Simple Natural Gifts to Give for the Holidays

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Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

Many people are intimidated by giving homemade gifts, and some are just under the assumption that it’s easier to buy things from the store. Natural, homemade gifts definitely don’t have to take all your time or energy. They can be simple, personal, and beautiful.

My gift-giving strategy this year

Want to know what I’m doing to plan all my gifts for this year? Staying home, browsing through a collection of eBooks I already have, and making big batches of things featured in the eBooks. This beats the old method of driving to stores and shopping for gifts until the day before Christmas. No?

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One of the things I’ll be giving this year is a tin of deliciously-scented homemade Cracked Hand & Foot Salve. Cracked hands and feet run in my family, so trust me when I say this will be a hit with my mom and sisters this holiday.

This would also make a great gift for the handy guy who’s always working with his hands, the gardener who needs to pamper his/her hands, or the mom whose hands are shot from doing dishes and giving baths. I got the recipe from Salve Made Simple, an eBook about making simple medicinal salves by Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama. The salve took me about 15 minutes to make (including grating the beeswax), and required ingredients I already had on hand from making other DIY personal products!

You can get the eBook Salve Made Simple by clicking here, and begin making your own medicinal salves now.

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Another gift I think will be a hit is the solid perfume I made. Talk about easy! Only two ingredients are used to make the base, then you add your essential oil blend of choice. This recipe came from the eBook My Buttered Life: Personal Care Edition, by Renee at MadeOn Skin Care.

I used lip balm tubes for the solid perfume for easier application. This makes them great for carrying in your purse, pocket, or just leaving on top of your dresser to use when you’re getting ready in the morning.

I think this gift will be great for everyone from little girls to grown men. Of course, I won’t be giving them all the same scent, so I blended a few different scent combos for the perfume. (How does sandalwood/sweet orange/ylang ylang sound? Or what about jasmine/lavender? Or ylang ylang/black pepper for men?) I think I’ll dress up the plain white tubes with a little washi tape to personalize them before giving them away.

Get My Buttered Life: Personal Care Edition by clicking here, and start making all your own lip balms, solid perfumes, and hard lotion bars.

Chewy Molasses Cookies

In addition to these gifts, I think I’ll include some edible goodies. I have lots of family members who love a good dessert. One I’m dying to try is this honey-sweetened Chewy Molasses Cookie. I’ve been going through an eBook called Nourishing Cookies for a Healthy Holiday, by Diana at My Humble Kitchen.

This eBook is full of scrumptious-looking cookies! (The fantastic photography by Diana makes me feel like I can taste them!) She even wrote a whole section on tips and tricks for beautiful cookies so you can make something you’re proud to give away. Who knows, I may try several of these recipes, because they don’t look one bit difficult!

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Want to put your own gift baskets together?

You don’t have to have eBooks to put together great gifts for your friends and family. Check around on our website for a few great recipes and put together personalized gift baskets for everyone on your list. On our website you can find recipes and instructions for:

Above all, have fun making your natural gifts, put a little love into them, and your friends and family will be tickled to receive them!


About Betsy Jabs

Betsy holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Counseling, and for nearly a decade worked as an elementary counselor. In 2011 she left her counseling career to pursue healthy living. She loves using DIY Natural as a way to educate people to depend on themselves to nourish their bodies and live happier healthier lives. Connect with Betsy on Facebookand Twitter.

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  1. Jill says

    I made some homemade deodorant that had beeswax and learned that I’m just a plain kind of girl (just coconut oil, EOs, baking soda, and arrowroot). Any ideas on what I can do with the remainder of my other? I don’t want to waste it, but I wasn’t sure what else it could be made in to. Thanks!

    • Betsy Jabs says

      It would be hard for me to say what else you could use it for without knowing the exact ingredients. Hair pomade, body balm, or something else maybe. As long as it has all natural ingredients, it won’t hurt to start experimenting with it. 🙂

      • Jill says

        Thanks for the reply! The exact recipe was 3 TBSP coconut oil, 2 TBSP beeswax, 2 TBSP baking soda,
        2 TBSP arrowroot, 1/8 tsp tea tree EO and 1/8 tsp lavender EO. Thanks for your help!

        • Betsy Jabs says

          Okay, that’s what I suspected. With all the baking soda and arrowroot you probably won’t want to use it as a body balm or pomade. Will anyone else you know want to test it out as deodorant?

          • Jill says

            Maybe so. I’ll ask around. Thanks for looking into my question! I appreciate what you do on your site because I use a lot of your recipes!

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    Thank you,

    • Betsy Jabs says

      Hi Christie,

      If you like DIY projects, then purchasing some of the ingredients for recipes in these books will be a great investment. Depending on which recipes you’ll make from the bundle (beauty recipes, cleaning recipes, food recipes, or baby care recipes), the ingredients will be different. Most of the ingredients are pretty cheap, and can be found in several different places. Then you can make many more recipes & projects with the leftover ingredients.

      Did I answer your question? Let me know if you have any more!

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