Easy Homemade Christmas Gifts and Gift Ideas

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Christmas is a time of giving, but I would far rather receive a lovingly homemade gift than expensive gifts that have been bought with little thought. It is certainly interesting to see how Christmas customs are carried out around the world celebrating these traditional festivities in their own way.

Here are some homemade Christmas gift ideas for making your own homemade Christmas gifts that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

Homemade Body Scrubs for your Christmas Gifts

Fill a pretty jar with 1 cup ground oatmeal, 1 cup wheatgerm and 1 cup bran. Add a few drops of essential oil to the lid before closing. Seal and shake the jar well. Make up fresh before giving, or add the fragrance just before giving. Decorate the jar with a pretty ribbon.

Here’s another homemade body scrub recipe:

cup dried lavender flowers

cup olive oil

1 cup coarse sea salt

3 drops essential lavender oil

1 plastic bag

1 glass jar

Mix all ingredients together, place in plastic bag, knot the bag and shake vigorously. Let the mixture infuse overnight. The following day pour into a jar and seal. Keep refrigerated.

Homemade Perfumes for your Christmas Gifts

Store your perfumes in a cool, dark place as light will cause deterioration.

Cream Perfume:

2 tbsp grated paraffin wax

4 tbsp sunflower oil

3 tbsp pure water

essential oil

Melt the wax in a bowl over hot water and stir in the oil. Heat the water and add to the oil, beating constantly. While beating add a few drops of essential oil. Place into a container and seal.

Homemade Bath Salts for your Homemade Christmas Gifts

Salts are fantastic homemade gifts. They will perfume and soften the bathwater while also helping the skin and relax tired muscles. You can decorate your jars with ribbons, painted lids or even cover the lids with fabric to match the recipient’s bathrooms.

To make the bath salts obtain equal quantities of washing soda (not powder!) sea salt, and / or Epsom salts. The washing soda softens the water, the sea salt cleans the skin and the Epsom salts soothes tired muscles.

Place the mixture into a bowl and add a few drops of food coloring. Stir well to distribute evenly. For a nice fragrance, add a few drops of essential oils of your choice and mix in the same way as was done with the coloring. Place the salts into jars, seal and sort in a dark cupboard until you need to wrap them up to give to friends and family. So colors may fade over time, so it is best to make these homemade bath salts as close to Christmas as possible.

Rose Homemade Bath Salts

oz dried rose petals

1 lb coarse sea salt

10 drops essential rose geranium oil

5 drops essential lavender oil

5 drops essential bergamot oil

Mix all ingredients together thoroughly. Place in jar and seal.

You could try layering the homemade bath salts with several different colors, or you can try and match the color to the essential oil. Therefore yellow bath salts with lemon essential oil, pink bath salts with rose geranium oil, or violet bath salts with lavender essential oil.

Homemade Lavender Sachets for your Christmas Gifts

These are lovely for drawers for underwear and smalls. Cut a number of squares from small print material, 15cm x 15 cm. Sew on all three sides, turn inside out, fill with dried lavender leaves and flowers that have been mixed with a couple of drops of essential lavender oil. Sew the last side up by hand.

Here is another homemade Christmas gift idea for herbal sachets that has a few more ingredients:

4 ounces orris root, coarsely powdered

3 ounces cassia

2 ounces cloves

12 g powdered ambergris

12 g musk seed

oz cedar wood sawdust

oz sandlewood

Mix thoroughly and add:

2 tsp oil of lavender

2 tsp oil of bergamot

2 tsp attar of roses

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