It’s not too late. It’s not too late to decide that you simply must embark on a DIY holiday gift extravaganza and go absolutely nuts at the craft store.
Believe me, I have been in your shoes.
Today I thought it might be fun to share some of my favorite kitchen projects with you which can easily be turned into fabulous homemade gifts for the holidays – perfect for friends, family, co-workers, and even yourself. Let’s get to it!
Let me be honest here for a second. I know lots of people like to bake cookies and lots of people like to receive cookies, but I don’t think there’s anything better than homemade fermented foods. Plus, I can’t bake cookies to save my life… so thank goodness I can make a mean jar of sauerkraut.
Fermented foods are a really important part of our diet and have been used in many cultures as a way to preserve foods and make them more digestible. Fermented foods are fabulous for aiding in digestion and adding good, healthy bacteria to our guts (trust me, this is a good thing). They also taste pretty good.
Saurkraut is simple to make and only takes a few days. You’ll need a good crock or jar for fermenting, fresh cabbage, and sea salt. Be sure to gift it in cute jars with a nice ribbon.
Check out the tutorial here: How to Make Sauerkraut
Yep, the second thing on this list is another fermented food item: kimchi. Who doesn’t love kimchi?
Kimchi is tangy and spicy and the best part of making your own is that you can control the spiciness! Kimchi will take several days to ferment, and depending on the desired flavor, some folks will ferment their kimchi for even longer. (In other words, if you are making this for the holidays, now is the time to get started!)
Some great ways to enjoy kimchi include kimchi fried rice, spicy kimchi soup, and eating it straight out of the jar. It’s amazing. And, the great thing is that my recipe doesn’t use fish sauce so it’s entirely vegan and is perfect for folks with seafood allergies.
Check out the tutorial here: How to Make Kimchi
DIY Body Scrub and Body Scrub Kits
Is there anything more decadent than covering yourself in body scrub and leaving the shower smelling like chocolate and coconut? I don’t think so. That is my heaven.
One of my favorite homemade gifts this year is my Chocolate Cake Body Scrub. It smells amazing and because the coconut oil is antibacterial it lasts a really long time. I also love gifting the body scrub ingredients individually as a kit, which gives the recipient the chance to mix and match and create their own unique combinations.
Check out the tutorial here: DIY Body Scrub Kit
DIY Citrus Vinegar Cleaner
This holiday season, give the gift of a naturally clean, chemical-free home with this delicious Citrus Vinegar Cleanser. It’s super easy to make because you only need two items (vinegar and citrus peels) and it’s a perfect all-purpose home cleaner for counters, tiles, toilets, mirrors, etc. This is one of the few cleansers I always keep on-hand for cleaning my home and I couldn’t live without it.
Check out the tutorial here: DIY Citrus Vinegar Cleaner
DIY Beachy Hair Spray
Homemade beauty products are one of my favorite DIY projects and they also make fabulous gifts! This Beachy Hair Spray makes you look like you just returned home from a weekend of sand and waves AND it’s made of simple ingredients like sea salt and natural hair gel. It’s the perfect stocking stuffer!
Check out the tutorial here: How to Get Beachy Hair (without chemicals!)
Citrus Sea Salt
What better gift from your kitchen than a batch of this delicious citrus sea salt? The citrus zest takes a few hours in the oven to dry, but the prep time is rather minimal and it makes your kitchen smell amazing. This salt is absolutely fabulous on veggies, stir fries, meats, and in dressings. Yum!
Check out the tutorial here: Citrus Sea Salt
Grain-Free Cranberry Muffins
Who says baked goods have to be bad for you? These grain-free cranberry muffins are full of healthy fats from coconut oil and packed with antioxidants and fiber. Whether these are for a grain-free/gluten-free recipient or not, they’re sure to please!
Check out the recipe here: Grain-Free Cranberry Muffins
Toasted Coconut and Goji Berry Trail Mix
It may be wintertime, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep your kitchen stocked with delicious BBQ spice blends. My BBQ Spice Rub is a fun blend of herbs and spices that go well on meat and vegetables. And the best part of making your own blends is that you can alter it to your tastes or those of the recipient.
Check out the recipe here: Toasted Coconut and Goji Berry Trail Mix
DIY Lavender Bath Salts
There’s nothing like a nice warm soak in the bath. These lavender bath salts are some of my favorites for easing away stress and fatigue and helping with muscle soreness. These are always a cute gift in a simple mason jar wrapped in a bow.
Check out the tutorial here: DIY Lavender Bath Salts
Quick Pickled Beets
Ooh beets. Beets are one of those funny vegetables that people either love or hate, but for anyone who loves beets these make a pretty amazing gift. Since these beets are quick-pickled (and not actually pickled), they have to be kept refrigerated so this is definitely a gift for a local recipient.
Check out the recipe here: Quick Pickled Beets
Rosemary and Sea Salt Pecans
These rosemary and sea salt pecans are incredibly addictive. You’ve now been warned: do not make these on an empty stomach. The first time I made these, I think I ate about a cup in one sitting. Note: If you intend to give these as gifts, have a proper dinner first.