While every candle at Queen B is made with love (which is why we still make every candle by hand rather than churning them out of a machine) we know we have lots of customers who also like to make gifts for themselves. And who doesn't love a hand-made, heart filled, thoughtful gift? So I thought I'd put together a post with a few make your own gift ideas.
I'm revisiting a couple of blog posts from a while back for this one (no point in reinventing the wheel - they're 2 of our most popular posts)!
Back in October 2012, I blogged about Rolling Your Own Bees wax Christmas Tree Candles. With a step by step guide, in 8 simple steps you can roll these beautiful Christmas Tree candles. Our Roll Your Own kit has enough wax to make 16 trees (at $39.95 that's $2.50 per tree) or, if you're REALLY keen (or have loads of friends :-) ) you could go for the World's Most Thoughtful Gift which has enough wax to roll 69 trees (at $120 that's $1.74 per tree).
Which brings me to my second DIY gift idea which is rolling taper candles and tying a special thought / wish / IOU / or message to them. I got this idea from a customer and was so enchanted by it that I blogged about it and then created The World's Most Thoughtful gift. I've used the idea for gifts many times since as I couldn't think of anything nicer than unwrapping a gift with a beautiful, personalised thought to light up my week!
I've had feedback from dozens of customers since who have used the idea. Some doing smaller bundles of 2 or 4 candles and one we had just last week who used the kit as a wedding gift from a group of people. Our customer sent us a gorgeous email reading "Bought your pack of 52 candles to roll last week - thank you, thank you, thank you! It really was the best wedding present ever! Each of our 21 staff were inspired to write a few wishes and roll the candles which we then put in a gorgeous box (which exactly fit 4 rows of 13, pleasing the OCD'ers amongst us) and gave to our young co-worker today - she is getting married on 22nd. She was thrilled and now has beautiful wishes (although I think some may be a bit saucy!) for a whole year." You've got to love feedback that puts a smile on your face!
If you're having a DIY gifts year, let us know what your favourite ideas are (even if they have nothing to do with beeswax candles :-) ) and, if you do decide to use the kits, let us know how you go.