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D.I.Y. Gift Ideas

Happy holidays from Katoka Massage Therapy! Here's some DIY gift ideas for you.

It is that festive time of year again! This no doubt means that many of you are searching for the perfect gifts for your loved ones. If you are looking to give a unique and personal gift, here are some great (do-it-yourself) DIY gift ideas that you can try!

DIY gift ideas: nail pampering jar

DIY Gift Ideas #1: Nail Pampering in a Jar This gift is perfect for someone who loves to pamper themselves or for anyone that could do with a little relaxation.

  • 1/2 cup (15 g) grape seed oil

  • 1/2 cup (15 g) organic brown sugar

  • 5 drops vanilla extract

  • 2 drops lavender essential oil

  • 1 drop sandalwood essential oil

  • A bowl

  • Wide open jam jar

What to do:

Mix ingredients in a small mixing bowl and then simply pour the mix into the wide-necked jar.

How to use:

Simply dip fingertips into the jar, then gently massage into your cuticles and knuckles. To finish simply cleanse your hands with warm water then apply hand cream. Your fingers will feel fresh- and smell great!

- Recipe written by Julie Gabriel, author of The Green Beauty Guide

face and body scrub

DIY Gift Ideas #2: Simple Face and Body Scrub Here is another gift for a friend who loves to unwind and relax.

  • Salt or sugar (small granules and for very sensitive skin use dark brown sugar)

  • Oil (grape seed, coconut oil, or olive oil

  • Bowl

  • Spoon

  • Essential oil (optional)- Make sure the oil you are using is safe to apply to skin

What to do:

Simply mix one part oil to two parts salt or sugar. You can make as little or as much as you want! How to use:

Use a loofah mitt, a washcloth, or your hand to apply to skin. If you find the salt or sugar to harsh on your skin, rinse and only use the oil to continue. Once you are well scrubbed, rinse thoroughly.

homemade vanilla extract

DIY Gift Ideas #3: Homemade Vanilla Extract This gift is great for the chef or foodie in your life!

  • 3 Vanilla beans

  • Good Bourbon

  • Jar

How to make:

Use 3 vanilla beans per jar and add bourbon. Then let it age, 2 months is best. Simply make a tag with a "You can start using" date label.

DIY Soy Candles

DIY Gift Ideas #4: Soy Candles

  • Natural Soy Wax

  • Natural Candle Wicks

  • Small Jars

  • Orange, Lemongrass and Lemon Essential Oils

  • Large Measuring Cup

  • Tape

  • Hole punch

How to Make:

Fill a large measuring cup or microwavable glass container with the soy wax and microwave, checking and stirring every 30 seconds.

Once the wax is melted mix 10-15 drops of essential oils. Add more or less oil depending on how strongly you would like the candle to smell. Have your jars ready and pour in the wax.

To make sure that your wicks stay in place, hole punch the middle a piece of tape and secure the tape to the top of the jar.

Then simply lower the wick through the hole and let the candle dry. Drying can take a couple hours or leave them overnight. To finish trim the wick and close the lid!



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