The festive season has arrived, bringing that warm feeling we get when we think about gifts and family meals and decorations… That warm feeling that sometimes breaks into a sweat as we remember that we need to buy the above festive treats and come up with something to make for dessert and get all the presents wrapped in time; let’s just say, holiday season is a little more stressful now than it used to be when all we had to worry about was whether Santa might have us on the naughty list.
So to make it a little easier and bring the festivities back, we’ve selected some of our favourite gift and treat ideas that won’t break the bank!
Festive Homemade Chocolate Bonbons
This recipe is a long-time favourite of ours, as it is sugar-free, incredibly quick and simple and suitable for vegans. These delicious healthy bonbons make an excellent gift wrapped up in a sweet box or as a sweet treat to add to your festive meals. The ingredients are easy to find and come together to make a luxurious little taste bomb! All you’ll need are:
100g raw pecan nuts
100g raw macadamia nuts
3 tsp. raw cacao powder (we recommend Superfoods Raw Organic)
4-5 tsp. organic coconut oil (we recommend Crede Natural Oils)
500g fresh dates
Vanilla to taste
Organic desiccated coconut
All you need to do is blend and mix all the ingredients together, roll into bite sized portions and cover in coconut!
Handcrafted Organic Soaps
There is a huge variety of beautifully scented, handcrafted organic soaps; you really can find something to match any personality! These make a wonderful fragrant gift, especially as mix and match gift sets or special stocking fillers. Most importantly, they provide a luxurious touch without hurting your wallet.
A few of our favourites include the Sea Salt bar from Nourish, which is made with about 80% sea salt. This gentle exfoliating bar also effectively detoxifies skin as the sea salt absorbs harmful toxins, leaving the skin feeling clean, healthy and pure.
Also from Nourish, the delicate Afrodesia bar which is a best-seller due to its unique exotic fragrance with a combination of ylang ylang, jasmine and neroli. The bar is packed with organic coconut oil; a phenomenal organic moisturiser and overall anti-ageing treatment for skin. This bar will leave the lucky ‘giftee’ feeling pampered and healed.
For men who enjoy being pampered from time to time, ‘Men’s Soap’ from African Bliss is a must! The soap has a delicious warm, spicy scent and contains untreated beeswax, making for a nice solid bar of soap, with a very creamy lather. Despite the name, many women enjoy this treat just as much as the guys!
Make sure to check out all the luxurious soap bars, where you’ll find handcrafted bars for everyone and anyone!
Ultimate Raw Chocolate Box
The Ultimate Raw Chocolate Box by Soaring Free Superfoods is so much more than just a box of chocolates! Each raw chocolate is sweetened with coconut sugar, and is free of dairy, refined sugars, preservatives and artificial flavours. This is chocolate that is actually guilt free and good for you. This is an especially great gift idea for any vegans in your life, as they don’t often come across many chocolate treats! You’ll also be gifting all the health benefits of raw chocolate.
The chocolates are made from organic cacao, which is packed with anti-oxidants to fight aging and tissue damaging free radicals in your body. Organic cacao also contains magnesium which has many benefits, including increasing energy, calming nerves and anxiety, relieving muscle aches and spasms and preventing migraine headaches. If all that isn’t enough, cacao also contains theobromine, which strengthens and improves heart function, as well as tryptophan, which literally enhances your mood!