It is fun to make your own gifts and usually it is less expensive, too. And you can’t beat the thoughtfulness that goes into a homemade gift. Here are some homemade nature-themed gift ideas that the person who is on the receiving end is sure to love.
Homemade Bath Salts
Homemade bath salts will be appreciated by the busy mom on your list. These are easy to make and are a great use for dried flowers. Lavendar, rose petals, and calendula are great choices. This bath salt recipe uses dried calendula and rose petals. I already know I’m going to be growing and drying some new varieties of flowers next year just for this! You may want to include a little muslin bag to contain the dried flowers, but my daughter thinks bathing in floating rose petals sounds heavenly.
This is another fun bath product to make with dried flowers. The ingredient list and process is a little more complicated than the bath salts, but they are fun to make and use. Here is a natural rose petal bath bomb recipe, but you can find tutorials with fewer ingredients. Another option would be to give the ingredients themselves as the gift.
If you are looking for unique packaging ideas, just do a search on Etsy for inspiration.
Do you know somebody that loves birds? They will love receiving these birdseed ornaments that they can use to decorate their trees outside. The visiting birds will love them, too.
Dried Flower Bookmarks
Pressed flower bookmarks are a good way to use up all those pressed dried flowers you made in summer. You did make pressed flowers, right? I find that you can never have too many bookmarks.
Homemade Seed Tape
Homemade seed tape would be much appreciated by a gardener friend, especially if you made it using tiny seeds that are so hard to space correctly. Lettuce and carrot seeds are the most common.
You can find a lot of guides online, but I thought this article about seed tape had the cutest packaging idea. The original article can’t be found anymore, but I stumbled across it on the Way-back Machine. In one of the comments, she said she used those round containers that cream cheese wedges comes in to package her tape. I don’t buy that kind of cream cheese, but if you do, this would be a nice way to repurpose them. You could also use the little wheels that ribbon comes on.
DIY Fire Starter Kit
I love these adorable wood shaving fire starters. You could also add in tiny pinecones and other items from nature.
These diy fire starter pinecones are also a great idea, and the author has some creative packaging ideas. I was really excited about this idea because we recently installed a wood-burning cook stove. After a bit of research, I don’t think wax-based fire starters are recommended for wood stoves, but they would be great for fireplaces or outside fires. (Or maybe we could get by with an occasional use.)
Plantable Seed Paper
Plantable seed paper hearts are another fun DIY gift idea. It’s easy to make a lot of these and hand them out to everyone on your list.
Natural Citrus Cleaning Supplies
Dried orange peels are great for making a natural cleaner. You could pair these natural citrus cleaning supplies with some beautiful homemade cleaning rags or disposal paper towels for an environmentally friendly, chemical free gift basket. Some of the recipes require several weeks to make because of needing to soak the orange peels in vinegar, so they will need to be made three or four weeks ahead of time. The author includes beautiful printable labels for your finished product, and she has so many other great ideas for having a beautiful home on a budget.
Dandelion Lotion Bars
Dandelion lotion bars are a lovely idea for all those dandelions covering your lawn in spring. If you don’t have any dandelion-infused oil around, you may want to tuck this idea away for next year.
I hope you enjoy these homemade nature-themed gift ideas. Which is your favorite?