It is a tradition at our Family Thanksgiving each year to give “lovely departing gifts” to our guests. These are small, inexpensive stocking stuffer gifts. I’ve already blogged about the Magic Reindeer Food. That’s a constant year-to-year and is given to our youngest guests. But no one leaves empty-handed. For weeks leading up to Turkey Day I’m on the lookout for just the right thing. This year I finally stumbled across the perfect thing—the Scent of Christmas Air Fresheners.
I found the idea on the blog, Yesterday on Tuesday. The minute I saw them I knew it was perfect! I could make up several and not break the bank.
Not only are these a sweet holiday gift or stocking stuffer for those special people on your gift but an added bonus is they are easy to craft. My 6 year-old granddaughter, Zare, has been helping me make the “lovely departing gifts” this year. (Yes, we really refer to them as “lovely departing gifts.”) I needed something that was easy enough for a 6 year-old to make and still be stickin’ cute. You’ll have to agree these met the challenge.
I had no trouble finding the salt and pepper shakers at my local Dollar Store.
I also picked up ribbon and foam stickers while I was there. I had a little trouble coming up with the container of air freshener beads. I finally found a pack of three Christmas-scented ones at my local Walmart. It was a little less cost effective them purchasing them at the Dollar Store but it also gave us a choice of spruce, apple cinnamon, and pumpkin scents.
One of the best things about this craft is that it takes so little time to put it together. We did 8 individual air fresheners and it took us less than an hour start-to-finish. The clean-up was minimal. And we ended up with a cute little gift.
One word of caution—the warning label on the air freshener beads says do not get it in your eyes. Before we began I cautioned Zare not to touch the little beads. I didn’t want her touching the beads then touch her face or rubbing her eyes. We used a funnel to fill the salt and pepper shakers and I constantly supervised the crafting. The crafting went without mishap.
We wrapped a ribbon around the shaker and attached the foam sticker. On the top of the shaker we used a little square of Press and Seal to cover the shaker’s holes. We didn’t want the air freshener to be all used up before we even gifted them. We put them inside little plastic bags, tied them up with curling ribbon, and attached the little tag to each of them. (It is so nice when the blogger includes a free print-out to go with their craft.)
While we were working on them, Zare asked if she could make one for her teacher. I thought it was a lovely idea. We had plenty of left-over air freshener beads. We just didn’t have any extra salt and pepper shakers. Back to the Dollar Store but instead of another set of salt and pepper shakers I purchased a sugar dispenser. It would freshen an entire room and make a great teacher gift!
This little air fresheners are going to be “lovely departing gifts” for Thanksgiving this year. It’s a great craft. Easy enough to do with children. Inexpensive and versatile. Change out the ribbons, stickers, and scents and you have favors for a wedding shower or a baby shower. They will also make a great hostess gift. I hope you all give it a try.