This week I participated in a Dollar Store Holiday Decorating Challenge. I made peppermint stick candles. While I was browsing around the dollar store, I noticed several things I thought would make good gifts. So in addition to the peppermint sticks and candles, I brought home several other goodies.
Personalized cookie spatula:
I just used a Sharpie to add a name to a wood-handled spatula. I've had one of these spatulas for years and just love it--it's a great little tool and very sturdy. I made one for a friend and made this one for myself.
Again, I used a Sharpie and free-handed "Quid pro quo" onto the backscratcher's handle. Get it?
Cinnamon stick candles:
I simply cut cinnamon sticks the same length as the height of two pillar candles and hot-glued them on.
Cinnamon stick ornament:
This is just three cinnamon sticks tied with a bright bow. I attached an ornament hanger to make it easy to place on the tree. This would also be great tied on top of a package.
Note: To make my cinnamon stick creations even more delectable, I rub some of this oil onto each cinnamon stick. You can't buy this at the dollar store, but I think it's worth the investment. This is my favorite Christmas scent, and the cinnamon sticks are the perfect absorbent surface.
I simply poured some lavender-scented epsom salts into a jar and added a tag. These smell wonderful!
I mixed some plain Epsom salts with extra-virgin olive oil to create this pretty citron-colored scrub. It exfoliates and moisturizes. (You can use any kind of salt and any kind of oil for this. Sometimes I use Tropicana suntan oil, and the mixture smells like the beach!)
Hot cocoa mug:
I poured a cup's worth of hot cocoa mix into a disposable cake decorating bag, added some marshmallows to the top, and tied it with twine and a tag.
Then I simply placed the cocoa mix into a dollar store mug along with a giant peppermint stick.
Note: My "tags" are just pieces of cardstock. I used Microsoft Word to create the messages and just printed in the colors I liked, then cut the tags out with scissors. Not very sophisticated, but it works!
Do you ever use dollar store items to make gifts? I'd love to hear about them!
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