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DIY Gift: Heat Soothing Neck Wrap

I'm all about the holiday season, and I love giving gifts that my friends can actually use. With that in mind, I've decided to replicate my homemade neck wrap, and give the gift of easy relaxation to all my friends.

Making your own at home is super easy and inexpensive —plus your friends will love using the wrap to unwind. All you need is a sock (preferably a longer, knee sock, but most will stretch out), a bag of rice, and lavender or eucalyptus oil, or dried, if you prefer, and some ribbon and note cards (optional for decorating). To learn how to make your own great gift, just keep reading.


  1. Fill the sock with rice, making sure there's room at the end to knot it.
  2. Add sprigs of lavender or eucalyptus, or fragrant oil to the rice (being careful not to saturate), and knot the end of the sock.
  3. Tie the end of the sock with a decorative ribbon and include instructions for heating — just about one to two minutes to get the wrap nice and warm.
  4. Wrap the sock around the back part of your neck, lean back, and soak up some soothing heat therapy.
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Soniabonya Soniabonya 6 years
Yay! Inexpensive christmas gift! whew. Except somehow I'll put on a zipper or velcro thig because I think a string would be annoying to have near your neck :) Where does one find the lavender or eucalyptus oil and how do we know how much to put in? I have fresh lavender and eucalyptus but wouldn't they eventually fade in scent?
Soniabonya Soniabonya 6 years
Yay! Inexpensive christmas gift! whew. Except somehow I'll put on a zipper or velcro thig because I think a string would be annoying to have near your neck :)Where does one find the lavender or eucalyptus oil and how do we know how much to put in? I have fresh lavender and eucalyptus but wouldn't they eventually fade in scent?
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 6 years
Okay - new craft for me to try!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 6 years
Great idea. Thanks Fit!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 6 years
Great idea. Thanks Fit!
ella1978 ella1978 6 years
So awesome. I'm going to make these for everyone!!! (including myself) :)
KathleenAnn KathleenAnn 6 years
I use these regularly and have a couple that I made. After a few months just untie , empty the old rice, refill with a fresh supply and retie. I've never had bugs. Keep my "socks" in the linen closet.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
If you microwave them fairly regularly, you won't get bugs in them...the microwaves will kill any of them off. I make these out of my husband's old tube socks. They are great! I don't usually put the lavender in them, but that's a great idea. I'll have to try it with the next one I make!
courtneyd courtneyd 6 years
I wonder if the heating of the rice kills the bugs? I would be interested in knowing that answer too.
ojodeazul ojodeazul 6 years
Good question regarding the bugs...can anyone answer?
vanillabean vanillabean 6 years
It sounds like a nice gift, but I've seen really old rice as well as pasta crafts develop bugs. Did anyone treat the rice with soemthing before hand? Or does the lavender/ eucalyptus keep them out?
Kimpossible Kimpossible 6 years
oh - our Aunt & Uncle used fabric instead of socks and ours are in different shapes and sizes. One is long and narrow like a sock though, the others are more square or rectangular. I love them.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 6 years
We have 3 of these that were made by an Aunt and Uncle in previous years. They used flax seed instead of rice and ours are kept in the freezer to keep them cold for aches & pains. They work wonders on headaches.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
i love this idea!
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
i love this idea!
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 6 years
my little brother did this a few years ago for me, I still use mine and LOVE it, they're so simple and amazing.if you want to just do one for yourself and not make it all pretty and gift-worthy, throw some rice in an old tube sock and tie off the end.... voila!
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 6 years
my little brother did this a few years ago for me, I still use mine and LOVE it, they're so simple and amazing. if you want to just do one for yourself and not make it all pretty and gift-worthy, throw some rice in an old tube sock and tie off the end.... voila!
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