Last Minute Homemade Gifts for the Holidays

IMG_6239It can be so hard to find good gifts for your loved ones that are thoughtful and within your budget. I usually like to purchase something small and then make a homemade gift that is unique and useful. This year I decided to make essential oil rollers, sore muscle rub, and knitted washcloths.

For the essential oil rollers I found a basic recipe for diluting essential oils from this website, purchased some rollers from amazon, and then also came up with some of my own essential oil blends.

*It is very important to use a recipe to dilute the essential oils so they are safe to put on your skin, If you do not dilute the oils they can cause rashes and a burning sensation on the skin due to the potency of them*

Recipe to Dilute Essential Oils:

  • 10-20 drops of essential oils
  • Fill rest of the roller bottle with a carrier oil (Such as, Fractionated Coconut Oil (this is the one I used), jojoba oil, rosehip seed oil, sweet almond oil, or grapeseed oil)

*I absolutely love the fractionated coconut oil, it makes your skin extremely soft and there isn’t a strong oily feel. Any leftover on your skin is absorbed and hydrates your skin plus there are a lot of health benefits.*

Oil Blends:

Tension Tamer: 5 drops each of lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint, and lemongrass  ***

:D: 5-10 drops each of lemon, grapefruit, and rosemary

++: 5-10 drops each of lemon, peppermint, and rosemary

:)- 5-10 drops orange, lime, tangerine, and rosemary

Energy: tangerine, orange, and grapefruit

Sleepy: 10 drops each of lavender and orange

Allergy Help: 5-10 drops each of eucalyptus, frankincense, and lavender ***

ZZZ: 10 drops each of bergamot and lavender

NRGY: 10 drops each of lemon and peppermint

Bedtime: 5-10 drops each of patchouli, orange, and frankincense

Ahhh!: 5-10 drops each of orange, rosemary, and frankincense

Relief: 5-10 drops each of lemon, orange, and bergamot

***These blends were found from the website listed above

I have a oil set that came with a diffuser I purchased off groupon here that are amazing. It is important to research the essential oils you are purchasing because it can be harmful to your body to use essential oils that are mixed with chemicals or watered down with other products. The reason being is that your pores absorb the essential oils that are being diffused or directly applied to the body.

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Sore Muscle Rub:

The recipe I found is from buzzfeed and I purchased the containers from Amazon.


2 tablespoons beeswax, grated or pellets (I used this kind)

¼ cup coconut oil, solid (the one I used)

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 teaspoons black pepper

2 teaspoons ground ginger

2 teaspoons cayenne powder

20 drops rosemary essential oil (I LOVE this brand)


Fill a heavy-bottomed cooking pot with several cups of water, then place a bowl that fits on top of the pot.

Bring the water to a rapid boil, then reduce heat to a simmer.

Add the beeswax, coconut oil, olive oil, pepper, ginger, and cayenne pepper.

Stir to combine as they begin to melt.

When the mixture is fully melted, carefully remove the bowl from the pot.

In a separate bowl, place a strainer on top. Then, add a coffee filter.

Pour the mixture into the coffee filter and strainer in order to strain any remaining spices.

Before the mixture solidifies, add in the rosemary essential oil.

Stir to evenly distribute the oils, and evenly pour the liquid into glass jars.

Allow the balm to cool fully (approximately 1 hour).

When hardened, secure lid and store in the refrigerator or a cool, dry place for up to a year.

Apply a pea-sized amount on any sore or tense areas, and rub in slow, circular motions.

My Review:

I went into this recipe expecting the end result to be very similar to the Tiger’s Balm I know and love and to be honest, I was somewhat disappointed with the end result. I was assuming that this rub was going to provide that “icy hot” feeling that most sore muscle rubs provide. Once I was able to get over my high expectations I realized that I really like this muscle rub. The ginger provides a nice refreshing smell to it and the black pepper and cayenne pepper make your skin feel warm. I like how moisturized my skin feels after using this too. Don’t expect an intense sensation when you apply the rub as it is nothing like Tiger’s Balm or Icy Hot but it definitely helps with sore muscles and the smell isn’t potent. Next time I would like to add Menthol and Camphor as they are the main ingredients in Tiger’s Balm that gives your skin that cooling sensation.

Knitted Washcloths:

For the knitted washcloths I purchased yarn soft yarn from Amazon that would create a nice tight knit and then knitted a nice square shape. I wanted to make knitted washcloths due to how soft the yarn is and how gentle it can be on your face.


*The washcloth pictured is still a work in progress- I’m a slow knitter haha

Let me know if you end up trying the recipes and how it goes for you.

Happy Holidays!

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