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Homemade Gift Guide: Body Care

Wow, can you believe it’s almost Christmas again already? I’m feeling a little behind in the gift department this year, mostly for my lack of planning ahead. Serious shocker for a seasoned planner! But never fear my friends, I’m getting it together finally, making lists and crossing off to-dos.

One of my must do favorites every year is homemade gifts and this year I happen to be keen on body care. Today I’m sharing two simple, inexpensive, and quick recipes: sea salt body scrub and salt bath soak.

ORANGE BASIL SEA SALT BODY SCRUB

Orange Basil Body Scrub | Tiffany Lane

Orange Basil Body Scrub | Tiffany Lane

Orange Basil Body Scrub | Tiffany Lane

Ingredients
2 cups sea salt
1 cup oil (sweet almond oil* or olive)
2-4 tablespoons orange essential oil

2-4 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped

The basic ratio is 2 parts salt to 1 part oil, plus essential oils of your choosing for scent. For this recipe, I used orange essential oil and chopped, fresh basil. As always, feel free to adjust ratios to your tastes. You could always use basil essential oil instead of fresh basil. I happened to have fresh basil on hand and I also think it looks pretty.

Salt is a natural preservative so no need to worry about the oils or basil going rancid.  I know some of you may be into substituting recipes for what you have on hand, I am a huge advocate for that.  But in this case, please do not use sugar in place of the salt or you may need to refrigerate it (because of the fresh basil) which just isn’t very convenient for something you’re going to use in the bathroom.

PEPPERMINT SALT BATH SOAK

Peppermint Bath Soak | Tiffany Lane

Peppermint Bath Soak | Tiffany Lane

Peppermint Bath Soak | Tiffany Lane

Ingredients
2 cups salt

2-4 tablespoons peppermint essential oil

This is probably one of the easiest homemade gifts I’ve ever made.  Two ingredients and stir or shake to coat. It doesn’t get much better than that. I used both rock salts and fine salt for a lovely combination, then added in a bit of peppermint oil until fragrant. Endless possibilities for scents, use whatever you have on hand.

Need some more homemade gift ideas?

Candles are another great homemade gift that would go along nicely with these.  I can see myself now soaking in my salt bath, hands and face scrubbed smooth, and a refreshing candle glowing away. Check out my recent post for the full candle making DIY.

And don’t forget about the lip balm to round it out. This one is definitely on my gift list. As a matter of fact, I already ordered my containers and labels, just waiting for them to arrive so I can begin the preparations!

If you’re looking for a bigger ticket item, most women love massages and they make great gifts.  Go for a gift card to a local spa and add on a homemade body care gift or two for a cute package.

READER FEEDBACK: What are your favorite homemade gifts to give and receive?

P.S. This post can be found at Holistic Home Link Party!

*Tiffany Lane Handmade is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

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Free Christmas Printables

We’re nearing Christmas, it’s just a few days away now.  And I’ll bet many of you still need to wrap and beautify your gifts, right?

Well I’ve done a little research for you to find a few of the cutest free Christmas printables that I hope will make your life a little easier and your packages much cuter!

printable gift tags - love vs design

[Rustic Printable Gift Tags via Love vs Design]

chalkboard style printable gift tags - poppytalk

[Chalkboard Style Printable Gift Tags from Emily McDowell via Poppytalk]

chevron printable gift tags - kelly ashworth design

[Chevron Printable Gift Tags via Kelly Ashworth Design]

chalkboard style printable home decor - mother time market

[Chalkboard Style Printable Home Decor Designs via Mother Time Market]

modern printable gift tags - blush printables for the sweetest occassion

[Modern Printable Gift Tags via Blush Printables for The Sweetest Occasion]

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Pretty Packaging: Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas

You know how much I love packaging and it’s been quite a while since my last packaging post.  But here we are once again.

Ellas Inspiration

Sunday Suppers

Eat Drink Chic

Rinse Repeat Blog

Domestifluff

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Holiday Crafts: Valentine’s Day 2012

It’s February already, can you believe it?  That means Valentine’s Day isn’t far, so that’s today’s inspiration.

I love these adorable Valentines inspired cupcakes from Creature Comforts.

And the little gift bag, too! You can find more photos plus the DIY here.

Enjoy a little tea time? Try making it extra special with hearts, courtesy of Martha Stewart.

Or what about baking? And chocolate? I guess you could make them in any other flavor you wish, but why would you choose anything but chocolate? Thanks, My Baking Addiction!

Throwing a party? Or just want some setup ideas for your sweetie’s sweets? Check out Celebrations at Home.

More baking? Yes, please! This time brownie inspiration from The Sweetest Occasion.

Love this packaging from Scouts Honor Co via Poppytalk:

Aren’t these kraft, twine and fabric notecards adorable? Thanks, Fiestasy Cumples (via Pinterest).

And print out these adorable stickers to add a little flair to any gift. Thanks to Design Sponge and Twig & Thistle. You can purchase them right here!

Hubby and I don’t usually make much of Valentine’s Day, but I always appreciate lovely things and try to make something cute if nothing else.  But this year, I’m buying something that I can’t make and it has to do with one of his favorite things in the world.  But I can’t spill yet, in case he reads this!

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

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New Product: DIY Notecard Kits + New Gift Set Packaging

Want to make something special for your special someone, but not sure where to start? Or just don’t have time to get all the materials? You’re in luck! I now offer DIY Notecard Kits, complete with (almost) everything you need to create a handmade note for anyone on your radar.  And, it’s just in time for Valentine’s Day!  Order by February 2nd for a safe Valentine’s Day arrival.

You’ll receive: 10 notecards + 10 envelopes, 10 pre-cut layering sheets, 10 pre-cut patterned papers, 10 pre-cut strips of ribbon (if applicable), 40 photo splits and ample embellishments. All of this comes packaged in a 100% recyclable kraft box.  On the back of the box is a label with a photo of the suggested card to make. And once your done making the cards, you could even give the set away as a gift wrapped in the original kraft box and tied with twine.

This is one of the sets available at Tiffany Lane Creations:


If you think you may need a little help putting it all together, I created a video tutorial you can find on YouTube here.

To see all of my DIY Notecard Kits, visit the Valentine’s DayGift Sets sections in the shop.

On top of these new goodies, all gift sets have new and improved packaging! Out with the muslin, and in with kraft gift boxes and twine!  It’s just like the packaging you’ll get with the DIY Notecard Kits:

I hope you all enjoy them as much as I do and spread the word to your friends!

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Pretty Packaging: Christmas 2011

With just a few days until Christmas, I thought I would share some packaging inspiration for those of you who have not yet wrapped your gifts (better get moving!) and for those of you who just enjoy pretty packages like me.

Craft Critique

Man Made DIY

Design Sponge

Stylizmo

Whipper Berry

Decor8

Stylizmo

via Salvage Life [original source unknown]

Plus, if you missed it, here’s a peak at my Christmas gifts this year.

So here’s to happy wrapping and a blessed & Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Gifts 2011

Here’s a peek at some of my Christmas gifts for this year.  Can you see the theme? Kraft paper, burlap and twine. Yes, I know.  So predictable.

But aren’t they cute? Sometimes simple really is much better.

I’m so glad I was finally able to use those adorable stamps on the gift tags.  A good friend gave them to me a while back and now I have a reason to use them.  Want in on that action? I recently saw them on Etsy from Plasticoutures.

Disclaimer: the gift for Edie is from The Wanderlust and the package I received was already so cute, I decided to leave it as is and just added the name tag.  And please, check out The Wanderlust, it’s awesome!

I hope my giftees like them as much as I do!

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