A naturally perfect gift idea

The jolly season is almost upon us and I know people are starting to think about gifts for their favourites. Christmas doesn’t need to be an expensive time of year, and it certainly doesn’t need to generate copious amounts waste. How’s this for a stat: 30%, or approximately 7.3 million Australians will receive gifts they expect they will never use or wear this Christmas, representing a total value of $980 million in wasted presents.

Investing a little extra thought into gift-giving may help prevent people from re-gifting, donating or even binning their gifts. Experiences are always a winner in my book, as are natural, handmade gifts! 

I’ve got plenty of simple gifting ideas (and a free Christmas eBook) here, and I share ways to have a more sustainable Christmas here. See, lots of tips, tricks and recipes to give you a greener Christmas.

But, I have another trick up my sleeve. I’m so excited to share this little gift idea with you, something perfect for the kids (5-12 is the target age group but I do believe it would work well for a broader age group too).

This is guaranteed to keep the kids entertained, and happy, and productive, and excited, for hours!

Make & Play Gift Hamper

Why not put together a hamper of ingredients and a copy of Make & Play, and make a kid’s day! It would even be perfect for a family of kids, and that makes this gifting concept even more affordable.

Including the book, colouring and one bottle of essential oil, this hamper works out to be under $80 (of course, this depends on whether you buy in bulk, and how many colours and oils you include). Depending on your budget, you could include more or less than what you see pictured.

The ingredients I’ve included cover 10 recipes from Make & Play:

〉Lip Balm
〉Foaming Sludge
〉Bath Bombs
〉Wobbly Jelly Soap
〉Soapy Dough
〉Doughnut Moisturising Bars
〉Paper Paint
〉Puffy Paint
〉Driveway Clay Chalk
〉Spotty Goop

The breakdown of ingredients are as follows, along with approximate costings:

Activated charcoal powder, 1 tsp – 50c
Arrowroot flour, 385g – $1
Beeswax, 35g – 3.5
Bicarb soda, 220g – $1
Chia seeds, 10g – 17c
Citric acid, 85g – 70c
Cocoa powder, ½ tsp – 5c
Epsom salt, 30g – 20c
Gelatin powder, 10g – 40c
Liquid castile soap, 200g – $7
Olive oil, 100g – 60c
Salt (fine), 170g – 15c
Self-raising flour, 80g – 10c
Shea butter, 75g – $1.50
White clay, 105g – $3.4
Colouring, x3 – $7.5
EO, x1 (optional) – $10
Lip balm tubes x5 – $4
Moulds (arrow/hearts/doughnut/bath bombs) – $10
Paintbrush x1 – $1

Of course, to save on costs, you could include enough ingredients to cover 2 or 3 recipes – it’s up to you! The most common ingredients, used in Make & Play can be found via this link – it should help you decide.

So there we have it. A super fun gift idea, under $80 that will keep the kids happy for hours on end. Enjoy!

Krissy Ballinger

author and passionate advocate for natural living and wellness

Krissy Ballinger is an accomplished author and passionate advocate for natural living and wellness. Her mission is to gently guide individuals towards holistic wellbeing by providing a wealth of resources and services, ranging from natural living guidance and DIY recipes, to healing therapies that nurture the mind, body, spirit and space. She envisions a world where conscious choices are made that honour the self, humanity and the environment.

With her roots in education and health promotion, Krissy continually expands her expertise. Recently, she obtained certifications in Zone Healing Technique and NeurOptimal Neurofeedback (brain training), qualified as a Reiki Healer, and completed an Undergraduate Certificate in Lifestyle Coaching from Endeavour College of Natural Health.

Krissy dedicates her time to managing her wellness room, offering services in Zone and Reiki Healing, Neurofeedback brain training, and Chemical Awareness Consulting. Additionally, she educates individuals about common and avoidable toxins through her various social platforms. Krissy’s books have collectively sold over 100,000 copies, including the award-winning Naturally Inspired – Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, as well as Make & Play – Natural DIY Recipes for Kids, and The Lifestyle Edit.


  1. Haha! Great minds think alike. I bought the book for my niece and had been wondering which ingredients to pack-thanks for doing the thought work for me! A great Christmas gift!

    • Krissy Ballinger you are a freaking legend!! I could kiss you right now. You Just made my life so much easier. I’m madly trying to make orders for an online ceramic business that I have just started. While getting through my final shifts working as a Nurse as the mandate kicks in for me in 9days. life is insanely busy. You have cut out so much work for me. Now I can just go and purchase the ingredients for my daughter’s DIY Christmas basket.

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