If you’re anything like me, you’ve only just realized that Christmas is next week and while I have purchased all the big gifts (lucky us, most of our shopping was done weeks ago for Chanukah), there are smaller ones here and there that keep popping out of the woodwork. One such gift is the one we need to give to our babysitter.
My son absolutely LOVES his babysitter, like, nearly leaps out of our arms to her in the mornings. She seems to love him equally fiercely, and while there are things I’d like to change about our babysitting situation, I know my son is well loved when he’s at her house. And so I wanted to come up with a gift that I could make that she would actually enjoy, and one that might even make her life a little easier, since spending your days with an army of toddlers and my son isn’t the easiest thing in the world.
I decided to rule out any gifts with his picture because that seems like the kind of thing I’d love of my child, but maybe not everyone would want from someone else’s, you know? And because I don’t have any spare pictures of him lying around. So instead, I’m looking for things she would use and enjoy and most importantly, that can be made, easily, and in one day so that I can have it ready for her Thursday when I drop Eli off. After thoroughly scouring the internet, these are my 10 favorite easy homemade gifts, one of which I’ll be making today and giving to our babysitter tomorrow!
Candy Cane Sugar Scrub! 1 of 10This is the first one that caught my eye because it seemed totally doable and like something I would enjoy as a gift. I like that we can pick the colors and the scents and that if there's leftovers that I can totally just use it for me. I mean, that our babysitter can potentially use it to take care of herself after a long day of taking care of other people's crazy kids!
Learn how to make this gift at JacolynMurphy.com
Quick Bread in a Jar! 2 of 10You'll find that I'm a little obsessed with the jars right now, but this is a nice alternative to cookies and brownies in jars (which, maybe are on my list, too). I know our babysitter loves to bake, so this could be a fun way to take some of the work out for her!
Learn how to make this gift at Sunset.com
Homemade Shower Gel 3 of 10I usually hesitate to give gifts of bath and shower gel stuff since I have a huge cupboard full of these kinds of gifts, but I think that being able to make it without chemicals and other such things, and with scents I know our babysitter likes, elevates this to the level of a pretty great and personalized gift.
Learn how to make this gift at ehow.com
Cowboy Cookies in a Jar! 4 of 10These are, hands down, my favorite cookies. And like I said before, I know our babysitter loves to cook/bake, so this is a fun way for her to be able to make something for herself and her family, without having to take the time to find a recipe, measure out the ingredients or make a trip to the store.
Learn how to make this gift at bakerella.com
Snowman Handprint Ornament! 5 of 10You should know, I am very, very not crafty. I usually don't make things unless they're edible, I can't draw or sew, and the one time I made a scarf, one end was half as wide as the other. I'm not even exaggerating. BUT, even I think I could make this. And since our babysitter has a HUGE tree and is one of those people just in love with all things Christmas, she might actually enjoy something like this. I might still sneak something edible into her bag, I can't help myself.
Learn how to make this gift at Homemaking Honeys
Bean Soup in a Jar! 6 of 10Bean soup is one of my favorite childhood memories. My mom made a 10 bean soup that we had every winter and something about it is so holiday-esque for me, I love the idea of sharing that with our babysitter and helping her make dinner after a long day of babysitting.
Learn how to make this gift at recipe.com
Homemade Lip Balm! 7 of 10I have to say, I saw this one and immediately thought that I would LOVE to receive this, which is why it's on my list. As a former teacher I got all manner of holiday gifts, and I would've loved getting something like this from a student. Likewise, I think that our babysitter would enjoy this, especially using some of her favorite oils and coloring!
Learn how to make this gift at New Nostalgia
Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn! 8 of 10I have a major sweet tooth and to me, there are few foods as perfect as kettle corn -- that combination of sweet and salty is everything good. The ease of this gift is high and pairing it with a gift card for a DVD or movie tickets would be perfect!
Learn how to make this gift at Emmaline Bride
Homemade Lotion Bars 9 of 10Much like the lip balm above, I would absolutely love to receive this as a gift for myself, which makes me hopeful that our babysitter would like it as well. I know that she washes her hands about a million times a day, so a good moisturizer for her hands would be perfect!
Learn how to make this gift at Everyday Paleo
Homemade Hot Chocolate 10 of 10It's only just gotten cold in Southern California in the last week and I have so wanted to curl up on our couch with some hot chocolate and since my husband shares the sentiment, I figure it might be as much the weather as my sweet tooth. I love how pretty this is and how entirely delicious it sounds. Peppermint hot cocoa is about as seasonally perfect as it gets, and I think it's something that most of us would be pretty happy with.
Learn how to make this gift at myrecipes.com
What is your favorite homemade gift to give during the holidays?