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Easy Christmas Decorations to Make with Herbs Slideshow

Easy Christmas Decorations to Make with Herbs Slideshow

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6 Easy Stovetop Potpourri Recipes For Every Season

If you’re looking for an easy way to make your house smell amazing without blowing through a $25 candle every week, you have got to try making your own stovetop potpourri recipes.

You can literally make your home smell like a homemade baked apple pie, a coffee house or fresh spring day. Simply thrown in a few fruits, herbs and spices into a pot of boiling water to get the aromas kickin’.

Get creative with fruit, extracts, spices, plants & herbs.

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Fill a medium sized pot or small crockpot 3/4 full of water, and add the ingredients of your choice (recipes below).

Bring to a boil for a few minutes, and then lower the heat to simmer.

Let it simmer for as long as you'd like. Be sure to watch the water level, and refill if needed.

Save the mixture in a glass jar or bowl in the refrigerator when finished. It can last you several days! Simply reheat the next day to re-scent your home.

I like to boil it on the stove to get it hot quickly, and then pour it into a small crockpot on LOW to simmer all day.


72 DIY Christmas Ornaments Your Family Will Treasure for Years

They're not just beautiful&mdashthey're also incredibly meaningful keepsakes.

When it's time to trim your Christmas tree this year, you may be drawn to your tried-and-true store-bought ornaments that have been collecting dust in the attic all year long. While they're a surefire way to spruce up your, well, spruce, we think DIY Christmas ornaments can be a more meaningful way to decorate the tree. (Especially if you can turn making handmade ornaments into a fun Christmas activity for the family and create memories together!) Whether you're already in the holiday spirit and can't wait to get to work, or want to hold off on making them until you've picked out your tree, there's never a wrong time to start thinking about what homemade Christmas ornaments you want to make this season.

To help you get inspired, we've rounded up some of our favorite easy-to-make DIY Christmas ornaments. Salt dough Christmas ornaments are super fun to make and will look just as good&mdashif not better&mdashthan the ones you picked up at your favorite department store. With so many DIY Christmas decorations and options to choose from, you're bound to find something that suits your taste and, most importantly, your tree. From options that are perfect for rustic trees, like tiny ornaments made of twine, to modern, metallic clay ornaments and even Christmas cookie ornaments, there's a Christmas craft in here for everyone. So if you're tired of dusting off your old decorations, we suggest you take a peek at some of these homemade versions you can make right now.

Santa will delight all who spy him on the tree in his mini walnut shell sleigh.

To make: Draw eyes on the face of a small wooden peg doll with a fine-tip black marker. Wrap the body of the doll in red felt holding it in place with hot glue. Create a small hat from red felt, gluing it to the doll's head with hot glue. Attach a mini pom pom to the hat. Cover a mini wooden cube in green felt, holding it in place with hold glue. Tie a ribbon around the present. Drill small holes on either end of half of a walnut shell. Thread a piece of thin twine through each hole, securing it on the inside of the shell with hot glue. Knot the twine at the top for hanging. Use hot glue to secure Santa and the present in the shell.

Turn a classic country item, the clothespin, into a sweet Christmas ornament. Our version is made with mini clothespins, but you can use the regular sized variety if you prefer.

To make: Remove the springs from 14 mini clothespins. Turn the pieces from each clothespin around and glue them back to back. Glue the pins together to create a circular shape. Glue a piece of gold twine to one pin for hanging.

Kids love Frozen, and this ornament will surely get them dancing around the tree signing "Let It Go" again and again (sorry parents!).

To make: Cut body shapes from white felt attach to a tongue depressor with hot glue. Cut buttons, mouth and eyebrows from black felt attach to body with hot glue. Glue mini googly eyes below the eyebrows. Cut a carrot nose from orange felt attach below the eyes with hot glue. Glue mini twig arms and a piece of twine for hanging to the tongue depressor.

Delight the kids and grandkids with this sweet and friendly DIY unicorn ornament.

To make: Remove the cap from a glass or plastic ball ornament. Lightly water down a small amount of light pink acrylic paint. Carefully pour the paint in the opening of the ornament. Rotate the ornament until the inside is fully covered with paint pour out excess. Allow to dry then reattach cap. Press desired color sculpting clay into a silicone unicorn mold to create ears and horn allow to dry completely. Attach a mini unicorn horn, ears, and fake flowers with hot glue. Draw eyelashes just below the horn with a gold paint pen.

Greet Santa with this fresh and friendly faced Rudolph ornament. His shiny red nose will lead Santa right to the cookies you left under the tree.

To make: Drill a small hole toward the top of a half of a walnut shell. Attach mini googly eyes, a mini red pom pom, and brown felt ears with hot glue. Thread a piece of twine through the hole and knot.

Elegant and so simple, this DIY only takes 4 supplies to complete.

To make: Cut a square of velvet fabric. Wrap around a ball ornament, cinching it at the top. Tie a piece of ribbon around the cinch to hold closed and create a hanger. Tie a bow from the same ribbon and attach with hot glue. Attach small pearl craft bead with hot glue.

We promise this sweet DIY Frosty won&rsquot melt while he hangs on your tree this holiday season.

To make: Paint three wooden craft beads with white acrylic paint. When dry thread a piece twine through the holes of the beads and knot to hold together. Attach two black gem mini crystal rhinestones for the eyes and four for the buttons with hot glue. Snip a short lengths of orange felt and attach just below the eyes with hot glue. Attach stick arms to the side of the middle bead with hot glue. Flock arms, if desired. Wrap a thin length of red felt to a mini black top hat with hot glue. Glue a string to the top of the hat for hanging. Glue hat to snowman&rsquos head.

As simple as tearing and gluing this sweet and colorful ornament will take longer to dry than it does to make.

To make: Tear colorful tissue paper into small pieces. Attach to a clear glass or plastic ball ornament with glossy Mod Podge. Attach a small piece of ribbon or fabric over the ornament cap. Hang to dry.


Cucumber and Celery Drink Garnishes

Cucumber and celery are also refreshing garnishes for bright, crisp beverages. Few things can beat a cucumber martini on a warm spring day. Thanks to its overall firmness, there are a variety of shapes you can carve out from a cucumber to garnish your cocktail. The simplest version is a cucumber ribbon.

How to Make a Cucumber Ribbon

A ribbon looks lovely in a tall cocktail glass.

  1. Using a vegetable peeler or a paring knife, cut the cucumber lengthwise into thin strips.
  2. Spear the ribbon with a toothpick or leave as is and fully immerse it into your beverage.

Cucumber Twist

If you want to go one step further and make a cucumber twist, just take the cucumber ribbon you've made and gently spiral it between your fingers, then spear it with a toothpick.

Cucumber Rose

A rose is a beautiful way to dress up your drink.

  1. Using a pairing knife, cut the cucumber into thin strips.
  2. Place on a paper towel to soak up excess water.
  3. Take five or six slices and line them up so that their edges slightly overlap one another. Roll the slices up.
  4. Adjust the petals as needed, secure with a toothpick, and then add to your drink.

Celery Stalks

Celery, of course, can simply be placed in your Bloody Mary, for example, without much fuss. Just cut it to fit in the glass and leave some of the top on for decorative purposes.


No Easter dinner is complete without a lamb cake. Made using your favorite chocolate cake recipe, this cake is a simple project for beginning decorators.


80 Crafty Christmas Gift Ideas

Save money and tackle your gift list creatively this year with our DIY ideas for one-of-a-kind handmade gifts you can create for him, her, the family pet, neighbors and coworkers.

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Help Them Toast the Season

Surprise your favorite holiday host/hostess or home mixologist with this DIY wreath filled with mini bottles of their favorite spirits to help them (joyfully!) count down the 12 days till Christmas. Bonus: Even without the boozy ornaments, they can use this wreath to add Christmas cheer either indoors or out. Learn how to craft your own, below.

Monogram Their Mittens

Knit accessories are always a popular handmade holiday gift &mdash but what if you can't knit or crochet? Then these personalized mittens are right up your alley &mdash just stitch baker's twine initials onto readymade mittens, a scarf or hat for a personalized gift to keep them toasty warm all winter long.

Craft a Tech-Savvy Tassel

Never be without a charging cord again with this totally on-trend accessory that easily clips onto your briefcase, purse or keyring. Popular with fashionistas, these handy accessories are pricey in specialty shops but you'll be surprised how easy they are to DIY.

Make This Rustic Bread Board

Have a baker, chef or hostess on your gift list? Surprise them with this handy bread board that looks just like an expensive antique. Reclaimed lumber and basic woodworking skills are all you need.

Delight Jet-Setters

Help them chart their globe-trotting adventures or highlight their family's ancestry with this easy-to-craft wall map.

Craft a Handy Firewood Carrier

Whether the folks on your list prefer to curl up in front of a roaring indoor fire or snuggle next to an outdoor fire pit, our DIY firewood carrier will make toting the kindling much easier.

Immortalize Their Pup's Epic Cuteness

Our instructions make it easy to turn a pic of their furkid into a Victorian-style silhouette they'll treasure forever.

Make This Classic Board Game

Encourage the kids on your gift list to step away from tech devices and reconnect with friends and family. A classic, like this rustic-inspired tic-tac-toe board, is fun for all ages, and is easy for the gifter to create using cut wood slices and a live-edge board from the craft store.

Green Up Their Thumbs

Having fresh herbs at hand will take their culinary skills to the next level while adding a beautiful pop of live greenery to the kitchen. Follow our steps, below, to create a rustic countertop garden by giving terra cotta pots a charming, timeworn patina.

Wow Wine Lovers

Upcylcle an old wooden pallet into this storage-rich wine rack that'll keep their favorite vintages within easy reach. Handy built-in storage for wineglasses turns this rack into a space-saving bar.

Make a Breakfast-in-Bed Tray

Inexpensively upcycle a bland tray and a bit of leftover fabric into a waterproof and food-safe server that'll encourage them to enjoy breakfast in bed any day.

Tempt Them With Homemade Treats

Not a crafter? No worries, w hip up something extra special for friends and family with our recipes, below, for sweet or savory scratch-made treats.

Practice Your Cursive

Calligraphy (or, in this case, faux calligraphy) is an easy way to add an artistic touch to all sorts of handmade gifts, gift wrap and cards. Or, when popped into a pretty frame, the free-flowing script makes a sweet gift all by itself.

Turn Dollar Store Ornaments Into Mini Arrangements

In just a few steps, you can turn inexpensive, shatterproof ornaments into mini vases to brighten up your holiday table or to give as thoughtful blooming gifts to friends and coworkers.

Whip Up Tasty Dog Treats

Our pets enjoy special treats around the holidays just as much as we do. Get tails wagging by whipping up a batch of these sweet and crunchy biscuits. Package them in cellophane bags or tins and hand out to all the furry friends on your list.

Or, Stitch Up a Cozy Dog Bed

Basic sewing skills and our tips, below, will help you stitch up a farmhouse-inspired (and super cozy!) bed for your best friend. Best of all: The cover is completely removable so it's a snap to keep clean.

Or, Even a Collapsible Pup Tent

Designed to easily fold away, this portable shade structure is a thoughtful gift for pet parents who take their furkid along on outdoor adventures. Check out our video and instructions, below, to learn how to craft one for your favorite canine.

Honor Their Family's Culinary History

Preserve a treasured family recipe card (and grandmother's handwriting) from future decades of kitchen mishaps by framing it. Just a few easy steps to turn their go-to family recipe into kitchen decor they'll treasure.

Invite Them to Enjoy a Soak

In just a few steps, you can easily upcycle an old luggage rack (that you probably never use, anyway) into a handy folding table that's just the right height to keep spa essentials or a glass of wine handy while they soak in the tub.

And, Whip Up Lavender Bath Fizzies

Give the gift of a luxurious home spa day with these homemade lavender bath fizzies. Package the sweet-scented bath bombs in a vintage glass jar with a custom tag for a pretty presentation sure to make the gift even more special.

Treat Them to a Trendy Tray

Cement tile is taking the design world by storm but the global-inspired pattern's trendy look comes with a hefty price tag. Get the look for much, much less with a stenciled tray that's perfect for containing remotes and magazines.

Construct a Cookbook or Tablet Stand

Everyone could use an extra hand in the kitchen, especially when they're whipping up a new recipe. Beginner woodworking skills and our step-by-step instructions, below, will help you turn lumber into a thoughtful gift for your favorite home chef.

Create a Trendy Rhinestone Headband

Fashion-forward friends will appreciate this stylish accessory that looks like a pricey vintage brooch &mdash but is actually made from materials you can pick up at your local craft or fabric store.

Or, Upcycle Closet Castoffs

Cover bangle bracelets in old flannel shirts or pj bottoms to create a cozy cuff they'll want to wear all winter long. Tip: Gather other closet castoffs, like old leather belts, wool sweaters or denim to create even more fashion-forward bracelets.

Assemble a Custom Cutting Board

Foodies will appreciate this handcrafted wood cutting board. This project requires basic woodworking skills and materials to create a chef-worthy gift that's perfect both for food prep or for serving up charcuterie or cheese.

Personalize Your Pup's Bed

Give your four-footed family member a cozy place for cat (or dog!) naps by turning an old shipping pallet into a snug pet bed. You can even make it mobile by adding furniture casters and totally personalized by stenciling on your pet's name.

Don't Forget Your Feline Friend

If your kitty goes gonzo for catnip (half of all cats do), treat them with a small, handmade toy to hold their stash. Scientists agree that smelling, rather than eating, catnip garners the biggest response but they still aren't sure what neurological reaction catnip triggers for sensitive cats. It's thought that it stimulates receptors in their brains that makes them feel initially energetic, playful and happy, then mellow and relaxed.

And, Create a Cozy Hideaway

Turn a T-shirt, bamboo hoops, foam and a plastic bin into a purr-fect, snug spot for cat naps. Watch our quick video or follow along with the tutorial, below.

Help 'Em Cozy Up With Cocoa

Warm their hands and their hearts with a crate full of hot cocoa and all the fixings &mdash mini marshmallows, stir sticks and decadent mocha syrup. Get more ideas for easy-to-assemble gift baskets, below.

Personalize a Doormat

Turn an inexpensive coir doormat into a personalized greeting for a friend's front door. An old cardboard box, utility knife, spray paint and a little creativity will make a $10 doormat look like a pricey catalog find.

Or, Construct a Blooming Address Plaque

Using just one 1x10 board and basic woodworking tools, construct a custom house number plaque to brighten up their front porch.

Delight Your Favorite Foodie

Upcycle pretty tins into a magnetic kitchen garden that will ensure fresh herbs are always handy. Pot your own with our step-by-step instructions, below.

Give Them a Spring Head-Start

Dormant tubers, bulbs or root starts make a thoughtful small gift for coworkers or friends. Our tips, below, include free printable labels and planting instructions to help them green up their thumbs and get a head-start on spring planting.

Easily Channel Your Inner Artist

Mountains ho! Turn sheets of inexpensive, colorful paper and chalk pastels into an artistic take on their favorite outdoor scene. Our tutorial, below, makes recreating their favorite scenery a snap.

Make Personalized Magnets

Jazz up their fridge by turning vintage steel license plates into cool, typography-inspired magnets. Sturdy tin snips, a magnet, adhesive and our instructions, below, are all you need.

Craft a Custom Tray

Give an old wooden tray a trendy new lease on life by covering it with upholstery fabric, then add a high-end finishing touch with a decorative pattern created with nail-head trim.

Make the Container Part of the Gift

This vintage copper bundt pan is proof that practical can be pretty. Too pretty, in fact, to hide away in a box. Filled with spices, tea towels, wooden spoons and other kitchen essentials, this collection will put a smile on any foodie's face.

Cozy Up Their Cocoa or Coffee

Delight the Hostess With the Mostest

Whip up an inexpensive wood conditioner and sealant to turn a hardwood board into a foodsafe surface they can use to make entertaining easy. Learn how to turn hardware-store staples into a pro-grade charcuterie board, below.

Track Their Little One's Growth

Add self-adhesive vinyl numbers to plywood to create a larger-than-life growth chart to help them track their kiddo's height.

Or, Give Pets a Boost

Basic woodworking skills and just one sheet of plywood are all you need to make this elevated dog feeding station that features a pull-down front that conceals handy hidden storage for your best friend's favorite snacks and kibble. Note: Some vets caution that giant breeds or dogs prone to bloat shouldn't eat from a raised feeder. If in doubt, please first check with your vet.

Easily Assemble a Tabletop Fire Pit

Help everyone on your gift list cozy up to the fire this winter with this portable fire pit you can put together in less than 15 minutes. They're so easy to create that you'll probably want to make one for yourself, too.

And, a Homemade S'mores Kit

Surprise an outdoorsy friend with everything (except the fire!) necessary for ooey-gooey s'mores. Hand-make the cookies, marshmallows and chocolate squares so they're especially tasty, then package the goodies "hobo-style" for a gift that's ready to travel.

Give Kids an Indoor Playhouse

Get crafty to turn a basic white tablecloth into an indoor playhouse your little one will love. Our easy-to-follow instructions and video, below, show you how to cut out windows and a door, then deck out the house with colorful linens to customize the look.

Or, a DIY Play Kitchen

Basic woodworking tools and a readymade window topper are all you need to easily turn a plain wooden bookshelf into a kid-sized kitchen for your little chef. Get cooking to make your own with our instructions, below.

Outfit Your Little Heroes

Tell your little hero that you think they're super by stitching up the perfect gift. Personalized with their initial or name, this action-ready cape guarantees hours of imaginative playtime. Our tutorial, below, will help you stitch one up for every super kid on your gift list.

Or, Turn a Tub Into Playful Storage

Give an old square galvanized tub new life as a handy place to stash kids' toys. This easy project creates fun and colorful storage for building blocks or other toys and includes a built-in play surface on top.

Craft Custom Smart Phone or Tablet Covers

A new tablet or smart phone tops most people's most-wanted-gift list this year. If springing for a pricey tech gift isn't in your budget, get crafty to surprise them with a custom-made felt cover to protect their new gadget. Download our free patterns and learn how to sew one up with our step-by-step instructions, below.

Upcycle Old Sweaters Into Stockings

Don't toss that old shrunken or holey sweater. Instead, repurpose it as a custom stocking for someone special on your gift list, then stuff their stocking with a few small wrapped surprises. This project requires no sewing machine or knitting needles and can easily be completed in an afternoon.

Or, Turn Them Into Cozy Decor

Wool sweaters are great &mdash until you toss them in the washer and accidentally shrink them down to doll size. But, don't throw them out. Exposing wool to hot water, soap and a little agitation (all things that happen in the wash) not only causes the wool fibers to shrink, it also felts them, creating a super soft, nubby texture and preventing the knitted threads from fraying when cut. Put your doll-sized mishaps to good use crafting one of-a-kind handmade gifts, like Alicia of Thrifty and Chic who used hers to turn plain glass vases into trendy handmade gifts.

Whip Up an Easy-to-Sew Tote Bag

Even novice sewers will be able to tackle this straightforward project. Customize the fabrics to suit the gift recipient's style and give the tote alone as the gift or fill with a few small surprises to really make their holiday.

Or, Stitch Up a Custom Pet Collar

If you're handy with a sewing machine, you can whip up pet collars to comfortably fit all the furry friends on your gift list. Get sewing with our tips, below.

Treat Backyard Friends

Bird watchers and naturalists on your list will love this thoughtful handmade gift that allows them to get a closer peek at winter's colorful birds. Bonus: This easy project is a great one to make with even the littlest crafters.


This ajo blanco sauce is rich from almonds, tart with sherry vinegar, and plenty garlic-pungent, it’s what we’re putting on everything we’re making this season.

This crackers recipe features a variety of seeds—the combination of colors and textures is certainly impressive.

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Chili Cookoff

Chili has been known to start wars among friends and loved ones. Everyone has a recipe they believe to be the best! If your brood is one that likes a healthy competition, host a chili cookoff. Ask each person to cook their own chili recipe and bring it to the party in a slow cooker to keep it warm. Provide plenty of toppings (sour cream, cheese, onions, and hot sauce), plus scorecards to rank the chilis. Don't forget oyster crackers, tortilla chips or cornbread for dipping. If you're not feeling that competitive, make a massive batch of your favorite chili, then let guests bring the accoutrements. For dessert, opt for ice cream, to counter all of that spice!


Ten Fun Homemade Holiday Gift Baskets

Use these fun ideas to create a personalized gift for everyone on your list, regardless of age.

Complete Christmas Cookie Kit

For the perfect family gift basket, make a complete Christmas cookie kit. This basket will include everything a family will need to roll out, bake, and decorate a batch of holiday cookies. The highlight of the basket is homemade cookie dough. Here's how to assemble this special gift:

  1. Choose a large basket with a handle. The basket should be big enough to hold a cookie sheet.
  2. Make up a batch of easy sugar cookies, but don't bake the cookies. Instead, roll them into a log and wrap them in plastic wrap. Then wrap the dough in a festive holiday towel and place in the refrigerator until you're ready to give the gift.
  3. Purchase a rolling pin, cookie cutters, decorative holiday sugars, and a cookie sheet. Arrange these items in the basket.
  4. Write down the baking instructions for the cookies on a holiday card. Tie the card to the cookie dough with a ribbon.
  5. When you're ready to give the basket, place the cookie dough with the other items.

Christmas Vacation Activity Basket for Kids

With school out of session, the week between Christmas and New Year's Day can be long for kids and their parents. A homemade vacation activity basket makes a great Christmas gift for kids, and parents will thank you as well. Here's how to assemble it:

  1. Purchase a medium-sized plastic bin or bucket to work as the gift basket. Kids can store their supplies in this container after the holidays.
  2. Mix up a batch of salt dough and dye it red and green. Package it in resealable containers.
  3. Purchase holiday-themed cookie cutters to tie to the salt dough containers.
  4. Download and print some printable Christmas crafts. Make them into a book.
  5. Purchase markers, paints, paper, brushes, and other art supplies to add to the bin.
  6. Arrange everything in the bin to create a fun gift basket.

Holiday Cooking Basket

The holidays are a time when many families do a lot of cooking. This gift basket is perfect for moms, grandmas, and anyone else who is in charge of making the big holiday meal. Including homemade items gives it a special touch, and it's a great hostess gift to bring when you go to Christmas dinner. Here's what to do:

  1. Purchase a medium-sized basket to hold all the gifts.
  2. Using blank index cards and a holiday rubber stamp, create personalized recipe cards. Tie them with a ribbon and place them in a recipe box.
  3. Make an apron with a holiday theme. You can buy Christmas fabric at the craft store or simply decorate a red apron with green trim.
  4. Purchase holiday kitchen towels and pot holders, as well as a few wooden cooking utensils.
  5. Arrange everything in the basket and give it to the lucky recipient.

Christmas Dinner Table Decor Basket

Another holiday dinner basket that's a wonderful gift for a hostess or family member is a decorated holiday table in a basket. You'll need to know the number of people who will be at Christmas dinner before you make this basket, and it's a good idea to drop it off early before guests begin to arrive. Here's how to make it:

  1. Start with a long bread basket that can be used to serve rolls or bread for the meal.
  2. Inside, place homemade Christmas table decorations, like placemats and napkin rings.
  3. Purchase a few more odds and ends, such as matching napkins, Christmas-themed salt and pepper shakers, and candles.
  4. Place everything in the bread basket and give to the recipient.

Kitchen Garden Christmas Gift Basket

A kitchen garden gift basket is a great option for teachers, neighbors, and friends. Everyone loves growing herbs in the kitchen, especially in the wintertime. Here's how to make this sweet holiday gift:

  1. Purchase a medium-sized basket to hold everything.
  2. Purchase and decorate clay pots. You'll want about three that are fairly small in size. Choose holiday colors for your decorations.
  3. Pick up some gardening tools, such as a small spade and rake. Also purchase a small watering can and some red or green gardening gloves.
  4. Fill a small bag with enough potting soil to fill all the small pots. Tie the bag with a Christmas ribbon.
  5. Purchase seeds for several different herbs.
  6. Arrange everything in the gift basket.

Cozy Winter Holiday Gift Basket

The holiday are a great time for cozy family evenings in front of the fireplace. This fun gift basket is perfect for families with kids of any age. Here's how you assemble it:

  1. Buy a large basket to hold everything.
  2. Make a no-sew fleece blanket to be the centerpiece of your gift. You can choose holiday colors or a color that matches the living room decor.
  3. Buy a great family read-aloud book. Fairy tales and classic favorites are always great options.
  4. Purchase Christmas mugs for everyone in the family.
  5. Buy some high quality chocolate chips and attach the recipe for homemade hot chocolate to the bag.
  6. Arrange everything in the basket.

Holiday Grilling Kit

For the men on your Christmas list, a holiday grilling kit makes a great gift basket. He can use the supplies to make a holiday meal or save them for making steaks or hamburgers when the weather warms up. Here's how you put it together:

  1. Purchase a steel bucket to use as a basket.
  2. Make a batch of steak rub and package it in an attractive glass jar.
  3. Make your own basic barbeque sauce and keep it refrigerated until you're ready to give the gift. Be sure to package it in a nice bottle.
  4. Purchase grilling tools, an apron, and an oven mitt.
  5. Arrange everything in the bucket and give it to the lucky guy.

Christmas Car Care Gift Basket

If you have a guy on your list who cares about his car, a car care kit makes a great homemade gift basket. The highlight of this basket are the extra-soft homemade cleaning cloths. Here's how you make it:

  1. Buy a large plastic bucket in red or green.
  2. Purchase one yard of terrycloth fabric in red or green, as well three packages of double-folded seam binding.
  3. Wash the fabric several times to soften it. Cut the fabric into four large rectangles and sew the seam binding around the edges. Fold the cloths neatly and place them in the basket.
  4. Purchase car wax, soap, and sponges. Arrange these items in the bucket.

Manicure Gift Basket for Teens

If you know a teen who loves to take care of her nails, you can make a wonderful holiday gift basket with a manicure-theme. Here's how to do it:

  1. Purchase a small basket to hold all the goodies.
  2. Make your own sugar scrub. All you need to do is a cup of white sugar, half a cup of coconut oil, and one teaspoon of vanilla extract. Mix everything together and place in an attractive jar tied with a Christmas ribbon.
  3. Purchase manicure tools, emery boards, nail polish remover, and several bottles of nail polish in fun holiday shades.
  4. Place everything in the basket and tie with a holiday ribbon.

Pampered Pooch Gift Basket

Don't forget to make a basket for your furry friends. These dog gift baskets are perfect for friends and family who own pets. The centerpiece is homemade dog biscuits.

  1. Buy a small canvas tote to hold the gifts.
  2. Mix together one cup of flour, two tablespoons peanut butter, half a tablespoon vegetable oil, half a teaspoon salt, and a third of a cup of chicken broth. Roll out on a floured surface and cut into Christmas cookie shapes. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes and allow to cool completely before packaging.
  3. Purchase a nice dog blanket, a new leash and collar, and a fun dog toy.
  4. Place everything in the tote and tie with a Christmas ribbon.

20 Delicious Breakfast Recipes for Christmas Morning

Christmas is a special day and it deserves a special breakfast. Whether it’s just a few of you celebrating low-key, or you’re hosting a big, boisterous crowd, a breakfast celebration is in order. I usually keep things simple yet festive with muffins or scones and a hearty egg casserole.

If you don’t have your menu planned yet, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered! Here are 20 Christmas morning-worthy recipes — from fresh, fluffy cinnamon rolls rolls with cream cheese icing to savory bread pudding with caramelized onions, ham, and provolone cheese to impossibly festive eggnog waffles with spiced whipped cream. So jumpstart that coffeemaker and take your pick.

If you’re in charge of cooking Christmas breakfast this year, you have two choices about how to spend the morning: You can cozy up in the kitchen with your nearest and dearest as you scramble eggs, flip pancakes, and crisp the bacon. This is usually my approach I love spending the morning in my pajamas and slippers, making breakfast with my family.

You can also plan a menu with dishes that can all be made ahead of time, like muffins, bread, quiche, and egg casseroles. This is ideal if you’re hosting guests or have a busy day planned.