Sustainable Homemade Gift Guide

Make this holiday season extra special with sustainable handmade gifts.

We love that Christmas is all about gifting with love and sharing our love with those who mean most to us (whether it’s in person or over the phone this year!). We wanted to inspire you to create heart centred gifts this holiday season… By consciously gifting and creating sustainable gifts we can let our Mumma earth breath a little and help to reduce landfill.

Here’s what our Sol angels came up with ๐Ÿ™‚

Manfume

Make a delicious natural scent for the man in your life.

You will need:

  • a 10ml amber glass roller ball (purchase on eBay or reuse an old one)
  • doTerra Bergamot, Cypress and Frankincense essential oils
  • organic carrier oil of your choice, our favourites are Jojoba or Fractionated Coconut Oil

How to:

Place 10 drops of doTerra Bergamot essential oil, 10 drops of doTerra Cypress essential oil and 5 drops of doTerra Frankincense essential oil inside the roller ball bottle. Top it up with organic carrier oil of your choice. Pop the roller ball on and then the lid. Shake to combine your pure manfume!

 

Chilli Oil

Oh so pretty, and infused with your love, this chilli oil is sure to be a Christmas crowd pleaser!

Ingredients:

  • 6-3 birds eye or long red chillies
  • 250ml organic virgin olive oil
  • 2 peeled garlic cloves (optional)

Method:

  1. Place chillies in your smallest saucepan with a couple of peeled garlic cloves (optional). Add 250ml of organic virgin olive oil and put the saucepan on its lowest heat setting.
  2. Heat very gently until only a few very small bubbles appear. You want to keep the infusion at this low heat for as long as possible to infuse the chilli flavour. Take it on and off the heat if you need so it doesn’t overheat.
  3. Once the oil is at your desired strength, pour into a clean reused glass sauce container – our 270ml juice bottles are perfect to reuse for this!

 

Newspaper Pot

This one is so simple!

You will need:

  • A small plant
  • A piece of newspaper that is aesthetically pleasing (lots of writing + black and white images looks great)
  • A jar that suits the size of pot you need for your plant – Sol Cleanse 400ml jars are the perfect size for herbs.

How to:

  1. Place the bottom / closed end of the jar at the edge of the newspaper you want most visible for the rim of the pot, folding your newspaper to get the right section in line if you need.
  2. Roll the jar up in the newspaper so that the excess overhang gathers at the open end of the jar. Place the jar upright, then squish all the excess overhanging newspaper into the opening of the jar.
  3. Wiggle your jar out and compress the newspaper on the inside to make a pot shape, secure the rim with twine and plant!

Note* These newspaper pots can be planted directly into the ground, theyย break down to allow your plant’s root systems to grow and flourish!

 

Candied Rosemary Salted Nuts

Sweet and salty with a hint of rosemary these nuts are easy to make and ridiculously more-ish!

Ingredients:

  • 50g butter
  • 1/2C brown sugar
  • 2 1/2C nuts
  • 1/4c sesame seeds
  • 1 Tbsp fresh rosemary leaves

Method:

  1. On a medium heat melt butter in a saucepan. Add in sugar when it is melted and mix.
  2. Add in nuts. Stir frequently until sugar caramelises (turns golden brown and sticky, and there are no sugar granules). If youโ€™re not sure if itโ€™s ready remove a caramel nut and let it cool. If it goes crunchy itโ€™s ready!
  3. Stir through sesame seeds, rosemary leaves and salt.
  4. Spread out on baking paper to cool.
  5. When cool store in an airtight container. If you are gifting in a Sol Cleanse jar this recipe is enough for approximately two jars.

Healthy Nutella Spread

We love making decadent treats healthy, and this one ticks all the boxes – a tasty treat that leaves you delightfully nourished!

Ingredients:

  • 1C hazelnuts
  • 1/2 C dates
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp tahini
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/3 C cacao
  • 1/2ย ย C water
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup

Method:

  1. Soak hazelnuts overnight (or for a couple of hours), rinse and drain.
  2. Put all ingredients into a blender (or food processor) and blend until desired consistency is reached. If you would like a creamier, moister texture add up to 1/4C of coconut cream or a milk alternative (please note it wonโ€™t last as long if you choose this option).
  3. Put into a jar with a lid on and refrigerate. This recipe will make approximately one Sol Cleanse jar.

 

Personalised Body Mist

Essential oils smell beautiful, but they also affect us energetically and emotionally. Make up a personalised blend for the special someone in your life to support them with exactly what they need. You might like to add small crystals for some extra magic (e.g. rose quartz, citrine or amethyst).

You will need:

  • A 100ml spray bottle
  • Filtered water
  • 20 drops essential oil (you select the blend you would like)
  • 1 Tbsp witch hazel (not essential, but it helps mix the essential oils with the water)
  • Crystals (optional)

How to:

  1. Put essential oil blend, witch hazel and crystals into the bottle. Fill with filtered water. Done!
Ideas for blends:

(if you don’t have all the oils in a blend just leave them out and do a bit more of the others)

Manifesting Dreams
  • 10 drops wild orange, 6 drops bergamot, 2 drops cassia, 2 blue tansy (or replace cassia and blue tansy with peppermint or spearmint)
Clearing energy and obstacles
  • 8 drops lime, 4 drops lemongrass, 4 drops ylang ylang, 2 cypress,ย  2 melaleuca
Harmony
  • 6 drops lime, 6 drops lavender, 4 drops ylang ylang, 4 drops peppermint

 

Palo Santo / Sage / Crystal / Jewellery Dish

This one is great if you’re feeling up to a little creative challenge and it can be anything you want! We bought some air-dry clay from Spotlight and used some paints laying around the house to make this one and let our creativity take over us. You don’t need any fancy tools, you can make anything work when you look around your home ๐Ÿ˜‰

You will need:

  • Air-dry clay from Spotlight or Officeworks
  • Non-porous surface (we used a glass table)
  • Rolling pin or long glass bottle
  • Cup of water
  • Side plate
  • Sharp knife
  • Small bowl
  • Chopstick / butter knife
  • Your choice of paints + paint brushes

Method:

  1. Cut about a 10cm chunk of clay off
  2. Roll it into a ball
  3. Place the ball of clay in the middle and start flattening your clay until it’s about 5mm thick
  4. Place the side plate on top of the clay and use your sharp knife to gently trace and cut around the shape of the plate
  5. Put any leftover clay in an airtight container or jar
  6. Place the small bowl in the centre and gently press into the clay to create a mould
  7. Wet your fingers and then start to push from the centre to the mould to create an indent similar to a plate
  8. Use any leftover clay or cut off some more, keeping your hands a little wet, begin to roll a coil
  9. Using your coil create a circle in the centre of your clay (see image below for a visual guide)
  10. Using your chopstick, begin to gently pull sides of the coil (starting on the outside, then inside) onto your clay ‘plate’
  11. Once connected, massage to your desired texture
  12. Create another coil, place it on top of your first one and gently pull the sides onto the first coil then massage to your desired texture
  13. Repeat step 13 until you have reached your desired height.
  14. Continue to smooth out any imperfections using wet fingers
  15. Let it air dry overnight (it may need 48 hours to fully dry)
  16. Using your paints you can begin to paint whatever you like on your dish
  17. Voila! Pop some nice things in there and it’s all ready to be wrapped up and gifted

Author: Sol Cleanse

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