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Three Years Late

I have been away for quite a while, so let me start again by sharing with you some DIY crafts I made as gifts for my colleagues for Christmas 2013. I know it’s long overdue (my last entry was for Christmas 2012–oh no!). I’ve been away for more than 3 years, but that is because I was busy with my studies, work, completing my 30 before 30 list, playing video games and managing this page.

So enough excuses and back to the project. I had 30 colleagues at that time so I chose a budget-friendly gift that couldn’t be disliked by anyone–chocolates!

I created Christmas-themed wrappers for these chocolates using photo paper. There was Santa Claus, Snowman, The Elf, Angel and Rudolph.

I also used StarBucks bottles to put Maltesers Chocolates to serve as Rudolph’s poop, and Hershey Kisses as Santa’s kisses.

Make sure to wash the bottle properly and soak it in boiling water to sterilize it. Doing that will also help peel off the StarBucks sticker.

To remove the remaining adhesive from the sticker and get rid off the expiry date imprinted on to the bottle, rub it with a scour brush–I used a Scotch Brite dish pad.

I hid the StarBucks logo in the cap with an image I got from the web. I altered the size to fit the caps, printed and glued it.

Starbucks Bottle Gift

Unfortunately, not everyone is allowed to have sweets. So I made The Grinch Pills using a small bottle I got from Daiso and put in some green M&Ms.

Grinch Pills

As always, my husband helped me a lot with this project. I had to make wraps for thirty people in a limited time so I asked for his help. Luckily, he is always ready to assist me.

My favorite part in this project was when I needed to drop the gifts off. I remember we finished it around 1 AM (I was to fly out on vacation the next day) and went to the office to drop it off. It was so cold and quiet. We put the chocolates on everyone’s desks. I feel like I was Santa dropping gifts off so that everyone would have a good morning!

Of course, my second favorite part was that my colleagues loved it. It was nice to make 30 people smile using an inexpensive gift and letting them know that you remembered them.

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I hope this post inspires you to create more personalized gifts for your loved ones. ♥


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