During the holiday season, one of the best traditions is to make gifts. There is something special about a gift made, then paying for one. It can be quick and easy but also be an experience after they open it. I compiled a list of the best All Natural Homemade Gift Ideas below.
1. Body Butter
Body butter is similar to lotion and other moisturizers, but it is thicker and provides even more pampering. It is not only used to soften your skin but to help you massage your muscles as you apply the body butter. This is perfect to use when getting out of the shower.
I have a fantastic recipe. My body butter is so luxurious and will leave yours or the gift recipients’ skin feeling soft and smooth.
2. Lip Balm
Lip balm is a fun beauty product you can make completely natural. The essential oils provide a lovely scent to the lip balm, while the other ingredients allow the recipient to have smooth, soft lips.
Check out my recipe.
The recipe includes just beeswax, shea butter, coconut oil, sunflower oil, and essential oils. These ingredients together are excellent for your lips, making them soft while not using any ingredients with chemicals or preservatives.
3. Sugar Scrubs
Similar to a salt scrub, except the sugar provides a softer, finer texture, and It leaves behind silky, smooth skin.
Someone with sensitive skin might find traditional salt scrubs to be too harsh, so the sugar scrub is a perfect alternative for them.
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 2 cups of sugar
- 15-20 drops essential oils
- Warm-up coconut oil until melted and mix with sugar in a bowl.
- Once sugar and coconut oil are combined, add the essential oils
- Divide scrub into airtight jars.
Make a Salt Scrub
The salt scrub is excellent for removing dead skin cells and leaving behind glowing, luxurious skin. Most of the ingredients are the same as the sugar scrub, except you want to use coarse sea salt instead of the sugar. You can use the same essential oils and coconut oil to make the salt scrub.
Make a Coffee Scrub
This is exactly how it sounds – a skin scrub that uses ground coffee. It is best to use a higher-quality coffee, preferably organic coffee. Grind the beans fresh at home, then add in a little salt or sugar, with some coconut oil. You can choose to add in essential oils or leave it as-is. Cinnamon and vanilla both smell amazing with a coffee scrub.
4. Bath Salts
Everyone loves to be pampered, which makes bath salts a great gift you can make. There are many benefits to choosing bath salts for a gift, including the following:
They are inexpensive to make
Just about everyone can find a use for them
It only requires a few simple steps
They are a long-lasting gift
Bath salts will help your friends and family members to relax in a nice bath and pamper themselves. They also help relieve muscle pain, reduce stress and anxiety, and help reduce inflammation and headaches.
Types of Bath Salts
Epsom salt is made from magnesium sulfate. Magnesium is a type of electrolyte and will be absorbed through the skin when soaking.
Dead Sea Salt
Dead sea salt can be combine with Epsom salt or used on its own for bath salts. It is also a little finer than Epsom salt. There are 21 different minerals in dead sea salt, making it very beneficial.
The flakes take on different sizes and textures for your bath salts. You can use them alone or with other types of salts for the bath salts.
Bath Salt Recipe
2 Cups Salts
1 Cup Baking Soda (optional)**
10-20 Drops Essential Oils
2 Tbsp Carrier Oil* (coconut, jojoba, argan, and almond oil are great options)
- Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl, stirring well.
- Divide between jars.
- Store in a glass jar
- Add a 1/2 cup per bath
*Carrier Oil -The carrier oil is necessary because you should not use essential oils on your skin without diluting it, even when added to the bath.
**The baking soda will provide a softer bath salt mixture, though you can use straight Epsom salt if you prefer.
I saw a video of how soy candles are made and loved the idea. I gave it a try, and the results were awesome. Candles are a popular gift, but can also give you lots of different options. This is a great all-natural homemade gift option.
You will be able to personalize the candle for the recipient, choosing seasonal scents, and making it something special for them to receive.
There are many different types of candles to try and make. When I make candles, I use soy wax, wood wicks, and glass jars.
The type of candle will depend on your preferences. You can also use anything from a mason jar to an old candle you have emptied out as the container.
Types of Candles
When starting your candle making journey, you first want to decide what kind of wax you will use for your candle.
The paraffin wax candle is often the first choice many people make. This material is versatile and easy to work with, and it will take essential oils very well.
While people consider it a new type of candle, this was the wax used for ancient candles. Beeswax is made by bees and turned into a type of wax for candles.
It is often called gel wax, but isn’t a type of wax. Instead, gel wax is made with mineral oil and resin, which can handle lighting the candle and allowing it to burn very slowly.
These are often considered more natural and friendly to the environment. There are kits sold to help you make soy wax candles. I bought bulk with the ingredients since I planned to make a bunch.
Choose Your Container
The great thing about container candles is that you can use just about any container as long as you can safely light a candle without worrying it will melt.
Of course, this means nothing made of plastic or silicone. Instead, choose something made of glass or ceramic. Some popular options include:
Reuse jars like a pickle or mayonnaise jar
Old candle jars cleaned out
Teacups or coffee cups
Using Essential Oils
Along with the melted wax, you will also be adding your scents with essential oils. A little can go a long way with candle scents, so that is something to keep in mind.
You can use individual scents, such as a cinnamon or a vanilla candle, make your own blends, or buy pre-made blends. Some scents that work great with seasonal candles include:
Fir or Pine
Tips for Making the Candles
You have two main options for making your seasonal candles – start with a recipe and buy the ingredients individually or use a kit.
The kits are great because they come with most of what you need, and allow you to see if that is the type of candle you want to make. Then, if you like this style of candle, you can buy ingredients individually to make a larger quantity of them.
In terms of the wicks, make sure you have the right size. If they are too short, you won’t be able to light them when the candle hardens. On the other hand, wicks that are too long can be a fire hazard.
A great website to check out on how to make soy candles –
6. Room Spray
Room spray can be used as an air freshener when covering up certain odors, on linens safely as long as all-natural ingredients are used, and in a room that needs a little added scent.
Choose Your Scents
As with many homemade gifts that use essential oils, start by choosing your scent.
You can choose a seasonal scent or blend, use something pretty for the home like vanilla or lavender, or even go with the more clean and fresh scents.
Check out this site for some awesome recipes —–> Top 15 DIY Essential Oil Room Spray Recipes
Gather Your Ingredients
Since you are making your blend, you should experiment first. Get your oils or blends, witch hazel, distilled water, and a dark glass spray bottle.
Do not use a plastic spray bottle for this gift, as the oils will not stay fresh. You might also want a way to label the container as well.
Making the Room Spray
Start by adding 5-10 drops (depending on how many scents you are using) of your essential oils to the glass spray bottle. Add 1-ounce witch hazel, and then fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water.
There is no need to mix or shake it, as the oils will travel through the water just fine. Put the top on, add your label, and it’s ready to go!
Have More Homemade Gift Ideas?
What is your favorite All Natural Homemade Gift to make? Let me know! I love trying new things!
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