A Quick and Easy Christmas Gift – The Simplicity of Soap

an easy christmas gift of heart shaped handmade soap

two hands offering a simple gift wrapped in brown paper and string

“Never get tired of doing little things for others. Sometimes, those little things occupy the biggest part of their hearts.”

~ Unknown

Christmas is fast approaching and we are all struggling to find that easy Christmas gift that someone will love, but is still reasonably priced. But what exactly can we do?

Our hearts and minds feel that something created by our own hands are wonderful ideas, but our cramped schedule is screaming, “No!  There just isn’t enough time!”  Still, we want to give the perfect gifts – something that will speak to their hearts.

I can tell you from experience I know how this inner war feels.  It would be so much easier for me to spend my time in the stores (and all my money, as well), trying to pick out the perfect gift. 

The problem is, most people don’t really ‘need’ anything.  If they do, they have long since stopped and picked it up for themselves.  Anything left is simple a ‘want’.  Even then, we are never absolutely sure they either don’t already have it or if it is something they will even want.

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create an easy christmas gift with scissors, stalks of dried flowers and a spool of twine

Handmade is a Very Easy Christmas Gift

For me, the best gift I can receive is one given from the heart and hands.  Nothing speaks of love for me more than when I ‘see’ the time and love that went into a handmade gift. 

Let’s face it – handmade anything takes a lot of time, and quite frankly, you have to love both the creative process and the recipient to make the effort to create something just for them. 

You can also look at it another way:

quote - handmade gifts always come with strings attached: the strings of love, appreciation, thoughts and prayers

I have weighed the benefits – both financial and time – of purchasing a gift, or making something by hand.  Yes, you do have to shop for supplies.  Yes, you do spend time during the creative process. 

But it amazes me how a fun easy Christmas gift is something that: a) doesn’t cost an arm and a leg; b) doesn’t take months to make; c) is a gift someone would actually want; and (my favorite) d) it brings joy on both ends – the creation and the giving.

a basket of handmade soaps
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Handmade Soap – An Easy Christmas Gift

One easy Christmas gift to make that comes to mind is soap.  I love making it.  It is easy.  It is fun.  Everyone uses it – or should.  I have to admit, I do like making and using the lye based soaps. 

However, it is a much longer process and you have to either order some of the supplies, or if you live around here, you have to drive at least two hours to pick them up. 

There is a simpler soap making process that does just as well.  You need fewer supplies and the initial process takes half an hour or less.  Curing time takes at least a couple of hours or more, but the beauty is you can set it aside and do other tasks while the finished product hardens. 

Even better – the local hobby shops carry most, if not all of the supplies.

Need a small easy Christmas gift for a friend?  Need something $10 or less for a Christmas party?  Searching for stocking stuffers?  Look no further. 

a pot with melted soap

How to Make Handmade Soap

Just click this LINK and it will take you straight to the instructions on how to create a great gift for little time and money.  The best part?  One batch can make several gifts.  Now, head on over to you list with your pencil, and start marking DONE in several places!

Making soap?  Be sure to share with us your completed project.  Just comment below – and be sure to attach a photo!

An Easy Christmas Gift for Ourselves

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We spend all our time searching for gifts for others. Why not treat ourselves to an easy Christmas gift? And the best gift is to be fully organized for your holidays. You can do that easily with your own copy of Have a Merry, Simple Christmas!

This handy, easy to use e-book will help you organize your meals (with meal plans and recipes), your handmade gifts (with organization tips, instructions and lots of worksheets), gift tags and so much more!

Grab your copy of Have a Merry, Simple Christmas – get organized, and then settle in to enjoy your holidays!



Julie Murphree is a blogger, newspaper columnist, and speaker on all things ‘Living a Simple Life on the Farm’. She is the author of \\\'The Farm Wife – Living a Simple Life on the Farm. She and her husband have 60 acres in NW Louisiana where they actively work on living as sustainable as possible.

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