This year has continued to be such a transition from living in Colorado to coming back to California and spending quality time with family. Being home with the family allowed me to really have fun with homemade gift ideas and enjoy using my creativity to make gifts for friends and family that are made with love, healthy and delicious. I used many items I already had to make some beautiful gift wrap as well. So for those who are reading this and getting gifts…SPOILER.
DIY Organic Sugar Scrubs
I mixed together dry ingredients:
- 2 parts raw sugar
- part apricot kernel meal
- 1 part rice bran flour
Then pour in organic almond oil until you reach a desired consistency. I used 4oz ball jars that I already had to portion scrubs into and used my Doterra oils to create some delicious blends.
- Cinnamon – Ginger – Vanilla
- Rosemary – Lemongrass – Wild Orange
- Cacao Powder – Ground Coffee – Vanilla
- Lavender – Peppermint
I encourage you to play with different oil blends or even varieties of oils such as avocado oil, grape seed oil, coconut oil and sesame oil. Make sure to top with some matching decorative topping such as a sprig of rosemary or cinnamon sticks.
DIY Organic Beard Oil
There are more and more men in my life that are rocking beards, so why not make them a fancy beard oil for a fraction of the cost. For these I used recycled dropper bottles that were previously filled with Stevia. I used a funnel to pour the oils into the small bottle.
- Almond Oil
- Grape Seed Oil
- A few drops of Castor Oil
- Blend of Doterra oils – Vetiver, Cardamom, Bergamot and Cassia.
Create your own tag from any recycled paper and you have the perfect gift for the bearded men in your life.
Dehydrated Persimmons, Apples and Cinnamon Honey Walnuts
Everybody loves the holiday goodies, but not all the sugar, dairy and wheat that comes along with them. So this year I wanted to make some deliciously sweet and spicy raw vegan treats for my loved ones.
For this you will need a dehydrator or set your oven as low as possible.
- Soak the walnuts overnight in pure water.
- Slice your unripe persimmons and apples.
- Place on dehydrator shelves with no paper or on a sheet in the oven and let it dehydrate until the fruit has reach a desired texture. This can vary in time and how dehydrated you would like the fruit. I like mine to be chewy but not super hard so check on these.
- Rinse the walnuts then toss them in raw honey and cinnamon.
- Place the walnut in the dehydrator or oven just like the fruit and let them dehydrate over night or all day.
This is one of my all time favorite recipes from my friend Christine at Just Glowing with Health.
Makes about 15 depending on how small you make them.
2 cups fresh medjool dates, pitted
1/3 cup cashews, soaked overnight in purified water drained and rinsed
1/2 tsp vanilla powder (the key to this recipe is that I used Madagascar vanilla powder and it really makes the difference, if you don’t have it you can always use pure vanilla extract, but it wont’ be as flavorful)
1 cup shredded coconut (1/2 cup set aside to cover the doughnut holes in)
Mix all the above ingredients in a food processor and blend until it becomes a coarse crumbly mix. Be careful not to over process. Scoop out mix onto a plate and roll into bite size balls.
To cover in coconut place 1/2 cup of coconut on a plate and cover the balls evenly in coconut.
Grab some ball jars and fill them up with a variety of raw vegan goodness. I used different sizes based on what I already had in my house.
Natural Food Dyed Fabric for Gift Wrap
I wanted to create some sort of fabric to use as ribbons or gift wrap so I picked up some inexpensive white muslin and used fruits and veggies that were in the refrigerator to dye the fabric.
- Place greens (I used Spinach and Spirulina) in a pot with water, boil then simmer for a few hours until green.
- Do the same with reds (I used pomegranates and red chard stems).
- Let the liquids cool and place the muslin in the liquids to soak for a few hours or until desired color.
- Hang fabric to dry.
- Cut fabric into strips or squares for wrapping paper or to tie together your gift.
I used the fabric between the ball jar lids and as a wrap around my gift boxes.
Brown Paper Crafty Tags and Special Details
I cut circles to match the sizes of the ball jars out of brown paper I already had. You can use any paper you would like. I then used a holiday stamp on these. I was also given some brown paper tags, so a friend and I played with watercolors and glitter. I bought some greens, rosemary, cinnamon sticks, brown rope and metallic wire to pull the homemade gifts together for some beautiful gift wrap. Get creative and play with different items for those perfect homemade gifts!