There is nothing like receiving a thoughtful, handmade gift.
Whether purchased from a Fair Trade supplier and made by a skilled artist or made right at home, the following are a few ideas for gifts that will be appreciated.
Connected Fair Trade Goods & Gifts has beautiful artisan gift ideas to inspire some gift giving ideas.
Giving someone a bit of relaxation is something that can always be used. Beautiful and fragrant soaps and bath supplies are always a good go-to present.
Handcrafted jewelry, like this necklace made with cowry shells, would make a unique present. Cowry shells were actually a beginning form of currency in Africa.
Also, simple items like nourishing foods are a practical concept that won’t be wasted. Seasonal produce, beverages, cheeses and confectioneries all make delicious gifts. Though these gorgeous hand carved wooden serving dishes would make a great presentation, foods can also be placed in inexpensive reused glass containers.
Presents don’t have to be purchased, and Crunchy Betty has a great compilation of homemade gift ideas with something for everyone.
Aromatic and practical things like body oils, powders and scrubs are objects many may not splurge on so they are sure to be enjoyed. This all natural warming foot scrub recipe provided by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics also has a printable postcard that shows the ingredient list. Including scrumptious orange and ginger essential oils, it also provides warmth from a bit of cayenne pepper.
You can also make your own soap petals by using local flowers; just make sure they are free of pesticides. Silk flowers can be dipped in liquid glycerin and essential oils and used as bathing soaps. This tutorial shows how to dip silk leaves and infuses them with a pumpkin scented essence.
These do it yourself picture tiles can be personalized and are fun to make.
No matter what the gift, handmade presents add an extra element which conveys to the receiver that you didn’t just grab something last minute from a shelf. An original and considerate surprise will let them know that you think they are as unique as their gift.
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