Elfster lets you ask anonymous questions to people in your gift exchange, so I was able to find out that my giftee, Amy, loves chocolate but is on a diet. I momentarily panicked because most things I make do not mesh with diets. Then I got creative and thought a little outside the box. I’m actually glad she is on a low-cal diet because it challenged me to get out of my comfort zone of decadent baked goods. Plus, I discovered a great (and super easy) homemade gift that I’m going to give out to friends this holiday season: sugar hand scrubs!
Sugar scrubs are an easy homemade gift that are especially great in the winter for dry, chapped hands. You can make them in a lot of different scents, so I added cocoa powder so that Amy could enjoy the scent of chocolate without actually consuming any extra calories.
Apply to wet hands and lightly rub in a circular motion. Let sit for a few minutes then rinse.
You end up with soft, moisturized hands!
I still wanted to make something edible (I am a food blogger, after all) so I went with a chocolate meringue kisses. These are fat free and low calorie, so Amy can eat them without too much guilt. I hope she enjoys my chocolate gifts. I can’t wait to see what I receive in the gift exchange!
Are you making any homemade gifts this year?
Chocolate Hand Scrub
Makes enough to fill 2 4-oz. jelly jars, plus a little extra that you can keep for yourself!
- 4 tablespoons of cocoa powder
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup of oil of your choice (I used olive oil)
Combine cocoa powder, brown sugar and vanilla in a medium bowl. Mix in oil gradually until it becomes a thick paste. Pour into a jar and attach a label and the directions from below.
To use: Apply to wet hands and rub in a circular motion, concentrating on dry or rough patches. Leave on for 3 minutes then thoroughly rinse with warm water.
Chocolate Meringue Kisses
Makes around 20 2-inch cookies
- 3 egg whites, at room temperature
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 3/4 cup granulated, superfine sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa, sifted