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