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Delightful Gift Ideas (for Kids to Make!)

Add a Touch of Luxury to Mother’s Day with these sweet and simple treats that provide a welcome change from traditional gifts.
Wow Mom on her special day with these simple (and sweet!) homemade gifts. With just a few ingredients and easy to follow instructions, both treats can be made easily even by young children – with just a little supervision from Dad. And, because they contain Nielsen-Massey Vanilla, the finest pure vanilla in the world, the gifts will give Mom the touch of luxury she deserves.
Used by professional chefs in the world’s most acclaimed kitchens, Nielsen-Massey Vanilla has a delicate and distinctive flavor and aroma.

Whether in a creamy dessert or a luscious body scrub, Nielsen-Massey Vanilla will let Mom know just how much she is loved.

Pots de Crème

For a creamy, sweet dessert that is quick and easy to assemble, try chocolate Pots de Crème featuring Nielsen-Massey Vanilla. With just five ingredients and three steps, it is a simple but delicious dish that school-age children can prepare with help from Dad.


  • 1 pkg. (6 oz.) chocolate chips
  • 3/4 c. milk
1 egg
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 tsp. Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Whipped cream (optional)


  1. With help from an adult, scald the milk on the stovetop. (Scald milk by heating it in a sauce pan until it is almost boiling.)  Remove from the stove.
  2. Put all the other ingredients in a blender, chocolate chips first. Add the hot milk last. Blend on high for 2 minutes.
  3. Pour immediately into 4 or 5 small cups, dividing equally. Put cups in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or more.
  4. Top with whipped cream just before serving.
Note: For an added chocolate flavor, add Nielsen-Massey Pure Chocolate Extract to the whipped cream to taste.

Mom’s Sweet Treat Vanilla Body Scrub

Younger children can help assemble this Mother’s Day spa-at-home treat that adds luxury – without calories! This luscious body scrub will show Mom how much she’s appreciated, and the calming scent of vanilla will make Mother’s Day the relaxing day she deserves.


  • 1 Cup Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 or 2 drops of an essential oil such as lavender, eucalyptus, etc.
  • Decorative, waterproof container


  1. Mix ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Spoon into a decorative, waterproof container.
  3. Wrap in decorative paper.
Instructions for use:  Apply a small amount to damp skin while in shower or bath. Gently scrub skin with a soft washcloth. Rinse thoroughly.
Enjoy these great recipes from Nielsen-Massey Vanilla!

Holiday Gift Ideas from Jeep – Jeep Backpacks and Messenger Bags

Jeep Consumer Products continues to create a tough, durable and innovative consumer products that translates the “Have Fun Out There” attitude. From cool new bikes and RC vehicles to even fashionable footwear, juvenile products, pet products and even camping equipment, Jeep has something for every adventurist.

This Jeep backpack is ideal for outdoor adventures as well as for kids to use for school. Nylon lining, PVC backing and a rugged rubber handle grip makes this a sturdy, durable backpack that can withstand everyday wear and tear including that from a 10 year old like my son. He tosses his backpacks, and leaves them in compromising places where it is likely to be trampled by my 3 year old.

Jeep offers several backpacks all of which have good if not lots of storage space including two front pockets, two side pockets, pocket organizers and a convenient laptop sleeve. Adjustable padded shoulder straps provide comfortable support. Jeep backpacks are available in blue/gray or red/black and range in price depending on style.

Jeep backpacks can be bought at Amazon.com and local retailers like Target.

Jeep Messenger Bags

The Jeep® Messenger Bag features plenty of space for toting around books. A supportive adjustable shoulder strap makes it comfortable and convenient to carry and features one front and two side pockets. Designed with durable 1680D material and a 150D Nylon lining, the Jeep® Messenger Bag will withstand the toughest of adventures.
This is a great makeshift diaper bag for dads and would be a wonderful gift for an expecting dad!
Available in blue/black and red/black. ARP: $34.99

Browse All Things Jeep for their entire product selection including kids clothes, accessories, car gear, and more.