Homemade Christmas Gifts

Give your credit card a rest this Christmas by creating some thoughtful homemade gifts for your friends and family. From bath and body products to delicious recipes, the following ideas are easy to make, and easy on your bank balance. Here are four homemade Christmas gifts ideas.

Christmas cookiesAlmond and rose hip body salt scrub

Give your stressed-out aunties, co-workers and girlfriends the gift of relaxation! This salt scrub is not only super simple to put together, but it's also a thoughtful, inexpensive gift idea for those 'hard to buy for' ladies in your life.

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet of Epsom salts
  • 1 small bottle of Almond Oil OR 1 small bottle of baby oil
  • Aromatherapy oil in your favourite fragrance: rose hip oil is healing, while lavender is soothing

Method:

1. Mix together Epsom salts and enough almond oil or baby oil to create the consistency of wet snow.

2. Add 5-6 drops of aromatherapy oil for fragrance; add more if necessary to create a stronger smell.

3. Spoon ingredients into an empty jar.

4. Cover the top of the jar with a square of natural fabric, and tie with a thick brown ribbon.

Vanilla Sugar Body Scrub

This sweet recipe smells so good, you'll almost want to taste it! Best of all, the ingredients below can be easily doubled or tripled so you can make several batches; it makes a great gift for co-workers.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water-soluble castor oil
  • Vanilla essential oil
  • Almond essential oil

Method:

1. Mix together brown sugar, olive oil and castor oil in a bowl.

2. Add 2-3 drops of each oil for fragrance; add more if necessary to create a stronger smell.

3. Spoon ingredients into an empty jar.

4. Cover the top of the jar with a square of natural fabric, and tie with a thick brown ribbon.

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