Looking for affordable and creative Christmas gift ideas in 2019? Discovering homemade gifts that are budget-friendly and unique isn’t easy! I struggled with Christmas presents every single year until I decided that DIY skin care is the only way to go!
That way I’m having fun, I get to try things I otherwise wouldn’t, and people are usually impressed and more than excited over heartfelt homemade gifts with a personal touch. Buying presents is easy and it can break your wallet. Let me show you gifts you haven’t thought of yet, and get creative!
Ready? Let’s get started!
WE'LL TALK ABOUT...
- What can you make for Christmas gifts?
- DIY Shower Steamers
- Homemade Facial Skincare Recipes
- Homemade Body Care Recipes
- Tips on how to save money on DIY gifts
What can you make for Christmas gifts?
Well, there are dozens if not thousands of options that you can focus on and make yourself. We’re diving into a world of DIY skin care and I’ll help you find the best gifts for her and him, whether it’s for your mom, nephew, brother, uncle, or friends.
DIY skincare is a fun way to get creative and it allows you to stay within a budget! I’ll provide some tips below for that as well!
And don’t forget: make sure to bookmark or pin this article, as I’ll be updating it until the last few days before Christmas with new recipes and suggestions!
DIY Shower Steamers
Shower steamers are awesome because:
- Cheap and easy to make
- Great for amateurs and newbies
- Only require a handful of ingredients
- Can look gorgeous and professional
- Make great gifts
- Pack aromatherapy properties on a budget
As a part of my woodsy series, these shower steamers are easy to make, gently fragrant (think autumn woods) and very budget-friendly. You can make them in no time and store them in an old mason jar. Add a green ribbon and sticker to the jar to make it look gift-appropriate!
These are a part of the Shimmer series and are made without the citric acid. You’ll need baking soda and some sort of starch to make them. Bronze mica powder makes them gift-worthy and it won’t stain the shower floor. It will bring cinnamon spice into the bathroom with a lovely EO blend, perfect for the holiday season.
Homemade Facial Skincare Recipes
Facial skin care can be incredibly versatile but it doesn’t have to be expensive. You can make wonders with a few butters, oils, and hydrosols. I love them because:
- Easy to make
- Can be effective with few ingredients
- Great for beginners
- Make a lovely gift
Calendula toner is great for cold and hot months as it provides hydration for the skin. It’s soothing and effective with straightforward ingredients that don’t require any chemical knowledge. You combine the ingredients in a bottle, shake it well, add a sticker to it, and it’s ready to be given away!
This is one of my favorite recipes on the blog. I use it all the time, no matter the season or time of day. It’s hydrating, the beautiful scent comes from rose hydrosol, and everyone can use it since it contains ingredients that don’t irritate the skin.
This is one of the best examples of how DIY skincare enables you to make products without breaking the budget. Once you make the HLR solution, you can use it in other recipes as well! This serum hydrates the skin, slows down the signs of aging, and makes the skin soft, smooth, and supple. You’ll need more ingredients to make it, but you can give it all away as a little goes a long way (think 30ml bottle per gift)!
A lovely and effective lightweight facial oil with a combo of oily-skin approved oils. I use this quite often because it absorbs into the skin quickly and it leaves it smooth and soft. It’s best used in combination with a cleansing balm and a facial toner. Adding a DIY face lotion into the mix would make it all just oh so luxurious.
For dry skin that needs additional protection and nourishment during winter, this rosewood facial serum does the trick. It’s a blend of camellia, safflower, and evening primrose oil and it forms a protective barrier on the skin, preventing any further loss of water. This is a perfect but rich and thick serum for cold winter nights.
Struggling dark circles? This facial oil is perfect for that. Not only it nourishes the skin, but it also helps to minimize dark circles with regular use and boost circulation. Oh, and helichrysum oil gives a lovely herbasceously floral scent to the oil!
Homemade Body Care Recipes
Body butters make great gifts and everyone loves them. They’re especially welcomed during the long cold winters since they provide the skin with nourishing components but making it soft, smooth, and fragrant at the same time. Add a dash of mica for a pop of color, and they’ll be a huge hit!
Here’s why I love them:
- great for beginners
- make luxurious gifts
- versatile and creamy
- easy to make and to boost
This is a gorgeous winter fairytale body butter you can make at home easily and it smells like one too! A blend of sweet, spicy, and warm, I can’t get enough of the scent. The pearl mica powder brings it all together and the butter leaves the skin illuminating, soft, and smooth.
While this one was designed to help firm skin, the ingredients are straightforward and it’s easy to make it. It’s on the rich side with a blend of carrier oils, but the essential oils are all about floral and fresh, and uplifting. Mango and shea butter are a great base for this butter that combines two different carrier oil and it comes together quickly. You could add a bit of mica for a pop of color if you so desired.
One of the biggest hits on the blog, this body butter has a lusciously autumn scent with spicy cinnamon, fresh grapefruit, warm cardamom, and woodsy cedarwood. You’ll need two butters and two carriers to make it, along with a bronze mica powder to give it that shimmering effect!
While it was designed to nourish summer skin, I decided it’s way too heavy for summer and a perfect thing for winter! You could add a bit of mica powder to complement the decadent scent of cocoa butter and its rich chocolate scent. I’ve paired it with sweet orange essential oil, but you can choose anything that suits your nose!
This was my first body butter recipe that I still love to come back to. It’s divinely creamy with a blend of shea butter and coconut oil! This one is great for anyone who needs an easy butter with only a few ingredients (you probably have some in your pantry as we speak). Spice it up with a pop of color or use your favorite essential oil blend; the recipe is very flexible!
Tips on how to save money on DIY gifts
- Buy ingredients and things in bulk. Make a list before you order and make sure to include everything you need there. That way you save on delivery, additional fees, and time you spend ordering.
- Don’t buy more than you need; it’s easy to get carried away with pretty and special ingredients that you’ve never tried before. Stick to what you know when making unique Christmas gifts.
- Use old boxes you have at home and dress them up in old wrapping paper. That way you’ll avoid spending money on new packages and paper. Take old ribbons, washi tape, and stickers to decorate boxes and personalize them
- You don’t have to buy new jars for body scrubs, shower melts, and body butters. Thoroughly clean the ones you already have at home, dry them, and use them to store in those freshly made products. Decorate them with a ribbon or two, a sticker, and they’ll look as good as new.
What creative DIY Christmas gifts do you have planned for this year?