It’s not even Thanksgiving and I’m already thinking about gift-giving, are you? Seems the holidays rolled around so quickly this year, or maybe time really is speeding up?
Either way, it will be no surprise to family and friends that I’m giving some essential oils as gifts this year. Since adopting them into my family’s lifestyle, I can testify to their life-changing properties, so of course I want to share them.
As for me, I’d be delighted to get a single, simple, tiny bottle as a gift (hint!), but I also know that for someone who doesn’t already use essential oils, or know much about them, they may be scratching their head as to what to do with it and why I gave it to them.
By the way, have you ever chosen the perfect gift for someone and then they open it and get that look on their face, like “Thanks, but I have no idea why, or what this is!” If you have to explain what it is, and why you thought they’d like it, you probably already feel like your gift isn’t appreciated and certainly won’t get used. And you’re probably right!
Gifts should make you both feel happy — not just the giver and not just the recipient.
Essential oils gift giving may be a little tricky if the recipient is new to essential oils. The right way to gift someone with a yummy bottle of essential oil and help your loved one enjoy her oils, is to give an add-on with the gift, something they’ll know how to use or a tool that will help them use the oil right away.
Now forgive my practicality. I’m not the only one who believes in giving practical presents (hat tip to this frugal blogger) but hey, at least it’s not underwear! The gifts I love to give are ones that I would love to receive myself; are useful; and make your life better or happier. You have to follow your own personal gift-giving rules, but that’s just how I do it. I love giving practical gifts that will get used!
This year, I’ll be giving some things to go along with my favorite essential oils… Blends like Thieves™ or Peace and Calming™, or basics like Lavender, Peppermint, and Lemon.
1. A Diffuser
Diffusers are great gifts by themselves, but even better with a bottle of essential oil. Whether your intent is to purify the air, add a beautiful scent to a room, or help someone feel better when they’re under the weather; a diffuser is a great idea for anyone on your list. Get someone started on this super healthy habit with a good one like the Rainstone Diffuser by Young Living. It comes with a remote control, and has ambient light settings, and optional intermittent diffusing capabilities. Goes well with the most sophisticated decor, too.
2. A Glass Bottle
Ever since I started putting essential oils in my water, not only have I discovered that I drink more water, but I also feel more invigorated by the water I drink. Lemon is the perfect antioxidant, peppermint wakes me up, and Stress Away™ just tastes delicious. Even my soda-loving kiddos love peppermint water and drink it without my suggesting it. (I keep large glass pitchers of essential oil-infused water in the refrigerator to encourage this healthy habit.)
On the go, you need a glass water bottle — not a plastic one — to take in the car, to the gym, to the office, etc. I really like my plastic-sleeved Life Factory bottle, but I also like the simple glass bottles with open lids for easy swigging at my desk. Just remember, if you’re putting essential oils in water to drink, you must use glass. Plastic will break down and leach into the water — no good.
3. Dryer Balls
OK, I dare you to give someone dryer balls for a Christmas present. Maybe in red and green, they could do double duty as pet toys? Anyway, I don’t care what you say, dryer balls are my new favorite thing. I experimented with making my own here at home, and they work great! They cut the static cling, add a lovely scent to your warm, dried clothes (I use lavender), and they replace the nasty toxic chemicals in those dryer sheets. I didn’t even know how bad those were until I looked into it. Kittens have died…
For gifts, though I’d probably opt for buying them on Etsy, simply because ordering them online is more efficient when you need them quickly. ‘Tis the season to hurry up and do everything. Who has time to make dryer balls when you’re baking, shopping, wrapping, and doing all those other fun holiday things? Unless, for you, making dryer balls is a fun holiday activity, in which case, I’ll have whatever you’re having.
4. Food and Other Yummy Things
I have several friends who are using essential oils to make gifts for their families. Things like food, perfumes, bath salts, and even breath spray! Click here for some great essential oils gift giving ideas for family, friends, neighbors, and teachers.
If you have any other great ideas for gifts you can make or give to go with your essential oils gift? Let us know in the comments.
New to Essential Oils?
If you’re curious what all the fuss is about, you can try some samples at home. Just let me know, and I’ll send them out. Click below for details!