This post isn't so much instructions, but more to just share my creativities hopefully to provide a bit of inspiration. As I said above, they were just plain pillar candles that I decorated using some gems which I glued on, wrapped around some ribbon and then presented them in cellophane to keep them protected in the goody box.
I made it easy for my friends to remove the ribbon before lighting the candles and they all said they burned really well which is good. I even included a little gift tag and poem, just to make them a little more quirky, but you don't have to be as cheesy as me :-)
It shows just how easy it can be to jazz something up a little to give someone as a gift. It would be even better to say I made the candle too but sadly I'm not quite that clever! I was really pleased with my handmade gifts that year. For each of my close friends (the girls), I gave them a goody box containing the following; a handmade candle, homemade freshly baked fruit cake, handmade bracelets and a personal present for each of them. I had a lot of time that year which I don't seem to have this year so I'm really slacking on the handmade front. I have however made some handmade Christmas decorations, made a scarf for my best friend and done lots of baking so I suppose that's still good :-)
Have a good weekend!