Whether you are gifting your co-workers for their birthday, to say thank you, or just to be nice, showing your appreciation can get expensive. The right gifts are always either just nowhere to be found or they cost too much to pull off. Do-it-yourself gifts are the way to go.
Not only are do-it-yourself gifts much less expensive than store-bought gifts, but they can be easy too. Even more importantly is how special a handmade gift will be to your co-workers, to really show how much they mean to you.
The first step to coming up with a really great treat for your co-workers is, of course, coming up with the right idea. Then all you have to do is get your supplies and get to work. You might be surprised how easy some projects are, and how great the payoff is.
Here are six ideas for great DIY gifts:
Cookie Mix in A Jar
Use large mason jars to layer dry cookie ingredients. Attach a label or gift tag with directions for how to make the cookies. To make your mix look professional, make sure to pack in your ingredients so there is clear distinction between layers. Also, try to separate similar colors. For example, do not pack sugar next to the flour. Instead, make sure there is something like oats or chocolate chips in between them to break up the layers.
Beverage Mix in A Jar
You can use the same basic idea for beverage mixes. For this idea, you can choose to use store bought mixes that you just pour into the jars with other ingredients, or you can make your own mixes, which is the most recommended. You can find great recipes for homemade cocoa mixes, ciders, and other drink mixes online. Always include some sort of mix in like marshmallow, dried fruit, or whole spices. Attach a tiny spoon with your gift tag or label for a really cute touch.
Coffee Gift Basket
If you have a co-worker that loves coffee, you can put together a little gift basket of coffee related goodies to enjoy. You could include mugs, gourmet coffees, flavor syrups, fancy creamers, cookies or chocolates, and much more.
Homemade Body Scrub
You can make homemade body scrub with just three ingredients. All you need is sugar, coconut or grapeseed oil, and essential oils for fragrance. Simply mix the sugar and oil together to create the consistency of wet sand. Add essential oils as desired for relaxing aromatherapy and great scents.
Making your own candles is actually much easier than you might think also. All you need is some wax, wicks, fragrance, and jars to put them in. These ingredients can all be found online for pretty great prices. The price per candle is so low when you make them yourself that you might never buy a candle again.
Spa Gift Basket
Give the gift of relaxation with a nice spa gift basket. You can include a pedicure set, some nail polish, a face mask, hair mask, and while you’re at it, you can even throw in some of your homemade body scrub and a candle.
All of these ideas result in professional looking gifts that are personalized because you made them with your own hands. They are all the more special because you put your time, effort, and love into each and every detail. Your friends, family, and your co-workers will be so impressed and thankful for such a wonderful gift as the one you make yourself.