This year, my Christmas is going to be almost entirely handmade. Since I’m not that creative a person, it’s meant that I’ve spent a lot of time browsing Etsy and visiting local artisans. I’m doing a few quick, small projects myself (which I won’t reveal to you all lest the surprise be spoiled!).
If you share my predilection for all things handmade, I’ve gathered together some of the most popular tutorials posted here at Food Renegade in years past to create a list of quick, handmade gift ideas you can pull together here at the last minute. (It really is the last minute now isn’t it?)
Homemade Bath Salts
Give the gift of relaxation! With a base of magnesium-rich epsom salts, these bath salts help restore depleted magnesium stores in the body while soothing the spirit and smoothing the skin. Present in a pretty muslin bag tied with ribbon so it can go straight in the bath without clogging the drain.
Homemade Taco Seasoning
Present in a re-purposed small glass jar with a homemade gift tag. Everyone loves “from my kitchen to yours” gifts.
Homemade Calendula Salve
More effective than triple-antibiotic ointments, this homemade salve can be presented in cute little round tins or recycled baby food jars.
Homemade Apple Mint Skin Toner
A homemade skin toner you could eat. Present in a cute glass bottle.
Homemade Chapped Lip Balm
Made with nurturing, healing oils instead of petroleum-based jellies, this homemade chapped lip balm soothes dry winter lips while spelling I-L-O-V-E-Y-O-U.
(top photo by erica_g)
Love this article! Thanks so much. 🙂
The bath salts link isn’t working, fyi.
Thanks for the heads up. The link is fixed now.
Great ideas! Thank you so much!
OH! Thanks!! I am working on a very last minute basis right now!
Food Babe says
Taco Seasoning…. LOVE IT. There is no way I would ever use EL Paso… hehehehee.
Another good “why” for homemade herbal remedies: Oregano and Calendula (there are a few others as well) don’t create superbugs, and most bugs (like MRSA) don’t survive their application! We quit using triple antibiotic ointment when the doctor who did a biopsy on my hubby said, “Whatever you choose to put on it, don’t use the triple antibiotic ointment in the store. It’s an open invitation to MRSA.” YIKES!
Mimi Niesen says
What an inspiring website–thanks.