Emergency kits might inspire fear at the first mention of their name, but they aren’t necessarily tied to instances of disaster. Thanks to handy sites like Pinterest and Etsy, there’s inspiration for ways to create kits for both real emergencies and for those little emergencies that life throws at us daily. This column will explore ideas of items that could be essential for various types of emergency kits, so that you can be inspired and start your own. For the holidays, here’s a series of kits that you can create for the special people on your gift-giving list.
You can make an adorable baker kit for the chef on your list. Gather it all in a cute holiday mixing bowl or a high-quality bowl, depending on your budget. Throw in some fun, holiday cookie cutters, a mixing spoon, a roller, spatula, and some pretty sprinkles. Next look up some easy, but delicious, recipes for cookie dough mixes and find the perfect match for your recipient. Finally, put the personalized touches on your gift by getting creative and decorating an apron. Many local craft stores sell blank aprons that will allow you to create a unique masterpiece for your loved one. You can even make it a sentimental gift by printing an old recipe from a late relative on the apron. There are several options on the Internet to order this custom creation. All you’ll need is a scanned copy of the recipe.
The great thing about movie lovers is, there are so many ways to shop for them to fit into your budget. For your movie-lover kit, start with a popcorn container. There are lots of options out there, so choose what best suits your recipient. Now for your movie gift options: grab a movie ticket and dinner gift card combo to their favorite theater and restaurant for a more expensive option. Many theaters have partnered with restaurant chains to offer single gift cards that cover both tickets and a meal. If you’re looking for something with a smaller price tag, check out bargain bins at many local stores and find a DVD copy of your recipient’s favorite film. If you want to save even more, you can pick up a gift card for a custom amount to Netflix, Amazon, Apple, or many other online movie vendors. To round out your bin, fill it in with some of your recipient’s favorite candies (and maybe even toss in some homemade ones) and some cozy pajamas if you opted for the DVD or gift card route.
Start this relaxing kit by getting a basin that’s good for soaking feet, or even a footbath with massage action if your budget allows. You’ll compile the rest of your gifts in this. Next, grab some items that will help your loved one relax after the stress of the holidays. Some good items to include are a manicure/pedicure kit, nail polish, nail files, Epsom salts and fuzzy socks. To take your kit to the next level of relaxation, try creating your own relaxing lotion by combining ¼ cup Shea butter, ¼ cup coconut oil, 2 tablespoons olive oil and 15 drops of peppermint essential oil.
We all have crafters in our lives. There aren’t many crafting hobbies left out there that aren’t expensive, so most crafters appreciate gifts that help them maintain their hobby without draining their wallets. This kit will vary depending on your recipient’s interests, but the basics are the same. Grab a container that best suits their crafting organizational needs. Baskets, plastic stackable bins and drawers are typically good choices. Next, fill with items that they need to buy regularly. For example, if they knit or crochet, grab some fun new balls of yarn, knitting or crocheting needles and embellishments like ribbon or jewelry, if they like to add these types of items to their creations. Finish up by tossing in some fun additions, such as a magazine or “how-to” book on their craft that suits their abilities, and perhaps some crafting snacks.
Coffee lovers can be difficult to shop for, but if you know their coffee preferences and favorite coffee additions, you can make your coffee lover very happy this holiday season. Compile this kit in a coffee organizational bin that’s easy to wash if it gets messy over time. First, include their favorite coffee blend or their favorite K-cups. Next, gather up individual servings of their favorite creamers and sugars and bundle with a pretty ribbon. To add a homemade touch, try creating homemade biscotti, pound cake, or cookies that best pair with their coffee, as well as a homemade coffee syrup.