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DIY Kitchen Gifts for Mom

Remember how much your mom loved it when you came home with a gift you’d made and not just run out to buy at the last minute? Now that you have more manual dexterity (and access to raw ingredients), make her something special from your kitchen. From edibles to spa-style products, this list will help you find here are some creative DIY gifts for Mother’s Day.

Bath Scrub:  Salt or sugar bath scrubs are easy to make, and leave your skin silky-smooth. Try this recipe from Wellness Mama: Mix together two parts of sugar, 1 part oil (almond, olive or coconut), 1/2 tsp Vitamin E oil (or the gel from a few capsules) and a few drops of your favorite essential oils.

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Alie & Georgia’s Homemade Canned Gift Ideas

As frugal gals at heart, wholly without use for fancy or expensive trinkets, our favorite gifts are those that encompass the following characteristics:

1. Useful
2. Unexpected
3. Homemade

It is with that in mind that we present our choice gift to give this year: jarred condiments. Yes, we said condiments. Also known as “stuff to put on things,” homemade condiments are a great way to add creative, interesting flair to any staples on the table.

Then, just put the “stuff to put on things” into a “thing that holds stuff,” also known as a Mason jar. As two vintage-inclined chicks, we’ve been extolling the virtues of the inexpensive yet kitschy vessel that is the Mason jar for years. They’re readily available at most grocery, kitchen and hardware stores and they’re cheap and adorable.

Below are some recipes for homemade condiments you can present in cute jars to turn your gift giving into something uniquely awesome. Attach a little label with serving suggestions, or make a gift basket with a few different jars of tasty things plus some recipes. Look! You just made someone’s whole year. Fine, that’s an overstatement, but they’ll be stoked.

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What I’m Gifting From My Kitchen This Year

Nothing beats a homemade gift from the kitchen during the holidays. I love gifting from my kitchen so much that I devoted an entire episode of Kelsey’s Essentials to it. My pie in a jar recipe is always a hit, but this year I wanted to do something that included a recipe that will be featured in my upcoming cookbook (coming in 2013!). I couldn’t resist my Aunt Kim’s famous gingerbread cookie recipe. They are soft and chewy, just the way I like my gingerbread men. To give them a bit more whimsy, I made them bite-sized. Isn’t everything more fun when it’s teeny tiny? I even used a few of the extra cookies to hang on my Christmas tree this year.

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Homemade Holiday Gift: DIY Harissa

Finished Harissa, With Ingredients

Food-wise, December looks something like this: Cookies, cookies, doughnuts, cookies, candy, cookies, cake, cookies. Champagne. Cookies.  I love all those sweets (and the bubbly) as much as the next gal, but between bites of buttery cookies and homemade caramels, I crave something savory, spicy and delicious.

I’m banking that I’m not the only one who feels this way, so this year I’m making a batch of harissa to give to friends as a holiday gift. This ubiquitous North African condiment is popping up in restaurants and on food blogs everywhere, and you can use it in many forms, from ketchup-like condiment to star-of-the-show spice rub. Sure, you can buy it in a tube, but making your own is easy, and you can control the heat level and seasoning.

Here’s how to make your own, package it and serve it up all month long.

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