If your planning on a homemade Christmas or thinking of making a couple of presents to save a little money, now is the time to start.
Here are some great ideas using ingredients from your pantry to turn into stunning gifts -
* Vanilla extract can easily be made from Vodka and vanilla beans. Buy the cheapest bottle of Vodka you can find and decant it into smaller sterilised glass bottles with a lid. Split two vanilla beans in half, and place into the smaller bottle. Replace the lid and store out of direct sunlight. Shake every week. Alternatively, put 5 - 6 vanilla beans into the large vodka bottle and decant after a few months. The vanilla extract can be used in as little as 8 weeks but some people wait for up to a year for a stronger flavour.
* Chocolate brownie dry mixes in a jar make a wonderful baking treat for those who might not usually bake or are time poor. Carefully layer all the dry ingredients in the jar, place the lid on, tie on a wooden spoon and the recipe with a luscious ribbon
* Bath bombs require some ingredients that most pantries stock. Here's the recipe I use. Pack the mixture into moulds or spoon it loose into a jar and tie a fancy spoon on.
* As I've mentioned in many blog posts over the years, a jar of home baked biscuits makes a great present.
* Face and body scrubs can be made from basic pantry items. Here's a link to some great simple recipes Face and Body Scrubs
* Nuts and Bolts savoury snack is so simple to make using Nutri-Grain cereal, peanuts and seasonings. Store in a large glass jar and makes a great men's gift. Here's a link to the recipe Nuts and Bolts.
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|Making bath bombs|
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