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DIY Gift Basket for Bath Lovers

If you know someone who could use a little stress-relief, consider gifting them with this homemade opportunity to relax and recharge.

| November/December 2018

  • A lovely bath basket makes for a thoughtful way to remind those who spend the holidays on their feet to slow down and pamper themselves.
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  • Bath sachets made with fresh flowers and herbs can be reused until their scent and therapeutic benefits are gone.
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  • Giving should be about personalization and about making sure that the gifts you offer reflect your love or appreciation for the recipient.
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  • Encourage a friend or family member to self-indulge this season with a homemade spa package.
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  • On top of being simple and fun to throw together, the colors and scents of bath salts can be tailored to best fit each recipient.
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  • The warm and spicy scent of this oil makes it perfect for a romantic massage or after-bath moisturizer.
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It’s hard to beat the thought, care, and individual touch that goes into a homemade gift. Some people may frown upon handmade presents as inexpensive, or as last-minute options for those whose gifts we’ve forgotten in our haste. But we know this isn’t true. Giving should be about personalization and about making sure that the gifts you offer reflect your love or appreciation for the recipient.

After a quick stop by the store for the essentials, you’ll be able to put together this bath lover’s gift basket. Using the following recipes, you’ll combine Epsom and sea salts with healing herbs and essential oils for their soothing effects; add fragrant and beneficial flower petals to a lovely handmade sachet; or blend heady scents into a skin-softening body oil.

Pair these incredibly simple and luxurious recipes with an aromatic candle, fluffy towel, and bottle of wine to assemble an individualized spa package for a loved one. For a slightly more substantial gift, you can even throw in a novel or audiobook you know they’d love to help them pass the time during a relaxing bath! Once everything’s arranged in an artful, lovely basket, you have a thoughtful way to remind those who spend the holidays on their feet to slow down and pamper themselves.

Scented Bath Sachets

When I suggest scattering fresh petals in your bathwater, it’s for the romantic and luxurious effect it creates. But for serious bathers interested in receiving the therapeutic benefits of those petals, I would advise making bath sachets. They’re simple to create and can be used over and over until their scent is gone.

I like to use a natural muslin material for my sachets, but any scrap of pretty cotton fabric will do. If you fill a large jar with several of these sachets, you’ll have a luxurious present for someone special. Yield: 6 ounces.


  • 3 tablespoons oat flour
  • 1/2 cup fresh flower petals or herb leaves
  • 3 pieces of natural material, each 6 inches square
  • 3 lengths of cotton string, each 12 inches long


  1. In a bowl, mix together the oat flour and flower petals or herb leaves.
  2. Place a piece of material on a flat surface, and spoon one-third of the dry mixture into the center. Gather up the ends and tie them closed with the string. Place sachets in an airtight container.

To use: Float one of your sachets in the bath as you fill the tub, squeezing it every now and then.

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