Our friends are like our siblings…if we had lots and lots of siblings. We want to show them all that we care and are thinking about them during the holidays (plus, who doesn’t love giving gifts?) but it’s a bit impractical to spend upwards of $25 on all your friends while on the budget of a young adult. Don’t worry! You can be thoughtful and unique without dropping lots of cash. Whether you’re making the gifts to save some funds or finding deals online, you’ll have your Christmas shopping done before you know it. Here’s an easy and inexpensive, but unique, gift for every type of friend you might have.
For the Foodie
Have a loved one who’s always cooking (or always eating…same thing)? Make some homemade flavored salts! You can get cheap plastic jars on Amazon or at the Container Store for less than two bucks a pop, and then you can fill them with these inexpensive novelty seasonings.
For Bacon Salt – That’s right…bacon salt. You can use it on popcorn, potatoes, cheesy soups, baked vegetables…just about anything. Bake 6 strips of bacon in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until it starts blackening. Press out the excess oil with a paper towel. Throw them in the food processor with ½ cup of coarse sea salt, and divide amongst jars for friends!
For Lime-Ginger Salt – It’s amazing for rimming the glasses of margaritas, seasoning turkey burgers, or sprinkling on avocados. Just zest a lime and let the zest dry out overnight. Put it in the food processor with a ½ cup of coarse sea salt and teaspoon of ginger powder – yum!
For the Nature Child
All you need are a few succulents (plants that are thick, fleshy, and don’t require much water, like cacti), some soil, a fishbowl, and some pretty pebbles. Layer the pebbles on the bottom and the soil on top, then plant the succulents inside. Find some cute ornaments, like little garden gnomes, at the craft store to decorate. Super easy!
For the Beauty Queen
Got a girly friend who loves makeup, dresses, and beauty? Whip up a batch of raw sugar body scrub and package it in a cute decorated jar for a thoughtful gift for your skincare addict! Using 2 ½ cups of Sugar in the Raw, ¾ cups of plain white sugar, 5 tablespoons of vanilla extract, and ¼ cup of almond oil. Mix together the sugars, then add in the oil and vanilla extract until it’s evenly distributed. Put it in the jar and make sure it’s airtight – she’ll love how smooth and hydrated it makes her body and hands!