There’s nothing like cranking the Christmas tunes and busting out the baking sheets to get me into the Christmas spirit. Rather than just checking off items from my loved ones’ wish-lists (which is nice but kind of impersonal) I like to surprise them with some homemade treats as well. After all, we all just want to feel loved, and what better way to show you care than a package full of handmade treats?
I’m a little dyslexic when it comes to reading recipes, so whatever I go for has to be pretty basic as well as time-efficient for my hectic schedule.
Here are a few things I’ve got on my radar so far this year:
My mom is a big bath-lover, so I like to treat her with some homemade bath salts. This recipe is super easy and you can use any combination of essential oils you like. (My favourite is lavender to enhance relaxation.)
Also for bath-time is this beautiful gentle exfoliating scrub by Sophie Uliano at Gorgeously Green. This oatmeal and lavender based scrub is good for all skin types and a great natural way to pump up the pampering factor. If you’ve never read “Gorgeously Green”, it’s a great read that provides fun, well-rounded advice for living an earth-friendly life. (It’s easier than you might think!)
I also like to give my friends and family some sweet treats. I like to try new holiday recipes each year. This year I’m experimenting with these Chocolate and Pecan Tartlets from epicurious.com, as well as these scrumptious thumbprint cookies.
Stay tuned for pictures and updates. If you have any other easy homemade holiday gift ideas, I’d love to hear it!