Finding the perfect gift for someone you love can be hard. You want something unique that speaks to your relationship and shows that you care. A new category of gifts has recently emerged that may be just what you need: Biology gifts.
Biology gifts are gifts that are integrated with nature to create a special one of a kind gift. These are often handmade or bought from an artisan. There is no end to the types of gifts that come from nature, but let’s explore beeswax gifts, gifts from the sea, gifts created from the discards of insects and animals and wooden gifts.
Beeswax is often used to create all kinds of candles, but candles are not the only gift that can be made from beeswax. Scented bars that can hang in your closet or kitchen can be made using beeswax with flowers or essential oils. The dried flowers can sit just under the surface of the wax for a beautiful natural appearance.
Food wraps are an eco-friendly gift made using muslin fabric and beeswax. They replace saran wrap and easily cling to the sides of your bowls and containers.
Gifts from the Sea
Pearls and shells make beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry. Large shells can make a nice ornament for your mantle as well. Another use for sea shells and sea glass is to make windchimes for your deck or porch.
Store sand in a tiny vial and make a necklace. Sand is used to create types of clay or to make a sand garden with a tiny rake on a desk.
Driftwood makes beautiful pieces of home décor, and it can work as a stand alone piece of art in some circumstances.
Gifts Made from Insect or Animal Discards
While it may not sound pleasant, use things that animals and insects leave behind for gift making. A shedded antler makes a beautiful jewelry hanger. Use the bones removed in the taxidermy process to design unique pieces of jewelry.
A dragonfly wing coated in resin makes a beautiful necklace or charm, as does a butterfly that has died. Insects are used in resin for many statement pieces but know your audience before you gift that to someone, as not everyone appreciates looking at bugs.
Even the discarded quills of a porcupine are used to make interesting dangle earrings that spark conversation.
The gift ideas made with wood are limitless and a few that stood out for me. Pencils made from branches and twigs are unique. There is jewelry that is designed using tiny sticks and moss. Picture holders made from thick twigs with a slot carved out for the picture to sit inside are handy.
You can also hollow out part of a small trunk or large branch to make a place for a tea light or hollow it completely to use as a vase. Plant your succulents inside.
Slice large branches into discs and used as coasters. Take that one step further and have a butterfly or flower placed on the disc before covering it in resin.
These biology gifts made from nature can vary from beautiful to strange. However, they will always be unique and send a message of love to the person on the receiving end.