Essential Oil Christmas Gifts
A thoughtful homemade Christmas gift is always a treasure. It always feels special and has the personal appeal that a store bought gift doesn’t. But in all honesty choosing the right homemade gift can be a really hard task. It’s no wonder so many people usually resort to giving rock paperweights or awkward looking Christmas sweaters.
Well, that doesn’t have to be you this Christmas. Instead of running rampant in shopping malls or making an obvious (and weird) DIY gift, you can put your stash of essential oils to good use by making a Christmas gift basket for your family and friends.
It’s pretty simple actually. All you need is a little effort, creativity and some knowledge of essential oils.
Luckily we have all that covered right here.
Essential Oils Make Great Christmas Gifts
You have all the reasons to gift people with essential oils during Christmas. Here are just a few:
Christmas is winter and winter air is dry
You definitely don’t want your friends and family (and you) to be exposed to dry winter air. It makes viruses and bacteria active; which explains why colds and flus are very common during the winter.
Dry air is also a common culprit for causing sleep problems, dehydration, poor skin and hair, death to houseplants and damage to wooden furniture.
The best way to add moisture to winter air is by diffusing a mixture of water and essential oil molecules in a room. So if you can make a good blend of the oils and gift it to your loved ones you will have helped them a great deal.
The benefits of essential oils go beyond moistening the air.
They do so much more including:
- balancing hormones
- fighting stress and anxiety
- improving digestion
- enhancing excretion
- treating insomnia
- providing physical and mental energy
- pain relief
Some have antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties; which makes them perfect for warding off illnesses or treating them. In buying the oils you will be impacting the health of your family or friend in a direct and positive way.
You may also want to know that essential oils are harmless (unless the person is allergic) and can be used by pretty much anyone, except small babies.
Compared to other gifts (whether DIY or store bought), an essential oils gift is extremely affordable. Most brands offer packages of 5 to 10 oils for less than $50. Despite that, you can make your gift basket look very classy and more elegant than a more expensive option.
The beauty of working with essential oils is that they offer unlimited possibilities.
You can make your Christmas gift to be:
- individual oil
- blends of the oils
- a basket with oils and other things in it
- or whatever else your creative mind picks up
But a gift basket with awesome DIY blends would definitely make someone’s Christmas; regardless of what else is in the basket. So try as much as possible to know how to make good essential oil blends. Speaking of which…
Quick Guide to Homemade Essential Oil Recipes
Each essential oil has certain properties that make it ideal for a particular purpose. For example, lavender contains linalyl acetate, which is known to have anti-inflammation, antibacterial and antifungal properties. That is why lavender essential oil is good for treating cuts, bruises, skin irritations and certain skin conditions like acne.
The same goes for other essential oils – they are great for a particular purpose. If you know what each oil does you can make a blend for every mood or purpose and add it to your themed Christmas basket.
Here’s a summary of what the oils can do:
- Elevating mood: orange, sandalwood, rose, jasmine, vanilla and Scotch pine oils are prefect for this.
- Relieving pain: the best essential oils for pain relief are lavender, ginger, rosemary, chamomile, eucalyptus, bergamot and clary sage.
- Stress relief: chamomile, lavender, spearmint, peppermint and clary sage are known for keeping stress and anxiety at bay. They also treat sleeplessness.
- Boosting immunity: the most effective oils for warding off illnesses are sage, tea tree, rosemary, lemon, oregano, grapefruit and thyme.
- Enhancing cognitive function: using lemon, peppermint, pine and eucalyptus oils improves brain power.
- Treating wounds: frankincense, lemon and grapefruit oils shouldn’t miss in your stash if you want to treat wounds effectively.
- Repelling insects: the best bug repellents are lemongrass, cedarwood and clove oils.
If your basket contains individual oils you may want to include at least one oil from each category. If it contains blends then make sure each blend has oils from as many categories as possible.
Better yet you can put individual oils as well as blends in your Christmas gift basket, or get a set that already has a variety.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- Choose a theme: combine the Christmas feeling with an appropriate theme. There are so many options to choose from – ultimate spa basket, bath basket, relax me basket, fitness basket, gentleman’s basket, new mom basket, treatment basket – your only limitation is your imagination.
- Make it unique with some creativity: wrap the basket nicely, and even consider adding a bow. You can also put the oils and blends in boxes and then package them starting with a small box inside a bigger one all the way to the biggest. It’s always fun watching someone exploring the contents of each box while anticipating what could be in the next.
- Presentation matters: it wouldn’t hurt to add some luxuries to the package. A few feathers, cards with sweet words, decorations and even candy will make the Christmas basket even more heart-warming.
- Think beyond the oils: while the oils are the primary gift, you can also add some accompaniments to the basket. A diffuser, for instance, makes a lot of sense because it can be used to disperse the oils. Nowadays there are diffusers that are designed as jewelries. You could get your loved one something like a necklace that will diffuse the oils all day long. Other options include an oil storage, a book o essential oils or carrier oils to be used with the essential oils.
See, making a DIY Christmas gift with essential oils is not that hard. You can make the most amazing and personal gift basket for your family or friend, as long as you don’t limit your imagination. But make sure you only use 100% pure and natural essential oils. Synthetic options usually have negative impacts on the user.
That’s it! You have just 3 weeks left so get started. Find the right oil and present for everyone in one simple place and you can spend those 2 extra weeks getting into the festive mood while everyone else tries to find last minute gifts.
Well done you.