Homemade gifts are a nice touch during the holidays. Last year I started a bit early in the season and made vanilla extract, infused vodkas and peppermint patty candies. But homemade gifts don't need to be time consuming. Two of my favorite quick projects are lemon and olive oil hand scrub and vanilla coffee syrup. Not only are the ingredients inexpensive for these two projects, but many of you will likely already have them on hand.
I whipped up a batch of each in less than 20 minutes on Saturday and packaged them in decorative glass jars -- but old jam jars would would work just as well. I like to keep a few of these under the tree to pair with fresh baked cookies for a quick host or hostess gift during the holiday party season.
I'm always on the look-out for new gift ideas. Feel free to leave other suggestions in the comments.