holidays Perfect for Soap Lovers

Handmade Gingerbread Soap from Boston CreationsFrosted Birch and Juniper Bath Gift Set from Sweet Clementine Soaps / Christmas Soap Gift Set from Orange Blossom Soap Company / Lump of Coal Soap from Northern Dlights

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide: Handmade Soap Gifts

Handmade Pumpkin Chai Soap from SoapwonderfulSecret Santa Christmas Parcel from Sweet Cecily’s / Gingerbread Body Butter from Nature’s Skin Nutrition / Holiday Soaps and Lip Butters Gift Set from Beth and Olivia’s Market

Handmade Gifts for DIY-ers

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for DIY-ers

Prosecco & Peach DIY Lip Balm Kit from Sweet Cecily’s / DIY Zombie Moss Terrarium Kit from Moss Love Terrariums / Crystals Embroidery Pattern from Sarah K. Benning / DIY Whipped Body Butter Kit from DarNaturals

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for DIY-ers

Organic Kombucha Brewing Kit from The Kombucha Shop / Organic Nut Free Whipped Body Butter Kit from ElixourOriginal Dairy Free Mozerella & Ricotta Cheese Kit from Urban Cheesecraft / DIY Natural Soy Candle Kit from Holistic Studio

Handmade Gifts for Guys

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide: Handmade Gifts for Guys

Brewery in a Box Beer Making Kit from Urban Brew Shop / Rock Candle Oil Lamp from Handmade Rock Art / Handmade Novelty Bacon Soap from Epic Soap Company / Skull Coffee Pour Over Filter Set from Nicole Pangas Ceramics

Handmade Holiday Gifts for Guys

Spiced Chile Hot Chocolate Mix from Whimsy and Spice / Oak Wood iPhone Valet from Paybacks A Beach / Hand Stitched Mens Guitar Wallet from Fullmoonn / DIY Cocktail Bitters Kit from High Desert Botanicals

Handmade Gifts for Kids

Handmade Holiday GIft Guide: Gifts for Kids

Superhero Soap from Love Lee Soaps / Crochet Raccoon Toy from Ami Ami Gocco / Squirrel Coin Purse from KaselottiNatural History Coloring Book from Awreon Illustrations

Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids

Trio Set of Lip Glaze Tins from Feeling Smitten / Personalized Pony Pin Badge from Bonbi Forest / Soapsquatch Big Foot Soap from Leeloo Soap / Ice Cream Parlor Bath Bomb from Boom Shaka Bomb

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide and Etsy Favorites

Want even more handmade holiday gift ideas? Shop from among my other Etsy favoritesGift Ideas for GuysGift Ideas for DIY-ersGift Ideas for Pet OwnersUnique Handmade GiftsGift Ideas for HerHousewarming GiftsGift Ideas for KidsGift Ideas for Little GirlsGift Ideas for SweetheartsGift Ideas for Coffee + Chocolate LoversGift Ideas for Unicorn LoversPumpkin Spice Gift IdeasGift Ideas for Pin Lovers and Gift Ideas for Co-Workers! (Or see them all here.)

You can also find more handmade gift ideas from Etsy’s Editors’ Picks Handmade Holiday Gift Guide here.

Want to make your own handmade holiday gifts? Check out my collection of 50 unique DIY Christmas gifts you can make for friends and family here.

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Truffle Buff Recipe for the Softest Skin Ever

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DIY this homemade truffle buff recipe for an exfoliating in the shower body butter scrub that leaves your skin extraordinarily soft!

Learn how to DIY this homemade truffle buff recipe for an exfoliating in the shower body butter scrub that leaves your skin extraordinarily soft!

This truffle buff recipe was created by Nadia Mansour, the former owner of a successful small business called, Ouish®, for which she created high end and all natural skincare products. Since then, however, Nadia has decided to take a break from the small business world and share her homemade skincare recipes instead on her new Facebook blog, The Nadia Effect. The Nadia Effect includes not only skincare recipes, but also DIY videos for making your own natural skincare products and even dessert recipes for baking up treats like her Hazelnut Mocha Cookies. I absolutely LOVE her page and my hope is that you’ll become a fan of hers  as well.

You’ll find Nadia’s truffle buff recipe below. It is, of course, re-printed with her permission.

DIY this homemade truffle buff recipe for an exfoliating in the shower body butter scrub that leaves your skin extraordinarily soft!

Homemade Truffle Buff Recipe

© Nadia Mansour

Ingredients:

15 oz. kokum butter
15 oz. shea butter
3 oz. rice, ground
3 oz. almonds, ground
3 oz. adzuki beans, ground
.78 oz. (2%) skin safe fragrance, of choice

Instructions:

You’ll need a digital scale to weigh all of your ingredients.

Begin by weighing out the kokum and shea butter. Combine in a double boiler and melt the butters over low heat.

Once the butters have melted, remove from heat and pour into a clean bowl. Set aside.

Next, weigh out the dry ingredients separately.

Using a food processor grind the rice, almonds and adzuki  beans, one at a time, to a medium/fine texture. Don’t over process these ingredients as they will act as your exfoliants.

Weigh out the fragrance oil you’ve chosen to use for this truffle buff recipe. (Need fragrance oil suggestions? One of the best selling fragrance oils Nadia used in her products was the Chicks Dig It Fragrance Oil from Just Scent.)

Now add the ground dry ingredients and fragrance oil to the melted butter mixture. Stir the mixture thoroughly to combine then place in your refrigerator.

Every 5-10 minutes, take the bowl out of the fridge and give it a stir. Then pop the mixture back into the fridge and repeat the process. Be patient.

Keep repeating this process until the mixture starts to look opaque and most of the exfoliants start to suspend in the mixture. Once you get to that stage, work quickly and immediately pour the truffle buff  mixture into the cavities of a silicone mold of your choosing. (I recommend placing the mold on a cutting board before your fill them so they are easier to transport.)

Don’t worry if you waited too long to pour your truffle buff into the molds. If you realize it’s gone past the stage where it starts to turn opaque and the mixture has hardened, simply it into the microwave and melt it slightly. Re-mix and try again.

Once you’ve poured the melted truffle buff mixture into your mold, place the mold into your refrigerator until your bars have hardened.

Once hardened, simply remove your truffle buffs from the mold. Decorate the tops if desired. You can use regular dark chocolate to add an icing drizzle or even dark cocoa butter wafers.

Wrap your truffle buff bars in foodservice film and label as desired for gifting or until use.

Side Notes:

Nadia does not recommend adding colorants to her truffle buff recipe. Her experience has shown that they do not color the mixture well and are likely to leave color on your skin when used.

In addition, as this truffle buff recipe does not contain a preservative, it is essential that you follow proper storage guidelines. When the bar is not in use, keep it out of the shower and away from steam on an elevated plate, such as a soap dish, that will allow air to flow above and below the product. It needs to be kept dry between uses. However, if you’d like to use a preservative, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for the preservative you choose. Even with a preservative, however, it is highly recommend that you still follow the previously mentioned storage guidelines.

How to Use:

Use your truffle buff in the shower with warm-hot water running on your skin by massaging the truffle buff bar over your body in circular motions. The warm-hot water, along with your body temperature, will help to melt the truffle buff bar as you use it. Once completed, gently wash off any residue and pat skin dry with a towel to reveal your softest ever skin.

This Lush inspired massage bar recipe is so easy to make and only requires a few simple ingredients. Inspired by Lush's Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage Bar, this massage bar recipe is made using a base of shea and cocoa butters, massaging organic Adzuki beans and a combination of cinnamon and peppermint essential oils for a warm, tingly sensation that helps to ease and soothe sore muscles.

If you like Nadia’s Truffle Buff Recipe, then you may also like my Lush inspired Massage Bar Recipe inspired by Lush’s Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage Bar. This massage bar is made using a base of shea and cocoa butters, this Lush inspired massage bar recipe also includes massaging organic adzuki beans and a combination of cinnamon leaf and peppermint essential oils for a warm, tingly sensation that helps to ease and soothe sore muscles.

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DIY Gift Ideas with Free Printable Labels

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Discover a fantastic collection of DIY gift ideas that all come with free printable labels for gifting your completed creations!

DIY Gift Ideas with Free Printable Labels

Explore this collection of DIY gift ideas that all come with free printable labels for gifting. Once you’ve made your homemade gifts, simply print out the PDF labels provided within the blog tutorial and adhere to your packaging for a DIY gift that’s sure to be remembered and appreciated.

1. Foaming Celtic Sea Salt Recipe (Pictured top.)

Discover a fantastic collection of DIY gift ideas that all come with free printable labels for gifting your completed creations! Explore this collection of DIY gift ideas that all come with free printable labels for gifting. Once you've made your homemade gifts, simply print out the PDF labels provided within the blog tutorial and adhere to your packaging for a DIY gift that's sure to be remembered and appreciated.

2. Sea Salt Face and Body Scrub Recipe // 3. Cayenne Pain Relief Salve Recipe // 4. Custom Scented Perfume Recipe with You’re Scent-sational Printables // 5. Natural Neem Oil Deodorant Recipe // 6. Natural Spray Deodorant Recipe // 7. Merlot Tinted Lip Balm Recipe

Explore this collection of DIY gift ideas that all come with free printable labels for gifting. Once you've made your homemade gifts, simply print out the PDF labels provided within the blog tutorial and adhere to your packaging for a DIY gift that's sure to be remembered and appreciated.

8. Homemade Mustache Wax Recipe // 9. Homemade Cocktail Bitters Recipes // 10. Cinnamon Sugar Homemade Non-Greasy Body Butter Recipe

Explore this collection of DIY gift ideas that all come with free printable labels for gifting. Once you've made your homemade gifts, simply print out the PDF labels provided within the blog tutorial and adhere to your packaging for a DIY gift that's sure to be remembered and appreciated.

11. Natural Homemade Deodorizing Shoe Powder Recipe // 12. Cranberry Chutney Solid Lotion Bar Recipe // 13. Cracked Heel Repair Balm Recipe // 14. Perfect Pumpkin Salt Scrub Recipe

Discover a fantastic collection of DIY gift ideas that all come with free printable labels for gifting your completed creations!

15. Ferocious & Fantastic Homemade Soap Recipe // 16. Gala Shimmer Stick Recipe // 17. Natural Mountain Man Homemade Detox Soap Recipe

Explore this collection of DIY gift ideas that all come with free printable labels for gifting. Once you've made your homemade gifts, simply print out the PDF labels provided within the blog tutorial and adhere to your packaging for a DIY gift that's sure to be remembered and appreciated.

18. DIY Homemade Holiday Wax Tarts

To view all of my DIY gift ideas with free printable labels, visit Soap Deli News blog here. As new projects are added, they will appear at the top. Or go here for more DIY gift ideas sans the printable labels. You can find bulk labels at great prices at WorldLabel. Have fun and happy crafting!

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How to Make Homemade Cocktail Bitters

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Learn how to make homemade cocktail bitters with bitters recipes for both orange bitters and peach bitters plus free printable labels for your finished bottles!

Learn how to make homemade cocktail bitters with two easy cocktail bitters recipes. Following you’ll find bitters recipes for both orange bitters as well as peach bitters. I’ve also included a PDF of free downloadable cocktail bitters labels that I designed for your final bottles of bitters. Just for fun they say “Orange you bitter!” and “You’re such a (bitter) peach!

Learn how to make homemade cocktail bitters with bitters recipes for both orange bitters and peach bitters plus printable labels for your finished bottles!

These homemade cocktail bitters are perfect not only for your home bar but also for gifting to friends who love cocktails or simply bartending in general. (Or even as a gag gift for your favorite grump!) They’d make a great homemade gift paired with a cocktail recipe book – I’m keen on “Shake: A New Perspective on Cocktails” and “The Craft of the Cocktail” – and a mason jar shaker. Or even a large 2″ square silicone ice cube tray.

Learn how to make homemade cocktail bitters with bitters recipes for both orange bitters and peach bitters plus free printable labels for your finished bottles!

To create your own homemade cocktail bitters you’ll need organic fruits and spices – I purchased my organic spices from Mountain Rose Herbs – and Gentian Root Extract which I bought on Amazon as I couldn’t source this anywhere locally. As you use orange peel and lemon zest in these recipes as well, I chose to buy these organic and used fresh zest and peels. You’ll also need 100 proof vodka to make these homemade cocktail bitters. I specifically used Smirnoff 100 Proof Vodka. One  750 mL of vodka will make about eight 1 oz. amber glass bottles (or four 2 oz. amber glass bottles) of each of the bitters.

Learn how to make homemade cocktail bitters with bitters recipes for both orange bitters and peach bitters plus free printable labels for your finished bottles!

 Orange Homemade Cocktail Bitters Recipe

Ingredients:

375 mL Smirnoff 100 Proof Vodka
4 oz. organic orange peels (from around two fresh oranges)
1/2 teaspoon organic fennel seed
1/4 teaspoon organic coriander seed
2 organic cardamon pods
10 drops Gentian root extract

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a mason jar and tightly screw on the lid. Keep in cabinet (out of light) for two to two and a half weeks, gently shaking once every other day. After two weeks strain the contents using a coffee filter. Use a small funnel to fill about eight 1 oz. amber bottles with glass droppers. Print out my homemade cocktail bitters labels here, if desired, onto a full sheet sticker label, cut out and then affix each jar with the “You’re such a (bitter) peach!” labels. To protect your labels from moisture you can first cover your labels with clear packing tape before cutting them out and adhering them to the bottles.

Learn how to make homemade cocktail bitters with bitters recipes for both orange bitters and peach bitters plus free printable labels for your finished bottles!

Peach Homemade Cocktail Bitters Recipe

Ingredients:

375 mL Smirnoff 100 Proof Vodka
2 peach pits from fresh peaches
zest from 1/4 organic fresh lemon
1 organic sweet (true) cinnamon stick
1/4 teaspoon organic whole allspice
1/4 teaspoon organic coriander seed
2 whole organic whole cloves
10 drops Gentian root extract

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a mason jar and tightly screw on the lid. Keep in cabinet (out of light) for two to two and a half weeks, gently shaking once every other day. After two weeks strain the contents using a coffee filter. Use a small funnel to fill about eight 1 oz. amber bottles with glass droppers. Print out my homemade cocktail bitters labels here, if desired, onto a full sheet sticker label, cut out and then affix each jar with the “Orange you bitter!” labels. To protect your labels from moisture you can first cover your labels with clear packing tape before cutting them out and adhering them to the bottles.

Learn how to make homemade cocktail bitters with bitters recipes for both orange bitters and peach bitters plus printable labels for your finished bottles!

Now that you’ve completed your homemade cocktail bitters it’s time to put them to good use! One of my favorite cocktail recipes is for a French 75 with a local twist. This cocktail recipe calls for orange bitters and is a bit sweeter than the more traditional French 75 cocktail. Gin of course goes in a French 75, however if you prefer bourbon that works as well. It’s simply called a French 95. You can find my favorite French 95/75 cocktail recipe here. (For the French 75 I use New Amsterdam gin which isn’t mentioned within that particular cocktail recipe.)

For more homemade cocktail recipes be sure to follow my Cocktail Hour board on Pinterest. Or keep up with all of my new posts by Tumblr and Blog Lovin’. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, G+ and Instagram.


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DIY Mother’s Day Gifts

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Need last minute DIY Mother's Day gifts? Be sure to check out this amazing collection of DIY Mother's Day gift ideas that she's sure to love!

Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Don’t forget to treat her to something special for Mother’s Day. If you’re still on the hunt for Mother’s Day gift ideas, then be sure to check out my collection of DIY Mother’s Day gifts on my Homemade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas board on Pinterest! You’ll find lots of lovely DIY Mother’s Day gifts you can make including this DIY for an easy bud vase via This Heart of Mine blog. (Re-pin this bud vase DIY here for later!) Plus there are also links to a lot of great printable Mother’s Day cards as well as DIY food and homemade bath and beauty gift ideas.

Need last minute DIY Mother's Day gifts? Be sure to check out this amazing collection of DIY Mother's Day gift ideas that she's sure to love!

Like this printable Mother’s Day Garden Cake Topper via Oh Happy Day! (Re-pin it here.)

Need last minute DIY Mother's Day gifts? Be sure to check out this amazing collection of DIY Mother's Day gift ideas that she's sure to love!

And these DIY Mother’s Day Herbal Bath Salts with printable labels via Julep. (Re-pin this project here.)

And if that’s not enough there’s always my entire DIY Bath and Body Pinterest board to explore! Because what mom doesn’t need a little more me time to pamper herself, right?

So what are you waiting for? Check out my Homemade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas board now for over 200 great DIY Mother’s Day gifts you make and give! Then don’t forget to follow me on Blog Lovin’, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ so you never miss a post.


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