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Monday, October 20, 2014

Holiday Handmade Gift Ideas and Vanilla Body Scrub Recipe

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When it comes to holiday gifting, it truly is the thought that counts. My most precious gifts are ones that came with a lot of thought and love. What could be more thoughtful than a handmade gift? Not only are they meaningful, but they often cost less money than store-bought gifts. Win, win, right?

Whether you are trying to simplify your holiday gift giving, find a gift for that hard-to-shop-for person, let a teacher know how much she is appreciated, or surprise a coworker, DIY gifts are the perfect way to show how much you care.

I want to share some ideas on ways to make your DIY gifts even more extra-special:

• Package homemade biscotti, cookies, or even body products in vintage tins or jars. A beautiful container is an additional gift that the recipient can keep long after the handmade gift is gone.
• Instead of using traditional wrapping paper or gift bags, wrap boxes in craft paper and decorate with pens and markers. Wrap jars and bottles in fabric, burlap, or a pretty kitchen towel and secure it with colorful striped baker’s twine.
• Attach a Christmas ornament to the outside of the package in lieu of a traditional gift tag. Ornaments can be treasured for years to come.
• Include a hand-written note or card with the recipe for your gift – it is the gift that keeps on giving!

I also want to share a great recipe for Vanilla Body Scrub from Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, which is the perfect gift for friends, sisters, daughters, or anyone who deserves a bit of pampering this holiday season. Fragrant Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar gently exfoliates while olive oil moisturizes, leaving skin feeling soft, smooth and rejuvenated.

Vanilla Body Scrub
  • 1 cup Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar   
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1 or 2 drops of an essential oil such as lavender, eucalyptus, etc.

Decorative, waterproof container
Mix ingredients together in a bowl.
Spoon into a decorative, waterproof container.
Wrap in decorative paper.

Instructions for use: Apply a small amount to damp skin while in shower or bath. Gently scrub skin with a soft washcloth. Rinse thoroughly.

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