Sunday, 11 December 2011

Gift DIY

DIY Gift-giving

It's not always the monetary value, but more the gesture of gift-giving that is truly special. Even if you don't have a lot of money, making a little something for the people you care about can really mean a lot.

Here are a few ideas of affordable gifts that are easy to make yourself.

You can use dried lavender flowers or rose petals (or a mixture of both). Either sew little sachets, or you can get packs of them at the dollar store (usually sold for wedding/party favours),

Bath Salts
Mix epsom salts with essential oils of your choice. You can add dried lavender, herbs (like rosemary), even food colouring and stir together.

Get some pretty jars, fill 3/4 of the way with sugar (white or turbinado) or salt (sea salt or epsom) and cover with enough oil to moisten. Grapeseed or coconut are quite neutral, soothing for skin, and fairly inexpensive. You can add a couple drops of essential oils or get creative, like this recipe:

Holiday Scrub
  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup almond oil or olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon vitamin E oil

  • 2 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 2 teaspoon ginger

  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • Face Spritzers
    Check out my blog "Quench" on how I make these

    Hair Treatment
    4 tablespoons coconut oil
    2 tablespoon jojoba oil
    3 drops of essential oil of your choice

    Milk Bath
    2 cups Dead Sea salt
    1 cup powdered milk

    You can add:
    4 drops of essential oils (whichever you prefer)
    2 tablespoons of dried ginger
    Dried lemon zest... or anything else your heart desires

    1 cup epsom salts
    3 tablespoons lemon juice
    zest of 1 lemon
    5 tablespoons almond oil (or any preferred oil)

    Body Oil
    Fill a decorative bottle with oil (jojoba is best) and add drops of essential oil. Try creating your own custom blends (read up on aromatherapy online for guidance).

    You can add nice tags, raffia, dried flowers, fabric, stamps etc to spruce up your home-made "packaging". Get creative, plan a gathering with friends to work on them and most of all... make the process fun!

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