Homemade Holiday Gift Guide

I think that homemade gifts are a great idea for Christmas, or really any time you are going to give a gift to someone. Making someone a gift shows that you took the time to think of them and what they might like; you actually spent time thinking about and making something for someone else besides yourself, and that’s always a nice feeling. Another great reason to make homemade gifts is that most of the time they are consumable gifts, meaning something you can eat or use. I love getting gifts that have a practical or good use and you are sure to use and not just let it set in your closet collecting dust and taking up space in your house and your life. I have been trying to live a more minimalistic life, in all aspects as of late, and a nice homemade gift that you can use is a perfect way to enjoy a holiday gift.

Plus homemade gifts are generally cheaper, so obviously, my broke self is going to hop on that train.

This year for Christmas I decided to make mostly food gifts. I am making Chex Mix and cookies for all of my friends and family. I am also making infused apple pie bourbon for the men in my family, instead of the cookies; I just thought they might like that a bit better.Holiday Gift Idea GraphicFood is a great gift for Christmas or birthdays since they are consumable gifts, as I mentioned before, and you can almost be sure the person you are giving it to will use/eat it up. Homemade salsa is an easy and good gift as well. You could include some chips and maybe a small bottle of tequila to make it a fiesta. If you are into making beer or wine that would be a good gift as well and you could customize the flavors, based upon whom you are giving it to and what they like.

But, homemade gifts don’t always have to be food. A body or foot scrub is always a great gift for a hardworking friend or family member that needs to take some time to relax. I have a body scrub recipe on my blog you could check out, it is super simple to make, and you could decorate the container and make a label for it which would make it seem even more personalized and special.

Candles are also a great gift for anyone! My brother makes candles every year for Christmas; here is where he gets his supplies.

A nice homemade oil blend is an amazing gift also. I have a recipe for a calming blend, but you could just take the basics from that and switch up the essential oils you use to make a completely customized and special blend for anyone this holiday season. A nice holiday blend, with cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, orange and fir, or some combination of those oils, would be a great oil to diffuse this winter season. With the colder weather coming, an oil blend including lavender, tee tree, thyme, peppermint, eucalyptus, or rosemary would be a great defense again the cold and flu season.

If you are artistic or creative, making a painting or some type of home décor would be a wonderful gift as well. You could try to match the existing décor in your friend or family members home and make something that will fit in with what they already own. A photograph that you have taken, a painting, a birdhouse or any other piece they may enjoy and want to display in their home.

While flowers or plants aren’t actually homemade they are still great thoughtful and beautiful gifts. If you know someone who is in to gardening or cooking an herb garden would be an amazing and practical gift for him or her. Along those same lines, someone who is in to holistic health may enjoy an Aloe Vera plant.

No matter what you decide to make or give to your family and friends for the holiday season, as long as you make it with their interests in mind, they are sure to love it, because you made it just for them.

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Flash Review: Zing Anything – Citrus Zinger

I have recently purchased the Citrus Zinger, by Zing Anything and I am absolutely in love with it. The Citrus Zinger is a new, dare I even say innovative, type of water bottle. It allows you to juice (citrus) fruit in the bottom of your water bottle and instantly integrate it into your water. It is not the most life changing, brain shattering idea in the world, but I love it. It makes it so much easier to drink fruit infused water, when it is all combined into two easy steps. Juice your fruit, flip the bottle over add water and shake. Okay so that might be more than two steps, but you get what I mean, it’s easy, fast and fun. I got the biggie juicer, which sounds a bit ridiculous, but all it means is that you can juice bigger fruit in it such as oranges or grapefruits. It is also a bigger size and holds 32 oz. of water. I really like that it is 32oz. because then I know I only need to drink two bottles a day to hit my daily goal of water intake; if I drink more, great!

The only down side I would say is that the straw does not reach the bottom of the bottle, because the juicer gets in the way, so you can not completely empty the bottle which is a bummer and leads me to believe that I am probably only drinking about 30oz or a bit less instead of the 32oz that the bottle advertises as its size. This isn’t the hugest deal in the world as I normally drink a glass of water for dinner or a small glass in the morning with my breakfast, which makes up for the small amount left in the bottle and I can still know that I have drank enough water for the day. Again, not a big deal and if that’s the only problem I can find with it, then I’m a pretty happy camper.

Another thing I really like about this is that the juice flavor lingers so I can juice half a lemon and fill my bottle up twice and still taste the lemon which is good for several reasons. I don’t have to use another lemon so I am saving money and fruit. Also, I don’t have to worry about the hassle of taking apart my water bottle and re-juicing; not that it’s difficult, but it is nice to know that I can just refill my water bottle and still taste the sour citrusy taste of lemon, lime etc.

I like the taste, or lack thereof , of water, but sometimes it’s nice to add a little bit of an extra zing, pun intended, into my water. I get bored with drinking 64oz. plus of just plain water. The fruity taste helps me to drink my water faster and to drink more of it as well. I can drink several glasses of plain water, but then I start to crave some type of taste or flavor and the fruit adds just the right amount of sweetness that I need. It also helps to curb my appetite more than just plain water.

What else can I say, I think that this water bottle is a great and convenient idea and I love mine! I love taking it to work and trying to finish the whole thing. I get this weird sense of accomplishment when I hit my water goal for the day and this water bottle just makes it so easy to do and it also makes it a bit more fun too.

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