Christmas is only 2 days away, but you can still make these easy gifts, each of which takes between minutes and an hour or two (mostly waiting time). You may even have the ingredients sitting in your cupboard! If not, it’s too late to order them online, but in Australia at least, most are available from your local supermarket or health food store.
These are some of the gifts I’ve made:
Choc-Orange Luscious Lip Balm
My recipe is in my book (which you can download – in PDF form – for free, or you can buy the paperback or kindle versions if you prefer). It’s very simple and contains beeswax, coconut oil, grated cocoa or shea butter, honey, cocoa, natural vitamin E oil, and orange essential oil (optional). If you don’t have all those ingredients on hand, as I said in my book, the basic recipe for lip balm is 1 part liquid oil to one part beeswax by weight, so why not experiment with what you do have? Just be aware that not all essential oils are comfortable on your lips!
Whipped Shea Body Butter
I followed this recipe, except I used apricot kernel oil instead of almond oil, and for an uplifting combination of essential oils I used lavender and orange (yes, there is a theme here – I love orange oil). Ingredients I used: organic coconut oil, organic shea butter, apricot kernel oil, vitamin E oil and essential oils.
You can also substitute cocao or mango butter for the shea butter. I’ve never used mango butter, but cocoa (or cacao) butter is much harder than shea butter, which might explain why Katie at Wellness Mama uses 1/2 cup of liquid oil in hers, rather than 1/4 cup. I found 1/4 cup was plenty in mine.
This is the easiest recipe yet. I used coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax (use equal parts of each by volume, eg a cup of each) and natural vitamin E oil for a preservative, although I doubt they’ll last long enough to need it really! I also used lavender essential oil for a soothing scent.
The only issue with these is I wasn’t sure how to store them for gifts. I made them in a silicon muffin tray and just popped them out, and you use them by just rubbing lightly over your skin. The question is, where do you store them, since they aren’t in a jar? I just wrapped them in cellophane and tied with a ribbon and left it up to the recipients to figure it out!
Invigorating Peppermint Sugar Body Scrub
I haven’t made any of this this year (yet) but I made it last year, with white sugar, almond and apricot kernel oil, and peppermint essential oil. This also makes a great foot scrub. I used the instructions here at rambling tart, which I found through the entry in the Linky below, from Black Fox Homestead, which lists 9 more quick(ish) homemade Christmas gifts!
For a Christmassy smell, you can make this into a cinnamon and orange body scrub by adding 1 tsp ground cinnamon and using 10-15 drops of orange essential oil. Mix the cinnamon and sugar together thoroughly before adding the oils. You can also substitute brown sugar if you like, though it’s not quite as “scrubby”.
Divine Homemade Bath Salts
Bath salts make a great gift for almost anyone, especially if you can choose the right scents. I made these ones from Planning with Kids, except I didn’t bother with the food colouring. I prefer my salts plain white, and just dressed up with a nice jar and fabric cover or ribbons. Ingredients: Epsom salts, sea salt, powdered milk, essential oils. I used my favourite blend of EOs here, lavender, orange and frankincense.
Now over to you:
Do you have a favourite DIY Christmas gift to share? If you have a blog post about it, add it to the linky list (I will bring it back again next year, so we don’t lose all these great posts), otherwise, just tell us about it in the comments.
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