Christmas gifts made from the heart

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    Tired of generic, store-bought gifts this Christmas season? These easy, home-made presents will surely fulfill your creativity craving! And boys, what better way to woo your girlfriend or make your mother proud than with a gift from the heart?

    Record Bowl

    – record

    – oven safe bowl/pot

    – cookie sheet

    Set oven to 200 degrees. Place the record on top of the bowl or pot, which you will then place on the cookie sheet. Put the record in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes, watching closely. Once the record starts to form over the shape of the bowl or pot, take it out and quickly mold it into the bowl shape you want. If you’re not satisfied with the first run, just stick the record back in, let it warm up again and re-mold it. Please don’t use a valuable record for this project, you will be sorry.

    Good gift for: musical friends, parents who want to be hip

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    Book Frame

    – old book with sturdy cover

    – X-Acto knife or box knife

    – photograph

    – glue

    Open the book and trace the size of the photograph on the front cover. Use an X-Acto knife or box knife to cut and peel away the bookboard, leaving the bookcloth in tact. On the front cover, cut a smaller opening in the bookcloth, leaving a one inch frame of bookcloth. Cut a diagonal line in each corner and fold bookcloth behind the cover, giving the frame a clean look. Glue the photograph onto the first page of the book. You can also make the frame on the cover larger than the photograph and use the knife to cut into some of the pages to give it more depth.

    Good gift for: grandmas, librarians, book lovers

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    Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar

    – small bowl

    – clean 1-quart jar with lid

    – ribbon

    – 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

    – 3/4 teaspoon baking soda

    – 3/4 teaspoon salt

    – 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips

    – 3/4 cup packed brown sugar

    – 1/2 cup granulated sugar

    Mix flour, baking soda and salt in bowl. Pour into the jar. Add chocolate chips, brown sugar and granulated sugar into the jar, respectively, packing down each layer. Put on the lid. Attach a chocolate chip cookie recipe* by punching a hole and tying with ribbon around the lid.

    Good gift for: mothers, girlfriends

    *the chosen recipe could make the ingredients above vary, but the Skiff is not permitted to print copyrighted recipes

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    Fleece-tied Blanket

    – 2 yards of fleece fabric (can be different patterns/colors or the same)

    – sharp scissors

    – tape measure or ruler

    – one 4″ X 4″ piece of paper

    Place the two pieces of fabric on top of each other. Take the 4″ X 4″ piece of paper and place it in one corner. Cut out around the piece of paper and repeat for each corner. Lay the tape measurer out from one corner to another. Cut 4 inches into the fabric every 1 inch, making fringes along each side. Repeat for both pieces of fabric on every side. Take the 2 fringes from the separate fabrics and tie them into a basic knot. Repeat for every fringe, and you have a new blanket!

    Good gift for: babies, friends who couldn’t pay their heater bill

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    Shaped Soap Bars

    – mild bar of soap

    – 1/2 cup warm water

    – thick cookie cutters

    – 1 cup measurer

    – grater

    – bowl

    – food coloring (optional)

    – ribbon (optional)

    Grate 1 cup of soap into bowl. Slowly pour 1/2 cup of warm water into the bowl and knead together. Add all the water and continue to knead until the mixture reaches a thick dough consistency. Add food coloring to your own desire. Lay the mixture out on a flat surface and press the cookie cutter into it. Make sure the entire cookie cutter is filled with the mixture. Dry the soap for 24 hours on the cookie cutter side so both sides dry. Pop out the soap and tie on a ribbon for an elegant look.

    Good gift for: smelly friends

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    Bath Salts

    – 2 cups Epson salt

    – 1 cup sea or rock salt

    – 1/4 tsp. Glycerine

    – food colors

    – essential oils or perfume appropriate for bathing

    – extracts from the kitchen work well, vanilla, lemon, cinnammon or mint

    – jar with lid

    – bowl

    Mix salts together in a bowl. Stir in glycerine, food colors and oils or perfume. Thoroughly dry the jar since salt will absorb any moisture in them. Scoop the salts into the jars and seal them tight. Decorate the jar for an extra pizazz, or add the list of ingredients for those with sensitive skin.

    Good gift for: a romantic endeavour, someone needing a hygiene hint

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