Thoughtful handmade gifts don't have to be expensive or difficult to make. A little imagination and a few supplies from the supermarket, craft or hardware store make it easy to create a crafty little gift whenever the need arises.
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Gift in a Jar
A canning jar makes a great container for baking and soup mixes and ready-to-use breakfast foods. Measure the dry ingredients for your favourite baking recipe and layer them in the jar. Or, for soup, layer dried beans, dried noodles and enough bullion powder for the amount of water the recipient will need for his soup. A breakfast jar might have layers of granola and dried fruit. Write instructions for making the recipe on a tag and tie it around the neck of the jar with ribbon or raffia.
Create a customised kit by filling a container with the must-have supplies someone might need to get through or recover from life's curves. A Killer Day at Work kit might include a package of chocolate, an aeroplane bottle of a favourite liqueur and a scented votive. A Frazzled Soccer Mom kit might include a gas card, coupons to a favourite takeout place and a bottle of wine to enjoy after the kids have gone to bed. Package the kit in a fun container, such as a paint can wrapped in ribbon or decorative paper, and finish it with a handmade label.
Custom Photo Frame
A photo frame with a flat surface is easy to cover with decorative scrapbooking paper. Remove the back and the glass from the frame. Apply a thin layer of white glue to the front. Lay the frame on the wrong side of the paper and then smooth out any creases. Puncture bubbles with a needle and smooth the paper down. After the glue dries, trim the excess paper with a craft knife. If you like, fill the frame with a photo or the front of a greeting card with a funny or inspirational message.
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