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During the holiday season, it seems there are two types of gifters: The DIYs and the ASAPs. Maybe you’re both, especially if DIY projects take longer than planned and ASAP alternatives become a necessity. But however you gift, our DIY and ASAP gift guide has options that will help you wrap up the holidays with style!
Gifting like a DIY
Homemade gifts are fun to make and almost universally well-received. They show thought and are truly personal. You can customize scents or textures and create something that is, well, made especially for your loved ones! Below are four gift ideas that will help everyone on your list de-stress and find a little peace and joy this holiday season. Who couldn’t use that! While you’re add it, make some for yourself as well. You’ve earned it!
What’s better than a relaxing bath? A relaxing bath that softens your skin and offers calming aromatherapy benefits! Here’s what you need:
- 7 oz. coconut, jojoba, sweet almond or other carrier oil
- 10 drops of essential oil or blend
Pour carrier oil into a dark-colored 8-oz. bottle. Add 10 drops of essential oil. I used 8 drops of lavender and two drops of frankincense. Close tightly and gently shake. To use, fill a bath and add one or two tablespoons to a full bath. Step in carefully, since the oils can make the bathtub slippery, and enjoy! To gift, write the directions on a gift tag and tie the bottle with a ribbon.
Soothe, relax and detox with this easy-to-make combination. Epsom salt is made of both magnesium and sulfate and offers many purported health benefits. It’s used to ease pain, swelling and inflammation, and may even help you sleep better. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 3/4 cup Himalayan salt
- 3/4 cup Epsom salt
- 3/4 cup baking soda
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- 30 drops essential oils or essential oil blends
In a large bowl, combine salts and baking soda. Add essential oils, one drop at a time, into the salt mixture to combine. I used 18 drops of lavender, 6 drops of frankincense and 6 drops of eucalyptus, but feel free to customize! IMPORTANT! Do not add the vinegar to the salt mixture until you are ready to use. Remember making baking soda volcanoes in school with baking soda and vinegar? That same thing can happen with this recipe and you don’t want a volcano on your counter! To use, fill the tub and add ¾ cup of the salt mixture along with 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar. To gift, fill an 8-oz. jar with the salt mixture. Fill a separate jar with 1 cup of apple cider vinegar. Write directions on the back of a gift tag and give both jars together as a set.
These are easy to make and, with the sugar sparkling like the holidays, they offer a beautiful presentation! While there are both sugar and salt scrubs, sugar granules are typically smaller, so they are less abrasive than salt scrubs and better for sensitive skin. They’re also more versatile since you can adjust the granule size specifically for the recipient. For rough places like elbows, knees or feet, turbinado sugar is the coarsest and will offer the best results, while brown sugar has the finest granules and will be great for the face. Here’s what you need:
- 3 cup organic brown sugar or turbinado sugar
- 9 Tbsp coconut, jojoba oil or other carrier oil
- 15 drops essential oils
Place sugar in a bowl and add the oil, one tablespoon at a time, mixing in between to create a sandy consistency so it exfoliates properly. If you add too much oil, it can also dissolve the sugar before you have a chance to gift it. Add in your favorite essential oils. I kept it simple and used only lavender. To use, apply in a circular direction, then rinse. For brown sugar, use up to four times a week. For turbinado sugar, use up to two times a week. To gift, write directions on the back of a gift tag and tie with a ribbon.
All the yogi in your life will love their own customized yoga mat spray. Customize with their favorite essential oil or follow this recipe that not only refreshes but can also help their practice. Frankincense can slow your breath and make it easier to meditate. Peppermint can help you clear your mind and focus. Lavender can help you relax. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 3 drops lavender
- 1 drop frankincense
- 1 drop peppermint
- 4 oz. purified water
Fill a dark-colored spritzer bottle with purified water. Add the essential oils and shake. To use, spray directly on your yoga mat or into the air to set up a calming practice. To gift, write directions on the back of a gift tag and tie with a ribbon, or wrap in a yoga towel for a themed gift.
ASAP gifts that show real thought
Our Aromatherapy Bracelets and Blends offer options for everyone on your list. Need a teacher gift? Who couldn’t use a little more Serenity during the busy holiday season! With three bracelets, Serenity, Ambition and Perseverance, and five coordinating blends: Grounding, Brain Boost, Happy Day, Take 5 and Pick-Me-Up, you can mix and match to create a thoughtful and customized gift.
Essential Oil Perfumes
Everyone wants to smell nice, but many people have allergies to perfumes and colognes. That’s what makes our Essential Oil Perfumes such a thoughtful gift. Five unique perfumes were created with scent in mind, so they are not blends or remedies. And instead of sneezing or headaches commonly associated with many perfumes, they offer a bonus mood lift from the essential oils. For parents of tweens and teens, they also make a great option you can feel good about giving!
Facial Care Sets
Pamper friends and family! Our Morning Repair & Protect Duo, Evening Duo or Full Daily Facial Routine sets are ideal for relieving dry winter skin and are great for those with allergies or sensitivities. And because our facial care products fight the wrinkles, dark spots and other signs of aging that are caused by the sun, your loved ones can turn the page of the calendar without their skin looking like it!
Happy gifting and happy holidays from all your friends at Goddess Garden!
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