There are just a few precious days before Christmas. Perhaps the thought of braving the crowd at the mall gives you shivers. But you want to give out an attractive, festive, thoughtful gift to your friends and family this holiday season. And maybe you’ve been inspired by the hand-crafted movement.
You want something that’s beautiful, practical, and doesn’t cost much to make.
Oh, and also you have basically zero crafting skills, so it’s got to be extremely simple to make. Like 5 steps or less. Is that too much to ask? No!
The following beauty products are so simple to make, even non-crafty, non-artsy, kitchen-phobic people can easily whip them up at home. No fancy equipment required. Nothing bewildering or intimidating. If you can mix sugar and salt together in a bowl with your fingers, you can handle these recipes! I’ve arranged them in order of difficulty.
If you’re inspired but craft-resistant, I’ve included a few gift items that you can purchase. Small business owners and artisan crafters always appreciate your support.
Super simple –
OK, so this isn’t exactly a traditional “beauty product,” although drinking plenty of water is essential for your overall health, including the health of your skin, so one could argue that infused water is “sort of” a beauty product
Take an attractive glass bottle. Add a selection of aromatic herbs, fruits, berries, veggies, citrus zest, and / or edible flowers. Pour fresh water over the top to fill the bottle. Seal with a cap. Bring several bottles along to a holiday party!
A few pairing options to inspire you:
Thinly sliced cucumber – watermelon chunks – orange zest
Thinly sliced apples – blueberries – fresh mint leaves
Thinly sliced ginger – fresh pineapple
Fresh basil – cucumber – strawberries
Fresh rosemary sprig – lemon zest
Mix and match to create your own signature “holiday H20 blend.”
Pair this homemade gift with a cute note: “Happy holidays! I treasure your friendship… and friends don’t let friends get dehydrated. Especially during the Christmas season. Here’s some infused H20. Drink up—to your health!”
Fairly simple –
Peppermint-vanilla foot scrub
Melt 1 cup of coconut oil in a saucepan for a few seconds until liquidy. Add 3 cups of white sugar, 6 teaspoons of peppermint extract, 2 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and a handful of coarse salt. Mix together until blended. Let cool. Divide the mixture into jars with snug-fitting lids.
Pair this homemade gift with a caring note: “You’ve worked hard all year long… now it’s time to get off your feet and rest! I hope this foot scrub inspires you to treat your feet to some well-deserved TLC. Enjoy!”
[Scrub instructions adapted from a recipe published on The Gunny Sack.]
A little more complex –
Cranberry lip gloss & cheek stain
Two beauty products in one! Melt 4 tablespoons of coconut oil in a saucepan. Whisk in 2 tablespoons of cranberry powder plus 1 teaspon of beetroot powder. Transfer the oil-and-powder mixture into a bowl. Let it rest and cool for 30 minutes. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve or several layers of cheesecloth. Stir 1 tablespoon of shea butter into the strained mixture. Let cool a bit longer. Once the mixture is fully cooled and has solidified, gently beat with a fork or spoon until light and creamy, like cake frosting. Transfer to a small jar with a tight-fitting lid. It will stay fresh for three to four months.
You can use this product on your lips or use a small dab as a cheek stain / blush for a rosy-cheeked winter look!
Want to experiment with different colors? Whisk in different powders with different color tones, like cherry powder, acai powder, cacao powder, hibiscus flower powder… lots of fun options to play with. Check out the Mountain Rose Herbs website for a huge selection of natural powders.
Pair this homemade gift with a sweet note: “You’re so beautiful, inside and out… but just in case you’re craving some lip or cheek color, use a small dab of this! I made it myself, just for you.”
[Lip gloss instructions adapted from a recipe published on Hello Glow.]
If you’re not the DIY type, support small business owners instead.
The indie marketplace, Etsy, is filled with beautiful, lovingly crafted bath & beauty products that make wonderful holiday gifts. This Dead Sea Bath Salt mixture from Herbivore Botanical in Seattle looks lovely. And this vegan sea salt & charcoal soap would make a handsome gift for any discerning gentleman.
Sesame Gifts is another terrific website to know about if you want to give a unique gift with a DIY “feeling.” The folks at Sesame put together creative gift boxes filled with items curated from lots of interesting business owners. You can select a box, enter your recipient’s shipping address, add some text for a personalized note, and it will get shipped almost immediately, arriving in just a few days. Perfect when you’ve forgotten someone’s birthday or when you want to ship off a holiday present quickly. The Pure Pampering box includes a lovely candle, soap, perfume, and some bath fizzies made with cedar and sandalwood with green, leafy top notes. It’s like soaking in a forest!
I hope this list inspired you to whip up a few creations at home. If now’s not the time, save the list for a snowy Sunday afternoon and make a few gifts for yourself.
Have a very merry holiday season & a beautiful New Year!
~ Dr. Sue