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Friday, December 2, 2011

Homemade Gifts for a Greener Holiday

By Diane

The holidays are fast approaching and already colorful fliers and catalogs arrive in the mail every day showing off flashy electronics and mass produced spa products. Not only are a lot of gifts expensive, they’re not that great for the environment either!

So, what types of gifts would have a smaller environmental impact? Supporting your local business owners is a great idea, but you can also consider making gifts at home. Homemade jams, chocolates and bath products are all relatively easy to make and are wonderful gift ideas.

Here are a couple of natural bath product recipes for you to try making yourself. Put them into a pretty jar with a bow for an extra special touch!

Mint Milk Bath*

1 cup cornstarch
2 cups dry milk powder
4 TBSP crushed, dried mint leaves
1/2 cup sea salt
(Fresh mint leaves are available in the produce section of the grocery store. Dry them slowly in a low heat oven or dehydrator.)

Preparation:

1.    Crush dried mint leaves and then add to other ingredients
2.    Spoon into a decorative jar and then add a generous amount to a warm bath

Basic Bath Salt Recipe

1 cup Epsom salt
1 cup sea salt
1 cup baking soda
1/2 TBSP essential oils of your choice
(Oils are available at online apothecary sites.)

Preparation:

1. Mix the salts and baking soda together, making sure to break up any lumps
2. Add in essential oils and mix well
3. Place in decorative jars with instructions to use 1/2 cup per bath

Another great benefit of homemade bath products is that they are all natural and very safe, even for people with sensitive skin!

What holiday gifts have you made in the past?

*A patch test on skin is recommended for both recipes to ensure there are no allergic reactions to any of the listed ingredients.

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On Friday, December 2, 2011, Beeb from Contest Corner wrote

Fun ideas! One year I made a bunch of baking & beverage mixes - pancake mix, coffee mix, and hot chocolate. I packaged all the ingredients together into cute bags with instructions attached.

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