Category Archives for "Gift Ideas"

December 24, 2013

Last Minute Gift Ideas

Tips Tuesday: Last Minute Gift Ideas

Last Minute Gift Ideas

Are you in search of last minute Christmas gift ideas? Unexpected guests or last minute party invitations can send anyone into a holiday tailspin but you don’t have to worry. These simple Last Minute Gift Ideas will help you keep your holiday spirit and give last minute holiday gifts that everyone will still like.

Here are our last minute gift ideas suggestions:

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December 4, 2013

Top 10 Gift Ideas for Teachers

Top 10 Gift Ideas For Teachers

Gift Ideas

Teachers spend so much of their time dedicated to our children and we want to make sure that the gift they receive spreads the holiday cheer. I have many teacher friends and each year they receive numerous coffee mugs and reusable cups. So I have created a list of top 10 Gift Ideas for TeachersContinue reading

November 27, 2013

Hanukkah Gifts 2013

Hanukkah Gifts 2013

hanukkah gifts

Do you wonder what the Jewish people buy for one another.. The same things as Christian people. I have had people ask me that. Yup, I smiled and answered in a way that only I can answer we buy one another savings bonds we know the value of a dollar. Then when they look shocked I tell them the secret we buy the same gifts. We just buy 8 gifts.Continue reading

November 12, 2013

Gifts in Jars: Foaming Bath Salts

Gifts in Jars: Foaming Bath Salts is an easy recipe with only 4 ingredients!

Gifts in Jars

Gifts in Jars: Foaming Bath Salts are poured under the running water to get a full bubble bath.

Gifts In A Jar: Foaming Bath Salts

Gifts In A Jar:  Foaming Bath Salts


  • Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup liquid soap
  • 1 tablespoon light oil such as canola
  • food coloring optional
  • 6 cups rock salt crystals


  1. *I used Kosher salt - actually flat salt crystals and they will dissolve quicker in a lower temperature water.
  2. Mix together the soap, oil, and food coloring if desired. Pour this mixture over the rock salt in a large plastic or glass bow. Stir continuously until the salt crystals are evenly coated. Spread the salts out in a thin layer on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper and allow to air dry. Drying can take up to 24 hours depending on the depth of salts, humidity in your area and other factors. Put the bath salts into a decorative container when they are completely dry.
  3. Consider adding a pouf or loufa sponge by simply hooking the rope around the jar. Another easy option for presentation of this jar is to include it in a basket of relaxation and spa time products such as a book, candle, and lotion.

The liquid soap I used had a bit of color to it so I did not add any coloring.  If you do you may need to add additional drying time.  Yield 48 ounces, enough for 24 baths.

Attach a label with these directions to your Gifts in Jars: Foaming Bath Salts:  Pour 1/4 cup of the salts into the bath under running water.

See Gifts in Jars:  Homemade Hand Scrub, Homemade Bath roundups or Brownie mix in a jar

Gifts in Jars are quick and easy thoughtful homemade gifts!

Gifts In Jars: Oatmeal Spice Cookie Mix

Gifts In Jars:  Oatmeal Spice Cookie Mix is a repeat request among my friends for Christmas gifts!

Gifts In Jars

This Gifts In Jars can be stored for later use – up to 3 months after the holidays.

Layer ingredients in the order given in a 1 quart WIDE mouth canning jar.  It will be a tight fit, make sure you pack each layer firmly before adding the flour mixture.  As you pack each layer down make sure you are doing so evenly around the jar.  After each layer, brush down any crumbs from the inside of the jar.

Gifts In A Jar: Oatmeal Spice Cookie Mix

Gifts In A Jar:  Oatmeal Spice Cookie Mix


  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup raisins* see variations
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • For the top layer mix:
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Be sure to wipe crumbs off the inside after each layer so your layers are not blurred as in this picture. The sugar had not been wiped off early in the layering process.
  2. Wipe the rim of the Gifts in a jar, put on the lid and rim. Decorate as desired. Attach the following label to the Gifts in a jar: Empty jar into a bowl. Blend mix. Add 3/4 cup softened butter. Stir in one slightly beaten egg. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla. Mix until completely blended. You will need to finish mixing with your hands because the dough will be stiff. Shape into balls the size of walnuts. Place on cookie sheets 2 inches apart. Bake at 350 F (175 C) for 11-13 minutes. Cool 5 minutes on baking sheet. Remove to racks to finish cooling.

Makes 3 dozen cookies.

Variation:  If you prefer other dried fruit such as cranberries or figs use those instead of or in a mixture with the raisins.  Chips (butterscotch, chocolate, cacoa nibs, peanut butter or a mixture of all of them) may also be substituted.  In the above recipe pictures a mixture of butterscotch and chocolate chips are used.

If you would like to make your own topper labels Amazon has labels that fit the top of a regular mouth canning jar perfectly.  When decorating a topper label you can make a design, family motto, or a message to make the jar look more professional.  If the decoration for your Gifts in jars is such that you don’t want to detract from the looks of the jar with the directions label, use a round label and attach it to the BOTTOM of the jar.

Gifts In Jars are simple to make and even simpler to give.