10+ Gift Ideas That Make Winter Actually Bearable

10+ Gift Ideas That Make Winter Actually Bearable

Sometimes I wish I could hibernate through winter. I hate being cold.

There are some products that I’ve found just make winter a little bit easier. So today I thought I would create a compilation of gift ideas that make winter actually bearable.

These gifts are perfect for giving to family members for Christmas, or you might end up just keeping them for yourself.

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Winter Boots

A good pair of winter boots is a must have, especially if you live on a farm. There is no way I could make the long trek out to my chicken coop to check on my hens in freezing cold weather without a good pair of waterproof boots. There are some great boots on Amazon here

Homemade Body Butter

I love homemade body butter. Trust me. Once you make the switch to making your own homemade body butter, you will never look back. Homemade body butter is also the perfect quick and easy gift! Check out my recipe for homemade body butter here: Coconut Oil Lavender Whipped Body Butter

Here's how to use raw organic coconut oil and lavender to create salon-worthy body butters! Only 2 ingredients - make it today with ingredients already in your pantry! From FrugalChicken

Blankets

Blankets are definitely a go to gift for me. You can never have too many blankets (in my opinion). I would not survive winter without large plush blankets like this one.

Echinacea Tea

Echinacea tea is perfect for a “get well soon” gift for someone who is feeling a little bit under the weather. Nothing makes me feel better when I’m sick than a warm cup of herbal tea.

Find it here: Echinacea tea

Mugs

Mugs are another one of my favorite gifts to give and to receive. They’re just fun and they’re perfect for drinking hot chocolate, herbal tea, and coffee. Here are some of my favorite mugs:

I Like Chickens Mug

Crazy Chicken Lady Mug

Love Chickens Mug

Beanies 

If you haven’t noticed already, I love beanies. Especially during the winter! They’re the perfect inexpensive gift that makes winter just a little bit easier. I love these beanies here.

Ice Scraper Mitt

Scraping the ice off of your car is the worst. I love this ice scraper mitt because it makes scraping the ice off of my car a little bit easier (especially since my hand isn’t frozen by the end!) You can also check out my recipe for homemade car de-icer spray here.

Lip Balm

With winter comes dry skin and chapped lips. That’s why lip balm is the perfect gift for the holiday season. You can make your own lip balm to give to your family and friends with my pumpkin spice lip balm recipe or my lemon balm lip goo recipe!

Mittens

There are very few things I hate more than having cold hands. I’m that person who has two pairs of gloves in my purse and in my car AT ALL TIMES. I love mittens because they keep my hands warmer than gloves. You could make your own mittens for a DIY gift or you can buy mittens here.

Slippers

Slippers are the best. Nobody likes having cold feet and slippers are the perfect solution. I love these slippers here. You can stuff slippers full of goodies for a fun and simple gift this year.

Bath Robe

Getting out of the hot shower in the winter is not fun. But having a soft bath robe makes it a little bit easier. I love this bathrobe here

Socks

I have a large collection of crazy socks. I figure if I can’t wear flip flops, I might as well wear fun socks. Here are some of my favorite crazy socks that I want to give as gifts this year:

Chicken socks

Chicken Feet Socks 

Chicken or The Egg Socks

 

What do you do to make winter more bearable?

 

 


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Raw & Organic Coconut Oil Lavender Whipped Body Butter You Can Make Today  (Only 2 Ingredients!)

Raw & Organic Coconut Oil Lavender Whipped Body Butter You Can Make Today (Only 2 Ingredients!)

Once you make the switch to using raw organic coconut oil as a body butter, you won’t look back.

 

Add in lavender for a soothing touch, and you’ll be converted.

 

Here's how to use raw organic coconut oil and lavender to create salon-worthy body butters! Only 2 ingredients - make it today with ingredients already in your pantry! From FrugalChicken

 

This organic body butter has become a house staple because not only is it easy to make, but it requires only 2 raw ingredients: organic coconut oil and lavender.

 

If you’re not sure where to buy it, you can get organic coconut oil at Thrive Market for a great price (where I buy it), or on Amazon. These 4 oz mason jars great for holding your finished body butter!

 

 

Does your coconut oil have to be raw and organic? Of course not.

 

But as with anything, quality counts, and since you’ll be putting this on your body, you’ll want to get the best quality you can, and when you buy organic, you know your body won’t be exposed to harmful chemicals. 

 

So let’s answer the first question.

 

Why make your own body butter with organic ingredients?

 

Think about how much you spend on this or that moisturizer.

 

What if you could make a product similar to an organic luxury balm for pennies, using raw materials you already have on hand?

 

Let’s face it – the top dollar products out there only use raw and organic ingredients!

 

Here's how to use raw organic coconut oil and lavender to create salon-worthy body butters! Only 2 ingredients - make it today with ingredients already in your pantry! From FrugalChicken

 

Although it might be a bit more pricey than other oils, since raw coconut oil has so many uses around the house, I view it as a frugal item.

 

Coconut oil also has a natural SPF of 4, so it offers a little protection against UV rays, too!

 

As you melt the oil, it becomes infused with the essence of the lavender, which combines with the coconut scent to produce a product that smells like it just came out of the salon – seriously.

The raw scent isn’t strong, but rather a subtle hint that you’ll enjoy.

 

I like to apply my organic coconut oil lavender body butter before washing dishes – the oil acts as a barrier against the water, and I notice my hands don’t feel as dry afterwards.

The recipe yields only a few ounces of organic coconut oil lavender body butter, but you won’t need much – a drop half the size of a dime is enough to coat your hands.

 

Here’s how to make it! (Summary recipe at the end of this article).
Here's how to use raw organic coconut oil and lavender to create salon-worthy body butters! Only 2 ingredients - make it today with ingredients already in your pantry! From FrugalChicken

1. Spoon 1 cup of raw, organic coconut oil into a mason jar, or other heat safe bowl.

 

I use mason jars because they’re readily available in my house, and I know they’re heat safe.

 

They also reduce splatter when you whip the body butter.

Here's how to use raw organic coconut oil and lavender to create salon-worthy body butters! Only 2 ingredients - make it today with ingredients already in your pantry! From FrugalChicken

 

Just spoon your raw coconut oil into it – the oil will automatically settle at the bottom.

 

2. Crush your lavender slightly to allow the essential oils to be released, and add to your mason jar.

 

 

Don’t skip this step – you don’t have to demolish the leaves, just nick them a little so the oils in the plant can release while they’re heated. 

 

If you don’t crush them a little, you’ll still get the essence infused with the raw coconut, but you won’t gain the entire raw healing properties of the plant, so be sure to do this step.

 

Lavender has properties to help soothe and relax you, and, like coconut oil, it is reputed to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. 

 

You can use any essential oils you want in this recipe. I prefer raw lavender because it has a lot of healing properties, and I grow a TON of it in my herb garden so I have it available.

 

Just drop the leaves in the mason jar with the organic coconut after you’ve nicked them.

 

 

3. Add about an inch of water to a pot, and place your mason jar inside to create a double boiler.

 

Simply place your mason jar inside the water, being sure to prevent water from getting inside the jar.

 

Don’t cover the jar, since you want any heat or steam that might have built up to escape.

It also makes it easier to check if the herbs are doing their job, and to determine when the leaves are spent.

4. Turn the heat on low – as low as possible.

 

You want to heat the organic coconut oil to melt it, but you don’t want to boil it – so be sure your oven stays on the lowest setting. 

 

You’ll allow the raw mixture to melt and fuse together over a 1-2 hour period – let your nose tell you when the raw leaves are spent. You’ll know because you’ll smell the released lavender oils.

 

You’re looking to melt the coconut oil and infuse it with the essence of the herbs.

 

That only happens when it melts over a longer period of time, and the leaves start to break down, combining the plant’s essential oils with the coconut oil.

 

You’ll also be able to tell when the leaves are spent because they’ll look dark and withered (because their oils have been released).

 

5. Once the coconut oil is melted fully and it seems like the lavender has infused it, strain the mixture.

 

I used cups I usually poach eggs in because they fit nicely into the mouth of the mason jar and have holes on the botton, but any strainer will work. 

 

You can compost the raw leaves, or eat them yourself (chickens don’t really like lavender, and large quantities can be poisonous because of the oils, so keep them away from your flock).

 

6. Allow to cool in the fridge

 

You want to cool the organic coconut oil mixture, but you don’t want it frozen rock solid. 

 

You’re looking for it to be firm to the touch.

 

Here's how to use raw organic coconut oil and lavender to create salon-worthy body butters! Only 2 ingredients - make it today with ingredients already in your pantry! From FrugalChicken

 

This step is important, however, because the oil needs to firm up in order to whip into a frothy butter.

 

If it’s really firm when you take it out of the fridge, let it melt a little before whipping it. 

 

7. When firm, pull the mason jar from the fridge, and begin whipping the oil.

 

This step is where the magic happens – your raw coconut oil and lavender become a beauty product you’ll turn to daily.

 

Using an electric mixer (you’ll have a hard time whipping this by hand), whip the butter until it’s creamy.

 

It might take a while, and you’ll have to guide the mixer to make sure you’re getting all the solid oil.

 

Here's how to use raw organic coconut oil and lavender to create salon-worthy body butters! Only 2 ingredients - make it today with ingredients already in your pantry! From FrugalChicken
When I make this I whip as much as I can, then remove the soft cream, and continue to whip what’s left.

 

You might find that at first, it’s difficult to get the whipping action started, but as friction takes over and begins to soften the coconut oil, it will get easier.

 

8. Transfer to a clean jar, and store!

 

Here's how to use raw organic coconut oil and lavender to create salon-worthy body butters! Only 2 ingredients - make it today with ingredients already in your pantry! From FrugalChicken

 

Once your raw coconut oil has transformed into a moisturizer, you can either leave it in the jar you created it in, or transfer to clean jar.

 

Since I tend to make my organic body butters in stages, I transfer it to a clean jar, and leave it covered.

 

If lavender isn’t your thing, you can try a different essential oil, but the stages of the recipe remains the same.

 

I hope you enjoy this body butter made with raw organic coconut oil!

 

Here's how to use raw organic coconut oil and lavender to create salon-worthy body butters! Only 2 ingredients - make it today with ingredients already in your pantry! From FrugalChicken

 

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