Gift Ideas that are Healthy and Simple

Are you looking for some simple homemade gift ideas?  Overspending, stressing out and throwing a mountain of packaging into the landfill isn’t healthy for your budget, your body or the environment. If you’re like millions of others who are trying to find more meaning and enjoyment during this holiday season, you may want to join the “simple is better” movement and consider making gifts for friends and family. And to clarify—spending a fortune on craft supplies you’ll never use again and freaking out about your inability to draw a straight line doesn’t qualify as keeping it simple.

Here are two truly simple, elegant and healthy gift ideas you can make in a snap and give to anyone from your mother-in-law to the mail carrier.

Gift Ideas for a Healthy Breakfast: Vanilla Almond Granola with Coconut Oil

You will need:

  • 4, 1-pint canning jars
  • Parchment paper
  • Baking sheet with shallow sides
  • Cooling rack
  • 2 cups almond slices
  • 6 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 2/3 cup organic coconut nectar syrup (or raw honey)
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon organic extra virgin coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Finely chop 1 cup of the almond slices. Place both cups of almonds into a large bowl. Pour the oats, salt and coconut sugar into the bowl. Stir to combine. Combine organic coconut nectar syrup and organic extra virgin coconut oil in a small pan, and heat on lowest heat until coconut oil melts. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Pour the coconut oil mixture over the oat mixture until all ingredients are evenly coated.

Line a shallow baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour the granola mixture onto the parchment paper in an even layer. Bake at 350 degrees for five minutes, stir, and bake for five more minutes. Transfer the mixture onto a fresh sheet of parchment paper placed on a cooling rack. Allow to cool completely. Break into clusters and divide into canning jars for presentation and storage.

Use this basic recipe to make different versions of homemade granola to please anyone on your list. Use cashews instead of almonds, add raisins and other dried fruits or experiment with flavored extracts to create exciting taste combinations.

Gift Ideas for Hard Working Hands: Lemon-Rosemary Hand Scrub with Coconut Oil

Lemon-Rosemary Hand Scrub with Coconut Oil

You’ll want a jar of lemon-rosemary hand scrub for yourself, so don’t forget to make extra!

Salt and sugar scrubs are wildly popular, and wildly expensive gift items that are super easy to make at home. This recipe has an invigorating herbaceous scent that men and women will love. Keep a jar of your own by the kitchen sink to remove food odors from your hands after cooking.

For this gift idea you will need:

  • 4 half-pint canning jars
  • 1 cup organic extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons finely minced fresh rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 6 drops each rosemary essential oil and lemon essential oil

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until combined. Divide into four containers for gift giving. To use, gently rub a small amount into wet hands as you would soap. Rinse with warm water. Removes stubborn dirt and odors while softening hands.

Use the basic proportions of organic extra virgin coconut oil and salt to make luscious hand scrubs straight from your garden. Try adding minced lavender or calendula flowers, dried rose petals or lemon thyme. Make use of what you have on hand, and your gifts will be even more appreciated.