I have this little problem where it is almost impossible for me to buy a gift for someone. ‘Buy’ being the key word. I just can’t bring myself to go to the store and pick a gift off the shelf. Even if the person has specifically asked for it!
I know – it sounds crazy, right? I’m not sure whether it is because I am always looking for ways to save money, because I feel like it is impersonal, or because I really enjoy crafting. But I almost always find myself making homemade gifts.
The result is that almost every Christmas, recipients get a homemade gift. Some years are definitely better than others. The year I decided to knit everyone something was not such a good idea. Not only did I spend WAY too many hours doing it, but I learned that it is best to just knit things for people who ask for it. It is a lot of time to spend on something that someone might never wear.
But, anyway, this year’s gift giving was no different. I got the ideas for this year’s gifts as I started to focus more on living healthier. And not just food, but in cleaning products and skin products. Seriously – have you ever read the back of those things? If you have a bottle of lotion handy – go look at the back. I couldn’t believe the long list of things I couldn’t pronounce that were in it! All those things are going into my body, my children’s bodies.
I started to see online ‘recipes’ for making my own products. Recipes that just included a couple, natural ingredients. They looked so simple and after lots of reading, I couldn’t wait to try some of them.
So, what did I make for Christmas this year? I made laundry detergent, lotion, & lip balm. Here’s the rundown. (Click on each item title for the link with the recipe!)
Laundry Detergent – we’ve been using this for about a year and really love it! It works great, and is sooo much cheaper than regular laundry detergent. I have a family of six, and one recipe makes about a years worth of detergent. And, the best part – it costs about $15 TOTAL! (note: I used a bottle of purex crystals for a light scent and as a softener. But if I had Wild Orange essential oil, I would have used that instead!).