Have you been working on homemade gifts lately (or still wondering what to give)? After a few emails from readers, asking what I’m making this year, I thought I’d give you a quick glimpse into my kitchen!
When preparing gift baskets, I love to work with an “assembly line” concept, to prepare gifts for multiple recipients at the same time. But when you want to give something a bit healthier (and more long-lasting) than plates of cookies, what do you make?
How about a basket of soothing natural “spa” items or herbal remedies? Such products can be fairly expensive if purchased commercially, but more affordable to make at home. (Plus, you can prepare enough for everyone on your list!)
So, this year, I’m putting my own eBook, “Herbal Nurturing” to good use. (It’s a PDF file that you can download onto your computer or print as a “book.”) I’ve heard from other readers, who have purchased additional downloads, in order to give the book as a gift, as well! (Thank you.)
Here are some fun gift basket combos I’ve come up with so far:
Expectant Mama Basket-
- A jar of “Pregnancy Tea” dry herb mixture (or individual jars of the herbs + the recipe to mix their own)
- A bottle of “Calming” Massage Oil or “Aches & Pains” Massage Oil (or both!)
- A jar of “Postpartum Herbal Bath Tea/Rinse” (the dry herb mixture)
- A subscription to Giving Birth Naturally classes.
A Basket for Her-
- “Bedtime” Tea (a jar of the dry herb mixture, or purchase empty tea bags to fill your own; Mountain Rose Herbs sells them)
- A bottle of “Calming” Massage Oil or “Aches & Pains” Massage Oil (arthritic hands may appreciate that one)
- Chapped Lip Balm
- “Mama’s Passion Bath Salts“
A Basket for The Family with “Rough & Tumble” Little Ones-
- A small jar of “People’s Paste“
- A bottle of “Natural Sunburn Relief” (maybe add in some beach items, too!); a plastic bottle with a “squeeze spout” works well
- A bottle of “Immune-Booster Syrup”
- A small jar of Calendula Salve
- Make the “Three-in-One Healing Balms” recipe to put in containers of “Sinus & Sleep Rub,” “Scrapes Soother,” and “Chapped Lip Balm”
- A Family Size tin of “Bug Block” from MadeOn
What have you come up with?
If you do want to tuck in some healthy treats, I recommend Katie’s Healthy Snacks to Go eBook. You can make up your own version of “lara bars!”
If you’re not up to making your own pampering products this year, I recommend the MadeOn Hard Lotion Bars. My little girl loves the Hair Butter (we put it on after bathtime, while reading bedtime stories), and she packs her Beesilk Hard Lotion Bar tin for overnight visits with Grandma!