We get it. Life during the festive season can get a little (okay, a lot) chaotic. Between ominous end-of-year projects, countless dinner parties and travelling, holiday shopping can easily get pushed further and further down on that dreaded (and never-ending) to-do list. Worst-case scenario? It’s the night before Christmas you’re not only giftless but completely uninspired to fight the insanity that is the pre-holiday department store (cue shudder). Luckily for you, there are plenty of brilliant beauty gifts that you can DIY right at home. Created with ingredients that you already have on hand, (or that you can easily pick up at your nearest supermarket), these last-minute gift ideas are as fun to whip up as they will be to use—in fact, you might not want to part ways.
Keep scrolling for our favourite beauty-inspired DIYs to gift your loved ones this holiday season!
We’ve always been huge fans of killing two birds with one stone and this heavenly scented (and super-moisturising) beauty duo is no exception. The main ingredient in both the balm and the hand salve? Coconut oil. We don’t think we have to rationalise our obsession.
Something about these bubbly bath bombs calls to our inner child. Not only are they super easy to make and super customisable (we’re personally dreaming of jasmine, eucalyptus and rose), but they basically force the lucky receiver to take a few moments out the day for themselves. An excuse for some much-needed relaxation and indulgence? We can’t think of anything better.
Rose water is a beauty powerhouse. It refreshes, soothes, cools and hydrates skin. Who knew something so effective would be so easy to DIY? Depending on how much rose water you want to end with, tear rose petals straight from the flower. Add them to a saucepan, and let them simmer until the colour leaves the petals. Combine the water with three tbsp. of jojoba oil, or any other type of oil you prefer. It’s that easy. Bottle it up with a little bow and gift it with a couple of roses. It’s a DIY that’s practically made for Instagram.
Soaps, balms and scrubs are all delicious things, but what about that friend who epitomises edge and is constantly experimenting with her look (thus making her practically impossible to shop for)? Enter: homemade hair chalk. This brilliant (and all-natural) homemade recipe is perfect for the pal who is a serial colour addict, but also totally noncommittal. Encourage her playful side this holiday season by creating a personal colour palette—one you customise just for her. Pinks and light teals look beautiful on blondes, while deep purples and blues are great for darker-hued locks.
Shopping for your squad’s resident bombshell is no easy feat—especially when you’re short on time and cash. Fear not—this shimmer-infused body butter can be whipped up on the fly—boasting results that, in our humble opinion, are even more stunning than the formula’s store-bought (and super-pricey!) counterparts.
Sometimes the simplest solution for our seasonally temperamental skin is some well-deserved TLC—utilising some of nature’s most luxurious and glow-inducing ingredients. This winter, we’ve been addicted to manuka-based face masks—our dull, dry and nutrient-starved complexions worshipping these three holistic-inspired variations.
Instead of mixing and packaging them up ahead of time, we love the idea of making a kit of all the essentials—honey (manuka packs the fiercest punch), rose water and small pots each of spirulina, cinnamon and turmeric (all in powder form). The finishing touch? Pretty packaging and a handwritten note that includes the super-simple recipes. The holistic-loving, low-maintenance gal on your list will love you for it.
We’ll admit that this time of year our feet get seriously neglected. After all, unlike the warm months of summer, our dried and cracked soles are safe from sight, tucked away in our knee-high boots and sky-high booties. However, even though they may not be on full display, our soles are in dire need of some much-deserved pampering.
Cold temperatures, pinched toes—the results not only make for aches and pains but a whole lot of ugly (just saying). Treat someone special to this spa-level foot soak infused with herbs, Epsom salts and a dreamy combination of essential oils. Not only will it relieve pain and restore some pretty, but the mixture is equally pretty to look at—reminiscent of glittering snow, no?
Here at Byrdie, we love coffee scrubs. We’ve been fans of the heavy duty exfoliant since the original Frank Original Body Scrub (£12) was introduced to us on Instagram accounts everywhere. If you don’t have the time or patience for holiday shipping (let’s be real, those post office lines are out of control this time of year), then roll up your sleeves to create this equally effective DIY. Simply combine coffee grounds, sugar and oil (we’re partial to Lucy Bee Extra Virgin Fair Trade Organic Raw Coconut Oil, £9), and you have a totally cute, totally giftable jar of exfoliant. For bonus points, package in a clear mason jar so everyone can see the gritty, caffeinated goodness inside.
“Holidays” and “travel” are basically synonymous. Next up, read how Doina Ciobanu keeps her skin flawless when she flies, so you can keep your skin merry and bright too.
Opening Image: Kate La Vie