The truth is that I am no Martha Stewart but I do like the idea of preparing homemade gifts for Christmas that are better for your budget and much more heartfelt.
So, over the next few weeks as we prepare for Christmas (yes, we can already talk of weeks!), I will be sharing some easy homemade Christmas gift ideas, that even I can do!
- 2 Cups of Baking soda (Bicarbonate of Soda)
- 1 Cup of Citric acid powder
- 1 Cup Epsom salts
- 2 teaspoons of Essential Oil (make sure the ones you use are skin-safe!)
- 3 Tablespoons of any light Vegetable Oil
- 1 teaspoon of Water
What you will need
- Two small mixing bowls (preferably glass)
- A big mixing bowl
- Measuring cup and measuring spoons
- A mould for the fizzies (such as a silicone ice tray, a Christmas ornament mould, a cut-open tennis ball, etc.)
- Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl.
- In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients together.
- Using a whisk, slowly mix the wet ingredients into the dry mix, one teaspoon at a time. If you pour too much in too quickly, it will start fizzing. If your mixture starts to fizz, add dry ingredients to the fizzing parts to stop the chemical reaction.
- Optional: Add a few drops of your food colouring at this point, whisking all the while.
- Blend everything really well. Your finished mixture should have the consistency of slightly damp sand and should squish in your hands without crumbling (if it doesn’t, add more wet or dry ingredients as needed).
- Now for the moulds! Grease the insides of your moulds with a single drop of vegetable oil. Then overfill your moulds with the mixture. Pack it in tightly.
- Take the bath fizzies out of the moulds and let them dry on paper towel for a bit.
- To complete the gift, pop the fizzies in a glass jar with a ribbon and card.
- Be careful not to add too much water or your bath fizzy will fizz into oblivion before it’s even fully formed.
- If you live in South Africa, ’Soil’ has a good range of skin-friendly oils.
- I made Sweet Orange and Myrrh bath fizzies which I thought reminded me of Christmas but its not something that babies or pregnant woman should use (according to the label) so take note of that.