Do you tend to leave your Christmas shopping until the last minute and find yourself scrambling to think of gift ideas for all your nearest and dearest? If this sounds familiar, why not get into the true holiday spirit with your kids by crafting handmade presents that are not only thoughtful but won’t drain the bank account either.
Here are some healthy handcrafted gift ideas that the kids can master:
- Plant cuttings ‐ Share the love by gifting plant cuttings from your own garden and popping them in a cute pot. Cuttings from plants like rosemary, lavender and succulents make wonderful presents as they’ll grow into new plants that your loved ones can enjoy all year round.
- Christmas tea – Create your own Christmas herbal tea blends for friends and family. Source ingredients from your local market or health food store, and store it loose in a metal canister or make your own teabags.
- Christmas pudding – What is Christmas without a Christmas pudding? Check out our healthy version here , which will be enjoyed by those lucky enough to receive one.
- Christmas cookie mix in a jar – Rather than baking the cookies yourself, make it fun for the gift receiver by layering all the dry ingredients in a mason jar. Don’t forget to write or print a recipe card that you can give along with your unique Christmas gift. Our healthy Christmas tree cookies can also be presented in the same way .
- Bliss balls – These treats are perfect for the health one in your family. Here’s the recipe.
- Family favourites recipe book – Collect cherished family recipes and make a book for a sentimental and useful gift everyone will enjoy.
- Body scrub – Make your own body scrub by mixing 2 parts sugar (brown or white) to 1 part oil (almond and coconut oils are great skin nourishes). Then simply add ½ teaspoon of vitamin E oil and a few drops of your favourite essential oils. Try fragrances associated with Christmas such as cloves, frankincense, cinnamon or nutmeg and pop in a jar with a cute gift tag.
- Candles – To make your own scented soy candles all you need is soy wax flakes, a wick, a jar or glass votive and your favourite essential oils. A little grown‐up supervision is recommended for this one since the wax needs to be melted over the stove.