Aromatherapy Gift Baskets

Make your own aromatherapy gifts with these fun, easy homemade gift ideas

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...

Aromatherapy Gift Baskets for Stressed Out People

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.)

Aromatherapy Gifts for Cranky, Sad or Depressed People

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...

Citrus and Cinnamon Potpourri

This uplifting aromatherapy air freshener is as pretty to look at as it is to smell with the light, spicy scents of orange and cinnamon.

For the bath, Happy Aromatherapy Bath Oil (one of my all-time favorites!)

Or Sweet Citrus Herbal Aromatherapy Bath - a restorative blend that lifts your mood, soothes your nerves, relaxes your muscles AND eases joint pain.

Peppy Orange-Mint Body Scrub

The fresh, energizing scent of this homemade body scrub recipe will wake up your mind, boost your energy and lift your mood - a winner!

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...

... A minty candle blend for example...

...or an uplifting essential oil perfume. This page has 7 ideas to get you started.

For decorating holiday baskets, get creative and mix silver, orange and yellow for some festive sunshine.

Aromatherapy Gift Sets f
or Crafty People and DIY-ers

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?

Pick 4 or 5 essential oils you think they'll love. Click here for some tips on choosing starter oils or...

Mountain Rose offers handy Starter Kits. Match your gift to the person.

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!)

Include a book on essential oils. I like The Complete Book of Essential Oils from Mountain Rose. Or check out for good deals on books.

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.

Sensual Aromatherapy Gift Basket Ideas for the Love of Your Life

A sensual gift basket theme for your partner or a newly married couple could include...

Silk 'n Spice Bath Salts, an earthy, exotic and deeply delicious recipe for bath salts. An excellent bath product for men - not too girly!

Romance is in the air when you use a Sensual Massage Oil recipe for a special night with your partner.

Or Massage Oil Candles

Light up your night! Rich, decadent and sooooo good for your skin... and fun and easy to make with this simple massage candle recipe.

Amazon's DVD and book set The Art of Sensual Massage. Less a sex book and more a "sense" book, a lovely introduction to using massage for pleasure and relaxation.

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.

Where to Buy Supplies

Your local craft store always has loads of interesting ribbons, paper and craft supplies.

My favorite supplier for aromatherapy recipe ingredients like carrier oils and dried flowers is Mountain Rose Herbs. Their prices are excellent and their quality is good. They're ethical and sustainable, with terrific customer service.

Another supplier I really like is doTerra. They mainly supply oils though, not base ingredients. They do carry starter kits, ready-made beauty care products, laundry care and hand soaps that guard against infection - but those aren't always exciting gifts to receive.

I switched to doTerra's oils a while ago when I tested them against the other brands in my stockpile. I found I got better results, and I never got headaches or skin irritation, which sometimes happened with other brands.

I was pretty resistant to trying them because their prices are higher than a lot of other brands, but when I saw and felt the difference on my skin, I was won over.

I find that because they're so effective, I can get away with using fewer drops per recipe, which helps even out the cost. So if you want high quality, ultra-effective oils, these guys are for you.

You can buy doTerra's oils at retail prices by clicking the Shop button at the top. Or click Join & Save to become a wholesale customer and get a store-wide 25% discount. Message me if you want more details on the wholesale deal - it's well worth it.

Amazon has epic variety - if you're a browsing kinda person, go nuts! Plus it's shipped to your door.

Just remember, you get what you pay for. Please, please don't buy the cheapest oils - I promise you they'll be diluted with synthetic ick you don't want on your skin or spoiling your homemade recipes.

What Next?

Poke around this website for further fun, easy to make and easy on your pocketbook gift ideas! Here's a few to get your creativity sparked...

Bath Salt Recipes

You'll laugh when you see how easy it is to make scented bath salts. Give  something pretty and fragrant AND the most cleansing and therapeutic of all the aromatherapy bath recipes.

Body Oil Recipes

THE secret to incredibly soft skin. Or tailored to the kind of day you're having.

Perfume Recipes

Express your individuality. Plus it's easy, fun and all-natural.

Soy Candle Recipes

Making soy candles is amazingly rewarding. They look pretty, they smell wonderful, they're non-toxic.

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