Homemade Gifts: Pumpkin Ginger Spice and Energizing Pumpkin Foot Scrubs

 

I was confident that leaving for vacation the week before Christmas would help me avoid the hoopla of the holidays.

The plan was to steer clear of the craziest week of the year, and get home with just enough time to enjoy the turkey on Christmas day.

Christmas gifts were going to be random things we picked up on the trip, and our take along food item for the festivities was going to be a store-bought fruit cake.

I know, who am I kidding? Store-bought fruit cake?

I guess I really set myself up for failure on this one.

It wasn’t long until I found myself trialing batches of foot scrubs, canning homemade jam, whipping up two sheets of coconut almond bark, and eating making chocolate spoons.

Because really, I can’t show up to an event with make-shift gifts and a sugar laden cake.

In the end I got suckered into making gift baskets for practically everyone we know and I have no one to blame by myself.

But you know what? I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.

I love crafting, and baking, and gifting, and wrapping. I’ll never deny myself these things ever again.

Best of all, I’ve gotten to test 4 batches of foot scrubs which really couldn’t have come at a better time. These scrubs work so well, that I ended up not having to book a pedicure before our vacation.

These toes are ready for some fun in the sun!

Pumpkin Ginger Spice Foot Scrub

Treat yourself or your loved ones to an at-home Winter pedicure. This scrub smells so delicious, you’ll have to control yourself from not snacking on it!

Yield: One 250mL (1 cup) jar

  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup demerara sugar *see note
  • 2 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl and spoon into a 250mL mason jar.
  2. Add a gift tag and you’re done!

note: demerara sugar is coarser than many sugars, but any brown sugar or other sugars with coarse granules will do the trick!

Store in the fridge for 3-4 days

Energizing Pumpkin Foot Srub

Wake up your senses with this energizing foot scrub, complete with a coarse texture to give those toes some sparkle!

Yield: One 250mL (1 cup) jar

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup demerara sugar *see note
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon ground coffee beans
  • 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl and spoon into a 250mL mason jar.
  2. Add a gift tag and you’re done!

note: demerara sugar is coarser than many sugars, but any brown sugar or other sugars with coarse granules will do the trick!

Store in the fridge for 3-4 days

Do you want to make your own gift baskets for the holidays?

Here are some of my gift basket tricks to stay on budget, and still be creative:

  • Get your gear at the dollar store: they have Christmas themed baskets, ribbon, tissue paper for the basket filling, basket bags, and Christmas mugs, all for under a dollar.
  • Re-gift: do you have a bunch of wine bottles sitting around? Throw them in the baskets!
  • Less is more: pick two or three of your favourite products and add them to each basket. They don’t have to be elaborate or expensive. Things like crackers, dark chocolate bars, fruit, and pretzels are great.
  • Go homemade: whip up easy recipes like Christmas bark, foot scrub, or cookies.
  • Include the recipes: if you go the homemade route, include the recipes of the treats.

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This year, our baskets contain a variation of the following:

With the re-gifting of the wine, and opting for homemade over store-bought, we managed to come in at just a little over $7 for each basket! Horray for Christmas under $100!

Okay… now I really have to go pack.

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