Holiday DIY Gift Ideas
Baking Mix with Custom Recipe Wrapper
Kitchens bring friends and family even closer! Rather than giving out your famous cookies this year, teach somebody to make them! Start by mixing together all of your dry ingredients. Divvy your dry mix up into custom large cellophane bags. Use the interactive editor on ForYourParty.com to place your recipe name and instructions right to the cellophane bag or a handful of custom napkins! Here’s a simplified version of one of our favorite recipes to help get you started!
For Chocolate-Cabernet Cake, add the following dry ingredients to your bag/napkins:
- 2 cups of flour
- ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ tsp. salt
- Choose the style of your wedding
- 1 ¼ tsp. baking soda
Write the rest of the recipe of the bag:
Hooray for Choco-Cabernet!
- Beat 2 sticks butter (softened) with 1 ¾ cups of sugar
- Add 2 eggs and 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Fold in dry ingredients & 1 ¼ cups red wine
- Pour into cake pan, bake at 350° for 45 minutes
- Let cool for 10 minutes, flip onto cooling rack
- Dust with powder sugar, serve with ice cream!
For sugar cookie recipes, attach a festive cookie cutter with a piece of ribbon or baker’s twine. For the chocolate cabernet cake recipe, though, you’d be better off with a personalized bottle of wine…
Raise a glass! One sure way to lift holiday spirits is by giving out bottles of your favorite wine or Christmas ale. DIY diehards can brew their own. Of course, you can always take a shortcut to your favorite local wine store for a wide selection of fun and festive bottles. (We recommend Santa’s Private Reserve Ale by Rogue!). Add your personal touch by creating a wine bottle hanger with a personalized message. Our custom wine bags are also great for holiday party planners seeking a spirited take-home gift.
Fine Cigar with Custom Match Books
A pack of fine cigars is a stellar gift for any cigar aficionado. The only problem is, they’ll be up and smoke and gone before you know it. We recommend throwing in some personalized matchbooks to extend the lifespan of your smokin’ hot gift.Your recipient will be happy to learn that our cigar matches are made with non-sulfur tips to avoid unsavory flavors upon lighting up. Any stogie lover with a cigar bar or humidor in their home would be thrilled to receive a pack of personalized match books. Also consider some cigar clippers, an ash tray and other cigar accessories to be included as a gift set.
Personalized Hot Chocolate Packets
There’s something incredible nostalgic and comforting about hot chocolate. On chilly days, we all love the sensation of wrapping our cool hands around a warm mug, sipping slowly from a cozy chair near a crackling fire. This holiday season, give everyone on your list a personalized hot chocolate recipe! Start by buying a big tin of your favorite hot chocolate mix. Next, get gourmet! Consider adding cinnamon (or whole cinnamon sticks!), nutmeg, crushed peppermint candies, chocolate chips and – of course – marshmallows! Layer your ingredients into a custom cellophane bag as carefully as possible. Neatly tie your bags with baker’s twine and a custom gift tag! Add a custom stir stick to really spruce it up!
“Dear Santa” Door Hangers
Start an instant family tradition with Dear Santa door hangers. Everybody knows that Santa won’t come if the kids are still awake – or at least that’s what we tell them! Let Mr. Claus know the coast is clear by displaying these creative door hangers outside the kids’ rooms: “Dear Santa, The McCallister kids are all sound asleep. Please leave presents under the tree!” We also recommend leaving a blank space so the little ones can write their own messages to Santa. Pass these out at a holiday party, or surprise the children by letting them open a gift early on Christmas Eve. After milk and cookies, they’ll run upstairs with their door hangers, in hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there.
Reimagine the Coaster
Here’s an easy way to make all of your gifts extra special! Rather than sign your name on a piece of wrapping paper, design a unique gift tag that shows everyone who it’s from! Start by uploading your best selfie to a custom photo coaster on ForYourParty.com – a photo of your kitty or pup would be equally awesome! Punch a hole in the corner of the coaster and use a piece of baker’s twine to fasten it to your gifts. With these custom coaster tags, your recipients will be twice delighted: once upon receiving a gift, and once again when they see your quirky gift tag!