The lip balm recipe and idea came from this BLOG. It's under "tutorials"
The author used peppermint, but I had lavender on hand and decided to use that essential oil instead. I like this recipe because it's all natural, just beeswax, honey, and a few other basic ingredients. The little tins came from here, and the little bags from the bridal section at Walmart. I gave these to my sisters-in-law and a few friends.
Another strange, not-too-typical Christmas gift we made was laundry powder. I've been on a kick to try and make many of our household products, including toothpaste, and simple DIY recipes. I used a recipe from this blog again (I love her tutorials!) I've used this recipe for our laundry for about 4 months now and have no complaints. I had discussed laundry recipes and such with a few close friends and decided to make some for them and include a recipe.
This was a great project with the kids. They were hard at work grating the soap!
I found the cute little tags on Pinterest!
Another Pinterest idea, this fabric bucket was for the sibling exchange on my husband's side. Thankfully I got a sister-in-law, and I made something girly for her!
Pretty simple to do, and I love how it turned out. I really want to try and make some of these in a bigger size.
Chalkboard tags from the craft store, love!
I detest buying wrapping paper and bags (it seems so wasteful) so I decided to use brown kraft paper and to make some of my own bags. Little did I know how much extra work that would be! So I compromised and used thrift store baskets for some gifts, bought a few bags from the store, used kraft paper, and made a couple of bags out of burlap. I sewed the burlap together with a yarn needle and yarn I had on hand. The tags were free templates found on Pinterest.
We also made some granola and put them in mason jars with pretty tags and ribbons and gave some to friends at church. I wasn't in the mood to make cookies this year, so I thought some healthy granola was a good alternative!
It's so hard to keep the right focus at Christmas. I found myself so caught up with the gift giving at times, that I realized my priorities were a bit off. The real reason for the season in Jesus, and gift giving should just be a tiny part of the bigger picture of what Christmas is really about. It's more of a reflection of the ultimate gift given to us at Christmas-A Savior come to earth as a man to live and die for our sins, that we may have eternal life!