Do you love the idea of a handmade Christmas but dread the thought of a bunch of unfinished projects? This week I’m sharing easy, simple gift ideas that EVERYONE will love and ANYONE can do! Yesterday I covered edible gifts . . . now we’re going to talk about luxurious salts, soaks, balms, lotions, potions and, um, something for dad!!!
The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea
Do you know a mom that suffers from fatigue, muscle tension, or has trouble unwinding after a busy day? Make her bath salts! A half hour soak will do wonders for her soul, but even more than that it will replenish her body with magnesium, which helps relax muscles and improves sleep quality.
Why is this important? Due to soil degradation from industrial farming practices, many (okay most) of us are actually deficient in this vital mineral. Soaking regularly in epsom salts is better than taking an oral supplement because the skin only absorbs what it needs (with supplements, your body has to use precious minerals and other resources to get rid of the excess if you take too much).
Oh, and epsoms salts are really inexpensive! Just add 20-40 drops of pure essential oil to two cups epsom salt and hand mix until thoroughly blended (or for a really luxurious blend add some coarse unrefined sea salt). Pour into a decorative container and seal.
Tada! You’re done in under five minutes. Or for a variation on the classic soaking recipe, check out this winter sunflower and oat soak/scrub.
Light, air-whipped lotion with only 3-4 ingredients? Oh yes, and it’s easy to make!
If you use coconut oil as a body moisturizer but want something that absorbs more quickly when you’re in a hurry to dress, don’t miss this simple recipe!
Click here for the video tutorial.
Crunchy Betty has some fabulous looking recipes I want to try: Luscious Lavendar, Coco-Rosey and Minty Chocolate. Then again, the orange-clove blend Jolee mentioned in the comments on yesterday’s post is intriguing.
Looking for a recipe that calls for ingredients you already have? This one, with the exception of beeswax (which you can get at a craft store), should do the trick. Wondering how you’ll store the balm? I found these containers on Amazon. If you find something cuter you let me know, okay?
Hey, didn’t I promise some ideas for guys? This aftershave/cologne recipe from Learning Herbs is uber-manly, but get started today! It needs to steep for several weeks before it’s ready.
Oh, you can’t run to the store right now? Okay then, I’ll think of something you can get closer to home. How about a . . . rock.
Yes, my next gift idea for men is a rock. Don’t click away, this is gonna be good!
This stone photo holder from Garden Mama is the perfect project to involve your little ones in. It is SO EASY, SO QUICK, and what says manly strength like solid rock?? And of course dad’s love it because they get to show off adorable photos of their kids at work.
Oh! And –
I added a recipe to yesterday’s post that would be great for dads. Go check it out!
What’s your favorite homemade beauty recipe?
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