Make gift giving fun by creating your own aromatherapy gift baskets. You'll get to play with your essential oils, you'll save some money, and you'll make some fabulous personalized presents.
Plus, who doesn't need a nice, soothing aromatherapy break these days - you can give candles, lotions, bath salts, massage oils...
Sometimes it can be hard to pick presents for people, especially when they already seem to have everything. Here's a few themed aromatherapy gift basket ideas to get your creative juices flowing...
For those constantly on the go, such as executives or parents of small children (or teenagers!)
Lavender is always a good choice for soothing frazzled nerves and relaxing tight muscles. It's a good wind-down at the end of a long day.
Try making easy melt-and-pour aromatherapy soy candles with a super-soothing lavender essential oil blend.
If they're bath people, add some relaxing, pain-relieving lavender bath salts.
If not, you could make some massage or body oil. They can use it for self-massage before bed or share it with a partner.
And of course there's always lavender hand and body lotion, which will give them a quick hit of soothing scent throughout the day.
And if you want to get really creative, you could make lavender shortbread. Yummm...
To fill the gaps, tuck in a lavender sachet or some dried lavender sprigs from the garden (if you're lucky enough to have them.)
Let your imagination run wild - maybe they'd like a cuddly stuffed teddy bear to help them sleep, or some cozy slippers.
Or turn it into a spa theme and add a gel eye mask, a loofah and washcloth and towel...
To decorate holiday gift baskets, tuck in a few purple and silver tree ornaments and wrap your basket with sliver and purple ribbon. Line the basket with pine boughs (don't pack it until right before Christmas or the greenery will get brittle and fall apart.)
Hard times can really get people down. Sometimes a little chemical stimulation (I'm talking about aromatherapy here!) can give them a lift. Try making these...
Add some orange flavored chocolate (never fails to cheer ME up!) and tangerines... and voila! A happy aromatherapy gift basket extraordinaire!
Handy Hint: Any aromatherapy recipe with citrus or mint essential oils is cheering - if these recipes don't excite you, poke around for some others...
For decorating holiday baskets, get creative and mix silver, orange and yellow for some festive sunshine.
If they haven't yet discovered the joys of making their own aromatherapy products, why not give crafters and DIY-ers a personalized starter set?
Make up a little recipe book or pack of recipe cards tied together with pretty ribbon. For a no-work option, check out this nifty Essential Oils Deck - 50 cards with recipes from massage oils to pain, stress and skincare.
Include a few jars, bottles and basic ingredients (salt, oil, herbs and flowers - whatever!)
And you have the ultimate personalized aromatherapy gift set. This could be good for a teenage girl or any parent who's looking for creative ways to spend time with their kids.
A sensual gift basket theme for your partner or a newly married couple could include...
Amazon's DVD and book set The Art of Sensual Massage.
These are just a few of the million-and-one aromatherapy gift ideas anyone can dream up. Use them as a stepping-stone to create your own hand-crafted, personalized, one-of-a-kind masterpieces for your loved ones.
I'd be delighted if you'd share your homemade gift ideas on Facebook by posting them on my Aromatherapy Recipes Facebook page. (Don't forget to share stories and pictures of your successes!)