Every year, I struggle with finding the perfect teacher gift. I want to show them that I appreciate all of their hard work with my child over the past semester and treat them to a little something for the holidays. When you have three kids and some with more than one teacher, the costs can really add. Plus, if you think about it, teachers receive on average 20 to 30 gifts (depending on the number of kids in the class), they can only drink so many Tim’s coffees, so many bottles of wine and decorate their tree with so many #1 teacher ornaments. Their gift has to be unique and of course, be made with with love by my kids!
I love DIY gifts like homemade treats or handmade blankets, but finding the time to finish creating them before December 25th arrives is not always so easy! So this year, I searched out some fun and easy DIY projects that might be cool gift ideas for friends and family. When I came across a pin for a DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub recipe, I knew I had a fun project for the kids and something that the teachers could use to unwind after the holiday’s.
This recipe is fairly simple to make, a little bit of oil, some kitchen sugar, and a few drops of essential oils and you have a fabulous scrub. After a bit of research, I learned that coconut oil is used in many natural beauty products because it is an excellent moisturizer. It is absorbed by the skin easier and holds on to the moisture better, so it makes for the perfect winter at home spa treatment. Plus, it’s naturally antibacterial, anti-fungal, and it smells like cookies! What more could you want?
My kids had a blast with this project. They loved the idea of giving their teachers a spa treatment that they made! I hope the teachers enjoy it too!
DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub
1 mason jar
1 decorative ornament
2 cup of sugar
1 cup of coconut oil
10 drops of peppermint essential oil
food colouring (optional)
- Melt 1/2 cup of coconut oil in microwave for 20 seconds to soften it.
- Mix 1 cup of white sugar with coconut oil. If the mixture is too wet, add up to 1/4 cup more sugar.
- Add 5 drops of peppermint oil and stir well.
- Set aside
- In a separate bowl, prepare the same mixture. This time add food colouring.
- In a mason jar, add some of the white mixture, then coloured mixture, then white, then coloured until the jar is filled.
- Seal jar, label and decorate with ribbon and ornaments.
- Gift it to your teacher with a loofa or scoop!
What do you normally give your teacher at Christmas?