You may or may not be aware – but this weekend coming up is Mother’s Day! I have 3 mothers to prepare a gift for – and while all three genuinely do not want gifts, they still deserve something. What’s better than a homemade/handmade gift? It’s made with your effort, your time, your love, and most of all, your appreciation.
I saw this fabulous gift from one talk show host to another of different jarred items in a basket with a pretty dish or hand towel- and my lover, aka husband, said that looks like a great idea for our moms. Yes, he came up with the idea. Props to that boy.
Nothing developed until this weekend since we have been a bit busy – but these easy, easy, easy things came to mind. At first, I was going to center all the gifted items around food – spice mixes, etc. Then I thought, “How is that centered around the mom? What about something special to make the mother feel special?” I had fun with natural, homemade scrubs and facials as a kid – so I applied that here.
My ideas (after my lover’s initial idea): A hair mask. An exfoliant of some sort. A spice mix. A house scenter thingy (see Oxford English Dictionary). I researched things online – tons of resources. I made everything detailed below my own with big modifications to the original ideas. I will list supplies for you at the bottom.
First – a hair mask: moisture and breakdown of hair residue – hairspray, conditioner, shampoo.
I used 3 little mason jars – 4 ounce size.
First, add 3 tablespoons of brown sugar to each one.
Then, 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. And it gets real dark, like this:
So luscious. Next, mix it up with a fork to really get in there.
Done. Seriously. Lid it. NEXT.
Spice mix. I went with tacos – tex mex – what have you. I wanted something to add to potatoes, to add to ground beef or turkey, to mix in with sour cream, mayo and milk or a tex mexy ranchy dressing. Errrrbody love a taco.
First, 3 little mason jars again.
Add 1 tablespoon of onion powder and 1 tablespoon of garlic powder or granular garlic powder- whatever ya got. 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of chili powder on top of that. Stand back and look at your colors.
That layering screams ready for eatin’.
Chili powder is key for color, for flavor, and for trust. Don’t ask why, just trust me.
Next, 1 tablespoon of cumin. 1 teaspoon of paprika on top of that and about a teaspoon of cracked pepper. Now, what’s missing? Heat and salt. I stopped here because everyone has different spice levels – if it were for myself and my lover, I would add in red pepper flakes or cayenne and salt – or all three. But, since everyone has different taste buds and health issues (salt sensitive), I left it alone and will make a little directional letting them know. Finish up:
Seal it. NEXT.
Hand scrub. Elbow scrub. Foot scrub. Wash me off in the shower after I shaved my legs, conditioned my hair, had a dance party scrub. Take away my rough winter skin or hydrate my sad yet happily sun drenched dry skin. Mix this one in something that measures 2 cups or more and pours or a medium sized bowl that pours….it’s easier than splitting up the ingredients like we did for the others.
1 cup of sugar. 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil. 3 tablespoons of lemon juice. Teaspoon of lemon extra for an extra zeal.
Mine was pretty liquidy, so I added sugar a tablespoon at a time until it was slightly thicker.
Now, pour into your 3 little mason jars.
Oh. Oh this is decadent. The smell is fresh and spring inspired and the consistency is luxurious….shouldda made more for myself.
So cute! Now, seal it up. NEXT.
Scenty things for the house in place of a candle/air freshener/plug in that I always break and spill oil on my walls or my in-laws’ bathroom walls. Oh yes. It was a magical moment.
Take 3 LARGER mason jars – pint size.
Now, here I have oranges. I have oranges because I was going to make an orangey scented one. And forgot the rest of my ingredients. But, I bought limes at the grocery store, and I have peppermint extract on hand, so I made something else instead:
You need 1 lime per jar you are making. Zest the lime. Thinly slice the lime.
Oh goodness…this zest…mesmerizing.
Put zest and lime slices in a jar.
Add 3/4 of a teaspoon of peppermint or mint extract or essential oil (if you have) to the jar. Add water to the jar, I filled mine a little less than the lid line, or with about 1 and 1/2 cups of water.
Lid it. It is ready to be used with the addition of one more jar full of water. I am going to include instructions to let this bad boy simmer on the stove in a small pot as long as would like, checking every little bit to add more water if need be. They can also put it in a small crock pot (the one for dips and such) all day, again, adding water.
Now, wrap your amazing gifts however you want! I chose a wire basket from TJ Maxx (like 5 bucks) that each mom could use again. I like dual purpose, always useful gifts.
Here’s a little idea of the size – I put in a few small jars and a vase so you can see it’s depth.
and we bought these pretty hand towels to go inside the basket:
I like it a little rustic/homey lookin’…cushion for the glass jars. I folded it in half and kind of crunched it up in there.
Now you can stack your jars inside of it…
Here’s what it will look like when we give the gifts away….card inside, plus little yet simple instructions for each of the gifts such as:
Hand scrub – I will melt away your dry skin
Hair mask – use me for moisture and luxury
Seasoning – use me for roasted potatoes, taco night, or in a ranch veggie dip
So sweet. So heartwarming. So much love.
Mason jars for each item you are making
Basket/bag/holder to present everything
Hand Towel/Dish Towel/Large cloth napkin to decorate/cushion the jars
Lemons – Limes – Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or maybe coconut oil?)
Brown Sugar – Granulated Sugar – Lemon Extract – Peppermint Extract (or mint)
Onion Powder – Garlic Powder – Cumin – Chili Powder – Paprika – Pepper