tiny gifts for grown-up people.

December 1, 2022

Five of my favorite tiny gifts made by other folks, wrapped up in a simple project made by you! Yes? Yes!

In case you have the itch to offer a little something handmade this holiday season, here are five gifts small enough to fit inside a stocking, but perfect for pairing with projects developed by Rose in the Reading My Tea Leaves archive. Each gift arrives in packaging that’s thoughtful and low-waste on its own. Tucked into a handmade vessel of your own making, they become tiny treasures.

Kate McLeod Mini Body Stones in a Clay Vessel:

The full-size Kate McLeod Body Stones are luxurious and wonderful, and in gift giving season, the minis are a dream. They’re every bit as decadent as the full-size stone and just right when you have a long list of folks to shop for. We especially love them tucked into the air-dry clay vessels that Rose and I shared a few years ago. One block of DAS air-dry clay will give you five or six vessels and excluding the drying time, you can make half a dozen in half an hour, easy. (Vessels also excellent for tiny tea lights!)

Conscia Solid Shampoo and Conditioner in a Floral Twine Basket

The Conscia Solid Shampoo and Conditioners arrive wrapped up in cloth that looks ready for gift giving, but they’re even more special tucked into a sculptural floral twine basket. The petite-size stones are lovely for gift giving and sampling and come in sets of two. One roll of paper-coated floral wire can likely make a dozen of these small baskets and once you get the hang of it, the baskets can be cranked out in no time. (Still more basket giving ideas!)

+ Use the code TEA15 to receive 15% off your Conscia order!

Even Keel Bath Fizzies in a Cloth Masu Box

Even Keel Bath Fizzies come in a beautiful paper box of their own, but if you wanted to split up a set and spread the love a bit, tucking them into a starched fabric masu box is a beautiful route to take. After the fizzies are used up, the tiny box becomes a spot to store hair elastics, bobby pins, matches, paper clips, or whatever other tiny thing your heart desires.

+ Use the code GIVING2022 through the end of the week for 20% off at Even Keel.

Artifact Uprising Print Sets in an Origami Folder

I already shared one way to give the gift of photograph prints this year, but for folks looking for a quicker project, making an origami folder might be a thing to try. For this one, instead of using the elastic shown in the original tutorial, I punched two holes through the outside pockets of the folder and attached metal brads and a piece of string to make a classic portfolio folder tie. Folders also excellent for giving gifts of experience, time, money, and yes, watercolors.

+ Use the code READTEA15 to get 15% off sitewide at Artifact Uprising, including Print Sets like the ones shown here. (No expiry!)

+ PS. I used pages from an old Appointed Wall Calendar to make these folders! If you want to have a very beautiful calendar that you can put to work after the year’s out, use the code READTEALEAVES to receive 15% off sitewide at Appointed (No expiry!).

PF Candle Company Incense in a Clay Vessel

The piñon incense sticks from PF Candle Company are my favorite to burn this time of year. They smell like woodsmoke and cedar with a hint of vanilla. Cozy, in other words. To turn the clay vessel into an incense burner, I added a clay bead (a lump of air-dry clay with a hole poked through!) to the bottom of the burner. If you try it, shoot for a bead made from a ball about the size of a small ping-pong ball to make sure it’s heavy enough to keep your stick upright! My first attempt was too small and I had to secure it with a dab of glue).

+ Use the code TEALEAVES for 20% off your PF Candle purchase (one use per customer, valid until 1/31/23).

If you’re looking for other simple craft ideas for gift giving, we’ve got you covered. And don’t forget: tiny gifts for tiny people.

For the curious: My birch ball vase is made by Stockhome!

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  • Reply Robin December 1, 2022 at 10:54 pm

    This is so beautiful, thank you. Just ordered the body stone!

  • Reply E December 2, 2022 at 6:03 pm

    Just hopping on here to say if you love the smell of piñon incense this time of year, let me tell you: try to come to New Mexico in the winter sometime! 🙂 In my city it smells like ambient piñon (from fireplaces) and cold, frosty juniper all season long. A very cozy vibe.

  • Reply Allison December 5, 2022 at 1:27 am

    Piñon is what’s burning in my house these days, too 🙂

  • Reply Margo December 7, 2022 at 5:27 am

    Hello Erin. Might I ask where you got the wooden ball/vase? Thank you!

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