Gifts of Christmas Gift Set

Yesterday I shared with you this simple Christmas gift idea based on the First Gifts of Christmas.  Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh were given to the Jesus by the Wise men who traveled from afar to see the Christ child.

sugar-scrubThe Christmas Holiday and Season has become so commercialized and as a mom, I struggle with trying to keep the focus of Christmas on the real meaning for my children.  We try to keep our Christmas presents for the kids fairly modest and reasonable…which can be difficult.   christmas-giftEvery year I try to come up with meaningful AND practical gifts.  I think this one fits those parameters.  As promised, I will be sharing the recipes and printables so that you can re-create these and give them this year to your loved ones.

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*I do ask that…as always…not to use these for sale in your own shops, etc.  Please do not share these recipes on your own sites.  I appreciate you sending people back here for the recipes and printables.  These are for your personal use only.  I would hate to have to start charging you for these, which I have had to consider in the past due to gross misuse I have unfortunately seen with some of my creations.

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Where can I buy the Frankincense and Myrrh Essential Oils?

I bought my Myrrh and Frankincense Essential Oils here:  Frankincense and Myrrh DoTerra Essential Oils

What size are my bottles?  Where did I purchase them?

My Frankincense bottle was purchased at Hobby Lobby.  It is 5 inches tall and 2.5 inches in diameter.  It holds about 3/4 cup. The bottle I used for the Myrrh was also purchased at Hobby Lobby.  It is about 5.5 inches tall and about 2.75 inches in diameter at the base.  It holds about 1 cup.  Both bottles came with the cork lids.

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How do I make the gift crate/box?

I made the gift crate by simply cutting some old wood scraps so that they would fit my two bottles.  You may need to adjust your lengths and widths to fit the bottles you are using.  My finished crate measures 7 and 7/8 inch height (from base of the bottle to where the top of the bottle is in photo).  From side to side it measures about 7.5 inches in width.  And the box is about 3.5 inches tall (or sits up off the table at the base).  I hope that makes sense!

gifts-of-christmas-3arrows_thumb.jpg 1.  Cut 2 sides one length and then cut the top and bottom (2 pieces) a little bit shorter.  Cut them so that they can fit on top of the other one so that your box comes out with the right dimensions.  You will have to figure this out in your head based on the width of your wood.  I just eyeball it!

gifts-of-christmas-1.jpg 2.  Cut 4 or so 1 inch slats to make your base (or make a solid base). 3.  Glue them all together with a good wood glue.  We like Gorilla Wood Glue!  Throw a couple of small staples or nails in the sides to give it some extra hold.  Let it dry for 24 hours. 4.  Stain it or paint it.  I like Early American Stain by Min-Wax.  I just rub the stain on the box with an old rag (wearing gloves…sometimes).  Wipe off any excess and let dry.

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How did I decorate the crate?

1.  I filled the crate with some dry moss.  I picked it up from Michael’s originally but it was laying around in my craft supplies.  If your moss is really messy you can lay a piece of cloth at the bottom of the crate.  I just used a piece of canvas drop cloth…(that stuff has come in handy!)

2.  Lay the bottles in the moss and situate them so there is a little on the sides and tops and bottom of the jars.  They will settle in real nice like!

3.  Take a linen gift sack.  I found mine at Michael’s as well.  Fill it with some gold foil candy coins.  I purchased a large bag of Belgium chocolate from Costco as I plan to give them away to several people and wanted a nice quality chocolate.  Or you can opt for the dollar store version.  (If you can’t find those or they are too pricey…opt for some gold Rolos…or if you can afford it…real Gold coins…and then be sure to gift one to me ;)!

How do I get the labels and the printable Gifts of Christmas Parchment Scroll?

I print them on white cardstock (on a laser so they don’t run if wet; a copy center works great too) and then cut them out.  To attach the labels to the bottle, simply glue them on with a glue stick.  It works amazingly well to hold them in place and looks like they are a sticky label!

*I am happy to share these with you…but please do not sell them or use them for anything other than your own personal use.  It is so discouraging to me to see them misused and on other peoples websites and ETSY shops.  Please keep it so that I do not have to charge for them.  If you use them and/or love them…please send people to my site to get them!  I always appreciate that!  Your traffic is what allows me to keep doing what I do and sharing with you!

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{Frankincense Sugar Scrub Label}

{Gifts of Christmas Gift Tag}

{Myrrh Bath Salts Label}

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Where can I buy the Frankincense and Myrrh Essential Oils (and others)?

I love DoTerra’s Essential Oils.  They are food grade safe and amazing quality and I use them all of the time.  I buy my oils from Julie Crowell.  She is happy to sell them to any of you who may want to purchase some and can answer any questions you may have.  Feel free to email her at [email protected] or message her on her wall or FB Page Drops 4 Life.  I think you will love them too!

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Go here for the Frankincense Sugar Scrub Recipe.

Go here for the Myrrh Bath Salts Recipe. 

Peppermint Candy Cane Sugar Scrub

*December 13, 2012 Update: I have had many of you wanting the labels to download…Great News! They are now available and you can get them by clicking on this link: 

Peppermint Candy Cane Sugar Scrub Labels

You will notice that you have to Like my Face Book page to get it.  This is now where I will be placing all my free downloads so that they are free and accessible to my fans.  I LOVE to share with my fans but am getting tired of some people sharing my stuff all over the internet or on their own sites, without linking back or mentioning the true source of my content.  

As always I really appreciate the loyalty of my fans!  Hope you can use these!  And I always love seeing your finished items if you get a sec to send me a note or an email!

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Guess what? I have another version of some sugar scrubs for you today.  I LOVE these!  And they make the perfect homemade gift.  Last week I shared with you a Thanksgiving version…Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub Recipe.  This time I wanted something that was Christmas in a Jar!  So what could be better than a Peppermint Candy Cane Sugar Scrub.

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Sugar Scrubs are a great way to add some moisture and soften up winter-dry skin.  And who doesn’t need that this time of year.  It is also a great way to relax during this crazy busy season.

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I simply took two cups of white granulated Sugar and mixed in a 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup Almond Oil (Coconut Oil will work too).  Add the oil slowly till you have a nice soft consistency that is soft but not too oily.  Then add a few drops of Peppermint Essential Oil.

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Once you have it all mixed together you will want to divide the scrub into two equal parts and in separate containers.  You will need to add some color to one of the containers.  You can use a little bit of food coloring OR you can add some raspberry juice like I did.  I simply took a couple of drops of juice from a bag of frozen raspberries…the perfect organic red colorant.

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Make a large funnel out of a piece of paper (a small one will not allow enough room for the sugar scrub to pass through it) and add a small amount into the jar.  Press the sugar down lightly so that the sugar is even.

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Then add a white layer so that they are about the same height and flatten it.  Continue back and forth with as many layers and as thick or thin a layer you would like.  So pretty right?

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Print out a pretty label and add some fun scrapbook paper or bow and you have the perfect hostess or Holiday gift!

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You can buy Peppermint Essential Oils from my favorite DoTerra Rep here: Peppermint Essential Oil

Julie Crowell is so helpful and is happy to answer any questions you may have.  Her contact information is on her site or you can email her at [email protected]

Other Idea Room Sugar Scrubs/Bath Salts you might be interested in checking out:

Frankincense Sugar Scrub

Myrrh Bath Salts

Homemade Bath Salts Recipe

Chocolate Sugar Scrub

Cinnamon Vanilla Sugar Scrub

Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub

Peppermint Sugar Foot Scrub

Candy Cane Sugar Scrub

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

Lemon Sugar Scrub

Brown Sugar Scrub

Citrus Bliss Sugar Scrub Cubes

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Christmas Character Finger Puppets

Today I am happy to be able to share with you some simple and fun Christmas Crafts for kids…and well…anyone!

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Yesterday was a bad day! Nothing too serious, but I was all to happy to crawl into bed last night and end that very long, no good, very bad day. You guys know the kind I am talking about right?


{I shared some of this and a pic with my FB fans last night}Long story short…Post Office, stubbed my toe (the same toe every.stinking.time), had to unpick and redo a sewing project, spilled soup inside my sparkling clean fridge and on newly mopped floors…but perhaps the worst was when I dropped my camera and BUSTED my favorite lens…BOO!

I know things could be much worse and these are just trivial things, but do you ever sometimes want to crawl back in bed and just check out for a little while? Good thing the hubs came home and recognized my need for a little S P A C E! Now I feel much better and ready to face a new day.

Anyways…just had to share…

on a much happier note…I have something fun to share with you…Christmas Finger Puppets.

As you know, I have a hard time sitting still and watching tv or a movie without keeping my hands busy. Drives my family crazy sometimes. So, the other night, while the family was watching Shrek 4 (which we loved), I whipped up these little guys.

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And since Christmas is all about giving, I thought I would share the patterns with you.

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These would be fun little gift for the little kids in your life. Or to go along with some of your favorite Christmas books or movies.

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They are pretty quick to make and all you need are a few scraps of felt, hot glue and google eyes, and you are on your way.

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*Click here for the free download.

Simple Word Gifts

I am always on the lookout for great Homemade Christmas Gifts.  I love to give handmade gifts to my friends and family, but don’t want them to be something that they will not actually use.  So I really try to give them something that I would use and display in my own home.  This year I decided to make some really easy but cute believe words to enhance their Christmas decor.

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I made some easy gifts to give to some neighbors, etc. I just bought some pre-made cutouts of the word believe and covered them with some cute Christmas scrapbook papers. I of traced the words onto scrapbook paper and cut it out with my Exacto knife then used Mod Podge on both side of the paper and let them dry. Just the same as I did the BOO and JOY letters from previous posts. I will send them out with a simple card attached. I am still searching for a great phrase that includes the word “believe” in it relating to Christmas. Do you guys have any ideas for me??

I think they make a simple addition to your Christmas decor.