Homemade Christmas Gifts!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington 0788174

"if you want to see the rainbow you have to deal with the rain."

And the way I have been dealing with the rain is through my new-found hobby... soapmaking.

While I was tinkering with the thought for this year's Christmas gift to my sphere of influence, I said to myself, "What could be a better gift nowadays but soap." With some research and you tube viewings, I started molding basic rectangular soap with essential oil in October. I finished almost 100 packages to be mailed before the month of November ended. 

From rectangular bars, I experimented on various designs and techniques as shown below.  This year, my gifts to my friends and neighbors are my handcrafted deliciously scented bars of soap.

This is my second entry to Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker and Carol Williams contest "Holiday Fun and Cheer December Challenge."


Posted by

        Maria Gilda Racelis 

      "I Always Strive to Make a Difference."

         Serving Hartford, Tolland and Middlesex Counties

Phone: 860-995-9473

Email: mariagracelis@gmail.com








Comments (18)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Hi Maria Gilda Racelis those are just delightful.... you did a fantastic job on them and your clients, friends and family will love them.... 

Dec 22, 2020 11:42 AM
Maria Gilda Racelis

Good Afternoon Barbara Todaro . Thank you. Happy Holidays my dear!

Dec 23, 2020 08:26 AM
Barbara Todaro

Merry Christmas to you and your family, Maria Gilda Racelis 

Dec 23, 2020 10:03 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Oh my gosh, Maria... how talented are you. They are all lovely, but I do love the one with the kitty!

Dec 22, 2020 12:07 PM
Maria Gilda Racelis

Thanks Nina Hollander . I wasn't surprised at your pick:)

Dec 23, 2020 08:26 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Wow, Maria.  What a wonderful custom gift.  Homemade gifts are always the best kind.  Thanks for the entry into our challenge.

Dec 22, 2020 12:10 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Maria, did not know you had this talent, and like Nina Hollander love the one with the kitty.

Dec 22, 2020 12:19 PM
Maria Gilda Racelis

Hi Joan... now you know :). 

Happy Holidays my dear!

Dec 23, 2020 08:27 AM
Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

They are works of art that may never see the drop of water for which they are intended

Dec 22, 2020 12:26 PM
Maria Gilda Racelis

Good to see you again Ed Silva ! Happy Holidays!

Dec 23, 2020 08:27 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Maria how wonderful, too bad I did not have the time or tallent to do something like this, now with that said let me give you my home address so you can mail it to me:))Endre

Dec 22, 2020 09:37 PM
Maria Gilda Racelis

You do have the talent, not the time, maybe. 

I will keep that address.. :)

Dec 23, 2020 08:28 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is an awesome gift and one that I would enjoy receiving so I am sure that your clients really enjoyed it as well.

Dec 23, 2020 04:05 AM
Maria Gilda Racelis

Perhaps Santa will be good to you Next Year Brian England . That would be next week:)

Dec 23, 2020 08:29 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Maria Gilda Racelis, nothing better than homemade gifts. They look really nice. 

Dec 23, 2020 07:39 AM
Maria Gilda Racelis

Thank you Beth.

Dec 23, 2020 08:29 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I did not realize how talented you are.  These are beautiful, and I would keep them intact in my powder room.  A

Dec 23, 2020 07:49 AM
Maria Gilda Racelis

Thank you Ron and Alexandra Seigel

Happy Holidays A!!!!

Dec 23, 2020 08:29 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I have to sell real estate because I have no other talents to make gifts.

Dec 23, 2020 08:41 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

These soaps are lovely gift ideas!  You are so creative Maria!

Dec 23, 2020 01:44 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Maria,  Thank you for sharing your soap story.  Beautiful gifts to give family and friends.  My daughter gives homemade gifts most years.  Last year she made each of us a blanket. 

Dec 23, 2020 05:32 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Ha, I just wrote a post for what I thought was the perfect Christmas present for this year, but yours is even more perfect.  Merry Christmas!

Dec 24, 2020 11:20 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

OMG, you are SO talented, Maria! I love these - your experiments turned into perfection! I love the kitty looking at the moon - adorable!

Wishing yours a very merry Christmas!

Dec 25, 2020 04:17 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Maria- oh my gosh...how talented you are!!!  An to receive a handmade gift such as these from you make them all the more special. 

Dec 26, 2020 12:37 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Maria, Happy New Year, and hope 2021 is a good year for you both professionally and personally.

Dec 30, 2020 06:58 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Maria, nice to see your comment on my post, and have missed you.  Hope you are doing well! 

Mar 14, 2021 07:54 AM
Charles Ross - eXp Realty LLC
eXp Realty LLC Salina Group - Salina, KS
Love To Help People

Excellent  Information. Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful day and a blessed week.

Mar 07, 2023 01:32 AM