To me, a gift I give has to be wrapped in the intangible.
If you have ever given a homemade Christmas gift, you have wrapped it in more than paper.
Homemade gifts usually take more time. Worth it though, because inherent in the making, is a gift of self; practically speaking – of time, of care. The result is a package that is a package deal. A tangible gift wrapped in an intangible that can’t be regifted.
Maybe that is why I involve the hat-trick in making gifts for others. To teach giving of them selves. A Christ characteristic.
Homemade gifts do not have to take a lot of time. Here is an idea for a gift that mixes up quickly, you can involve the kids and girlfriends and teachers love – Lavender Bath Salts. Even if they use them to pretty their bathroom instead of fragrancing their bath, it’s the thought of you wishing them relaxation that touches the heart. This is a gift to give to the female boss who has everything or family members when you are not expected to spend much.
A trip to the dollar store will get the supplies – glass jars and ribbon. A trip to a bulk food store or health food store will get you the salts. The latter also has the essential oil you will need. There are many online bath products supply stores as well. To jazz it up a bit, hit an antique store and buy a mismatched silver spoon to tie on with ribbon.
And here is the cool connect. Lavender is not only a beautiful, relaxing scent, it is an ancient treasure. Remember the expensive oil Mary poured on Jesus’ feet? It was spikenard also known as pure nard. Lavender is also a type of ‘nard’. A botanist would explain this better than I am… but consider spikenard and lavender close relatives in the plant world. I loved that when I found it out (on the back of a greeting card!). You also find nard in the books of Matthew and Mark; Jesus’ head was anointed with it by an unnamed woman.
Maybe you should do a little anointing by sprinkling the lavender leftovers in your bath.
Now doesn’t the thought of it make you feel wrapped in the intangible?
Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.
Hugs and blessings,
2 cups extra coarse sea salt
2 cups coarse sea salt
1 cup Epsom salt
8 – 10 drops of lavender essential oil
6 – 8 drops of pure vitamin A or E (pierce a supplement capsule)
Purple food colouring, optional
Mix thoroughly in a non-plastic bowl (I throw it all in my paddle mixer). Package in small jars or small, clear cellophane bags. Decorate with a label and ribbon.