So here's what you need for a gift that a family member will love. Find a wooden letter, like the ones that you can find at Hobby Lobby or craftcuts.com. Also pick up some mod podge, which is an adhesive and a sealant, so it's very handy to have around for projects. The regular kind for sticking the pictures on, and the glossy type is recommended for finishing this project. You'll also need your pictures, scissors, an exacto knife, and black paint (optional). Lay the pictures out, cover them with adhesive, then stick them in place. Once dry, flip over the letter and use the exacto knife to trim off the edges of the pictures. Then apply two layers of the gloss coat (letting it dry in between), and you're done!
Chocolate Cookie Dough Peanut Butter Cups
Yes, something this good actually exists. Here's a preview of what's in this chocolatey-peanutbuttery deliciousness:
- 2 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
Monogrammed Hand Towel
This one is great because it can be personalized for anyone. Basically, you will need to get or create a stencil, so that you can lay it on top of the towel and then apply two coats of washable fabric paint with a medium sized brush, then let dry a couple of hours. Simple and elegant.
Nothing like the smell of coffee in the morning... or evening, or whenever!
- Small paper coffee cup
- 1 to 2 tablespoons used coffee grounds
- Paper towel
- 1 cup wax candle remnants
- Candle wick
- Small saucepan
- Small metal or glass mixing bowl
Hopefully you won't have too many last-minute gifts to give this year, but now you'll have a little bit of inspiration to make your own this weekend. And hey, who doesn't appreciate a hand-made gift?