As a mother, we have all received those cute hand made crafts and cards from our kids, or maybe you don’t have kids yet but you have been the giver of these heartfelt gifts. they are always very sweet and within the child’s capability. They have so much pride in them and I absolutely love the look on their face as they watch you open the cards and gifts. I think that might be my favorite part of it all. I love getting them just for that reason alone. They are so excited and you know how much time and energy it took them to make it. I have a box, yes a box, of these sentimental items because I don’t want to get rid of them, but I don’t quite know what else to do with them. I know one day, probably when I stop receiving them, I will pull the box down from the top shelf in my closet, sit on the floor, read through all of them, and cry, alone, in my closet, with the door closed. But for now, I will enjoy the precious look of pure joy on their face as the excitedly hand them to me on Friday when they get home from school because they just can’t wait another two days to give them to me.
As an adult, I am always struggling to think of something that has the same sentimental value as the gifts I made as a child, with not so much cheesiness, and something that she will ACTUALLY make use of. I hate buying or making things for people that will end up in the Goodwill box or collecting dust on a shelf somewhere.
This year, give your mom, or mom friends, a gift that they will actually use. Below I am going to give you some great ideas and recipes that every mom will love. But, maybe you aren’t the DIY type or maybe you are a mom, running around like a chicken with your head cut off and just simply don’t have the time, you can still get any mom in your life the perfect, thoughtful gift. From now until May 14th, you can get up to 25% off some of the best oils for mom. Click here to see all of the great oils that are on sale right now.
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup carrier oil (Olive, coconut, almond, etc)
20 drops of Mom’s favorite essential oil
Mix all of the ingredients thoroughly into a 16 oz jar (or 2 8oz jars). Add an additional 2 tablespoons of carrier oil on the top to prevent drying out.
Soothing Bath Salt
2 cups Epsom Salt
4 tablespoons baking soda
15-20 drops of Mom’s favorite essential oil
In a 16oz container, combine all ingredients until well mixed. Add 1/2 cup to a warm bath and enjoy.
1 cup Coconut oil
3 tablespoons Shea Butter
1 tablespoon Vitamin E oil
10-15 drops of Mom’s favorite essential oil
Whip the Coconut oil, Shea Butter, and Vitamin E oil in a mixer until light and fluffy. Add the essential oils and mix on low for 1 minute. Place in an air tight container and store in a cool, dry place.
Cocoa Peppermint Lip Balm
1 oz Coconut oil
1 oz Beeswax
1 oz Cocoa Butter
1/2 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
In a double boiler (or a glass bowl over pan if you don’t have a double boiler), melt the beeswax, then the coconut oil, then the cocoa butter wafer. Make sure that you don’t try to microwave because you don’t want scald the ingredients. You want to keep the water boiling on low the whole time. When you go to empty the mixture, make sure you wipe the bottom before pouring so that the condensation that has formed doesn’t drip into your lip balm. While these are melting, add the Vitamin E oil to your mixture as well as several drops of peppermint essential oil. I would start with about 10 drops and add more depending on how strong you want it. You will be able to smell it. Turn off the stove and carefully pour into three or four 1 oz containers (or bigger ones if you would prefer, you can find bigger ones here). Let the lip balm cool before using it. Scrape out any excess into the trash (you don’t want this clogging your drain).
Some of my favorite oils to use in these recipes are Lavender, Wild Orange, Bliss, Peppermint, Grapefruit, Lemon, Rose, Roman Chamomile, Bergamot, Geranium, or the list could go on and on. Not everyone, or every mom enjoys the same smells, so make these perfect just for them. What are their favorite oils? What need do they have? Do they need to relax or be invigorated? Do they have a lot of stress or maybe they need a little uplifting? Remember, you can combine to get the perfect scent.
Make one or make them all and put them in a cute “Spa Basket”. Don’t forget to check out all the sales that are going on to add to basket or gift.