Ideas for homemade Christmas presents include lavender bath fizzies, mint sugar scrub, grapefruit lavender soap and a jewelry organizer. For game lovers, make a memory card game or a classic tic-tac-toe board.
To make a classic tic-tac-toe board game, sand down a rectangular, raw-edged wood piece to create a smooth, attractive surface, and cut a 2- to 3-inch diameter log into 1-inch thick slices. Use a ruler and a pencil to draw tic-tac-toe lines onto the surface of the board, and evenly brush wood stain along the lines. Paint the X's and O's onto the wood circles or use the initials of the person for a more personalized touch. After the stain dries, rub all the surfaces with a wood oil, and allow it to set.
Make an old-fashioned memory card game by printing photos onto card stock, and pasting them to colored mat board with craft glue. After the craft glue dries, brush another layer of the top of the pictures or images.
Opt for a relaxing gift by making homemade bath fizzies that only require baking soda, cornstarch, citric acid and lavender essential oil. Combine 1 cup of baking soda, 1 cup of citric acid and 1/2 cup of cornstarch in a bowl, and spritz it with just enough water to form a thick dough. Knead in lavender oil, optional lavender buds and a few drops of purple food coloring, and press the mixture into a silicone mold for a couple of hours until it hardens. Remove the fizzies, and place them in a decorative jar for gifting.