Gift Soap Baskets for Christmas

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Gift Soap Baskets for Christmas
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Soap gift baskets make thoughtful Christmas gifts. Fill decorative baskets with handmade bars, shower gels and hand soaps, along with complementary items such as lotion and bath sponges. For Christmas, choose soaps featuring holiday-inspired shapes, colours and scents. Consider potential skin allergies and sensitivities prior to choosing soap gifts. Some Christmas scents, such as pine and spices, smell nice but may cause an allergic reaction in certain individuals.

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Handmade Soap

Treat a friend to a few bars of handmade soap. You can either make them yourself or buy them from a speciality boutique or eco-friendly store. Choose festive red and green marbled soap or look for bars that are embossed with gold stars, Christmas trees, snowmen and other decorative designs. Holiday-inspired soap scents include gingerbread, mulberry, candy cane, pine and mulled cider. Place the soap arrangement in a woven basket, then tie red and green ribbons around the handle for a festive touch.

Decorative Soap and Potpourri

Create a scented potpourri and soap gift basket. The recipient can use both the decorative soap bars and Christmas-inspired potpourri to decorate her bathroom. Look for festive potpourri made with dried orange slices, dried cranberries, dried red rose petals and pine cones. Fill the basket with soaps featuring ornate red, green, gold and silver wrappers. You can also make a stack of alternating red and green handmade soaps; tie the bars together with a piece of twine. Present the gifts in a country-inspired wooden crate.

Shaped Soap

Festive shaped soaps make ideal gifts for recipients of all ages. For a child, fill a basket with snowmen and Santa Claus-shaped soaps. Give adults soaps shaped like stars or pine trees. You can also include gold and silver ornament-shaped soap bars. Place the bars of soap in a red basket filled with green tissue paper for a decorative look.

Shower Gel Basket

Design a pampering gift basket filled with red and green shower gels and other bath goodies. Choose moisturising gels with berry, citrus or spice scents. Round out the customised gift basket with a sisal scrubber, a plush wash cloth and a bathtub pillow. Place the items in a woven basket and wrap it with red or green cellophane.

Hand Soap Basket

Treat a friend to a luxurious hand soap and lotion basket. Choose hand soap in a decorative Christmas tree, ornament or snowman-shaped bottle with a pump. Include a rich hand cream in a coordinating scent. As a special touch, complete the gift basket with manicure items, such as a metal nail file and a bottle of red nail polish.

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