Heart-made gifts are my absolute very favorite. I have every pinch pot my boys ever made. Every ornament made out of popsicle sticks. Every picture frame made out of popsicle sticks, too, come to think of it. I live for this kind of thing. So when the holidays roll around, I like to make a little something special for friends and/or family that comes from my heart.
This year, I was inspired by a few diy crafts at the Toyota booth (yes, I’m giving them a shout out…we are a two Prius family) at Wanderlust in Austin about a month ago. They had tables where you made your own mat spray and body scrub. I also threw together some bath salt, which is ridiculously easy.
YOGA MAT SPRAY
What yogi would not love this? Especially after a hot yoga class! Just spray your mat, wipe it off and it’s clean and ready to go for your next class. Such an easy gift and so fun. All you need are a few ingredients, an eye dropper, a measuring cup and plastic spray bottles. I found these little bottles at my local Michael’s store.
Yoga Mat Spray
Makes 1 small bottle
4 drops tea tree oil
4 drops essential oil (your choice: peppermint, citrus, lavender, etc.)
4 drops eucalyptus oil
1/4 cup filtered water
1 Tbsp white vinegar
Using an eye dropper, if necessary, put 4 drops tea tree oil, 4 drops essential oil of your choice and 4 drops eucalyptus oil in small spray bottle. Pour 1/4 cup water in liquid measuring cup. Add vinegar and combine. Add water mixture to spray bottle. Cap and shake together.
GINGER ALMOND BROWN SUGAR BODY SCRUB
Last year, I made a meyer lemon sugar scrub for the holidays, using lemons from the tree in my backyard. This year, I’m going with fresh ginger and ground almonds. It’s so nice and leaves your skin really, really smooth.
This is so so easy to make. I’m telling you…5 ingredients and your done. You can get these little tins at Michael’s also. I love them. Great for spices and all sorts of things. So for this recipe, you need brown sugar, oil, honey, ginger and almonds. That’s it.
Ginger Almond Brown Sugar Body Scrub
Makes 4 small tins
2 cups packed brown sugar
3/4 cups almond or olive oil
1 Tbsp fresh ginger, grated
1/4 cup almond slices, finely ground in spice grinder or food processor
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Pack into tins. (That’s it. Seriously.)
LAVENDER BLISS BATH SALTS
You know how good that epsom salt bath feels after an Ashtanga class. It’s the best. Epsom salts are so great for muscle soreness. And add a little lavender and let the relaxing begin…
Again, this is embarrassingly easy. You may never want to pay for scented bath salts again. I mean, really, this takes maybe 5 minutes. You’ll need coarse sea salt, epsom salt, an essential oil and maybe a dried herb, if you’d like.
Lavender Bliss Bath Salts
Makes 3-4 jars or tins
1 cup coarse sea salt
1 cup epsom salt
1 tsp lavender essential oil (or other scent of your choice)
1 Tbsp dried lavender, finely ground in spice grinder (optional)
Mix salts together in a large bowl. Add ground lavender, if using. Slowly add essential oil and toss to coat evenly. Place in tin or glass jars. Sprinkle a few tablespoons in hot bath and sink into bliss.