Original DIY Christmas Gift Ideas

Do you remember the episode of Friends where Monica and Chandler give each other homemade gifts for their anniversary? While it sounds romantic and thoughtful, unless you have a knack for craft or carpentry, you will most likely end up producing a sock puppet or a mixed tape. SHESAID has some DIY Christmas gift ideas that are cute, fun and simple enough for the artistically challenged.

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Body scrub

Body scrub is easy to make in bulk, and would be a miracle for those buying for a large number of women this Christmas. Try this coffee and coconut body scrub recipe and package in a cute mason jar. Get crafty with cute labels or stickers to decorate the jars.

Coffee Body Scrub

World map/dream planner

For the friend who loves to travel, buy them a large map of the world and some small pins or stickers in two colors, and tell them to mark where they’ve been and where they wish to go. It’s not exactly handmade (unless you want to draw the map yourself!) but we bet your pal will enjoy reliving their worldly adventures and looking forward to their future travel plans. Added bonus: the map doubles as a cool conversation starter and wall hanging.

World Map


If you’re more cook than craftswoman, put your skills to use and offer everyone a piece of your homemade pie – or in this case, pudding! Gift wrap individual portions for cute and tasty Christmas party favors, or give a whole one to that special someone. Invest in some calico or muslin cloth to package your treats and fasten with a cute ribbon.

Christmas Pudding

December 8, 2014

Tip Top Celebrates 50 Years Of Baking

Calling all domestic goddesses: Iconic Aussie brand and household staple, Tip Top, is celebrating more than 50 years of baking for Australian families and it’s time to rise to the occasion. As part of the celebrations, Tip Top is re-releasing some of its fabulous, old recipes from the 1950s, such as the sweet tooth’s paradise: Russian Bread Pancakes and Cocoa Pudding (pictured and recipe below).

Both decadent and tasty recipes are from Tip Top’s Recipes Made With Bread. But before you get cracking – to thank mums for their years of support, Tip Top has launched a nationwide initiative to give everyone the chance to say, “Good on ya mum!” The interactive microsite Mum Song Dedications allows you to create a personalised song for your mum.

Following a four-step process, you can pick your own melody, beats, effects, and lyrics to create a unique compilation. Tip Top is Australia’s number one sliced bread, baking more than one million products for families every day. Numerous Aussie celebrities have featured in past Tip Top TV advertisements including singer John Farnham, swimmer Samantha Riley and AFL star Dermott Brereton. Visit www.mumsongsdedication.com.

Russian Bread Pancakes


½ lb. (227g) stale bread

½ lb. (227g) plain flour

1 pint (0.473lt) milk

3 eggs

Butter or dripping

Pinch of salt


  1. Soak the bread for about 1 hour in milk; rub through a sieve.
  2. Beat the eggs, add salt, half of the bread mash and flour; beat well.
  3. Add the rest of the bread and again beat well. Make frying pan (with some butter or dripping) hot.
  4. Put small heaps of the batter and fry on both sides. Serve hot with jam.

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Cocoa Pudding


6 oz. (6kg) breadcrumbs

1 pint (0.473lt) milk

3 eggs

2 oz. (2kg) butter

2 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp cocoa

1 tsp vanilla essence

Pinch of salt


  1. Boil milk and pour over breadcrumbs.
  2. Add butter and sugar and cocoa, which has been dissolved with 1 tblsp of boiling water.
  3. Add beaten yolks and essence; pour into buttered pie dish and bake for one hour.
  4. Beat white eggs to stiff froth and add sugar and beat again; decorate on top of pudding and cook a light brown.
  5. Leave in slow oven for ½ hour to cook the meringue on top.

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 Images via flickr.com

August 5, 2014