Gift-giving can be a tricky business. What makes a gift truly special? It’s when it comes from the heart. A heartfelt gesture infused with the spirit of thoughtfulness is unmistakably genuine, and always appreciated by the recipient.
An easy way to show you really care is to make something unique as part of your gift! By crafting something yourself, you show the other person that you’re willing to take the time and do the work to give a meaningful present. While some projects are more involved and others are less time-consuming, they all say “I care” in a personalized way.
We love sharing great Italian-made glassware with the world, and giving you fun and helpful ideas through our blog. That’s why we’ve come up with these five ideas for easy homemade gifts. Best of all, you can package your DIY gift inside our Lock Eat Collection, making the gift two-fold: The recipient can start with what’s inside, and then use the jar for years to come. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!
1. Bath Scrub
Creating luxurious bath scrubs is as easy as combining a few ingredients. First, grab your favorite coconut oil or olive oil. Next, combine with granulated sugar using a one-to-one ratio. Mix together with a sturdy spoon in a large enough bowl that you have room to work. You can add vanilla extract, lavender oil or peppermint oil to make a wonderfully fragrant scrub. If you use scents, add them drop by drop (stir and smell after a few drops), and stop once the scrub smells pleasantly fragrant.
Mix up the color of your scrub by adding brown sugar instead of granulated, or create an energizing scrub by adding coarsely ground coffee. For coffee scrubs, the ratio is one part coffee, one part sugar and two parts oil.
You can also create grease-cutting scrubs for those who like to work on cars and other smudge-prone hobbies. Simply replace the oil for the scrub with a natural dish soap (the kind for hand wash), and voila! Try the 6.75-oz. size or 4.25-oz. size Lock Eat for scrubs.
Other bath gift ideas: Limited edition shaving kits, artisan soap collections or a nail polish assortment inside the Extra Large 25.25 oz.
2. Loose Tea or Coffee
It doesn’t get easier than finding great coffee or loose leaf tea and pouring it into a well-made jar. Include a personalized tag or label telling the recipient what kind it is, where it’s from and the brewing directions. Not gifting to a coffee or tea fan? You can always toss in some potpourri to brighten the season! The Extra Large 34-oz. Lock Eat is the best choice here.
3. Cookies in a Jar
Envision beautiful layers of cookie ingredients displayed like a parfait. You’ve seen them in gift shops, and now you can craft the gift yourself! Simply arrange all the dry ingredients layer by layer inside a jar (according to your favorite recipe). Pay extra attention to create contrasting layers in terms of color and texture. Cap the jar and add a recipe card! Try the Handy Jar 50.75 oz. or Handy Jar 67.75 oz. for a double batch of cookie mix.
4. Pickles, Sauces and Preserves
This gift is a bit more involved, and perfect for the kitchen aficionado who wants to share the craft. Load up your Lock Eat jars with your favorite recipe for pickles, preserves or home-canned sauces. Lock Eat jars are canning safe, making them the perfect vessel! Looking for something new to try? Check out our recipes for pear vanilla jam and infused oils and vinegars. Any size you want is perfect! You can even give out your homemade hot sauce (maybe opt for a smaller size on that one).
DIY candles are easier than you think. Look for pure beeswax blocks to melt. If you don’t want to go the plain route, then opt for scented candle wax blocks (in bulk with no wick). You can devote an old or inexpensive double boiler to wax-melting or purchase an electric mug warmer. Then, all you need is wicks of the right length for the jar (easily available online or at a craft store).
- Mug warmer: Pace chopped wax blocks directly into the Lock Eat jar and place the jar on the warmer. Once the wax melts, place the wick in the center of the candle and secure with Scotch tape to the edges of the jar (so it stays centered). Add more wax and reheat if necessary. Cool until set and remove the tape.
- Double boiler: Add chopped wax to a double boiler and fill the bottom portion with simmering water. Once the wax is melted, pour it into the jar and insert the wick. Affix the tape to keep the wick centered and cool until set. Remove the tape.
- Pro tip: Lay down old newspaper to protect surfaces when pouring hot wax, and wear oven mitts if necessary.
One last tip! You can easily spruce up these DIY gifts with a cut square of patterned fabric or plain burlap over the lid. Simply tie a matching ribbon or jute string around the edges to secure the square, and you’re set. This is also the perfect place to string a hole-punched tag with the message of your choice. Remember to mention that your Lock Eat gift container is dishwasher, freezer, microwave and canning safe!
At Luigi Bormioli, we take pride in our Italian-crafted, superior quality glassware. You will enjoy their beauty, durability and strength for many years to come. We aim to enhance your tabletop lifestyle and entertaining experience with a glass for every occasion. When the moment matters, the glass matters.