With the holiday season fast
it is time to begin thinking about presents for those we
care about! Having to go out and actually PURCHASE all these
gifts can get VERY expensive!
Why not try making some fabulous, enjoyable gifts that
everyone will love and actually be able to use? They will
appreciate the time you put into the gift and you will be amazed
at how fulfilled you will be! Not to mention your wallet
will thank you as well.
Each of these gift ideas are fun to make, easy to
create and inexpensive. They can be used by many different
ages and are sure to bring delight to all the people you care
about. Most of these items can be created using things you
already have in your home. If you do not already have the
items, they can be purchased for VERY LOW prices at local health
food, craft supply or grocery stores.
You can give these creations as individual gifts or
perhaps make several of the items, place in a pretty basket, tie
up with colored wrapping and a bow and give as a Healthy Christmas
Beauty Basket! Who wouldn’t LOVE to receive a gift like that?
I know I would!
(to be given all in one basket or as individual
Natural Lip Balm
You will need:
?c oil of
your choice (try Coconut oil or Olive oil, or be creative and try
(from health food store)
of Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter (optional)
10 to 20
drops Essential Oils
Lip pots or
tubes (from craft supply store)
put all ingredients (except essential oils) into a bowl. Place
over a pot of simmering water and let melt. Stir
occasionally. Take off heat and put in essential oils. Pour
into lip balm tubes or pots. Everybody will love this !!
You will need: Use similar ingredients, but pour into
a larger tin. Include essential oils such as Rosemary, Cardamom,
Rose, Thyme, Lavender, Lemon, etc... Recipes are found
Instructions: This is made basically the same way as lip balm.
Healing Balm for Rough Hands,Cracked Lips/Hands/Heels, and basic
1/8 c sweet almond oil
1/8 c jojoba oil
1/8 c grapeseed oil
1/8 c calendula oil
1/4 c beeswax
few drops of vitamin E oil
few drops of carrot seed oil
10 drops each of Lavender, Rose and Geranium Essential Oils
Sore Muscle/Joint/Arthritis Rub:
1/4 c Olive Oil
1/8 c beeswax
10 drops each: Eucalyptus, Clove, Sweet Birch and Peppermint
5 drops each Camphor and wintergreen essential oil
1/4 c beeswax
1/4 cocoa butter
1/2 c sweet almond,apricot kernal or other oil
5 drops each, Lavender and Peppermint Essential Oils
Psoriasis/ Ezcema Balm:
1/4 c calendula oil
1/8 c golden shea butter
1/8 c beeswax
Clear-Mind, Sweet Dream Balm (to
aid in falling asleep)
1/4 Olive Oil
1/8 c beeswax
5 drops each, Lavender, Rosemary, Lemon, Ginger and Clary Sage
You will need:
powder (from health food store)
Oils (from health food store)
(from craft supply store) OR old spice jars
Foot Powder: Peppermint essential oil is a great choice
Baby Powder: Lavender is lovely.
according to your preferences.
Instructions: This is SO easy to make. Simply drop
your choice of essential oil into the Arrowroot powder and stir or
shake (if in a baggie). The natural scent will permeate the
powder. If you can’t find Arrowroot powder, you may
substitute Cornstarch, although some people have allergies to
this. Pour the powder in a powder sifter jar or shaker jar.
You can use up your old spice jars if you wish. Simply clean
the spice jars well, remove the label and dry. Write on the
jar using a metallic pen or create a label on your
computer and stick it on the jar.
of your choice (Sweet Almond, Grapeseed, Hemp, Olive, etc)
Oils of choice (refer to a good aromatherapy book, or choose from
those that you already have used and feel comfortable with.)
Instructions: This is very simple. Just place a
few drops of essential oil into the carrier oil and pour into
desired jars. These can be used before bathing, during
bathing, after bathing, for hot oil hair treatments, or just for
body oil whenever you like!
Instructions: Mix all the ingredients and place into
desired jars. Feel free to add other ingredients, such as
ground herbs (from local herb-growers or health food stores),
sugar, essential oils, etc! Experiment!!
1 part Salt
(from health food or grocery store)
Baking Soda (from health food or grocery store)
Glycerine (optional- from health food store)
Oils (optional- from health food store)
Tube or Jar
Instructions: Mix the salt with the baking soda.
Add essential oils according to preference (Peppermint or
Cinnamon work well). This will be a dry mixture.
If you want more of a liquid mixture, stir in some vegetable
glycerine (from your health food store) until you reach a
paste-like consistency. To give as a gift, you may store
this in small jars or tubes (from craft supply stores).
Attach a little label or tag that explains what your creation is
and how to use it. You simply dip your toothbrush into this
mixture and brush away!
[NOTE: Most toothpastes on the market are POISON?read the
warnings!! Very scary indeed…why would you put something like that
in your mouth and allow it to absorb into your bloodstream as you
brush your teeth? Natural is best. ]
(Okay, deodorant by itself might be an awkward gift (LOL), but
this is great to include in a skincare basket)
You will need:
Arrowroot powder (or cornstarch if you cannot find arrowroot)
Sweet Almond Oil (or another carrier oil)
Kaolin (white) Clay (optional)
Instructions: Stir all ingredients (except the essential
oils) over low heat until a smooth cream forms. I have seen
similar recipes that use petroleum jelly instead of the beeswax
and oil, BUT you do not want to use that since it is a petroleum
product (not healthy). Take the mixture off the heat and add
your essential oils. You do not want the essential oils to
be added when the mixture is really hot since they are so volatile
and they will evaporate. Spoon the mixture into small jars
(old baby food jars work well. Make sure to sanitize and dry
the jars first.)
Soap Balls/ Soap on
Soap Balls - You will have a blast making these!
Grate the soap into a bowl and add water (1 part water to 2 parts
soap). Place the bowl over a boiling pot of water and stir
gently but consistently until the mixture is uniform. This
might take about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the bowl from heat
and add 15 drops of essential oil if using (a great combination
for Christmas is Cinnamon and Orange essential
oils). Let the soap mixture cool for a few minutes, then wet
your hands and pick up a small amount of the soap mixture.
Roll around in your hands until a ball forms. Place on a plate.
Let these harden in a cool, dry place for about a week. Make
sure they are hard and dry to the touch before giving as gifts.
You can place several of these in a basket and wrap with pretty
Soap on a Rope: Follow the instructions given above,
except when forming the balls, place two ends of cording or rope
into the middle of the soap and form a ball or oval shape around
the rope. This is a great gift idea for men. Make sure
to let the soap dry and harden for at least a week.
natural soap bars
Instructions: This is a very easy, and fun gift
to make. Using a carving tool or knife, carve someone’s
initials into a bar of soap. You could also try different
patterns or designs. For unique gift-wrapping, wrap the soap up in
a pretty washcloth and tie with ribbon or raffia.
Other Gift Ideas -
project, you can decide to make it purely for “looks?or actually
include functional items.
What you do is decide whom the gift is for?beautician,
hairdresser, etc) and collect miniature items that represent who
they are. For a hairdresser, you could include small sample
bottles of shampoo, a comb, a hairbrush, etc... (This is a great
way to give all the skincare items you have made.)
Place these on the tree or wreath in a pretty fashion using hot
glue or string. The items can be actual items you have made
yourself or purchased that can be actually taken off the wreath
and used, or it can all be purely for decoration and not
intended for actual use.
You can tailor this project to just about anybody or any idea you
Make Your Own Gift
Instructions: This is a great way to create inexpensive,
customized gift wrap. Simply find some leaves out of your
yard (or cut out any shape you like from card stock if you cannot
find leaves). Spray the back with removable adhesive spray
and stick the leaves/shapes onto your bag or paper. Spray
paint the entire sheet of paper or the entire bag with silver or
gold paint, let dry, and remove the leaves. You will be left
with a very gorgeous, personalized gift-wrap!
(Free to make!)
Instructions: This is a GREAT gift if you are low on
funds or really want
to show someone how much you care! Basically you are making
a booklet of “tickets?that your friend/mother/sister/husband,
etc, can “cash in.?When they turn in a ticket, you have to do
what is written on the piece of paper.
Come up with creative ideas/chores, etc that you can give a
special someone. Here are some ideas (put each idea on a
separate slip of paper):
so they can take a break
them watch “their?show on TV that night
(let them choose what they want)
write each of these on separate slips of paper, stack them
together and punch holes down one side. Lace ribbon or twine
through the holes to form your little “booklet.?nbsp; Make a neat
cover page to describe what the gift is.
They may then tear out a sheet of paper (ticket) whenever they
want that particular item. So much fun!
Another variation is to date the pages, so that the person cannot
turn in their “ticket?until that date. Perhaps one “ticket?
for each month! Come up with your own ideas on this?I have done
this in the past and it is always a great success!! It
really makes someone feel cared about.
And you can make this booklet as simple or as fancy as you
like…cut the pages out with designed/squiggle scissors. If
you only have plain white paper, you can soak it in tea or coffee
to give it an antique look. Have fun with this.
Create a Kit
Rather than simply making a product and giving it as a gift, you
could try creating a “kit?for someone to make their
items! Lip balm is a great choice for this! Simply
gather all the ingredients needed (recipe above) and include an
instruction sheet on how they can make their own balm/salve, etc!
A lot of people would love to make their own natural products, but
just do not have the time to gather the instructions and search
out all the ingredients. With you providing these things,
they will not have an excuse not to try their hand at making their
own beauty products!
Another idea is to create a little booklet of natural beauty care
recipes for them to try if they wish?
Grow Your Own
Healing Herbs Kit
If you know
someone who is into gardening or wants to try, you can create a
kit for them that allows them to grow and use their own herbs (in
skincare, muscle rubs, salves, hair conditioners, etc).
You will need:
of herb seeds (such as German/Roman Chamomile, Lavender, Calendula
(Marigold), Peppermint, Patchouli, Eyebright, St. John’s Wort,
Lemon Balm, etc.. etc.
Instructions: Place several dozen seeds of each variety
into its own special tin or jar. Label each one.
Include basic instructions on how to plant and grow these herbs
(this information can be found in books at your local library or
on the internet). Include recipes they can make with their
Place the seed tins into a basket or large gift tin, include the
growing instructions, Popsicle sticks (for them to use as garden
stakes), pencil (to write on the Popsicle sticks) and wrap.
Instructions: This is a very cute cosmetic organizer and
very easy to make. Simply lay the two pieces of fabric
together and pin (any type of fabric will work, depending on the
look you want) and place your lid or bowl on the fabric.
Trace around the edge with a pencil, then cut your circles out.
You will want your circles to be APPROX. 12?in diameter. Place
right sides together and sew a ¼” seam around the edge, leaving an
opening of about 2? Turn the circle right-side out through
the hole and hand-sew the opening.
You now have a flat circle; two layers thick. Using your pencil,
mark 8 notches evenly spaced around the circle (2?from the edge
of the circle) and cut slits along each of these marks
approximately ½” long. Button-hole sew these slits (so the
fabric doesn’t fray... if you are in a hurry, you can place glue
on the edges to prevent fraying instead of stitching them but this
will not look as nice). Next, take a ribbon or string and
thread it in and out, in and out, through the holes and cinch up
your little bag. It makes a cute, puffy little makeup bag!
This looks really pretty if you use two contrasting colors of
This is a great kit to give during the holiday season, especially
since so many people get sick during this time of the year.
Everyone will love this gift!
Instructions: Find a pretty basket or gift tin (or
paint/decoupage a shoe box if money is tight).
In the Feel Better
Balm/Salve (recipe listed
previously in article) using Peppermint and Eucalyptus
essential oils. Your recipient can rub this on his or her
lips/nose/chest to help clear a stuffy nose and moisturize dry,
Tissues (before including the
tissues in this kit, place these in a zip baggie after dropping a
few drops of essential oils into the bag…the lovely natural scent
will make blowing their nose a little less unpleasant)
Recipe for Your Favorite Chicken Soup
Tea Bags Filled with Healthy Herbs,
including Peppermint, Chamomile and Lemon. These teas will
soothe sore throats, especially if honey is mixed in.
Add a Special Tea Recipe.
Here's a good choice:
Grate a one-inch piece of ginger and place in a pan or thermos.
Add lemon juice and honey to taste, cover with boiling water,
place the lid on the pan/thermos and let sit for 20 minutes. This
is a fabulous cold/flu remedy.
These are just a few gift options that you can create for
Christmas. Try coming up with your own ideas and be
creative! The main idea is to have fun and let others know
how much you care!!
Chandi Plank - Mineral Basics
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