5 DIY presents to make this year
Low-budget, make-at-home gifts that come from the heart.
1. DIY ginger and oat biscuits kit
Perfect for: The budding baker
How to: In a large jar, layer the following ingredients: 1 cup (150g) flour, ½ tsp (3ml) baking powder, 2 Tbsp (30ml) ground ginger, a pinch of salt, 1¾ cups (165g) oats, ½ cup (125g) brown sugar and 1 vanilla pod. Write this oat biscuits recipe on the gift tag!
Give a little extra: Offer the gift of instant gratification with any of our sweet candy specials.
2. Sweet and spicy braai rub
Perfect for: The braai master
How to: Toast 2 Tbsp (30ml) coriander seeds. Cool. Grind in a mortar and pestle. Add 1 Tbsp (15ml) paprika, 1 Tbsp (15ml) each brown sugar and ground cumin, 2 tsp (10ml) each dried thyme and mustard powder and 1 tsp (5ml) each salt and milled pepper and mix well. Spoon into two small jars and gift.
Give a little extra: Direct them to our ultimate cheat’s braai guide for extra brownie points.
3. Nourishing citrus zest sugar scrub
Perfect for: The pamper princess
How to: Stir 2 cups (500g) sugar and ⅓ cup (80ml) melted coconut oil together. Add the zest and juice of 2 lemons and 2 oranges. Spoon into 2 jars and seal tightly.
Give a little extra: Complete the set with any of our pamper-perfect gift packs.
4. Rooibos spiced gin
Perfect for: The artisanal mixologist
How to: Place 1 cup (250ml) gin in a glass jar. Add 1 split vanilla pod, 2 whole cloves, 1 cinnamon stick and 2 rooibos teabags and seal. Stand for 1 week at room temperature to infuse. Remove teabags and cloves and top up with 2 cups (500ml) gin. Mix well. Divide between three bottles to gift.
Give a little extra: Splurge on an artisanal gin for guaranteed delicious results.
5. Succulent jars
Perfect for: The closet gardener
How to: Cover the bottom of empty, clean and dry jars with a layer of pot plant mixture, then another layer of white stones (available at your closest nursery). Plant miniature succulents. Decorate the jars with washi tape and ribbons.
Give a little extra: Make a bunch of succulent jars as Christmas table decorations for each guest to take home as a token.