As I sit here in West Virginia happily not skiing (while the Hubbs and bonus daughters are flinging themselves down huge, snowy hills), I’ve been catching up on what all of you are doing. Judging by my Instagram and Facebook feeds, lots of you are still celebrating the holidays this week. I see Christmases number two and three in full swing for many of you (no one has reached four yet, that I’ve witnessed). I pass no judgement. It can be hard to get families all in one place on one day. And any reason for a gathering is a good idea in my book. Heck, I’m the gal that celebrates her birthMONTH, instead of birthDAY. So party on, folks. Party on.
But watching all of you out there still passing along presents, and knowing that many of you will have New Year’s Eve parties to attend, I thought I’d share a little homemade craft project that the bonus daughters and I put together several weeks ago, that has been a hit with our families and friends. It makes a great last minute present (in case you forgot someone) or thoughtful hostess gift.
The girls and I don’t always speak the same language (they’re a little more trampoline play center and I’m a bit more mani/pedi) but one common thread for us are crafts. So, I thought it would be fun to create a holiday gift craft together. Earlier in the year, I’d purchased some sugar scrub for my hands that I loved (and it’s why my hands are so soft these days) and I’d also posted the awesome sugar scrub recipe from my neighbor. I thought it might be nice to make some jars of the scrub as gifts. I hopped on Etsy.com and scooped up some vintage jelly jars with the lids (you could also use small Ball jars that you can often find at your local grocery store or the neighborhood hardware store or household jars that used to hold something else and have since been cleaned out and cleaned up) and some sterling silver-plate demitasse spoons (the little spoons for stirring your coffee). Then we got to work.
Here’s the recipe for the scrub we made, although there are TONS of them online and you can use the one my neighbor makes too:
- 1 cup regular white table sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup of Grapeseed Oil (I also like Almond Oil – I use it every day as a body moisturizer when I get out of the shower – and I love and trust the Aura Cacia brand)
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract (for scent)
- 1 tsp Almond Extract (for scent)
- Food coloring, if you choose (we colored about 1/2 of our mix)
Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl. It’s going to look and smell yummy, but it’s not edible because of the oil. If you want your scrub to be a bit more “liquidy”, then add some more oil. If’ you feel it has too much liquid, add more sugar. Make sure it’s all mixed together when you start to add it to your jars. Over time the oil will settle and will need to be mixed back in to the sugar (hence the little spoon, which is also a great way to get the scrub from the jar to your hands). Wrap a bow around it, tuck the spoon in under your bow and ta da! You’re ready.
We keep a jar of the scrub on our sink in the guest bathrooms all year. They make great hostess gifts anytime, by the way and you can make a few at a time and store them in your gift closet for gifting emergencies (what do you mean you don’t have a gift closet?! Everyone should have a gift closet. Having a few items stashed away for emergency gifting is important and necessary). Or forgetfulness. Which can lead to gifting emergencies. In any event, happy gifting and scrubbing. And you’re welcome.