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I’m slowly starting to realize that Christmas is only two weeks away. I love our big family dinner and all the traditions we have, but what I’m really waiting for is some offline time. As there’s no clear line between my work and free time, I sometimes find it difficult to take time off and just chill without feeling of ‘I should’ do something or accomplish this and that. So this Christmas I’m really trying to have a few days off, ditch my laptop and iPad and focus on reading books, cooking and doing things, that I don’t need to do, but I want to.
But before taking off and abandoning this little online space for a while, let’s talk about Christmas presents!
I’m a huge fan of presents (well, who isn’t?). It’s always fun to receive them, but also buying them, planning what I want to give(like those delicate gifts for the woman who wants nothing) and making my own gifts give me so much enjoyment. Sometimes I like to buy new things, if I know they’re really needed and wanted, or if it means supporting a local designer I like.
But I’m also always rooting for diy gifts, as they’re personal, usually a lot of fun to do, and you can easily make a big batch and give the same thing for lots of people. And it’s ecological too, when you use for example recycled glass jars to store the gifts. So it’s kind of the perfect win-win situation. As for the young ones, giving them with interesting gifts like the little clubhouse diy wood playhouse may be ideal.
In recent years I’ve given for example homemade granola, diy natural moisturizing cream and flavored oils for friends and family but this year I wanted to try something new and a bit more special. Enter: homemade tea blends!
I drink a lot of tea (seriously. a lot.) and I buy it often both to our home and as a gift to others. Making my own tea blends has been in my mind for a while already but now that Christmas is coming closer, I thought it’s the perfect time to let my inner hippie out. So I made three different kinds of blends: one is based on rooibos tea, one has only herbs and one is a simple green tea blend. It was super fun to come up with these blends and we even made these super simple labels to go with them. So just hunt down some of your favorite teas, herbs and spices, go crazy with them and treat yourself and your close ones with an unique gift. And have fun with you gift making! ♡
Tips for making homemade tea blends:
– Choose your base. Unflavoured leaf teas are easy: green, white and rooibos all work well. Also try hibiscus, chamomile or licorice root, which all have great health benefits and and a sophisticated taste.
– Bring flavor with dried herbs and spices. Try for example vanilla and cinnamon sticks, cardamom, fennel, anise, coriander, lavender, rose petals, dried berries, coconut and/or mint.
– Make sure that you’re using only edible herbs and spices.
– Choose organic teas, spices and herbs if possible. By using organic ingredients you can be sure of having pure and high quality blends.
– Unflavored leaf teas can be found in tea shops and health stores and organic herbs and spices are most often found on farmer’s markets, spice shops and health stores.
– Store the tea in an airtight glass jar or in strong paper bags and decorate with homemade labels if you like!
Homemade Tea Blends
1 part unflavored rooibos tea
1 part hibiscus
1/6 part vanilla pod
Cut the vanilla pod(s) into small pieces. Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight glass air. Brew the tea for 4-5 minutes before serving.
1 part fennel seeds
1 part coriander seeds
1 part anise seeds
1 part whole cardamom seeds
Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight glass air. Brew the tea for 5-7 minutes before serving.
1 part unflavored green tea
1/4 part dried basil
1/4 part dried black currants (or other dried berries)
Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight glass air. Brew the tea for 2-3 minutes before serving.