12.05 It’s The Little Things: ‘Tis Better To Give…

It’s The Little Things: How To Make Your House A Home with a Dash of Creativity, a Little bit of Glue, and a Lot of Patience!

You know how the saying goes…”tis better to give, than to receive. I grew up hearing this, and it’s now what I strive to instill in my children as they grow up. The beauty of it is that, it’s true! I have three, favorite “go-to” gifts that I make during the holidays to give to family, friends, neighbors, my children’s teachers…anyone that holds a special place in our hearts. Simply put, they are Hot Chocolate, Pecans, and Candles. But, like almost everything at Christmastime, these are all dressed up!

The first, and most loved by my little ones: Peppermint Hot Chocolate. It couldn’t be easier to make and it looks so pretty in a glass jar.

Mix together the hot cocoa powder of your choice, mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, and crushed candy canes. Decorate the jar with pretty ribbon and the heating instructions, and you have a very sweet gift that will warm up your loved ones on a cold, wintry day!

To see the complete Peppermint Hot Chocolate recipe, click here.

The second, and most requested, gift: Sugared Pecans. A word of advice…you’ll want to make, package, and pass these on to your friends and family as fast as possible, because if you don’t, you run the risk of eating them all yourself. I kid you not!

This one requires time spent in front of the oven. Simply mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl, spread onto a buttered baking sheet, and for the next hour, turn the pecans over every ten minutes. I promise you, they are worth the extra attention, and a bit of patience. Your friends and family will beg you to make them again and again.

Click here for the Sugared Pecan recipe.


The third gift: a sparkly, embellished candle. Perfect for adding a little more glow to anyone’s holiday decor.

The “sparkle” is Epsom Salt, believe it or not. And it is a relatively easy process to achieve the desired look. You just need a few key supplies like Mod Podge, Epsom Salt, and candles of your choice.  I was going for a rustic look, so I used sisal twine around the center of my candle and added a large, rusty snowflake to it. My only regret…I didn’t make one for myself! But…’tis better to give…

Click here for complete instructions to make your own Sparkly Candle.


For us, the very best part of giving is that once we start, we don’t want to stop. My kids spend the month of December coming home from school and adding to the list of people they want to give Peppermint Hot Chocolate to! I can’t say I blame them, and I certainly don’t want them to stop, because…

True happiness is in giving it away!


*Happy Holidays*



Karla Swoveland

A DIY and home décor enthusiast, Karla Swoveland is the blogger behind “It’s The Little Things…”, a blog about Home and all that comes with it! As a wife, and mother of three young children, she maintains the balance between family, work and home. On her immediate horizon: purchasing an old, fixer-upper with her husband, that promises years worth of projects for her design savvy and his handyman carpentry. Read more on my blog: ItsTheLittleThingsThatMakeAHouseAHome.blogspot.com Find me on Twitter: @Karla_ITLT

* This post is from a Girl Power Hour featured blogger. It is not written, edited or endorsed by Girl Power Hour. The authors are solely responsible for content.

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  1. Brandi

    These are all such wonderful gift ideas! I’ll be sure to keep these in mind as I gather ideas for teacher and neighbor gifts! Thanks so much for sharing Karla! Congratulations on becoming a featured blogger!!

  2. Karla Swoveland

    Thanks, Brandi! :)

  3. Lynda

    Those Sugared Pecans are DELICIOUS!! I’ve used your recipe for a couple of years and they are always a hit.

  4. Karla Swoveland

    That’s great, Lynda!! Totally addictive, right? ;)

  5. Erin Montgomery

    Love these ideas! I am so glad you are back :)

  6. Karla Swoveland

    Thank you, Erin!!

  7. christie

    Love these ideas and especially look forward to trying the sugared pecans. Thank you !

  8. Brandy

    I can’t wait to try the sugared pecans!

  9. Becca

    I can’t wait to read your next post!

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