Prezzies for Your Besties!

No money? No problem. Hate mall madness? Don’t bother. Whether you’re stumped on what to give an awesome BFF, your pesky little bro or the grandma who has everything, we’ve gotcha covered.…

Beauty Sleep Mask
A great gift for all the gals on your list. This is so simple you could make it with your eyes closed!

  • Flannel-backed satin
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • Rick-rack edging
  • Black-fringe fabric
  • Elastic
  • Flaxseed or rice
  • Dried lavender or thyme
  • Funnel

1. Cut two pieces of the satin, approximately 4 inches by 8 inches. Use the scissors to round the edges and cut out a center notch along one edge to go around the wearer’s nose.

2. On the satin side of one piece, use the glue to attach rick-rack. Cut out two 2-inch lengths of fringe and glue on for “eyelashes.”

3. Run a line of glue around the flannel-sided edge of the other satin piece, leaving an inch-wide gap on top (for filling). Glue the ends of a 6-inch piece of elastic to each side of the flannel.

4. Lay the other satin piece on top, flannel sides facing each other, and gently press the pieces together along the glued edge. Allow glue to dry overnight.

6. Use funnel to pour 5 tablespoons of flaxseed or rice and 3 tablespoons of lavender or thyme into the opening. Glue the gap shut.

7. Create a gift tag with instructions: As a cold or hot treat for tired eyes, store in freezer or heat in microwave for 20 seconds to warm.

Merry Carry-all Caddy
Little kids can toss their crayons in it, or your buds can use it for hair accessories.

  • Decorative scrapbook paper
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Glue stick
  • Thin ribbon

1. Trim scrapbook paper to 9 inches by 9 inches. Fold in half diagonally both ways, with the decorative side facing in, then reopen to your original square.

2. Next, fold the square in thirds with the decorative side this time facing out, top to bottom and again from side to side. When you reopen your square, it should look like a tic-tac-toe grid intersected by a big X.

3. Punch one hole near the edge of each of the four corners.

4. Fold the basket by bringing the corners together. Weave ribbon through the punched holes, and tie it up in a bow!

Mad Mosaic Mirror
Transform junk-drawer castoffs into mosaic magic. For your brother? Think Legos, Hot Wheels, plastic critters or “metal mania” -- old hardware, screws, coins and keys.

  • Doo-dads, such as costume jewelry, puzzle pieces, game parts (anything goes!)
  • Tacky glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Mirror or frame

1. Lay the mirror or frame flat. Working a section at a time, generously spread glue onto the frame with a paintbrush.

2. Arrange pieces in a layer, overlapping and even letting parts extend beyond the frame.

4. After decorating, allow the glue to dry completely. (Stray drops of glue on the glass can easily be peeled off.)

by Kim Childress