DIy Christmas

The commercialism attached to Christmas weighs me down like the anchor of a boat. In early October, I walked into a large home improvement chain, and a 14-foot tall inflatable Santa greeted me at the door. Just beyond the goliath St. Nick, shelves of summer clearance begged for buyers. On my way to the lighting department, I passed by an avalanche of outdoor Christmas lighting spewing from crates the size of my chicken coop. Right there in front of the flamingo Christmas lawn decorations, I vowed to help you not drown in the torrent of holiday consumerism.  Craft thoughtful, no-fuss gifts that boost healthy living.

Healthy living includes more than how you fill your plate and lift your fork. It encompasses your spiritual and emotional wellness too. Are you struggling to balance gift-giving without getting caught in the snare of materialism? Make this the year that you create enticing, frugal, and sustainably minded presents to give your family and friends this Christmas.

The idea of warm and cozy, comfort and contentment can be a reality, not just a Christmas lyric you hum during the holiday. By planning, you can avoid the crowded stores that not only deplete your wallet but your Christmas joy as well.

No-FUSS Healthy Living’s DIY Christmas Gifts

Healthy Living Lavender Laundry Detergent

No-FUSS Healthy Living Lavender Laundry Powder


  • 2 cups of baking soda
  • 1/ 1/2 cups of washing soda
  • 1 cup of finely grated unscented castile soap
  • 10 drops of essential lavender oil
  • 1/2 cup dried, ground sifted lavender buds (optional but a great touch)


  1. In a food processor, process the dried lavender, then with a hand sifter sift in a bowl, set aside
  2. With a hand grater or food processor, grate the castile soap, set aside
  3. Combine the essential oil with the baking soda, stir to combine
  4. In a large bowl, mix the washing soda, the scented baking soda, the grated castile soap, and the sifted dried lavender. Mix thoroughly.

Homemade Vanilla Kit

homemade vanilla

Raw Organic Vanilla Beans Ready to Cut

No-FUSS Healthy Living Cleaning Kit

Supplies Needed:

Recipe for Healthy Living All-Purpose Countertop Spray

  • 1⁄2 cups of hot water
  • 2⁄3 cups of distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp of lavender essential oil
  • 1/4 tsp of eucalyptus essential oil
  • 3 drops of tea tree or rosemary essential oil

With a funnel or measuring cup with a pour spout, combine the vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Shake vigorously. Add the essential oils directly in the spray bottle. Store out of direct sunlight. Spray as needed and wipe with microfiber cloth.

all natural kitchen cleaner

Healthy Living’s Granola Girl Breakfast Kit

Supplies Needed:

Granola Recipe

  1. 5 Cups of Organic Oats (not quick cook oats)
  2. 1⁄2 cup of coconut oil, melted
  3. 1⁄2 cup of pure maple syrup or honey
  4. 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  5. 2 cups sliced almonds or a combination of nuts and seeds (sunflower, cashews, pecan, pignoli, etc.)
  6. 1 cup of raisins
  7. 1 cup of small, diced apricots
  8. 1 cup of dried cranberries


Preheat the oven to 350°.  Cover a 13×18 inch baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts/seeds, melted coconut oil, and maple syrup or honey. Toss until the oat mixture is coated. Pour the mixture on the baking sheet. Spread evenly. Bake mixture until golden brown. Stir the mixture every 15-20 minutes.

Remove the mixture when done. Cool mixture. Add the dried fruit. Stir to combine.



Paperwhites Kit

healthy living gift ideas

Supplies Needed:

paperwhites gift tag

S’Mores Kit

Supplies Needed:

GMO-Free Popcorn Kit

No-FUSS Healthy Living’s Pet Care Kit

Instructions for Insect/Tick Repellent

  1. 20 drops of rose geranium essential oil
  2. 3 drops citronella essential oil
  3. 2 drops of rosemary essential oil
  4. 1 drop of lavender essential oil
  5. 3 drops of clove oil
  6. 1 Tbsp of bay laurel hydrosol

Mix oils together, then add a cup of warm water. Using a funnel pour into a glass bottle.

Recipe For All-natural Dog Treats

  • 6 cups of water
  • 6 cups organic barley or spelt flour
  • 2 tablespoons organic cinnamon
  • 8 ounces organic or high fructose corn syrup-free applesauce
  • Bone Shaped Cookie Cutters
  • Recipe Card (print on cardstock, the image is 5.5×4.3)

Instructions for All-natural Dog Treats

Preheat oven to 325. Combine ingredients in bowl and mix. Knead for several minutes and then roll out on a flat surface. Using a bone shaped cookie cutter, cut out treats and place on a greased cookie tray. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool.

Healthy DIY Gifts This Christmas

When I spend less time in the stores shopping during Christmas, it mitigates any tendency toward excessive consumption. It may seem trivial, but healthful DIY gift giving marks a step on the path to establishing a lifestyle of healthy living.

Merry Christmas!



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  1. Lucinda Brown on November 24, 2018 at 6:20 pm
    I love the idea of homemade no fuss Christmas gifts and will definitely be trying the recipe for granola. Can you leave out the lavender or use a different essential oil for the laundry detergent and the counter top spray? Lavender frequently gives me headaches.
    • Denise Sultenfuss on November 26, 2018 at 2:23 pm
      Lucinda (great name), Feel free to use your favorite essential oil. Too bad about headaches when using lavender. Let me know how your DIY turns out. XO Denise
  2. Miranda on November 30, 2018 at 6:33 am
    These are all so great! I can't wait to try some of these! I love the cleaning kit ideas. We have made homemade granola in the past for families as gifts and they really did appreciate it!

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