Have you ever tried your hand at soap making? One of the things my girls and I have always liked to do is make handmade gifts for each other and pretty soaps have made an appearance more than once. You can, if you're of a mind, go the whole hog route of soap making starting with fat and lye, but for something quite some little bit safer you can buy soap base, colors and molds at most craft stores. This kind of "short-cut" soap making is perfectly suitable even as a craft for older children and teens.
Soap Making Lessons: Learn the Art of Creating Colorful and Fragrant Soap with our Step by Step Lessons with Photos (Soap Making at Home) is full of brilliant ideas for beautiful handmade soaps that start with soap base (the author calls it basis). Floating hearts, wedges of cheese, soap that looks like a slice of orange, sugar scrubs and much more, author Lyubomyr Yatsyk provides instructions for a wide variety of techniques in 19 different soap making lessons. I know you'll think of many more.
The author is not a native English speaker, but you should have no trouble following the ideas and the very clear pictures that go with the instructions. The book has an interactive Table of Contents that interfaces correctly with the Kindle Menu.
Thanks for the lovely ideas! Highly recommended!