I have always loved making gifts for friends and family. Several years ago I did a whole DIY handmade Christmas and it was super complicated. I had a one month old, I tried to make something different for everyone and I wasn’t organized about it.
This past Christmas, I did consumable, experience and homemade gifts for my family and friends, as well as something I know they needed. Have you ever heard about giving your children something they need, read, want, wear? I implemented this concept for Little Moore for her birthday in November and then Christmas. I feel that it was my best gift giving year. I truly enjoyed making rum balls, salt dough handprint ornaments, and this sugar scrub.
I recently gifted this handmade lavender vanilla sugar scrub to my friend for her birthday. (For contrast, I gave her a bottle of olive oil and a gift card to a local movie theater for Christmas).
For her birthday present, I started by looking up a few recipes online and got to work. First, I mixed sugar with some almond oil. Next, I added plenty of vanilla extract and lavender essential oil and a few drops of vitamin E oil. I mixed all this up and put it into a mason jar. I rummaged through my crafting supplies and found purple ribbon and twine. I used these and a sprig of fresh lavender from my lavender plant to decorate the jar. See that little tag?
All I did was cut out a bit of an old envelope and write what the contents were with one of the children’s markers. I re-used the bag my friend gave me my Christmas gift in (she had also used it before!). I also added some tissue paper from my gifting supplies.
This gift was special to me because I didn’t buy a single thing to make it, decorate it, or present it, but it came completely from my heart.
Here are the instructions to make your own Lavender Vanilla Sugar Scrub:
1 small mason jar (or any jar will do)
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup Almond Oil
1/2 tsp. Vitamin E Oil
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
15-20 drops Lavender Essential Oil
Put all ingredients into a bowl and mix, then put in the chosen jar. Decorate with tidbits you find around your house. Enjoy for yourself or gift to a friend!
This blog is still a baby, and you may be wondering why I’m exited that I didn’t have to buy anything.
I am exited because I practice anti-consumption and zero waste. As you can read here, I discovered anti-consumerism in the summer of 2017. I started learning about zero-waste in 2016. I’m not perfect by any means, but I have made a drastic shift in our lifestyle. I hope to share what I have learned and practice with you here on my blog, so that you are able to implement them into your own life.
Instead of buying something that my friend may not want or need (and it ending up in the landfill), I gave her a handmade consumable gift. She could even use the bits of twine and ribbon for another project. The jar can be repurposed by her, or she can return it to me. The bag may even go on to have a 4th life!
It is amazing what we can create using what we already have, or ingredients we usually buy. This is a concept that many of us fall into, the consumerism trap. Buying cheap plastic toys loose their immediate luster and these gifts only end up in the landfill. We’re so quick to go buy the latest gadget, or even to FIND something to buy for our friends and family. We can save money and time by simplifying gift giving. It shouldn’t be stressful! Next time you are wondering what to give as a gift, stop and ask yourself…
What does she NEED?
What does he WANT?
What can I MAKE?
Can I shop LOCAL for a gift?
What gift card would they USE?
Facebook marketplace, swap and shops, thrift stores, and your parents (or grandparents) attic or basement are great places to look for items that could be loved and used in a new home.
Have you ever made a handmade gift for someone? What was it? What would your ideal consumable gift be? Let’s talk about it below!