I love giving gifts. But, I don’t just want to hand someone a box or a gift bag that has one item in it. That would be too easy. I have to have a theme. And a creative way to present my gift. And I like to know enough about my recipient so that I can give them things they like. Or need. Or want. I also love to make things.
I’m one of those people who thinks I can do anything. I just don’t know any better sometimes, and that’s a good thing. That means I just figure out a dozen ways that don’t work until I finally stumble on the way that does. This rule applies in a lot of areas in my life. Work, weight loss, most notably, though, when I’m making and crafting things.
Like I said, I love making things. It makes me super happy to walk into a craft store. It’s like this euphoric feeling that’s second only to a bookstore or an antique store or maybe what I’ll feel like when George RR Martin finally finishes that next book. But I just love fabric and buttons and scrapbooking stuff. I love it so much in fact that I keep myself a fair distance away from it. For real, because I don’t have time for that! I see a project on Pinterest and I’m like, ooh I could make that. Whatever it is. I’m just certain I could do it. And probably I could. I could teach myself how. And then I get all stressed out thinking about it because there are so many projects and so little time!!
But, making something from scratch or from fabric is totally not necessary to give someone a thoughtful gift. I love assembling gifts. Putting them together in thoughtful ways in order to make someone something they’ll remember. Something clever or something fun. But also something useful.
Christmas gifts are so often so impersonal. You don’t have to get everyone the exact same thing! And when it come to those of us who are trying to pursue a healthier lifestyle, the boxes of chocolates, cookies and candies, even if they are homemade, are absolutely detrimental to the successful meal plans we’ve laid in place.
So, I’ve got five really great, thoughtful gifts that can be made or assembled for people on your Christmas list. These are healthy, fun and they are easy!
I’ve got all kinds of cute little bags and tags that I’ve collected throughout the last few months. Plaid and deer seem to be super popular this year so, there you have it, that’s what I chose.
Gift 1. “Have a Healthy Happy Holiday” Treat Bags
These little bags are perfect for teachers, bus drivers, and anyone else who you’d like to give a little token of holiday cheer. They are easy to make. There’s nothing to bake or decorate, aside from the tags, which you could print out on a computer if you wanted. And these are fairly inexpensive.
The idea here is that everything in them promotes health in some way. Nuts, a mini Larabar, dark chocolate, a green tea K-cup, a Kind bar, an organic lollipop, and of course, the anti-bacterial hand sanitizer. By the way, if you haven’t tried an organic lollipop from Yum Earth, they are not just for kids. They are totally delicious! I’ve got Amazon links (affiliate links, see disclosure)for some of these items at the bottom of the post. If you are reading this in an email, the links don’t come through. Click over to the post on the website to see them. www.summermurlin.com. The chocolate and the sea salt are way cheaper at the grocery than on Amazon!
Gift 2. Healthy Breakfast
What better breakfast is there than homemade granola and a Starbucks gift card. I found a gift card holder shaped like a paper coffee cup, how adorable is that? Of course, you could skip the gift card and do a box of K-cups, or even some green tea bags.
I filled a little baggie with granola, it’s enough for more than one serving, since a serving is 1/4 cup or so.
If you want to give more granola, fill a mason jar and tie a little piece of plaid fabric or burlap on top with a ribbon or some twine. Adorable.
Here is my granola recipe. It’s delicious. It’s also really versatile, so it can be adjusted to suit any taste!
I stuck the gift card down in the little holder, tied the baggie with the twist tie, and some twine, placed it in a little plaid gift sack, then clipped it on with a little plaid reindeer. If that’s not cute I don’t know what is.
Gift 3. Healthy Cooking Basket
Everything you need for a healthy salad except the vegetables. If you know anyone who likes to cook healthfully, or maybe someone who is just starting out and is trying to learn. There’s no better way than to make your own healthy salad dressings. And this basket, has everything you need to do just that.
I’ve added a Bamboo Cutting Board, Tongs, Measuring Spoons, Dish Towel, Himalayan Pink Salt and Pepper Grinders (these are disposable grinders with the spices in them, you could put nicer ones in if you want to make the gift more expensive), Balsamic Vinegar, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, a Recipe Notes Pad.
Throw in a whisk or a nice knife if you want to.
Or a healthy cookbook.
Or even a gift card to Whole Foods or a local market.
This basket can be as big or as small and at just about any price point that you want.
The basket itself came from the Christmas Tree store.
Gift 4. Gym Day
Here’s a cute little way to present some healthy snacks and a blender bottle! I just placed the bars and the nuts inside the bottle. I would want to make sure the person I gave this to was already into fitness, I wouldn’t want anybody to think I was dropping hints on them!
Blender Bottle, Protein Bars/Larabars, Nuts
And if you wanted to make this one a little more expensive, add a fitness journal like this one. This is from Target, it says “Fit Happens,” and it’s super cute. It has the word “Diet” crossed out like it’s a dirty word. I love that! It’s available on Amazon, but is way cheaper at Target.
I put them both in a cute little tote from thirty-one. It’s got a bicycle on it. It’s sporty!
Make it even better? Throw in a Target or Dick’s sporting goods gift card so your BFF/daughter/sister/whoever can buy herself a new pair of running shoes or a new workout outfit. If I got this for a gift, I would be so excited!
Gift 5. Spa Basket
This one isn’t healthy food, but a spa treatment counts as healthy. Mental health!
Here I used, Nail Polish, Nail Base and Top Coat, Nail Kit, Emery Boards, Face Mask, Lotion, Leave in Conditioning Treatment
So here I’m thinking about what you would want if you were going to take an hour and pamper yourself. You’d want to give yourself a mani pedi, a facial, a leave in conditioning treatment, and of course you’d need some lotion. Sound about right?
Want more options?
Add in some dark chocolate, a bath bomb, or some fuzzy slippers or socks.
Or, add in a gift card for a local sushi restaurant, so she can order in and have a nice relaxing dinner while she has her spa night.
Or, if she’s a mama, offer to take her kids to a movie while she has a quiet night at home. The list of ideas is endless!
I used some items from my monthly Ipsy bag for the spa basket. I love my Ipsy bag, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to use everything in it! Why not save some of the items I know I won’t use, and share them? In case you aren’t familiar with Ipsy, it’s a make-up pouch that’s delivered around the 15th of each month that contains 5 make up products. Things like eye shadow, mascara, blush, brushes, concealer, and nail polish.
Most of the products are things I’ll use and love, but occasionally I get something I think would be better suited for a friend or family member. Here’s a link to Ipsy if you want to check them out. You do get points for referring your friends!
That adorable owl nail kit? I’ve been hoarding those forever! They had them at the dollar store a few years ago and I thought I must be dreaming so I bought them all up. That sweet little owl, for a dollar? What? I’ve been rationing them out with gifts slowly but surely ever since.
The biggest things about gift giving is it really is the thought that goes into the gift that matters. Anyone can buy a box of chocolates. It takes some creativity and effort to put together a homemade gift or a gift basket. Something like this will really show your recipient that you care and you appreciate them. And you don’t have to spend a ton of money to do it! All of these gifts start out inexpensively, with plenty of add-on’s to increase the price to your desired level. So don’t let cost or time be a factor.