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Best Handmade Gifts: 7 Simple Projects to Give on Their Own or as Part of a Perfect Package

Magazine article Sunset

Best Handmade Gifts: 7 Simple Projects to Give on Their Own or as Part of a Perfect Package

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GIVE 'EM A BREAK

A water hyacinth basket ($12; pierl.com) is the natural choice to contain spa-inspired stress relievers.

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Make

BATH SCRUB

Create a scrub from 1/2 cup each Epsom salts and sugar, plus 1/4 cup sunflower oil, and place inside a pretty glass mason jar ($32 for set of six;heathceramics.com).

LAVENDER SACHET

Use dried lavender and a small muslin bag to form a sachet.

TRAVEL CANDLE

Repurpose candy or mint tins as candles: Simply melt wax and add a wick (available at craft stores).

Add

+ Eco-friendly ballet slippers ($50; endless.com).

+ Yellow blossom adjustable eye mask ($12; bibbon.etsy.com).

MAKE IT PERSONAL

Present monogrammed items in a canvas tote ($15; upprcasegallery.ca) that bears the recipient's initials.

Make

PAPERWEIGHTS

Stencil river rocks with white rub-on transfers (available at craft stores).

By Kelly Wilkinson, San Francisco

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HANDKERCHIEF

Hand-stamp a linen napkin.

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By Arounna Khounnoraj, Toronto, ON

Add

+ Colorful pencils (from $9 for 12, explicitlyyourspencils. …

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