Friday, May 2, 2014

Homemade Slow Cooker Gifts for Mothers Day

I was thinking to blog about my mom's special mango jam using slow cooker or crock pot on upcoming occasion of Mother's Day. That got me thinking about all the gifts that can me handmade using slow cooker for mom. So here I have collected some wonderful Slow Cooker Gift Ideas for mother's day. Some of these recipes are for edible gifts while some other are non-edible.

Also Try: Slow Cooker Cashew Clusters

DIY Slow Cooker Edible Gift Ideas for Mothers Day:

1. Fudge:

This is a great recipe for slow cooker chocolate fudge by skinnims. Instead of cream it uses coconut milk to make it skinny ! It uses only 5 easy to find ingredients, combined with simplicity of slow cooker.

If you are looking for little bit more indulgence, here is crock pot white chocolate fudge by Get Crocked. (pictured above).  Jenn has added Candy Corn to her fudge but you can add dried cherries or nuts or anything else you prefer.

2. Jams, Jellies, Chutneys or Fruit Butter:

Making Jams and Jellies is so easy with slow cooker. All you need to do it combine chopped fruit and sugar with some spices of your choice. You can make them in bulk and pack in mason Jars of various sizes and shapes. Tie with nice ribbon and tag to make a yummy homemade gift. I recently made simple mix fruit Jam in slow cooker. I kept one batch in freeze and another in freezer. The on that was kept in freeze is still as fresh as it was made almost a month later. I will be posting recipe for this mix-fruit jam shortly. Here is a very interesting variation of Apple-Pear butter from Nomnivorous

3. Cookie Bar, Pound Cake or Cheese Cake

No need to turn on oven during hot summer months to make cookies, cakes or cheese cake. Here are some very simple crockpot recipes for chocolate chip cookie bar , Upside Down Pineapple Cake or Hazelnut Cheesecake (pictured below) that anyone would love to receive as gifts.
4. Nuts:
Crockpot nuts make great gifts for any occasion.  You can make this delicious treats in slow cooker very easily. Here is recipe for Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Nuts from BakedBree. Here is another variation of crockpot sugared nuts.

5. Candies and Brittles
Making candies in crockpot is so easy. Just add some chopped nuts and variety of chocolates. Let them melt in crockpot for few hours, pour them in molds lined with colorful liners and candy is ready. Here is lovely slow cooker candy recipe from Cookies and Cups.

Non-edible homemade slow cooker gift idea for mothers day:

1. Slow Cooker Soap:

Here is very well explained slow cooker recipe for soap making. You can pour them in variety of molds to create lovely gifts. Here is another very informative post of Honey Castile Soap using slow cooker.

2.  Slow Cooker Lotion Bars:

I plan to make these bars even for my grandkids. They are at the age where they want to do everything by themselves. I usually refrigerate coconut oil in little bars and give them to massage themselves. Those bars start melting quickly. This recipe for crockpot lotion bars (pictured below) seems perfect solution for this problem and will also be a great DIY gift to pamper someone special.

3. Slow Cooker Candles:

Candles always make great gifts and so much easy to make in slow cooker. Very few in-expensive ingredients required and yet would make ready nice looking candles. Here is very simple slow cooker candle making tutorial.

4. Slow Cooker Leap Balm:

One more simple recipe to make in slow cooker. Great addition to any gift basket. Here is DIY Beeswax Lip Balm Recipe.

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