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We’ve just entered the season of Advent, a time of preparation for Christmas. This is a wonderful time to give more, spend less, worship fully and love all.

How do we do that? Intentional giving. 

Intentional gifts bless the recipient and don’t run you into debt. In our home, they tend to be hand made and eco-friendly along with some purchased (used and new) on a small budget.

Intentional giving isn’t all about consuming.

If you’re looking for more intentional gift ideas, this list is a great place to start. There’s a little something for everyone:

1. Soap

If you’ve ever wanted to give soap-making a try, this is the perfect tutorial for you. It’s simple and the small batch allows for some fun scent experiments. Want to kick it up a notch (and make something awesome for the hubby)? Try this beer soap.

2. Reversible Cup Sleeve

This Mason Jar Cozy is the perfect companion for the super-cool Cuppow, which lets you turn any regular Mason jar into a portable beverage container (with an easy to drink from mouth piece).

3. Self-sufficiency

Gospel for Asia’s Christmas gift catalog is full of items that allows families in impoverished areas to provide for themselves. Give a set of chickens, a sewing machine or a bicycle in honor of someone you love.

4. Lip Balm

Lip balm is fun to make and give. And it’s super cheap! Use essential oils to make yummy scents, like lavender lemongrass or citrus mint.

5. Lavender Kombucha

When doing the second fermentation, simply bottle your lavender kombucha in bottles that you can give away. Add a lovely ribbon or print out a fun label.

6. Laundry Detergent

Homemade laundry detergent was a big hit with my family last year. I made this simple recipe from diyNatural and blended in some essential oils in my food processor. Easy peasy.

7. Freedom

Help The Exodus Road free children from brothels this Christmas. Contribute in the honor of a loved one to help fund a raid and put an end to human trafficking.

8. Fort Kit

What kid doesn’t love making a fort? Put together an awesome fort kit like this one and let their imaginations run wild. Don’t forget to join the fun.

9. Hand Pies

What’s Christmas without baking with cinnamon? These Caramel Apple Hand Pies are delicious (with or without the caramel) and can be made ahead of time and frozen.

10. Car Caddy

Does your little one like cars as much as mine does? Use the tutorial for this cute car caddy to make something they can store their cars in and play with.

11. Bath Salts

What’s better than a nice hot bath? A nice hot bath with mineral-rich Epsom salts, herbs and essential oils mixed in, that’s what! Give these bath salts to your favorite bath-lover. (And, you know, you can always send some my way.;))

12. The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever

These gluten-free chocolate chip cookies have earned a lot of praise with our friends and family. Add 1/2 cup of coconut to the recipe and your in for a big treat. Make enough so you can have some, too.

13. Bread

There’s nothing quite like a homemade loaf of bread. Make a classic loaf from your cookbook or go all craftsy with some artisan bread loaves.

14. Play Dough

I made this play dough for Christmas last year and had a lot of fun. The kids loved all the different colors. You can even scent it with essential oils, if you like.

15. Presence

Most importantly, give the gift of relationship. Make soap or lip balm with your sister or a friend. Bake cookies with your daughter. Get in the fort with your kids. Make bread with your Grandma. Give the gift of quality time with you.

How are you being intentional with your giving this Christmas?