Easy DIY Gifts

Easy DIY gifts.  Well, now that doesn’t make sense, does it?  Let’s face it, we are two girls who are basically banned in our respective homes from assembling IKEA furniture.  They always give us extra pieces!!  You too?  So, from the two girls who can barely hang a picture (and by barely we mean cannot) we are into some easy DIY gifts so make life a little more fun, a little more creative and a little out of our comfort zone.  We love ourselves a challenge!  We also love taking things to people’s houses and giving gifts that have some personal thought and meaning behind them.  So, here we share with you and wreck our secrets of easy DIY gifts!

First, the basket.  It’s so great…you cannot screw this up!  You get a basket (from the dollar store is our choice) and then you pick a theme and load it up.  We’ve done mostly everything in basket form so let us share some of our faves with you!

Margarita basket – insert Williams Sonoma margarita mix, tortilla chips, fancy salsa and a great bottle of tequila.

Winter basket – juicy bottle of red wine, a soft throw blanket and a good book or candle.

Dummer basket – how appropriate right now – a bottle of rose, some cute plastic cups and a set of great cocktail napkins.

Baskets…you can’t go wrong!!

Another easy DIY gift is kitchen based since that’s where we love spending our time.  We love taking an old cork and writing the word BASIL on it and inserting it on a wire into a basil plant and taking someone a beautifully wrapped herb plant.  It’s so cute!  You can even make a little herb garden for someone too with the corks as the labels.  It looks amazing on a kitchen counter or even as labels in your own herb garden.

We are now heading further into the kitchen as everyone loves a sweet gift.  We love making little gifts like cookies, brownies, pies, anything goes really.  Today we want to share with you some salted caramels.  They are they best.  You have them on hand can package them up with the amounts of your preference.  Even better, you can truly add whatever you want to them.  We made ours with bourbon (requires a candy thermometer).

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup butter (cubed)
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon (plus more for the top) bourbon vanilla sea salt (Sea to Sky Seasonings makes this, I got mine at Edible Canada on Granville Island)

Directions:

  • Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  • In a heavy bottomed pot (make sure it’s a pot as when you add condensed milk and butter the caramel will boil), heat sugar and corn syrup over low-medium heat. Stir often and heat until the mixture becomes a dark amber color and has a nutty smell. Remove pot from heat and add in condensed milk and butter, whisk until smooth.
  • Now is a good time to pop your candy thermometer into the mixture. Return pot to heat and whisk until your thermometer registers 116°C (240°F). Once your thermometer reaches 116°C, remove pot from heat.
  • Whisk bourbon and 1 teaspoon of bourbon vanilla sea salt in well.
  • Pour mixture onto lined baking pan, sprinkle with sea salt until sufficiently covered and let cool.
  • Cut into bite sized pieces and wrap them in parchment paper if you desire. Alternatively, you could just cut them as you eat them.

What are some of your fave DIY gifts?!

XO,

Michelle & Samantha

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