Last year we talked food gifts in a jar for the foodies on your list. This year, we’re putting beauty gifts in a jar for your spa-loving friends. This was a fun list to put together because basically I combed my house for things I’ve made this year. And I love giving things that people can actually use, and I think everything looks better in a Ball jar. Spoiler alert: we’re giving some away!
15 Homemade Beauty Gifts
‘Tis the season to get glammed up, right? Make it easy to remove eye liner and mascara with these simple 2-ingredient makeup remover wipes. Get the tutorial on eHow.
Oil cleansing is the next big thing in beauty! It breaks down the makeup and cleans out the pores, and that’s on everyone’s wishlist, always. And luckily, we have a DIY version.
3. Makeup brushes in pink jars
Colorful Ball jars are pretty much my favorite thing. It’s easy to tint your own with food coloring and Mod Podge (or enter our purple jar giveaway below!). Add in a set of makeup brushes to make any gal’s day.
4. Beard oil
Gift for gal pals are the easiest. But what about the guys? They, too, can be on your list of gifts in a jar, with this homemade beard oil that’s super hip.
One coconut, two coconut, three… Our obsession for all things coconut made us put shreds, sugar and oil together to create what’s probably the most luxurious scrub ever. For that gal that could use some pampering.
If there’s one thing you should make in big batches, it’s this body balm. It’s good for everything, which makes it a good gift for everyone.
7. Lavender Boo Boo Cream
The easiest 2-ingredient first aid cream ever. Great for treating burns, soothing bug bites and healing minor scratches. Add 20 drops of lavender to 1/2 cup of coconut oil. Stir to combine and pack in a jar.
Body oil is so luxurious in winter. And it’s super easy to infuse with herbs and spices – this vanilla chai body oil is my all-time favorite. Or you can also infuse with coffee for a cellulite pick-me-up or with roses for a more delicate scent.
Making this will literally take zero effort from your part. It’s as relaxing to make as it is to use, with just oats, baking soda and apple cider vinegar.
Make bath salts even more soothing by mixing them with almond oil and cocoa butter. I added a couple of drops of red food coloring to these for a festive pink color.
Since everyone needs an extra hand keeping their hair moist and healthy in winter, this herbal hair rinse will be a hit (with gals and guys alike).
13. Dream Salve
My kids are addicted to their nightly foot rubs! Infuse 1 cup of coconut oil with 1/2 cup lavender buds and 1/2 cup chamomile by melting the oil over low heat, adding the herbs and letting them simmer for an hour. Strain herbs and add 1 tablespoon beeswax and return to heat until melted. Transfer to container with lid. Get more instructions on infused balms here.
14. Beeswax candles
For a spa-like atmosphere, candles are in order! We’re letting you in on our little secret: you can make many of them at once in the oven!
15. Pedi pots (not pictured)
Scrubs are fun, easy gifts that whip up in no time. Grab a few tiny jars and give friends a stack of these adorable pedi pots for a soft feet treat.
Photos by Susan Hudson
Ball Heritage Collection Giveaway
Leave a comment below letting us know your favorite beauty gift in a jar for a chance to win 6 Ball Heritage Collection Purple Pint Jars. Giveaway ends November 5 at midnight. Open to US residents only. Good luck!