Creating Handmade Gifts for your Favorite Teacher Can Be Inexpensive and Fun
December 6, 2018
As Christmas approaches many people will get a head start looking for Christmas gifts. Gifts are one of the best ways to show your appreciation for the people that support you year round. However, often teachers are overlooked during this Holiday. It’s important to show your appreciation, but sometimes times may be tough. You may be running low on dough, or you may be already spending big bucks on gifts for family. Below is a list of easy, quick, and inexpensive gifts that teachers will love.
1.“Bless Your Sweet Hands” Lemon Sugar Hand Scrub
This gift is great for teachers helping hands specifically the teacher that always has a bottle of lotion out on her desk to fight dry skin. It’s easy, quick and most, if not all of the ingredients can be found in your pantry.
2 cups sugar
1/3 cup coconut oil
lemon zest (about 1/2 of a lemon)
several drops lemon essential oil ( or use lemon extract as an alternative)
Heat the coconut oil in the microwave until soft, but not melted (10-15 seconds). Add the coconut oil to the sugar and work it in until completely combined and crumbly. Add the lemon zest and lemon oil.
Package in cute well-sealed containers such as small mason jars or tins.
This idea was found at: http://www.caramelpotatoes.com/2013/05/06/bless-your-sweet-hands-lemon-sugar-hand-scrub-and-free-printable-tags/Homemade Calming Lavender Lotion.
2. Homemade Calming Lavender Lotion
This gift is great for the teacher that always seems to be impacted by stressful days. This recipe is quick and easy, and the ingredients can be found at Walmart for roughly $20.
1/3 Cup Coconut Oil
2 Tbsp Beeswax (one 2 oz bar or 2 tablespoons of beeswax pastilles or grated beeswax)
5 or more drops of lavender essential oil
Using a double boiler, melt the coconut oil and beeswax. Once the mixture is melted, add in your lavender essential oil. Pour it into a bowl and let it cool completely.
Make sure the consistency is how you want it. To do this, grab your electric beater (you could use a hand held whisk if you prefer) and use it to whip the lotion mixture for about 10 minutes. This will help the coconut oil remain whipped even at room temperature.
Pour it in a jar of your choice and you’re done. Homemade lotions are good for a couple of months.
This idea was found at: https://homesteading.com/how-to-make-lotion-calming-lavender/
3. Homemade Salsa
If you’re looking for something different than a traditional Christmas gift, this homemade salsa recipe is the one for you. This gift is good for any teacher that likes to eat spicy food, but if you want to get some brownie points this gift would make any Spanish or culinary teacher very proud. The ingredients can be found in most home pantries too.
28 ounce can whole tomatoes (drained)
20 ounces Rotel, diced tomatoes and green chilies (2 cans)
¼ cup chopped onion
1/2 cup cilantro finely chopped (more or less to taste)
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon kosher Salt
Pinch of sugar optional
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor. Pulse a few times until you get a nice consistency. Taste, and add more spice as needed. Package into mason jars or plastic containers for gifting. Refrigerate salsa for at least an hour before giving.
This idea was found at: https://www.iheartnaptime.net/tasty-tuesday-restaurant-style-salsa/
4. Homemade Hand Warmers
These reusable hand hand warmers make perfect Christmas gifts and help the receiver handle the cold temps that come with winter. They’re sensable, yet creative. This does involve a sewing machine or hand sewing with a needle and thread, so seek help from experienced individuals if needed.
a fat quarter (or more) of this fabric or whatever fabric you have laying around the house
pinking shears (optional)
sewing machine or needle
Using fabric scissors, cut 2-3/4 inch squares from your choice of fabric. Two squares are needed for each hand warmer.
Place two squares of fabric wrong sides together and stitch a 1/4 inch seam around the outside, leaving a 1-1/2 inch opening and backstitching in the beginning and end. (If you don’t have pinking shears, place fabric right-sided together, sew as instructed and then turn right side out.)
Fill 3/4 of the way up with rice. Then using a long pin, block the rice from falling out of the opening and sew the opening closed. Using pinking shears, trim the edges and this will keep them from fraying.
To use, warm up in the microwave for 20 seconds. You may want to add a tag with instructions printed to your gift.
This idea was found at: http://raeannkelly.com/a-little-cozy-goes-a-long-way-and-a-hand-warmer-diy/
5. Peppermint Blondies
A delicious treat for the teacher that has a sweet tooth and an appreciation for one of the key flavors of the season: peppermint. As an extra bonus, the majority of the ingredients are probably already found in your pantry. While this recipe is a little more time consuming, the result is a sweet Christmas treat definitely worth the extra time.
3/4 c. (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted, plus more for the pan
3/4 c. granulated sugar
2/3 c. packed light brown sugar
3 large eggs, at room temperature
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. pure peppermint extract
2 2/3 c. all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. Kosher salt
1 1/2 c. coarsely chopped white chocolate
16 oz. cream cheese
1 c. confectioners’ sugar
3/4 c. peppermints, crushed
Preheat oven to 325°F. Butter a 13-by-9-inch baking pan and line with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on the long sides.
Whisk together butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and peppermint extract in a bowl until combined. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl. Stir flour mixture into butter mixture just until combined. Stir in chocolate. Spread batter in prepared pan.
Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
Beat cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar on medium speed with an electric mixer until light and fluffy,1 to 2 minutes. Beat in remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla. Spread frosting on blondies; sprinkle with peppermints. Freeze until frosting is set, 30 minutes. Lift blondies from pan using parchment overhangs. Cut into 18 squares and transfer to a container for gifting.
This idea was found at: https://www.countryliving.com/diy-crafts/tips/g645/crafty-christmas-presents-ideas/?slide=5
6. Mason Jar Candle
This Mason jar candle puts a cute and personal touch on a tradition and beloved holiday gift. Most if not all of the ingredients can be found at Walmart for $25.
Soy candle wax
Peppermint essential oil
Glue candlewick in the center of your mason jar or tea light cup. Melt soy candle flakes over a double boiler or in microwave according to package directions. I like to melt mine in a large pyrex measuring cup (4 cup size) for easy pouring.
Once the wax is melted stir in peppermint oil (about 15-20 drops). Pour into mason jar or tea lights. Use a pencil to wrap the candlewick and hold in place while the candle wax hardens. Leave candle to harden for several hours or overnight. Trim the candle wick to fit your jar, before lighting.
This idea was found at: https://www.countryliving.com/diy-crafts/tips/g645/crafty-christmas-presents-ideas/?slide=16