Amazing personalized cutting board gift basket idea

Amazing personalized cutting board gift basket idea

When my husband asked me what I wanted for Christmas this year… you could hear crickets. Seriously, there’s nothing that popped to my mind, so once I gave it some thought, I started thinking about cool gift baskets that I would love to receive. This amazing personalized cutting board gift basket idea has all the things I love! The personalized cutting board is from a small business – I LOVE supporting small biz. There’s a fun DIY piece to it, a homemade item, and the store bought things are so cute, affordable, and functional.

Amazing personalized cutting board gift basket idea

Amazing personalized cutting board gift basket idea – mom’s recipe

Katrina, owner and designer of PNW Farmhouse Design Co., offers amazing and unique products from her online shop. I met Katrina at a blogging conference this summer and she is so funny and nice. I loved finding out that she is from the pacific northwest and I thoroughly enjoyed a fun dinner with her and a few other amazing bloggers that welcomed me into their group. When I discovered her small shop I couldn’t wait to share it with you!

Amazing personalized cutting board gift basket idea

When I visited her online shop, I fell in love with the personalized cutting boards and knew which recipe I wanted to have engraved onto a cutting board. However, it doesn’t have to be a recipe, it could be a letter, a blessing, wedding vows, a poem, anything that’s personal to you. My mom’s broccoli casserole recipe has been in the family for years, passed down from her grandma and modified over the years. Everyone loves this casserole and asks her for the recipe, often. To have the recipe engraved onto the board, I just scanned in the handwritten recipe and uploaded the file during the checkout process. It’s so easy to place your order, you can select the style of cutting board, and then upload the file – that’s it!

Amazing personalized cutting board gift basket idea

There’s something special about my handwritten recipe – it’s in Sawyer’s handwriting. Sawyer is my mom’s first grandchild and they have a special bond. It would have been awesome to scan in my great grandma’s recipe card, but it was too edited for this purpose due to changes and tweaks over the years. I know my mom will love this personalized and meaningful gift. She can display the cutting board in her kitchen and be reminded of so many cherished holiday dinners where she shared her famous recipe with others, and then she can also use the backside of the cutting board for functional purposes. With a little mineral oil occasionally rubbed onto the wood, this cutting board won’t dry out and get cracks – it will be a keepsake for years to come.

Personalized cutting boards aren’t the only awesome product in Katrina’s shop, there are several other personalized items as well as unique designs for the home. When you support Katrina’s small business, to get 20% off your total purchase, be sure to use coupon code: sycamore20

Amazing personalized cutting board gift basket idea

Amazing personalized cutting board gift basket idea – DIY item

The next part of this amazing personalized cutting board gift basket idea is the fun and easy DIY. All you need is a small mason jar and a few ingredients to make stove top potpourri. You can find several recipes as well as a free printable for your stove top potpourri at The printable is adorable and has the easy instructions for how to make the potpourri. This is the recipe that I used:

  • cutie orange (just the peel will be used for the potpourri)
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary (fresh pine sprigs can also be used)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tbsp of whole cloves
  • 1 tbsp of nutmeg (a whole nutmeg can also be used)
  • 1/3 cup of fresh cranberries
  • 1-2 stars of anise

I love this DIY gift idea for kids to put together. It would make a great teacher gift, neighbor gift, or to help fill a gift basket for the homebody in your life. Like I mentioned, I thought about gift baskets that I would like, and this DIY potpourri is so fun.

Amazing personalized cutting board gift basket idea

Amazing personalized cutting board gift basket idea


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♬ All I Want for Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey

Amazing personalized cutting board gift basket idea – homebody theme

Finally, to pull together this amazing personalized cutting board gift basket idea, I found this soft fleece blanket from the Dollar Spot at Target. The functional and decorative basket is also an affordable find to hold all the goodies. I added a box of Cheez-its crackers for fun, made a mini loaf of dessert bread, and then put together a fun gift tag. I enjoy going out, but I’m definitely a homebody. The items in this gift basket remind me of all the good things associated with staying home; childhood memories, homemade food, good smells, and a cozy blanky.

Thanks so much for checking out this post. I hope it stirred up some gift giving ideas for you. When you shop at the PNW Farmhouse Decorating Co, be sure to use my coupon code to save 20%: sycamore20

Amazing personalized cutting board gift basket idea

Amazing personalized cutting board gift basket idea

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Simple aromatherapy shower melts

Super simple aromatherapy shower melts

If you haven’t used a shower melt yet, you are missing out. I have perfected a recipe to make super simple aromatherapy shower melts. These are perfect and affordable because I only take showers and I love aromatherapy and feeling relaxed or energized during my showers.

Super simple aromatherapy shower melts

Super simple aromatherapy shower melts

I love essential oils, and using homemade shower melts are a wonderful way to infuse aromatherapy into your morning or evening shower routine. The best part is that you can choose your own scent and size of shower melt. Your shower melts can be colorful or just natural white, and the ingredients can be used for other uses as well.

Super simple aromatherapy shower melts

Tips: Gradually add water as you mix the ingredients and use a silicone mold so that it’s easy to remove your melts. Put the filled silicone mold into a Ziploc bag to keep the scent locked up while the melts harden in the fridge.

DIY snow globe
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You’ll want to store your melts in an airtight container so that they don’t lose potency. I love this faux snow globe idea for decorating the top of a Mason jar. Mason jars or upcycled glass jars are such a great way to store shower melts, bath bombs, bath salts, bubble bath, etc.

Shower melt recipe

1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup sea salt or epson salt
30-35 drops essential oils (check out my favorite blends below)
4 – 5 teaspoons water (add one tsp at a time)
1 teaspoon fractionated coconut oil (optional)

  1. Pour epson salts into bowl
  2. Add essential oils
  3. Add fractionated coconut oil (optional)
  4. Mix thoroughly
  5. Add baking soda and mix thoroughly
  6. Add water – one teaspoon at a time until you have a loose paste consistency.
  7. Scoop into silicone molds and press down mixture until solid
  8. Put mold into a large Ziplock bag and dry in refrigerator over night.
  9. Carefully remove melts from mold and store in airtight container.

DIY snow globe

The DIY snow globe is super easy, but a few things to note – make sure your cute toys actually fit under the clear plastic ornament, and you will need to glue all the lid pieces together. When the clear ornament ball is glued to the ring and the ring is glued to the lid, then your entire lid will open nicely and allow easy access to the shower melts, salts, etc.

There is no need to add water to this faux snow globe – and I imagine it could be quite a mess. I’ve made snow globes with water and witch hazel, and they’re cool and fun, but they’re temporary and risky with my youngest who’s obsessed with shaking every snow globe she sees.

DIY snow globe

Decorate Mason jars

I have found some of the cutest ways to decorate Mason jars for Christmas gifts. I think a Mason jar looks cute as is, or with a simple ribbon tied around the lid, or even really decked out like the examples below. Let your imagination run wild with the decorative possibilities. I think these ideas will get you inspired!

Amazing aromatherapy scents

These aromatherapy recipes are some of the best I’ve found. I have a lot of Young Living essential oils, but not all of them. I do have my favorites and that’s what I prefer to use in my handmade recipes. If you’re starting out, just having one essential oil is enough. And if you discover you love essential oils and want to experience all of their benefits, then you can grow your inventory as your budget and interest allow. The Young Living starter kit is pretty amazing, but it can be overwhelming if you’re new to essential oils. Although, the starter kit can also make things easy for someone new.

essential oils

I love the Thieves essential oil the most and highly recommend it for its antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties – and if you love the smell of cinnamon, cloves, a touch of rosemary, lemon, and eucalyptus, then you’ll be as addicted to this oil as me. You can learn more about my favorite essential oils here: Thieves, lemon, lavender.

Jack Black copy cat – by 804 Sycamore
Eucalyptus essential oil
Peppermint essential oil

Flu fighter – by 804 Sycamore
Thieves essential oil
Lemon essential oil
Frankincense essential oil

Adventure awaits – by 804 Sycamore

Calming and relaxing – by Our Oily House
Lavender essential oil
Frankincense essential oil
Roman chamomile essential oil
Vetiver essential oil

Revitalize – by Foxxy by Nature
Lemon essential oil
Sweet Orange essential oil
Eucalyptus essential oil

Wake me up – by Far From Normal
Lemon essential oil
Lime essential oil
Lavender essential oil
Peppermint essential oil

Shower melts are so easy to make and a great way to pamper yourself. Make a big batch and share with friends. I think they make awesome teacher gifts, stocking stuffers, or just because. Happy crafting!

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