Consider the holidays the opportunity to do what you’ve been meaning to do all year: Make a bunch of lovely DIY beauty products! There’s no better way to cross off all the ladies on your list (even some of the guys and kids, too)—from teachers to babysitters to bosses and best friends. Homemade beauty gifts are a nice natural alternative to chemical-laden store-bought products, the packaging can be as eco-friendly as you want, the scents are often customizable, and they’re super affordable and unique! Which one will you be making?
1. Gifts for the Bath
This Homemade Rose Milk Bath couldn’t be easier, or prettier. Stock up on nice bottles to gift it in. Great for teachers, bosses or those who could just use a little pampering. Throw in this Refreshing Rose Water Tonic and make it a rose-themed beauty gift basket! Bath time enthusiasts will also love Homemade Chocolate Milk Bath, Calming Sleepy Time Bubble Bath, DIY Aromatherapy Bath Salts, Rose-Vanilla Bath Bombs, Mojito Bath Salts, Honey-Vanilla Bubble Bath, or De-Stress Aromatherapy Bath + Shower Tablets.
2. DIY Hair Accessories
Even the least crafty among us (myself included) can handle some simple DIY hair accessories. Make a big batch and give an assortment to the gals of all ages on your list—including Hello Whimsy’s Neon Geo Bobby Pins (pictured above).
3. Homemade perfume
Perfume is so expensive, and it’s one of those things you rarely splurge on for yourself. Gift a homemade perfume, body spray or oil (here’s a list of easy ones to make) in a lovely little container, and the recipient will think of you every time she uses it.
4. Homemade soap
5. Homemade beach spray
Make your own herb, citrus or floral essential oil-infused sea salt spray for the ladies on your list who love to wear their hair wavy.
6. DIY Sleep Mask
This DIY Sleep Mask will help the ladies on your list (or anyone, really) get their beauty sleep. It’s so easy to make, and super customizable. A great homemade stocking stuffer!
7. Homemade Scrubs
Scrub-a-dub-dub with these fragrant homemade exfoliating scrubs: Coconut-Coffee Scrub Cubes (pictured above), Pumpkin Spice Facial Scrub, Sea Salt Hand Scrub, Rose and Chamomile Facial Scrub, Mint Chocolate Sugar Scrub, Ginger Detox Scrub and Sugar Scrub Cubes.
8. Homemade beauty gift basket
To really, really show your appreciation for someone, go all out and make this DIY peppermint-themed beauty gift basket, complete with foot rub, body oil and soap. Add some candy canes, bright red lipstick and nail polish, and a cute red or white ornament for good measure.
9. Homemade lip balm
Lip balms are easy to make on the cheap, and can be customized with different flavors, scents and colors. Try DIY Tinted Raspberry Lip Balm (pictured above), Lip-Plumping Cinnamon Lip Balm, Green Tea SPF Lip Balm, Pumpkin Pie Lip Balm + Edible Lip Scrub, Honey Lip Balm, or Pumpkin Spice Lip Gloss.
10. Homemade lotion + Moisturizers
Lotions and moisturizers are a must-have during the dry winter months; stock your friends and family up with all-natural, homemade versions like Whipped Green Tea + Coconut Oil Moisturizer, Lavender-Calendula Healing Hand Salve (pictured above), Homemade Lotion with Calendula and Aloe, Soothing Cucumber Lotion, or Orange-Coconut Whipped Body Butter. And for those who have little ones, this Whipped Coconut + Shea Baby Butter will soothe baby bums.17