I love the idea of making gifts by hand. There’s an extra element of love that goes into homemade gifts plus you have the power to personalize them to your receiver’s wants and needs. With Christmas less than 4 weeks away, here’s a few easy ideas for that person who loves to pamper themselves or who needs a little extra self-love this season!
Mason Jar candles are super easy to make. I melted down some beeswax, added essential oils and filled these little jars with the hot wax, positioned a weighted wick in the centre and propped it up with popsicle sticks laid flat along the opening of the jar and let them cool. Once the wax had solidified I trimmed the wick, sealed the jar with its lid and voila! A beautiful and quick gift to add with a bottle of wine, some bath salts or bath bubbles and a perfect spa-like evening at home can begin for that special someone!
Bath bombs are another extremely fun and trendy gift to make. They are easily mixed up and let set in your favourite silicon mold for a fizzy surprise for kids and adults alike. I made two batches, one with soothing and calming essential oils; “sunset bath bomb” (think lavender, cedar wood, copaiba, orange, ylang ylang) and the other with more rejuvenating and energizing oils; “sunrise bath bomb” (think lemon, orange, peppermint, black pepper, lemongrass, rosemary, lime). The recipe that I used this year came from some trial and error! Here it is:
- 1 cup epsom salt
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup citric acid
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/4 cup almond oil
- desired essential oil blend
- optional: food colouring to tint
- Mix up all of your ingredients and press firmly into silicone molds. Cover with plastic and let “dry” for at least 24 hours. Remove from molds and wrap tightly with plastic wrap, label and give away!
Another great gift idea are these super luxurious make-up remover pads. They can be infused with your favourite essential oils (I used a lavender, peppermint blend), are time-saving, all natural and simple to make. In the jar you wish to use, mix up 1 tsp coconut oil, 1 tsp olive or almond oil, 1/2 tsp of your favourite gentle soap (I used E’s body wash), essential oils and fill half the jar with hot water. Mix well and add cotton pads until they are all saturated and the jar is full! These work well for taking off eye-make-up and lipstick especially! I use them before I cleanse my face at night and love the little aromatic boost they give!
Lastly are these yummy lip-balms that are made by simply melting down 3 parts coconut oil to 1 part beeswax, adding essential oils and pouring the mixture into empty lip balm tubes or dishes. I bought these tubes on amazon and blended my lip-balms into a simple trilogy for that special someone who is outside a lot in the winter, suffers from dry, chapped lips or plans to be under the mistletoe-toe a lot this holiday season! (Cinna-mint contains cinnamon and peppermint essential oils, orange blossom has orange essential oil and cooling peppermint has you guessed it, peppermint essential oil!) Get creative with your own lip-smacking blends and labels!
A gift basket with all four of these easy spa ideas, a bottle of wine and a luxurious pair of slippers or a bath robe would be a glorious gift to both receive and give! When you make a gift for the holidays you truly are giving so much love. You’re thinking of the receiver through the entire process which in turn makes you reflect on so many cherished memories. It’s a chance to slow down a bit during this often chaotic season and enjoy the simple things!