Last Minute Christmas Gifts. Hooray!

I have some very creative girlfriends, and every year, I force them to invite me over to Lisa’s house to make Holiday gifts. They usually oblige. Last year, we made homemade vanilla, and this year, we decided on homemade bath salts. Yummy.

The whole process was super simple…way simpler than the vanilla actually. (And we thought the vanilla was easy!)

First, we all got together and ate lunch. Easy. Then we pulled out the supplies and started talking.

Here’s what we needed:
2. Hand Crocheted Cotton Washcloths
(We used these from Etsy seller snowbabyscreations)
5. Labels (2″ x 4″)
6. Ribbon (We purchased ours at Michaels)
Then we layed it all out. To create the labels, we engaged our friend (and event organizer) Adrienne, who is and will always be my favorite art director in all the land. She makes everything prettier. But you can do whatever on the labels, be creative! Or grab your nearest art director.

Or hey, use ours! Then, stick the labels on the containers.

This was actually the hardest part, I think.
That’s why I am taking photos. I was banned from the production.
But Katherine Center, whose hands are shown above, did a fab job.

See? Look how good they look!
(This is because I did not do them.)

Meanwhile…
In the kitchen…

Katherine’s brilliant daughter, Anna, was in charge of the bath salts.

Lisa and I were her helpers. We added essential oils to sea salt and stirred it all up in giant mixing bowls. Easy. We used Laundry Tree oils (because they’re awesome), but I’m sure any ol’ essential oils will do. We went with Up (to pick you up), Down (to chill you out), Turn Around (to get you healthy) themes of scents.

Here are the recipes Lisa created:

UP:

2 cups of dead sea salt
1-1/2 teaspoons LaundryTree Energy essential oil blend
DOWN:
2 cups of dead sea salt
1-1/2 teaspoons Lavender essential oil
TURN AROUND:
2 cups of dead sea salt
1/4 t eucalyptus oil
1/4 teaspoon tea tree oil
3/4 teaspoon lavender oil for “turn around”

Then we put the salts in the jars.

That was fun, and easy. They let me help with this part.

Then we put lids on the jars.

Aren’t they pretty?

They also smell good.The whole house smelled like a spa.

Then we grouped them.

And added the washcloths.
(I love these and want to order 50 of them for my house.)

And we packaged them all up.

Done.

The whole project took about two hours, and we were definitely taking our time (and eating and drinking and laughing away).

Now, my Christmas tree smells even yummier, and Harry’s teachers are getting a really fun gift. Hooray for easy, fun gifts!

(Added from Lisa)

The recipes can be successfully modified to work well for a last-minute gift.
Just use epsom salt (available in any pharmacy) and essential oils (available in the “natural” aisles of any good grocery store). The amount of salt you’ll need depends on the size of the container you choose. For guestimation purposes, ours were about 2″ round and 4″ ta
ll and held about 6 oz (2/3 cup) of salts.

If you’d like to use the labels that Adrienne designed, you can download then here:

Merry Christmas, everyone!

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13 Responses to Last Minute Christmas Gifts. Hooray!

  1. Anne Lupton says:

    Love love love it!

  2. SaRaH says:

    i love your blog! thank you for sharing this awesome gift idea with us!

  3. Hilarie says:

    What a great post. It was such a fun day! And thanks for all the beautiful pictures! I will have to snag some for my blog if that's ok. :) By the way – my kids took them to their teachers yesterday and they were a hit! :)

  4. Queen Scarlett says:

    You are brilliant.

  5. grams said says:

    Great idea, great fun, great friendships. Merry Christmas Everyone!

  6. mrs boo radley says:

    Um, so, this is really really fabulous.

  7. Cat says:

    these gifts turned out beautifully! i'll have to add them to my list for next year as i just found the post and don't have enough time to gather all the supplies. but my girlfriends will LOVE them ;) i may even crochet my own cloths (although the ones you used are beautiful). could you estimate how many pounds of sea salt yields how many salt packages? i have NO idea what to buy!

  8. Lisa says:

    @cat: I'll bet the recipes can be successfully modified to work well for a last-minute gift. Just use epsom salt (available in any pharmacy) and essential oils (available in the "natural" aisles of any good grocery store). The amount of salt you'll need depends on the size of the container you choose. For guestimation purposes, ours were about 2" round and 4" tall and held about 6 oz (2/3 cup) of salts.If you'd like to use the labels that Adrienne designed, you can download it here:http://laundrytree.com/labels/BathSalts.pdfMerry Christmas, everyone!–Lisa

  9. Elz says:

    Such a cute idea. I intended to make pillows for the girls' teachers, but that's 8 people total! I decided Target gift cards were much easier-besides I had a crazy hell month at work. Maybe next year?!

  10. Gates 8105 says:

    Would you have the item # for the containers? What a beautiful job you all did!

  11. Natalie at Mommy on FIre says:

    Oh my word – this is the greatest idea I have ever seen for holiday gifts. How fun! Just might need to do this for the end of the year since I missed Christmas. Thanks for the post!

  12. Beaver Brown says:

    What a wonderful idea and thank you for sharing. I loved the photos too. Maybe I will do this for the next get together with the girls. Maybe for Valentine's Day. Thanks again for sharing.

  13. sarah says:

    I looked at these last year, and decided I was going to make them this year….so cute!! The photos don’t work for me anymore….do you still have them? Thanks!

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