Bourbon Balls Recipe with Woodford Reserve: No Bake DIY Holiday Gifts

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Make this easy gluten free, no bake bourbon balls recipe with Woodford Reserve (or rum if you prefer!) for the ultimate last minute DIY holiday gifts!

Bourbon balls recipe with Woodford Reserve for the ultimate no bake last minute DIY holiday gifts. These easy bourbon balls not only taste delicious, they’re also gluten free. So everyone can enjoy the delectable taste of chocolate and bourbon this holiday season. A delightful no bake dessert for Christmas, these no bake bourbon balls can also be made with rum or customized with your favorite ingredients whether it be coconut or dried raspberries for a flavorful holiday treat!

This no bake bourbon balls recipe with Woodford Reserve allows you to create the ultimate no bake last minute DIY holiday gifts. These easy bourbon balls not only taste delicious, they’re also gluten free. So everyone can enjoy the delectable taste of chocolate and bourbon this holiday season. A delightful no bake dessert for Christmas, these bourbon balls can also be made with rum or customized with your favorite ingredients whether it be coconut or dried raspberries for a flavorful holiday treat!

How to Make No Bake Bourbon Balls

Whether you need a last minute gift to bring to a holiday party or a super last minute gift on Christmas Eve, these homemade bourbon balls are the perfect choice! Not only is this recipe for bourbon balls super easy to make, there’s also no baking required. Basically that means they are pretty fool proof. Even if you’re a slacker in the kitchen like I am. While this recipe for bourbon balls calls for nuts, you can easily omit them from the recipe if you have nut allergies.

Ingredients for Making Gluten Free Bourbon Balls

This easy bourbon balls recipe can be made with either vanilla wafers or ginger snaps. For my first batch of homemade bourbon balls, I used gluten-free Mi-Del’s Ginger Snaps. They crush really easily which makes them worth the extra $1.50 even if you don’t need gluten free bourbon balls. However, one bag will only make you one batch. For my second batch I used regular grocery store brand gingersnaps and had a heck of a time crushing them. I actually took a hammer to the outside of the bag at 9am the first year I made these. However I still ended up with some whole cookies left in the bag and lots of large chunks.

No bake bourbon balls recipe rolled in coconut for the ultimate no bake last minute DIY holiday gifts. These easy bourbon balls not only taste delicious, they’re also gluten free. So everyone can enjoy the delectable taste of chocolate and bourbon this holiday season. A delightful no bake dessert for Christmas, these no bake bourbon balls can also be made with rum or customized with your favorite ingredients whether it be coconut or dried raspberries for a flavorful holiday treat!

I also used baking nuts for my recipe for bourbon balls. They were significantly cheaper than buying whole nuts from the nut aisle, especially as I wasn’t going to use an entire can. Plus it was the only way I could find them unsalted at the time. Finally, I recommend that choose your bourbon wisely. The better the booze, well, the better the ball! I specifically used Woodford Reserve for my recipe.

If you aren’t a huge fan of bourbon, you can simply swap out the bourbon with your favorite rum. These would actually be amazing with a spiced rum or a flavored rum that accents the ingredients that go into the recipe.

Homemade bourbon balls recipe. The ultimate no bake Christmas dessert for last minute DIY holiday gifts. These easy Christmas treats not only taste delicious, they’re also gluten free. So everyone can enjoy the delectable taste of chocolate and bourbon this holiday season. A delightful no bake dessert for Christmas, this easy bourbon balls recipe can also be made with rum or customized with your favorite ingredients whether it be coconut or dried raspberries for a flavorful holiday treat!

Easy Bourbon Balls Recipe with Woodford Reserve

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Cups ginger snap cookies, crushed
1/2 Cup pecan baking chips, optional
1/2 Cup confectioners sugar
1/4 Cup Woodford Reserve (or rum of choice)
2 Tablespoons baking cocoa powder
2 Tablespoons raw local honey
1/2 teaspoon real vanilla extract
Shredded coconut, chopped for dusting

How to make no bake bourbon balls for the ultimate no bake last minute DIY holiday gifts. These easy Christmas treats not only taste delicious, they’re also gluten free. So everyone can enjoy the delectable taste of chocolate and bourbon this holiday season. A delightful no bake dessert for Christmas, this easy bourbon balls recipe can also be made with rum or customized with your favorite ingredients whether it be coconut or dried raspberries for a flavorful holiday treat!

Instructions:

Crush the ginger snap cookies as much as possible then combine in a large bowl with the other ingredients. Mix well with a spatula then place in freezer to chill for about an hour.

Easy bourbon balls recipe with dried raspberries for the ultimate no bake last minute DIY holiday gifts. These easy bourbon balls not only taste delicious, they’re also gluten free. So everyone can enjoy the delectable taste of chocolate and bourbon this holiday season. A delightful no bake dessert for Christmas, these no bake bourbon balls can also be made with rum or customized with your favorite ingredients whether it be coconut or dried raspberries for a flavorful holiday treat!

Once your bourbon balls have chilled, roll into about 3/4″ balls and then roll in shredded coconut to coat thoroughly. (Alternately you can use confectioner’s sugar or even dried raspberries, as pictured, instead.) Keep at it until all dough has been used.

Easy Packaging Idea for Gifting Your Bourbon Balls

For easy DIY holiday gifts, I placed about 8 balls each in a zipper sandwich bags. I then place the balls inside glassine bags for presentation and labeled them with holiday stickers. You can even add a strip of washi tape to each of your gifts with the “eat by” date.

Once made, cover and refrigerate your bourbon balls. They will keep for a week in the refrigerator so don’t make these too far ahead. Otherwise you’ll have to freeze them.

You’ll also want to keep them refrigerated when you’re not binging on them during yet another seasonal rerun of A Christmas Story.

Yield: About 42 bourbon balls

Bourbon Balls Recipe with Woodford Reserve

Bourbon Balls Recipe with Woodford Reserve

Make this easy gluten free, no bake bourbon balls recipe with Woodford Reserve (or rum if you prefer!) for the ultimate last minute DIY holiday gifts!

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Cups ginger snap cookies, crushed
  • 1/2 Cup pecan baking chips, optional
  • 1/2 Cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Woodford Reserve (or rum of choice)
  • 2 Tablespoons baking cocoa powder
  • 2 Tablespoons raw local honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • Shredded coconut, chopped for dusting

Instructions

    Crush the ginger snap cookies as much as possible then combine in a large bowl with the other ingredients. Mix well with a spatula then place in freezer to chill for about an hour.

    Once your bourbon balls have chilled, roll into about 3/4″ balls and then roll in shredded coconut to coat thoroughly. (Alternately you can use confectioner’s sugar or even dried raspberries.) Keep at it until all dough has been used.

    Once made, cover and refrigerate your bourbon balls. They will keep for a week in the refrigerator so don’t make these too far ahead. Otherwise you’ll have to freeze them.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

14

Serving Size:

3 balls

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 200 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 150mg Carbohydrates: 30g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 14g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 2g

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Homemade Winter Gifts for Your Seasonal Holiday Gift List

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Not all handmade gifts are created equal. So it can be hard hunting for homemade gift ideas that you know will truly be appreciated. To take some of the guesswork out your holiday gift list, I’ve put together a gift guide filled with homemade winter gifts.

35 Homemade Winter Gifts for Your Holiday Gift List. Not all handmade gifts are created equal. So it can be hard hunting for homemade gift ideas that you know will truly be appreciated. To take some of the guesswork out your holiday gift list, I've put together a gift guide filled with homemade winter gifts. So whether you're crafting handmade gifts for a winter holiday, or making birthday or hostess gifts this collection of homemade winter gift ideas are perfect for everyone on your list!

So whether you’re crafting handmade gifts for a winter holiday, or making birthday or hostess gifts, this collection of homemade winter gift ideas are perfect for everyone on your list!

Homemade Winter Gifts & Ideas

Homemade winter gifts for everyone on your list. These DIY hot chocolate lotion bars from Eco Living Mama make lovely seasonal stocking stuffers and handmade holiday gift ideas. Not only do they smell amazing, they made with all natural, good-for-your-skin ingredients.

1. Hot Chocolate Lotion Bars

These DIY hot chocolate lotion bars from Eco Living Mama (pictured) make lovely seasonal stocking stuffers and handmade holiday gift ideas. Not only do they smell amazing, they made with all natural, good-for-your-skin ingredients. Make it.

2. Hot Chocolate Milk Bath Salts

Another chocolate inspired homemade gift idea, these hot chocolate milk bath salts from Everything Pretty are the perfect homemade winter gift. Not only do these bath salts soothe seasonally dry skin, they’re the perfect way to relax amidst the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Make it.

3. Sugar Plum Body Butter Bars

These silky, lightweight body butter bars from Humblebee & Me are made with plum oil for its moisturizing properties and rich, seasonal scent. They can be tinted with mica, if desired, and are perfectly sized for stocking stuffers for simple homemade winter gifts for friends and coworkers. Make it.

4. Homemade Mulling Spices

These fragrant, homemade mulling spices from Hello Glow make wonderful homemade winter gifts for wine lovers. (Trust me, I know!)  However, this recipe works beautifully with bourbon as well. Included with the printable recipe are easy instructions for making citrus ginger mulled wine to include with your gift. Make it.

5. Peppermint Orange Body Butter

A recipe from one of my guest posts on The Nourished Life, this peppermint orange body butter recipe helps to nourish and protect dry, winter skin. It’s a super easy homemade holiday gift to make while the fresh citrus mint fragrance is perfect for the season. Make it.

DIY Christmas tree bath bombs. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, these Christmas tree bath bombs from Onion Rings and Things are a winter delight when taking time out for self care. Scent them with essential oils for natural homemade winter gifts for your friends. They're perfect for helping ease the pressures of the holiday season and forcing that much needed time off from the stress of daily life.

6. Christmas Tree Bath Bombs

Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, these Christmas tree bath bombs from Onion Rings and Things (pictured) are a winter delight when taking time out for self care. Scent them with essential oils for natural homemade winter gifts for your friends. They’re perfect for helping ease the pressures of the holiday season and forcing that much needed time off from the stress of daily life. Make it.

(While this bath bomb recipe calls for food coloring, I recommend using a bath bomb colorant or lake dye instead for a colorful bath that won’t stain your tub.)

7. Skin Softening Hand Scrub

Winter is rough on dry skin. However, it can be even more brutal on dry hands. Help your friends, family and even teachers (who are always washing their hands) keep their hands soft and moisturized this winter with this easy skin softening hand scrub recipe from Soap Deli News. Make it.

8. Holiday Gifts in a Jar

Sugar scrubs are so easy to make. Why not make a trio of three mason jar sugar scrubs for your homemade winter gifts? No Compass Necessary shares their natural sugar scrub recipes for peppermint, vanilla spice and frankincense sugar scrubs. Plus there are free printable labels to make gift giving even easier! Make it.

9. Fizzy Bath Salt Recipe with Essential Oils

It’s hard to avoid a cold during the holiday season. So why not give a gift that tackles all of one’s holiday woes – winter sniffles included? This fizzy bath salt recipe from Soap Deli News fizzes like a bath bomb but is SO much easier to craft. While taking a time out to relax in the tub, the combination of Epsom salt and essential oils help to clear nasal passages and ease sore muscles. Make it.

10. Hot Cocoa Bath Bombs

If you’ve mastered the art of bath bombs then this DIY from A Cultivated Nest is a must for your homemade winter gifts. These cute homemade hot chocolate bath fizzies look like something you could eat, complete with “icing” on top so you can wow your friends and coworkers with your mad crafting skills. Make it.

Homemade winter gift ideas for everyone on your list this holiday season. This best homemade holiday gift idea for a DIY dry oil body spray is a Pinterest favorite and makes lovely stocking stuffers or homemade winter gifts for friends and family.

11. Scented Dry Oil Body Spray

This best homemade holiday gift idea for a DIY dry oil body spray from Soap Deli News (pictured) is a long time Pinterest favorite. It makes lovely stocking stuffers or homemade winter gifts for friends and family. Make it.

12. Homemade Massage Candles

Candles are another amazing way to enjoy your favorite scents. However, these homemade massage candles aren’t just great for making the room smell great. They can also be massaged onto skin once the wick is blown out. Then simply massage onto skin to condition dry patches and add a wonderful holiday scent. Make it.

13. Simple Solid Perfumes

Solid perfumes make wonderful homemade winter gifts for friends. This easy DIY perfume trio from Hello Glow using natural essential oils to create three lovely fragrance blends – energizing, calming and joyful. If aromatherapy isn’t quite your thing, swap them out with fragrance oils in your favorite seasonal scents. Make it.

14. Hand Poured Herbal Candles

Candles always make lovely homemade winter gifts for just about anyone. I especially love gifting candles as handmade hostess gifts throughout the year. These DIY hand poured herbal candles from The Herbal Academy are especially perfect for the winter season. Naturally scented with simple essential oil blends and botanicals, these candles are made with toxin free soy wax. Make it.

15. Essential Oil Room Sprays

This trio of essential oil room sprays from A life Adjacent are another wonderful gift for the hostess this winter at holiday gatherings. Crafted using only distilled water, vodka and essential oils, you can make room sprays scented in cola, mulled orange cider, vanilla latte and hot cocoa for natural home scents throughout the season. Make it.

Best homemade winter gifts for dry winter skin. We all suffer from skin that feels dry and tight in the winter. Our hand, especially, tend to suffer from hand washing and other daily activities. Help your friends and loved ones pamper their hands with this homemade winter hand scrub from Lemon Peony!

16. Homemade Winter Hand Scrub

We all suffer from skin that feels dry and tight in the winter. Our hand, especially, tend to suffer from hand washing and other daily activities. Help your friends and loved ones pamper their hands with this homemade winter hand scrub from Lemon Peony (pictured!) Make it.

17. Shimmering Body Butter

This cardamom scented shimmering body butter from Wild for Nature is non-greasy. So moisturizing dry hands this winter won’t leave behind those messy oily fingerprints. It’s warm spiced fragrance is perfect for winter weather, while the addition of bronze mica makes it holiday party perfect! Make it.

18. Eggnog Soy Wax Candle

This delightful candle tutorial from Jojotastic is crafted with soy wax and natural essential oils for a fun spin off the popular holiday drink. Infused with with nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla essential oils, this soy wax candle looks and smells just like eggnog! Make it.

19. Handmade Rosemary Mint Soap

Everyone uses soap, which is part of why it makes such a great handmade gift ideas. These rosemary mint soap bars from The Turquoise Home are made using a natural melt and pour soap base in addition to honey to nourish dry winter skin. Rosemary and peppermint essential oil then add a delightful seasonal scent. Make it.

(Prefer to make cold process soaps for your homemade winter gifts? Try this rosemary mint cold process soap recipe! And don’t forget to check out these pretty gift wrap ideas for your homemade holiday soaps.)

20. Stovetop Potpourri

This beautiful jars of stovetop potpourri from Tidbits will not only make your own home smell like the holidays, they’re also shelf stable. So they’re perfect for homemade winter gifts for neighbors, teachers and coworkers – all the people you’re not quite sure what to give for gifts. Choose from three delightful home fragrance blends with this cost effective homemade gift DIY that also comes with free printable labels. Make it.

Gingerbread is always at the top of my list for homemade winter gifts. There's just something about those warm spices and the fragrant scent that make the season feel comforting and inviting. These gingerbread bath bombs from Beauty Crafter are no exception and are perfect for stocking stuffers and other seasonal winter gifts.

21. Gingerbread Bath Bombs

Gingerbread is always at the top of my list for homemade winter gifts. There’s just something about those warm spices and the fragrant scent that make the season feel comforting and inviting. These gingerbread bath bombs from Beauty Crafter (pictured) are no exception and are perfect for stocking stuffers and other seasonal winter gifts. Make it.

22. Gingerbread Men Soap Bars

There are so many wonderful ways to gift gingerbread for the holidays, I couldn’t stop with just one DIY ideas. These super easy, glittering gingerbread soaps from Soap Deli News are made with just three ingredients and are perfect for last minute homemade winter gifts for friends and family. Make it.

23. Gingerbread Man Soaps

If glitter isn’t your preference, not to worry. These 15-minute DIY gingerbread man soaps from Happiness Is Homemade offer a more traditional take on gingerbread. Simply add a bit of soap paint to your finished gingerbread soaps for the cutest stocking stuffers ever. Make it.

24. Gingerbread Men Snow Globe Soaps

Snow globes are always a favorite during winter. This creative homemade soap tutorial from Soap Deli News shows you step-by-step how to make your own DIY snow globe soaps with little gingerbread men hidden inside. They’re not only super cute, but they’re also a favorite among both kids and adults alike! Make it.

25. Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread cookies always make delightful homemade winter gifts. The warm seasonal spices are definitely my favorite this time of year! This gingerbread cookies recipe from Evermine, however, offer a unique twist on traditional gingerbread cookies. Each gingerbread man cookies is designed to hold a candy cane inside it’s grasp!  Make it.

DIY Christmas gifts for men. Gifts for guys can be hard. However, this DIY for wood infused liquor from Man Made DIY is perfect for homemade winter gifts for him. Simply infuse a piece of grilling wood - along with dried fruits and spices if desired - to create unique holiday alcohol blends that can be enjoyed throughout the winter holiday season.

26. Boozy Wood Infused Bourbon

Gifts for guys can be hard. However, this DIY for wood infused liquor from Man Made DIY (pictured) is perfect for homemade winter gifts for him. Simply infuse a piece of grilling wood – along with dried fruits and spices if desired – to create unique holiday alcohol blends that can be enjoyed throughout the winter holiday season. Make it.

(Not sure about making your own infused alcohol without a little extra guidance? Try one of the DIY liquor infusion kits from Vena’s Fizz House for all your favorite liquors.)

27. Needle Felted Wine Bags

Don’t just gift a bottle of wine this holiday season. Gift it with your own handcrafted needle felted wine bag! Not only are these wine bags WAY easier to make than you might think, they are also reusable and regiftable making them perfect homemade winter gifts for the eco-conscious. Make it.

28. Wood Burned Rolling Pin

This DIY allows you to explore your own creativity even if you’re short on time. The perfect gift for bakers and foodies alike, these easy wood burned rolling pins from Delia Creates can be customized in minutes with just a simple, inexpensive wood burning kitMake it.

29. Marzipan Pinecone Treats

The fact that these marzipan pinecone treats from Country Hill Cottage look just like pinecones delight me to no end. A simple no bake holiday gift, these pinecones are made using marzipan, almond slices, cocoa, and spices for unique homemade winter gifts.  Make it.

30. Gourmet Vanilla Extract

If you have an instant pot then you’re going to love this homemade holiday gift idea. Tidbits teaches you how to make your own gourmet vanilla extracts for your favorite foodies in three gourmet flavors – chocolate vanilla, cinnamon vanilla and coconut vanilla – in your instant pot. Plus there are free printable labels to make your gift look perfect! Make it.

Best homemade winter gifts for Christmas. These simple, natural beeswax candles from Hello Nest only take five minutes to create. Perfect for any minimalist in your life, this gift also makes a lovely addition to anyone's home decor. Even better, you can buy beeswax sheets with Prime shipping for the perfect last minute holiday gift idea.

31. Simple Beeswax Candles

These simple, natural beeswax candles from Hello Nest only take five minutes to create. Perfect for any minimalist in your life, this gift also makes a lovely addition to anyone’s home decor. Even better, you can buy beeswax sheets with Prime shipping for the perfect last minute holiday gift idea. Make it.

32. Cookie Cutter Fudge

This homemade cookie cutter fudge recipe from Crafty Morning is perfect for the baker in your life. Not only are your friends and family gifted with homemade fudge – yum! – but your gift comes wrapped inside a cookie cutter that can be added to their collection. Make it.

33. Peppermint Patties

Peppermint patties are one of my all time favorite candies. These homemade peppermint patties, however, are the most amazing thing ever! Learn how to make your own at The Gunny Sack. Then top your handmade treats with crushed peppermint for delish homemade winter gifts everyone will love. Make it.

34. Peppermint Mocha Salt Scrub

Coffee scrubs are touted for anti-aging skin care benefits. But when you combo a coffee scrub with mocha, you’ve got the perfect homemade holiday gift for the coffee lovers in you life. Learn to make a salt scrub with a caffeine punch at Everything Pretty. Make it.

35. Christmas Tree Body Wash

This fragrant, bubbly Christmas tree body wash recipe from Humblebee & Me makes great homemade winter gifts for those surprise guests. Or slip them inside your family’s stockings for homemade skin care they’ll love bathing in all winter long. Make it.

35 Homemade Winter Gifts for Your Holiday Gift List. Not all handmade gifts are created equal. So it can be hard hunting for homemade gift ideas that you know will truly be appreciated. To take some of the guesswork out your holiday gift list, I've put together a gift guide filled with homemade winter gifts. So whether you're crafting handmade gifts for a winter holiday, or making birthday or hostess gifts this collection of homemade winter gift ideas are perfect for everyone on your list!

More Homemade Winter Gifts & Ideas

Didn’t quite find the perfect homemade winter gifts for your holiday gift list? Take a peek at these DIY Christmas gift ideas. Or shop from my handmade holiday gift guides below.

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Easy Ways to Wrap Gifts (And Holiday Gift Ideas They’ll Love!)

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With the holiday season right around the corner, what better way to make that time less stressful than to plan ahead? Save time by preparing now and working on your holiday gifts in stages. Plus learn easy ways to wrap gifts – even at the last minute – so you look like you had it together all along!

Easy ways to wrap gifts and holiday gift ideas they'll love! With the holiday season right around the corner, what better way to make that time less stressful than to plan ahead? Save time by preparing now and working on your holiday gifts in stages. Plus learn pretty ways to wrap gifts - even at the last minute - so you look like you had it together all along!

I remember as I got older, that my mother always seemed to be pressed for time during the holiday season. First she was rushing to wrap gifts – all on Christmas Eve. She’d close the door to her bedroom and lay her old pattern cutting board across her bed. The rustle of paper and the sound of Fiskars sliding across rolls of wrapping paper would go on half the night.

Then there was the time her Christmas tree didn’t make it until the night before the big day. If you’ve ever tried decorating a tree AND wrapping gifts all in one evening, then you know how insane it is. She was up until 4am on Christmas morning rushing to get everything ready.

In contrast, I used to start shopping for gifts in July and be finished by the first of November. I enjoyed not having to rush. I still like decorating the tree (though I abhor taking it down!) and decorating Christmas cookies with friends.

These days, however, I prefer making homemade gifts for friends and family (unless I’m buying handmade.) I usually get started right about this time of year, especially if I’m making soap. And, believe it or not, gift wrapping is one of my favorite parts of the holiday season. Though I do realize not everyone feels the same way.

To be honest, my family HATES the way I wrap gifts. It’s not because of the flourish. Rather, it has more to do with the tape.

Inevitably, I always run out of Scotch tape halfway through wrapping gifts. There can be no free sides of wrapping paper. Rather every edge of paper must be taped down. So there’s not any chance my gift recipients being able to slip a finger underneath the wrapping paper to tear it open. (This easy gift wrapping hack terrifies me! It only uses ONE piece of tape.)

When I run out of regular tape, I dig through my craft supplies and put that last roll of shipping tape to good use. This is especially helpful for keeping boxes completely sealed along every seam pre-paper as well.

When I finally finish off that roll shipping tape, then I’m sure I can find duct tape somewhere. After all, crafting does have its perks.

My family, however, has finally stopped joking about how I should invest in a tape company. Still, I think it’s just more fun that it takes a full five minutes to unwrap every single gift. It’s all about building suspense.

Easy ways to wrap gifts and holiday gift ideas they'll love! With the holiday season right around the corner, what better way to make that time less stressful than to plan ahead? Save time by preparing now and working on your holiday gifts in stages. Plus learn pretty ways to wrap gifts - even at the last minute - so you look like you had it together all along!

Getting Into The Holiday Spirit

Shopping for gifts and finding creative ways to wrap said gifts isn’t the only stressful part of the holiday season. Before the holidays hit, there’s always extra cleaning that needs to be done in anticipation of guests.

Grove Collaborative recently introduced Mrs. Meyer’s new holiday scents in Peppermint, Iowa Pine, and Orange Clove. Greg wanted to try the orange clove scent this time around, so I bought their holiday dish soap, hand soap and multi-purpose spray. I also got the new red Grove cleaning caddy which makes it easy to transport all my cleaning supplies from room to room. What’s really cool, is if you aren’t already a Grove customer, you can get all the same products (in your scent of choice while supplies last) for free! Plus they’ll even throw in a set of Grove walnut scrubber sponges.

Easy ways to wrap gifts and holiday gift ideas they'll love! With the holiday season right around the corner, what better way to make that time less stressful than to plan ahead? Save time by preparing now and working on your holiday gifts in stages. Plus learn pretty ways to wrap gifts - even at the last minute - so you look like you had it together all along!

How to Make A Simple Gift Basket

If you already have a cleaning caddy, then you can use the free red cleaning caddy as a holiday gift basket for someone special in your life! I filled my cleaning caddy with handmade gifts, then covered it with a decorative tea towel. A little bit of wire ribbon then gave it the perfect decorative touch. I wasn’t even disappointed that I didn’t get use any tape! (Learn how to tie the perfect ribbon gift bow here.)

Easy ways to wrap gifts and holiday gift ideas they'll love! With the holiday season right around the corner, what better way to make that time less stressful than to plan ahead? Save time by preparing now and working on your holiday gifts in stages. Plus learn pretty ways to wrap gifts - even at the last minute - so you look like you had it together all along!

You do have to spend $20 to get your free gift. However, it’s the perfect opportunity to purchase Lovebug Colds Suck Immunity Daily Probiotic to help you stay healthy this holiday season. I also love the Grove Collaborative amber room spray bottle. Simply fill the container with water then add up to 40 drops of your favorite essential oil! (Take advantage of this special offer now before time runs out!)

Not sure what to put inside your gift basket? You can gift a homemade loaf of challah bread, rustic sweet limpa bread or a pound cake with a set of beautiful botanical recipe cards and a jar of homemade preserves. You could also include a container of winter chai spiced cocoa mix or a sweet chile citrus spiced hand poured candle. I also love this orange cardamom spiced sugar scrub!

More Easy Ways to Wrap Gifts

If gift baskets aren’t the direction you want to take for your homemade holiday gifts, then consider one of these other easy ways to wrap gifts for Christmas.

Easy ways to wrap gifts. Mason jars are a simple and eco-friendly way to package your gifts for the holidays. Whether you fill them with a homemade body scrub or handmade hard candies, they are easy to decorate with just a bit of ribbon or a custom canning jar label.

Mason jars are an easy way to wrap gifts.

Mason jars are a simple and eco-friendly way to package your gifts for the holidays. Whether you fill them with a homemade body scrub, herbal bath teacranberry body butter (pictured) or handmade hard candies, they are easy to decorate with just a bit of ribbon or a custom canning jar label.

Easy simple ways to wrap gifts for the holidays. These simple coconut oil peppermint sugar scrubs from SARCraftGifts illustrate how easy it is to decorate your mason jar crafts for seasonal winter gifts.

These peppermint sugar scrubs from SARCraftGifts illustrate how easy it is to decorate your mason jar gifts for holiday gift giving. They’re decorated with a simple strand of bakers twine and a handwritten tag.

Easy ways to wrap gifts this holiday season. Mason jars are a simple and eco-friendly way to package your gifts for the holidays. Whether you fill them with a homemade body scrub or handmade hard candies, they are easy to decorate with just a bit of ribbon or a custom canning jar label.

You can also make your own aloe vera bath melts to package in tall mason jars with a simple coordinating ribbon.

Easy ways to wrap gifts for the holidays. If you want to really make your mason jar gifts shine, you can add a seasonally inspired snow globe to the top of your jar! This holiday mason gift jar from cornchip HANDMADE features a handmade winter diorama on the lid. All you have to do is include your gift inside!

If you want to really make your mason jar gifts shine, you can add a seasonally inspired snow globe to the top of your jar! This holiday mason gift jar from cornchip HANDMADE features a handmade winter diorama on the lid. All you have to do is include your gift inside! (Or learn how to make your own mason jar lid snowglobe.)

Easy ways to wrap gifts for DIY holiday gifts using printable labels and food or mason storage jars. You can easily add printable labels to food jars or wine bottles with this stylish collection of customizable holiday gift labels from Lia Griffith.

Another easy way to create a decorative gift worthy mason jar is with etching! You can learn how to make an easy DIY starry etched mason jar here. Or easily add printable labels to food jars or wine bottles with this stylish collection of customizable holiday gift labels from Lia Griffith.

(For even more DIY mason jar gift ideas, be sure to check out more gift ideas on my holiday gifts Pinterest board.)

Try a decorative gift box for a fun twist on gift wrap.

That’s not all however. You can buy decorative gift boxes that require nothing more than a ribbon or a bow. But did you know you can also print gift boxes if you don’t have time to hit the store? Printable gift boxes are some of my favorite ways to easily wrap those last minute gifts when you’re running behind. Or if someone extra was added to your guest list at the last minute.

Following are some of my favorite ways to wrap gifts using printable gift boxes.  You will need tape for these creative ways to wrap gifts. However, if you’re a die hard tape fan like I am, you’ll at least find it easy to curb your addiction with these gift wrap gems.

Hedgehog printable gift boxes or favor boxes. An easy way to wrap gifts for the holiday season. These super cute printable hedgehog treat boxes from Little Luxuries Loft are great for jewelry and other tiny gifts like stocking stuffers. You can also use them for your holiday advent calendar.

These super cute printable hedgehog treat boxes from Little Luxuries Loft are great for jewelry and other tiny gifts like stocking stuffers. You can also use them for your holiday advent calendar. In addition Little Luxuries Loft also offers printable little Christmas elves as well as winter foxes for a non-holiday winter theme.

DIY Christmas decor and printable holiday gift box in one! A unique way to wrap your DIY Christmas gifts for friends and family. This DIY winter gingerbread sleigh holiday gift box from Wa Womb Printables functions not just as a unique way to wrap gifts, it also makes conversation worthy holiday home decor.

This DIY winter gingerbread sleigh holiday gift box from Wa Womb Printables functions not just as a unique way to wrap gifts, it also makes conversation worthy holiday home decor.

Eco-friendly ways to wrap Christmas gifts for the winter holiday season. These DIY gingerbread gift boxes  from The House That Lars Built are an easy way to wrap larger sized gifts. And they're eco-friendly! All you need are a few upcycled boxes, a hot glue gun and a white paint pen and you're set! Learn how to make your own via the tutorial at The House That Lars Built.

While these DIY gingerbread gift boxes from The House That Lars Built are an easy way to wrap larger sized gifts. And they’re eco-friendly! All you need are a few upcycled boxes, a hot glue gun and a white paint pen and you’re set! Find the tutorial to make your own at The House That Lars Built. Or try this large printable holiday cat gift box on for size. Alternately, you can also paint old cookie tins for another eco-friendly, reusable gift box idea.

Easy ways to wrap gifts for the holidays with handmade gift toppers for your homemade Christmas gifts. Lia Griffith has a video tutorial that shows you not only how to create unique and beautiful gift toppers, it's also filled with easy gift wrapping tips and tricks. I love how easy her videos make it to explore new ways to wrap gifts without feeling intimidated to try something new!

Get creative with bold wrapping paper & easy gift toppers.

Lia Griffith also has tons of really lovely ways to wrap gifts using her printable wrapping paper as well as DIY gift ideas for him and her. There’s an even a video tutorial that shows you not only how to create unique and beautiful gift toppers, it’s also filled with easy gift wrapping tips and tricks. I love how easy her video makes it to explore new ways to wrap gifts without feeling intimidated about trying something new! Also be sure to check her great DIY ideas for unique gift tags and gift card envelopes.

Holiday dachshund wrapping paper from Rose and Willow. A cute way to wrap your handmade Christmas gifts. Plus lots of great ways to wrap gifts for the festive winter holiday season!

I’d love to hear your favorite ways to wrap gifts for the holiday season! So be sure to share your ideas in the comments. You can also share photos of your gift wrapped presents with me on instagram by using the hashtag #soapdelishowoff when you post. For even more great ways to wrap gifts so you look like a pro, be sure to check out my Pretty Packaging Pinterest board as well of my collection of gift wrap favorites on Etsy, which includes this adorable dachshund gift wrap from Rose and Willow.

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Brazilian Triple Butter Soap Recipe for Dry Skin & Eczema

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Create the perfect pairing for seasonal gift giving by combining a bar of homemade soap with a soap dish from Soap Bar Lounge! Keep reading to learn how to craft your own skin conditioning triple butter soap recipe. Plus discover what makes Soap Bar Lounge ceramic soap dishes the best option for your homemade soaps!

The perfect pairing for seasonal gift giving. Create the perfect DIY holiday gifts by combining a bar of handmade soap with a soap dish from Soap Bar Lounge! Learn how to craft your own skin conditioning triple butter soap recipe. Plus discover what makes Soap Bar Lounge ceramic soap dishes the best option for your homemade soaps!

Regardless of the season, if you have dry skin, then you probably avoid using products that irritate your condition. For me, that means using a homemade soap bar in the shower. I also keep homemade soaps by the sink, one in the kitchen and one in the bathroom, where they get used most often. Not only is washing my hands important for sanitary reasons (no one wants to accidentally ingest salmonella) but it can also prevent the spread of cold and flu germs.

Of course, washing your hands on a regular basis can leave them feeling tight and dry – especially as cold weather hits. So I formulated a Brazilian triple butter soap recipe to counteract the drying effects of hand washing. It’s also great as we move into the cold, dry air that’s common throughout fall and winter.

Help your soaps stay dry and last longer with soap dishes from Soap Bar Lounge. Their patented design allows for air flow around the soap as well as a way for your soap to drain - without the water ending up on the counter. So your soaps are able to dry between uses and last longer than they would otherwise. Pair a Soap Bar Lounge soap dish with a bar of homemade soap for a simple gift idea all year round.

To help my homemade soap bars last longer, I’ve started using soap dishes from Soap Bar Lounge. As you may know, when homemade soaps sit in a pool of water, or are unable to dry out between uses, they can become soft and mushy. When this happens, soap starts to disappear a lot faster with each use. The soap dishes from Soap Bar Lounge, however, prevent this from happening.

Their patented soap dish design allows for air flow around your homemade soaps as well as a way for your soap to drain. Even better, because there are no holes in the bottom of these dishes, you don’t have to worry about water draining onto your clean countertop. As a result, your soaps not only last longer, your countertop stays clean!

The perfect pairing for seasonal gift giving. Create the perfect DIY holiday gifts by combining a bar of handmade soap with a soap dish from Soap Bar Lounge! Learn how to craft your own skin conditioning triple butter soap recipe. Plus discover what makes Soap Bar Lounge ceramic soap dishes the best option for your homemade soaps!

I really love that Soap Bar Lounge soap dishes are made right here in the USA using high quality, glazed ceramic. This means they not only look great, but they’re also easy to clean. The modern design and range of colors ensures that your new soap dish not only functions as intended, but it also looks great wherever you decide to use it. The colors are also easy to incorporate into your seasonal or holiday decor.

For seasonal gift giving, simply pair a Soap Bar Lounge soap dish with a bar of homemade soap. This creates a simple, yet beautiful gift idea that’s perfect for housewarming gifts, hostess gifts and holiday gifts. And, to save you money, the soap dishes  from Soap Bar Lounge ship free anywhere within the United States. You can also purchase Soap Bar Lounge products wholesale to create instant gift options this holiday season for your small business or online shop.

Brazilian Triple Butter Homemade Soap Recipe. The perfect pairing for seasonal gift giving. Create the perfect DIY holiday gifts by combining a bar of handmade soap with a soap dish from Soap Bar Lounge! Learn how to craft your own skin conditioning triple butter soap recipe. Plus discover what makes Soap Bar Lounge ceramic soap dishes the best option for your homemade soaps!

My Brazilian triple butter soap recipe yields six bars of homemade soap. This means you’ll have extras to give as seasonal or holiday gifts. I paired my Brazilian triple butter soaps with soap dishes in carousel red and roca beige, then accented them with leather cord and journaling embellishments for a pretty, gift worthy presentation.

Brazilian Triple Butter Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

1.6 oz. Andiroba oil (10%)
1.6 oz. Castor oil (10%)
2.4 oz. Refined coconut oil (15%)
1.6 oz. Cupuaca butter (10%)
5.6 oz. Pomace olive oil (35%)
1.6 oz. Tucuma seed butter (10%)
1.6 oz. Ucuuba butter (10%)

4.8 fl. oz. distilled water
2.1 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

1 oz. fragrance oil, optional

Brazilian Triple Butter Soap Recipe for natural holistic winter skin care. This skin conditioning homemade soap makes a wonderful DIY seasonal holiday gift when paired with a ceramic soap dish from Soap Bar Lounge!

Instructions:

You’ll need to follow the basic cold process soapmaking method to craft these ultra conditioning, Brazilian triple butter soaps. You can find a refresher course on making homemade soap from scratch here. This means ZERO aluminum and heat safe containers and utensils. You’ll also need an immersion blender and a digital scale to weigh out ingredients. Additionally, you should also take safety measures to protect your eyes and skin when working with lye.

To make my Brazilian triple butter soap recipe, begin by measuring out 4.8 fluid oz. of distilled water into a heat safe container or pitcher. Then, use a digital scale to weigh out the lye, called for in the recipe, into a separate container. In a well, ventilated area, slowly pour the lye (granules or flakes) into the water. Then mix until all of the lye has dissolved and set aside.

Brazilian Triple Butter Homemade Soap Recipe. The perfect pairing for seasonal gift giving. Create the perfect DIY holiday gifts by combining a bar of handmade soap with a soap dish from Soap Bar Lounge! Learn how to craft your own skin conditioning triple butter soap recipe. Plus discover what makes Soap Bar Lounge ceramic soap dishes the best option for your homemade soaps!

Now weigh out the soapmaking oils and butters into a large heat safe container or stainless steel pot. (I like to weigh out the solid  and semi-solid butters first, then follow with the liquid carrier oils.)

Brazilian Triple Butter Homemade Soap Recipe. The perfect pairing for seasonal gift giving. Create the perfect DIY holiday gifts by combining a bar of handmade soap with a soap dish from Soap Bar Lounge! Learn how to craft your own skin conditioning triple butter soap recipe. Plus discover what makes Soap Bar Lounge ceramic soap dishes the best option for your homemade soaps!

Heat the soapmaking butters and oils called for in my Brazilian triple butter soap recipe until they have melted. You can do this by heating the ingredients in a non-metal container at 30% power in the microwave or on the stovetop over low heat in a stainless steel container.

Once the butters and oils have melted, set them aside to cool. When your soapmaking fats and lye-water have cooled to around 95°-100°F, you can start making the actual soap.

To do this, slowly pour the lye-water into the liquid oils and butters. Then use an immersion blender to combine the ingredients until you reach a light trace. At this point, you can weigh out and add your choice of fragrance oil, if desired, to the soap batter. As my boyfriend really wanted a more masculine scented soap, I scented my triple butter soap recipe with a sandalwood fragrance oil. Alternately, you can also use essential oils for a natural fragrance at a usage rate of up to .8 oz. by weight.

Mix the soap batter again to incorporate your fragrance into the soap. Then, once your soap reaches a medium trace, pour it into your mold. (I used this 6-cavity rectangle silicone mold.)

Brazilian Triple Butter Soap Recipe for natural holistic winter skin care. This skin conditioning homemade soap makes a wonderful DIY seasonal holiday gift when paired with a ceramic soap dish from Soap Bar Lounge!

Cover your soap with parchment paper or plastic wrap, then set aside overnight. You should be able to unmold your soap bars the next day. Once unmolded, set your soaps aside in a cool, dry location to cure for four to six weeks. (My soaps did a crazy partial gel so some of my ends are lighter than the rest of the bar.)

Brazilian Triple Butter Soap Recipe for natural holistic winter skin care. This skin conditioning homemade soap makes a wonderful DIY seasonal holiday gift when paired with a ceramic soap dish from Soap Bar Lounge!

Now wrap your homemade triple butter soaps as desired for personal use or gifting. You can wrap your soaps in fabric, burlap or paper to make them easy to gift. Then simply tie on cording or a ribbon.

Brazilian Triple Butter Soap Recipe for natural holistic winter skin care. This skin conditioning homemade soap makes a wonderful DIY seasonal holiday gift when paired with a ceramic soap dish from Soap Bar Lounge!

Finally, pair one or two bars of soap with a ceramic soap dish from Soap Bar Lounge as a finishing touch! Buy your favorite colors now! And don’t forget to come back and let me know how much you love your new soap dishes!

Celebrating Holiday Traditions Through Life’s Changes

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Many of us grew up celebrating holiday traditions that were taught to us by our parents and families. You may remember some time honored traditions such as mailing out Christmas cards, decorating with natural elements, baking from scratch and even making homemade gifts. Even as we’ve grown up and left home many of us have continued to carry on those same holiday traditions we learned as children.

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However, some of these holiday traditions may have changed with time. Whether it was due to a death in the family or a move out of state, many traditions tend to adapt to the needs of our new families and life changes. But what makes these changes special as we shape our new traditions from old ones is the meaning and the stories we keep and carry on throughout the coming years.

Celebrating Holiday Traditions Through Change

Growing up and into early adulthood, my friend Bambi always made sugar cookies with her grandmother to celebrate the season. These cookies in turn were given to friends and family as homemade gifts. Using family sugar cookie and buttercream icing recipes that have been passed down through the generations, Bambi’s new tradition is making and then decorating those same cookies with her closest friends now that her grandmother is gone.

This year was the second year I able to participate in decorating cookies with Bambi as part of her new holiday tradition. That I’m able to be a part of something so meaningful to her, in turn makes it more meaningful to me. And while there was no amount of prodding, poking, coaxing, bribing or begging to convince Bambi to dish and share her recipes (sorry!) I certainly can’t imagine not participating as the years move forward.

Along with this Bambi also gave me one of the best presents she could gift me with this year – a new holiday tradition. So whether you’re looking to start new holiday traditions with your own friends or a new family, decorating Christmas cookies and holiday cookie exchanges are a longstanding tradition that I can certainly get behind.

So just how to do you go about planning a cookie decorating party? Keep reading to learn how my friend, Bambi, organizes her cookie decorating parties and for some great links to tips for hosting a holiday cookie exchange as well as a few sugar cookie recipes to get you started. Plus learn more about new holiday traditions other people have started and how to deal with holiday celebration overload.

Celebrating Holiday Traditions Through Life's Changes. Plus how to host a holiday cookie exchange and a collection of homemade Christmas cookie recipes.

Celebrating Holiday Traditions with Cookies

Prior to hosting her guests, Bambi prepares for her holiday cookie decorating event a few days in advance. She spends about two days baking sugar cookies using her grandmother’s recipe. Then in between the time she makes them and then everyone gets together to decorate them, they are stored in plastic storage containers in the refrigerator.

Celebrating Holiday Traditions Through Life's Changes. Plus how to host a holiday cookie exchange and a collection of homemade Christmas cookie recipes.

A few days later everyone shows up with a bottle of wine in hand. Typically Bambi also provides some simple appetizers like hummus, crackers and cheese. However, if we “accidentally” break a cookie, it’s like a bonus prize and gets eaten right then and there. But only after it’s been decorated, of course!

The buttercream icing isn’t made until the arrival of all her guests. New batches of icing are then made as we run out.

Annie, Bambi’s rescue dog, always manages to walk under “mom” while she’s mixing more icing. Thus we have photos of her two years in a row covered in powdered sugar spots. (My own dog, Jasper, attended this year as well.)

Celebrating Holiday Traditions Through Life's Changes. Plus how to host a holiday cookie exchange and a collection of homemade Christmas cookie recipes.

Once the first batch of icing is ready to go, the icing, cookies and candy decorations are laid out on her dining room table within reach of everyone.

Celebrating Holiday Traditions Through Life's Changes. Plus how to host a holiday cookie exchange and a collection of homemade Christmas cookie recipes.

Then we all decorate our cookies on paper plates to keep the colored sugars and candies from making a mad dash for the floor.

Celebrating Holiday Traditions Through Life's Changes. Plus how to host a holiday cookie exchange and a collection of homemade Christmas cookie recipes.

The cookies are then laid out on the table on top of wax paper as each one is completed.

Once all of the cookies are decorated, they are packaged in reusable plastic containers. Bambi then gifts each of her guests a box of cookies and the rest get shipped to her friends and family back home in Wisconsin.

If you’d like to host your own holiday cookie decorating party, The Kitchn has a great article with ten essential tips to know before you begin baking. Additionally, Real Simple also has a great checklist for hosting a holiday cookie exchange that also works for hosting a cookie decorating party. Sugar & Charm as well as Handle the Heat also offer some great tips for hosting a cookie exchange.

Glazed Sugar Cookies Recipe with Buttercream Embroidery via My Name is Yeh Blog! Plus celebrating holiday traditions and how to host a Christmas cookie decorating party!

If you’re looking for Christmas cookie decorating ideas, I am head over heels for these glazed sugar cookies with buttercream “embroidery” from My Name is Yeh. You can find and print the recipe for these cookies here. I also really love the star Christmas cookies recipe from Tell Love and Party.

Printable Christmas Cookie Gift Tags via Cranberry Bush blog! Plus celebrating holiday traditions and how to host a Christmas cookie decorating party!

For gifting your homemade holiday cookies, Cranberry Bush has two super cute printable cookie gift tags. You can find more printable gift tags on my Printables Pinterest board. Or discover great gift wrapping ideas on my Pretty Packaging + Gift Wrap Ideas Pinterest board.

Starting New Holiday Traditions

I know when I went through my divorce from my first husband and my son inevitably ventured into adulthood, celebrating Christmas lost much of its luster for me. So much so that one of the best Christmases I had after getting separated was ice “skating” in my sneakers on the frozen parking lot of Market Square downtown with a friend. It wasn’t until I started making my own holiday traditions, that some of the magic of the holiday season started to come back for me.

If your old holiday traditions are no longer an option for you, then you may want to consider creating new ones. They don’t need to be religious or even fit into any particular winter holiday. They simply need to be something that brings you joy. Having something to that brings you and your loved ones together during what is typically the most depressing season of the year can definitely make cold days seem a bit warmer.

O’Boy! Organic, who moved away from his family in Michigan over twenty years ago, has a great article on the importance of holiday traditions and how they help to build unity and stability. He also shares his top five new holiday traditions. Number four is baking cookies with his kids.

There’s also a great post on HuffPost with ideas for 15 new traditions for families reclaiming the holidays after a divorce. Shared by their readers on their Facebook page, my favorites are creating a guest list for holiday get togethers to try new things, ditching the chaos of the Christmas tree tradition, taking a trip instead of giving gifts and of course, the best one yet, just finally being happy.

Does Celebrating Holiday Traditions Leave You Feeling overwhelmed?

In the midst of celebrating holiday traditions, both old and new, it’s also important to realize there is such a thing as too much tradition. Reluctant Entertainer touches on this in her post “Traditions: When Is It Time to Change?.” Women especially tend to put extra emphasis on holiday traditions which in turn can often lead to a lot of stress and guilt when they are unable to meet expectations. So this article offers some great insight into being able to say “enough is enough.”

Personally I know how it feels to be on this side of things, as I’m sure many of you do as well. And there were a few years that I especially struggled and therefore made the decision to opt out of holiday gatherings completely. And it is okay to do this. After all, your mental and emotional well being matter more than a dinner regardless of the time of year.

So if celebrating holiday traditions feel more like an obligation, it may be time to simply take time for yourself. After all, you’re not really celebrating holiday traditions if you’re spending much of that time trying to avoid a panic attack.

Additionally, if your head space isn’t where it needs to be to even attend holiday functions, much less embark on a new tradition, then you may be able to gain some insight from the article “Family Change: Don’t Cancel the Holidays!

Are you celebrating holiday traditions this year or starting new ones? I’d love to hear how you enjoy the holiday season in the comments below.

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