homemade Christmas gifts

Both of our families have this annoying tradition of doing homemade gifts. On Jordan's side, the whole Peterson family-- grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, do an exchange on Christmas Eve. My family recently started doing homemade sibling gifts. 

Ok, so it's really not that annoying . . . when you can come up with gift ideas. This year was the hardest yet, though. Luckily, we finally got them all figured out. 

Jordan drew my brother Alex this year. Here's what we know about Al:

- he lives in Denver
- he likes to pretend to be super manly
- he likes to drink

and . . . 

That's pretty much all we could come up with. So, we combined all three of those attributes and came up with this:

We got to go to the liquor store, grab some booze, use it in a million different recipes (I've had about as much BBQ as I can handle), and make some homemade aftershave. Aftershave because, you see, it is manly, but also important for the dry climate skin maladies Denver surely poses. BOOM. Mind blown, I know. 

We used a variation of this recipe which includes witch hazel, apple cider vinegar, distilled water, olive oil (that stuff at the top of the bottle), and essential oils. We chose eucalyptus and peppermint oils for their refreshing, yet masculine flavors.

Cheers to a creative Christmas!

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