Try these creative ideas to put a smile on someone’s face this fall!
Make a Caramel Apple Basket. What could be sweeter than a caramel apple basket in fall? For this simple gift idea, purchase a basket at a local resale shop. Line it with a plaid kitchen towel in a fun fall color. In the basket, place everything needed to make caramel apples, some wooden sticks, some tart eating apples such as Gala, Fuji, or Macintosh, some wrapped caramels, and some fun additions such as fall colored sprinkles or chopped peanuts. To finish it off, attach a handwritten tag with Psalm 17:8. It reads, “Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.”
Kidnap a friend for a fall outing. Do you have a stressed-out friend? Perhaps one who has been putting in lots of overtime or caring for an ill family member? Or maybe you know a maxed-out mom? Kidnap them one fall afternoon and take them to a local apple orchard. There you can pick apples or enjoy some cider and donuts. Just taking a walk out in nature will give them a much needed break. You may need to arrange with someone in their family to make sure they are free and that their children are cared for, if they have any. As an added bonus, take along something for their supper that night so they don’t have to cook, such as a pan of lasagna, a bag of salad, and some garlic bread. This way, they will get both the afternoon and the evening off!
Make a botanical candle. You can make a beautiful pillar candle like you see in a fancy Etsy shop. It’s really very simple and makes a fun gift for a friend or family member. Purchase a smooth, pillar candle. Any size will work. Also gather some dried pressed flowers, herbs, or leaves. You can even use some very thinly sliced citrus fruit. Make sure you have on hand some white school glue and some paraffin wax to dip the candle in to finish it. To assemble, mix together one part water with four parts glue and use a small paintbrush to paint a thin layer of glue on your candle where you want your botanical items to be placed. Carefully press the items on. Then, using an old coffee can set in a kettle of water, melt the paraffin by heating the water over medium-low heat. Then, hold your candle by the wick and dip it into the melted paraffin wax getting it deep enough to cover your botanical items. Make sure it is a very thin layer. Set the candle on wax paper to dry thoroughly.
Gift a family with a scarecrow kit. Get into the harvest time spirit by giving a family you know a scarecrow kit. They can use it to make fun memories together. Be sure to hit up second hand stores and resale shops to purchase the needed materials. In a large gift box, place all of the following: a plaid flannel shirt, a pair of jeans or overalls, some canvas gardening gloves, a straw hat, a pair of old boots, a pillowcase with a scarecrow face painted on it, and some old rags. Or you can even give them an actual bale of hay to stuff the scarecrow with. You may want to tuck in a gallon of cider and some cookies or muffins for them to enjoy as they make their scarecrow. (Be sure to check out the caramel apple buttermilk muffins in this issue of my newsletter.)
Give a tea cup devotional. For a great gift for a special friend, mom or sister, give a tea cup devotional. Simply choose a devotional book (Check out either of mine: Settle My Soul or Pressing Pause). On top of the devotional, place a new or antique tea cup and saucer. In it, tuck some tea bags. Tie it shut with clear wrap or tulle netting fabric and secure with a bow. You may also stick a pen in the bow or add a tag with a favorite Bible verse written on it. Such simple idea to bless someone while also encouraging their walk with Jesus. They can spend some time out in the warm autumn sunshine connecting with God.