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Candy bouquets and cookies

Candy bouquets and cookies

Candy bouquets and cookies

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Family, friends, boyfriends, and girlfriends: everyone has someone they want to shop for during the holidays. The problem is teenagers don’t have a lot of time or money to get special things for special people. Here are a few simple but gift-worthy ideas that don’t cost a lot or take a lot of time:

 

For People with A Sweet Tooth: Candy Bouquets and Homemade Treats

 

Candy canes, red and green Hershey’s Kisses, and freshly baked goods: Tie them all up in a big bow and make someone’s holiday sweet.

 

Candy Bouquet: Supplies include four “movie boxes” of candy (all the same size). The movie boxes will be used to form the base of the bouquet. Then wooden dowels, a floral foam block, a hot glue gun, and tissue paper. Run some glue down the side of one box and then attach it to the next block. Repeat this and until the boxes form a base. Measure the opening of the “vase” and cut the styrofoam block to fit it. Run a line of glue down the back of each of the candy bars, then place a dowel on the glue. Allow the glue to dry, and then stick the dowels in the foam block in any arrangement. Taking the foam block out, set it in the middle of a piece of tissue paper. pull up each of the corners of the tissue paper, so that it covers the side of the foam block. Lastly, place the wrapped foam block back in the vase.

 

An alternative option for the base is a full soda can. Cut a small foam ball in half, then wrap the half in decorative tissue paper. Tape the paper together on the flat half of the ball. Apply glue to the flat side of the ball half and then stick it on top of the soda can. Tape toothpicks on the back of small pieces of candy then stick them into the round side of the styrofoam ball half.

 

Cookies: Simply buy a bag of cookie dough mix from a nearby store and follow the instructions on the bag. Instead of baking it, the bag of cookie mix could also be decorated with a bow and a nice note, and then given to someone who loves to bake during the winter.

 

Hot Cocoa Gift:  Write a special note or draw a design on a plain white mug, using a sharpie. Practice on a piece of scratch paper first, so there are no mistakes on the mug. Let the mug dry over night. Place the mug in a cool oven the next day and then bake it at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  After 30 minutes, turn off the oven and let the mug cool completely before removing. Wrap a plastic goodie bag around the inside of the mug, then fill the bag with cocoa mix to the brim. Add some marshmallows, and tie the bag up with string or twine. A small spoon or straw can be added in the mug.

 

Cookies and candy don’t have to be wrapped up and fancy to make a great gift. For people with a sweet tooth, a simple package of Oreos, Chips Ahoy, and their favorite candy could be enough to make their holidays.

 

Brighten Up Someone’s Day: A Box of Sunshine

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Know someone that’s feeling depressed in the dark, cloudy gloomy weather of Winter? Bring the sun back into their lives by giving that person a box of sunshine. Fill a box up with a variety of yellow goodies like gum, peanut M&Ms, Lay’s chips, Slim Jims, or even lip balm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

bathbombsStay Warm for the Winter: Homemade Bath Bombs

 

Winter is the perfect time to stay inside and take a warm bath. Make the bath water colorful and sweet-smelling with homemade bath bombs! This is a great gift for friends and family. Instructions for peppermint bath bombs are here. In a large bowl, pour a cup of baking soda, ½ a cup of citric acid, ½ a cup of cornstarch, then three tablespoons of epsom salt. In a small bowl, combine 2 teaspoons of almond oil, ¾ teaspoons water, and 15-20 drops of peppermint oil. Lastly, food coloring is an optional, but can be added to the small bowl mix for colorful bath bombs. Pour the contents of the small bowl into the large bowl, and whisk until they are fully combined. Baking molds or plastic ornament balls can be used to make different bath bomb shapes.

 

Peppermint isn’t everyone’s favorite flavor, but there are other scents of bath bombs. Another method for making bath bombs is mixing sodium bicarb and citric acid into a bowl until fully blended. Then, mix 10ml of oil, 20-60 drops of color, and 40 drops of the fragrance of your choice.

 

For the rest of the steps, and other bath bomb making techniques, check out this blog site: http://www.wayfair.co.uk/aresidence/2014/09/24/make-bath-bombs/

 

Tis the Season of Dry Lips: DIY Lip Balms

Winter is a dry, windy season, so it always helps to have a constant supply of lip balm. Homemade lip balm can be made with Kool Aid, coconut oil, and shea butter. For a more seasonal flavor, use a peppermint essential oil in place of Kool Aid.

 

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Cash and Cards: Money Bouquet

 

Gift shopping is hamoneyrd: It’s hard to figure out what a person really wants, and crowded shopping malls are a hassle. Here’s a way to give someone some cash, but make it special.

 

Fold some dollar bills accordion style, then fold the accordion style bill in half, and it will form a flower shape. Using a small piece of tape, tape the flower to a candy stick. Place the cash flowers in a mug filled with tissue paper or colored paper shreds.

 

 

Book Worms, TV Show Addicts and Movie Lovers: Items for Staying Inside and Memorabilia

 

cdbec286fb87ebe378bddb9867394391Fill a basket or holiday gift bag with packages of popcorn, movie box candy, and bottles of soda. These items are perfect for sitting around and binging on Netflix. Fun things to add to the basket or bag could include small merchandise from the movie or show. Places to check out for common or rare movie and tv show memorabilia would be Hot Topic , Jay’s CD and Hobby, and FYE.

 

Most Book lovers are looking for a good book, something warm to drink while they read, a bookmark, and a book light. Any of these items would make a great gift. Not sure what books they don’t have? Buy them a gift card to a Barnes and Noble, and let them find the book they’re missing in their collection. Warm drinks can’t exactly be wrapped up, so a Starbucks gift card, tea packages, or a container of pre-ground coffee will definitely do the trick. 

 

It doesn’t matter what time of the year it is, a majority of these gifts can be considered for any occasion. It’s always the thought that counts, so any gift is a special one.

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