Every year our holiday gifting list starts out small—limited to family and close friends—but expands to include more and more people: the hostess of a holiday party, a colleague who surprised us with a present, a relative unexpectedly visiting town. And inevitably, as a result of our ever-growing shopping list, our bank account starts to dwindle dangerously close to overdraft territory. So this year, we’re getting crafty (and thrifty), by DIYing a fresh batch of homemade beauty gifts for our friends, loved ones, and surprise giftees.
Scroll through to see five DIY gifts that will keep your wallet happy!
Smooth lips, however unattainable they seem in the dead of winter, are always a beauty priority. Instead of spending 20-some dollars at a boutique, make a lip scrub and give it away in a tiny vintage jar. This brown sugar lip polish is made with many of the same ingredients as store-bought offerings, and it smells divine. Oh, it’s also edible.
Unless you’ve got a major craft master on your list, homemade body butters can be filed under things she’ll never make for herself. And that’s what makes it all the more special as a gift. This one is rosemary, but you can whip it up using whatever essential oils for a different fragrance.
Everyone treasures a good lip balm, and there’s nothing better than an all-natural one. Plus, there’s nothing cuter than a pint-sized product. This recipe tints the balm with a chunk of red lipstick, which you can easily skip if you want, but we like the idea of making three different batches in different colors and gifting a trio of balms.
Getting fragrance for someone is a bit of a risk, but when you get it right, the risk is totally worth it. Rather than buying a pricey bottle of perfume, make a convenient (and cheap) rollerball of essential oil fragrance. Spicy scents and herbal ones like lavender can be tricky, but you can’t go wrong with floral or citrus scents. This how-to is easy enough for amateur crafters.
We firmly believe baths are an under-utilized method of relaxation, perhaps because most people don’t have the necessary accouterments to draw themselves a soothing bath. With some baking soda, essential oils, and food coloring, if you so choose, you can change that. These bath bombs are made with little cups as molds—use whatever you have around the house—and look gorgeous stacked inside a mason jar.
Have you ever DIYed a gift? Tell us what you made in the comments!