For holiday gifts this year, Natalie and I made a few different things. Last year I did a lot of baking, this year, very little baking, more use of the hot glue gun.
First up is the Tea Wreath. I cut circles out of cardboard and Natalie and I covered them with scrapbook paper. Then we covered clothes pins with more craft paper and glued them to the circles then added little holiday-ish decals and added tea to every clothes pin and a bow.
Next up was vanilla cranberry vodka. I took a big bottle of vodka and split it between three smaller ones. I decided to add a little sweetness to the vodka, so I made a simple syrup, and added the cranberries and vanilla beans to that to soak up the sweet. Next I put the cranberries and vanilla into the vodka and shook it up. Put the label on it and tied a bow - bam, gift. Oh, and it is yummy. Christmas morning my brother made a delicious drink by adding some of this vodka to crushed ice, orange juice and a peach from some home-canned peaches and stirred it around. So good!
Vanilla Cranberry Vodka
I also decided to make S'more's kits too. I put a can of sterno, a bag of marshmallows, bag of graham crackers, two bars of chocolate and a few skewers into a box and wrapped it up and added the tag to "enjoy S'more holiday time together".
Lastly, Natalie and I mixed up a few packages of reindeer food that we gave to a few friends, and forgot to give to a few others...Natalie enjoyed sprinkling it around our yard on Christmas eve to lure the reindeer to our house, and it worked!
**Side note - the vodka and wreath photos were taken with Phil's iPhone...the others? our camera. Remember when photos taken with a phone were deemed "crappy phone photos"? no longer