Awesome Affordable DIY Gifts

Happy Holidays, Being A Wordsmith Readers!

I had a fantastic Christmas and am getting ready for the new year. Watch out, 2014!

I was quite the busy elf this past week. I always get the best unique gifts at Tuesday Morning and Marshall’s for birthdays, Christmas, and other special occasions.


awesome affordable diy gifts


This year I wanted to try something different for Christmas. And Pinterest came to my rescue yet again. So did the posts of other bloggers.  I am excited to share some of my DIY gift preparations for Christmas with you.


peppermint stick cocoa mix


This DIY gift was inspired by a pin from Heather at for a recipe from It was the perfect Christmas gift for The Deuce’s teacher. The school secretary was loving it when I dropped it off, and I passed the info on to her. I made two more for family members.




Recipe ingredients for Peppermint Stick Cocoa Mix

  • 1/2 cup powdered or dry milk
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy

Layer in order: powdered milk, cocoa powder, sugar, salt, chocolate chips, and crushed peppermint candy into a container.

Tip #1: Take your time with this project. Use a spoon to help scoop ingredients into measuring cup and then into gift container. My first attempt at this involved clouds of cocoa powder and powdered milk, peppermint stick dust, and an all-around mess.

Tip #2: Crush the peppermints in a plastic bag to make for easy pouring. The more mini chocolate chips and peppermint candy the better–it keeps the lower container contents compacted for initial presentation.


Yields three 20 oz containers. If your containers are different sizes, just keep the ratio of ingredients constant.

To make the tags, I typed and printed the following: “Mix contents in a large bowl. For each serving, place 1/3 cup mix in a mug and stir in 1 cup boiling water. Store remaining mix in airtight container.”

Then I cut it out, and glued it to a piece of scrapbook paper that I cut with scalloped scissors. I punched a hole in the tag, and pulled a piece of colored twine through it to tie a bow around the top of the plastic container. 

What I spent on items needed:

$1.00 for 12 peppermint candy cane pack from Dollar Tree
$1.38 ($.69 each) for 2 giant peppermint sticks at Dollar Tree
$1.45 for mini chocolate chips from local grocery store
$3.80 for 3 qt bag of dry milk from local grocery store
$2.88 for unsweetened cocoa powder from local grocery store
$3.00 for (3) 20 oz. plastic containers from Dollar Tree
$1.00 for 3 pack of colored twine from Dollar Tree
$0.00 sugar and salt (already had)
$0.00 printer paper, glue stick, scrapbook paper for label (already had)

TOTAL: $14.51



honey lavender sugar scrub


This gift was inspired by a post from Angie at I gave this to 2 family members and 1 close friend.

Recipe ingredients for Honey Lavender Sugar Scrub

  • 1-1/2 cups raw sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 12 drops of lavender essential oil


1. Place all ingredients in a bowl.
2. Mix with a spoon until combined.
3. Scoop into jars for gift-giving.



Yields 1 small, 1 medium, 1 large Mason jars. 

You can make label or tags from the free printable on the post from Angie at

I didn’t have any labels on hand so I cut out the title with scalloped scissors, and glued it to a piece of scrapbook paper. I punched a hole in the tag, and pulled a piece of colored twine through it to tie a bow around the top of the Mason jars. I used double-sided tape to keep the tag in place.


What I spent on items needed:

$3.49 Sugar in the Raw from local grocery store
$2.99 for 2.5 oz. bottle with dropper of lavender essential oil from Joann Fabric’s
$1.00 for 3 pack of colored twine from Dollar Tree
$0.00 printer paper, glue stick, double-sided tape scrapbook paper for label (already had)
$0.00 olive oil (already had)
$0.00 granulated sugar (already had)
$0.00 honey (already had)
$0.00 Mason jars (already had)

TOTAL: $7.48


Are these gifts that you would give? Like to receive?

Which ingredients/items would you already have?

What are you doing for New Years’ Eve?


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