Sunday, October 11, 2015

Sunday Funday Links: Homemade Christmas Gifts

It's still a ways off from Christmas, although I'm sure I'll be seeing decorations pop up in any day in stores. But as a leader, it's never too early to start planning. We don't usually do a gift exchange as a troop, but we often make gifts for girls to take home to family members. I gathered some of the ones we've done here, and a few others that caught my eye. As you can see, my preference is toward items that can be eaten, used up or used to decorate (no macaroni necklaces!) Wrap them up and add a homemade card, and the girls have something they're proud to give. Note: my troop members all happen to celebrate Christmas, but of course, you should keep your troop's cultural and religious backgrounds in mind.

Brownies In a Jar - There are probably a million of these "mixes in a jar" recipes out there (cookies, cocoa, muffins, etc.) Most of the work involved is measuring (and multiplying out the amounts for a troop to assemble).

Stacked Hot Chocolate Snowmen - A spin on the previous link, this is actually a gift I received from one of my Scouts.

Candy Cane Sugar Scrub - Super simple with only a few ingredients needed - sugar, oil (we used baby oil), food coloring & peppermint oil. We ended up finding smaller plastic juice containers at a local recycling/craft shop, but I'm sure there are any number of containers that would be cute.

Bath Fizzies - Another one that mostly just involves measuring out ingredients. Would also make a great Mother's Day gift, or something to keep in mind if your troop ever does a spa night.

Pringles Can Christmas Card Holder - This is actually a craft I did as a Brownie myself, with a few changes. While you can use a solid color of yarn, it looks even better if you can find the variegated yarn in holiday colors (red, green and white.) Instead of the crocheted piece on top, we glued down some cotton batting and stuck on a pine cone.

Clothespin Card Holder - Another cute spin on the cardholder theme.

Poinsettia Napkin Rings - We made a slightly different version of these when I was younger, but I can't seem to find that pattern anywhere. But these are actually a littler nicer looking - and would never have thought of using different colors.

Homemade 'Mock' Thin Mints - In our area, the cookie sale doesn't kick off until January, so these can help tide over family members. And despite the simple ingredients, I did think they tasted pretty similar to the original. We sprinkled red and green sugar on the top for decoration, bagged them up and gave them along with the following recipe.

Dipped Pretzel Rods - Since these also use chocolate, they were easy to do in an evening with the previous recipe. You can also decorate with sprinkles, nuts, whatever.

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