50+ DIY Natural Gifts (Skincare, Body, Beauty, Culinary, and Snacks) Incredibly FUN, EASY, DIY Natural Gifts!
The holidays are quickly approaching! That means it's gift-giving time! And even if you are reading this at a time other than the month of November, you may be thinking about a special birthday, graduation, baby shower... Well, I'm of the mind that when it comes to giving gifts, it's often the homemade ones that are the best!
With the help of some friends, I've compiled a list of Natural gifts you can make and give to friends, family, teachers, etc. These are all pretty simple and can be done fairly quickly too. If you know your gift recipient's favorite flavors, scents, etc. then you can adjust many of these to fit what they would love!
I've listed ideas into these categories so you can easily find what you need: Melt & Pour Handmade Soaps; Traditional Handmade Soaps; Other Bath Items (Scrubs, Salts, Teas); Salves, Butters, Balms; Kitchen & Foods; Handmade Lights; and Great Scents.
NOTE: This article has been updated with even better ideas!
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Natural Handmade Gifts You Can Make!
Handmade soaps are fabulous gifts! It’s so fun to make your own soap, give it as a gift, and hear all the “ooh’s” and “aah’s”! It’s really great, actually! There are three main kinds of soaps you can make: cold process, hot process, and melt & pour.
Since we are already in November, I suggest hot process or melt & pour because these kinds of handmade soaps are ready to use the very next day. Cold process soaps require about 4 - 6 weeks to cure, so if you are crunched for time, the first two options are best.
Melt & Pour Handmade Soap Recipes:
Soap making of any kind is fun. It just is. There are so many variations you can add in regard to scents and textures to make that perfect soap for a friend.
Melt & Pour soap making is easy because the actual soap has already been made for you, with special ingredients that help it to melt, then pour easily. All you have to do is melt, add your special touches in terms of colors and scents, and let them harden. Here are some GREAT ideas for you:
Making Soap Without Using Lye This article give you all the directions you'll need for melt and pour, with some ideas about where to get started! And if you want your children involved, this is the perfect kind of soap to make!
Here's a recipe for Pumpkin Spice Goat Milk Soap using all natural additives.
Keep in mind that you can make your own adjustments for your very own holiday soap recipe very easily using Melt & Pour methods.
In the first article listed above (How to Make Soap Without Using Lye), there are also directions for making a lovely translucent honey and calendula soap. It’s always a hit!
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Traditional Handmade Soap Recipes:
By "traditional," I mean handmade soaps using lye. These are truly handmade soaps, and there is an art and science involved. If you are already into making soaps, here are some great recipes to try! These are all for the hot process method, but if you are into cold process, they can easily be converted to that method with no changes in the recipes.
If you are just learning or want to learn how to make handmade soaps, I'll share a couple great resources at the end of this list.
I'm focused on the hot process method of soap making with this list because the soap bars don't have to cure for six weeks, therefore, you'll have time to make your soap, even if you are starting a little late!
Here’s a recipe for Holiday Spice Soap. I love this scent. It’s a combination of green and woodsy essential oils, and it is SO refreshing, while smelling like the perfect Fall and Winter soap.
Frankincense & Myrrh Hot Process Soap: What could be a better gift than "Holy Soap?" :-) You can also use this blend of essential oils in a scrub that would be the perfect complement to your soap!
This is a deliciously scented soap for the holidays: Spearmint-Frankincense-Eucalyptus soap, colored with Nettle powder.
And here is a spicy soap: Mandarin Fall Spice Soap.
If you would like a more floral type soap, here you go: Lavender-Rosemary-Vanilla Soap.
And for the soap making enthusiast, or the friend who wants to learn how to make hot process soap, (or maybe even you!), here is a great eBook, How to Make Hot Process Soap: Creating and Customizing Your Own Natural Soap.
You could easily create a handmade soap-maker’s basket too! If the person you want to gift to is a beginner, add some melt and pour soap blocks, some natural colored clays like this rose kaolin clay, and some spices! Tucking in a couple sweet bottles of essential oils would round it off nicely.
Other Bath-Related Gifts:
The great thing about these gifts is that you can bundle them with similar gifts for a great gift basket! For example, you can make a salt scrub to put in a cute container, and create a basket with soap, lotions, lip balms, and more that have similar scents! What a great handmade gift!
Or, if you want to just keep it simple, these make great stand-alone presents too!
Salt & Sugar Scrubs:
Here is a general article about making exfoliating skin care scrubs and which is the best to use, sugar or salt? You might want to read this first, so you can make the best choice about which scrub to make.
For a Juniper-Rosemary Salt Scrub (that would go great with the Lavender-Rosemary soap above), here you go!
Doesn't this one just sound delish? Yum! How about Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub! Pumpkin is wonderful for your skin and has alpha-hydroxy acids that help with exfoliation too.
Here's another Frankincense product to make, and it sounds great: Frankincense-Geranium-Grapefruit Salt Scrub....Yummy!
And here is a collection of three delicious sugar body scrubs!
Shower Steamers & Bath Bombs & Teas:
Bath teas are lovely! Usually they are herbal teas packaged in a nice organic muslin bag. You put them into your bath water for a relaxing and skin-soothing soak.
Here is an Oatmeal Lavender Bath Tea a friend would love! You could pair this with one of the other lavender gifts above!
I love this one! It's got real dried oranges in it! So pretty! Orange-Honey-Oat Bath Soak.
Here is a great recipe for making Bath Bombs using essential oils!
If you love shower steamers (my favorite) or shower bombs, here are two great recipe ideas!
Balms, Butters, Salves & More for Skin:
I love salves, butters, and balms! You can infuse the oils used in them for some herbal goodness that can't be beat! If you don't have time to infuse the oils, using essential oils is almost as good! Here are some ideas:
Softening, Soothing Lavender Salve (This would be great combined with one of the lavender scrubs and soaps!)
How to Make a Pain Relief Salve (This salve is a specialty salve, for a friend who has joint and muscle pain issues.)
Lotion bars are WONDERFUL! They are powerful at soothing extremely dry skin, and you can make them smell any way you want!
Here is my favorite recipe for Cocoa-Tangerine hard lotion bars. These smell SO good, and they work on dry skin, including cuticles, heels, and elbows like a charm! They’re pretty too. Here is a recipe for Cocoa-Tangerine soap, if you’d like to create a nice set!
Kelly, over at Simple Life Mom, makes some incredible skin care products. Here is one of her articles with three different lotion bar recipes using various oils.
And Jan, over at The Nerdy Farm Wife, is another wonder when it comes to making skin care products. Here is a recipe for Rose Lotion Bars.
Lip Balms and Other Balms:
Marie over at Humblebee & Me also has a bunch of great skin care recipes. Here is one for Vanilla-Spice Body Butter. Doesn't that sound wonderful?
And here is one for Lavender Shea Body Butter and Hand Cream! Yum. This is another one that would be great to pair or combine with other lavender items.
And for the lips:
Mica Powder Lip Stain (this is more of a lip gloss, as it's not a stick).
Chocolate Macadamia Nut Lip Balm (this is a Vegan recipe, so will not use beeswax)
And here is a recipe from Kelly for Herbal Lip Balm. This is especially great for chapped lips!
And for the man in your life? If he has a beard, here are a couple really great Beard Balm ideas!
DIY Beard Balm recipe. She also includes ideas for scenting the balm!
And how about homemade natural deodorant? What better way to tell someone you love them than by helping them get rid of dangerous chemicals? How to Make Natural Homemade Deodorant. You can scent this to match other items you might make, too!
Kitchen & Foods!
There is something just heart warming about receiving homemade products from a friend's kitchen to your own. I love receiving gifts of home blended spices and teas!
Tea & Coffee Blends:
This is the perfect time of year for CHAI. It's a spicy, warming tea that is just absolutely delicious and good for you on a cold day. Here are my two favorite recipes for Chai. One is Rosy Chocolate Chai, and the other is a Green Tea Chai. Enjoy!
And...who wants some Joy? Here is a recipe for an herbal tea: Happiness Tea. Yum!
And how about a tea for relaxation? We all could use some de-stressing during the holidays, right? Herbal Tea for Relaxation.
And here is one for the man in your life: Manly Man Tea, for male support.
Maybe you're not into tea? Here is a great coffee-based gift:
Caramel Coffee Mix---doesn't that sound great?
Infused Oils, Extracts, Compound Butters, and Spiced Salts:
Did you know that Vanilla Extract is easy to make? Here is how you can make a beautiful and useful gift from your kitchen, plus there is the legend about Vanilla Extract that is quite interesting.
You know, I love infused specialty oils with herbs. Compound butters are great, too. Using herbs makes some beautiful and special butters to gift! They are SO delicious and they taste amazing. Here are some ideas for you:
Infused EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil): In this article, Andrea shares several combinations to choose from, like Pine Nut & Garlic, Lemon & Dill, and the Rosemary blend. Enjoy!
Here is an article with lots of infused oil ideas!
***SAFETY NOTE: When infusing oils, it's important to know that fresh herbs and spices can cause bacteria to grow, including botulism. So, if you are going to infuse oils, please use DRIED HERBS only.
The fresh ones are beautiful floating in the oil, yes, but why take the risk of getting very sick? I purchase my dried culinary herbs at Starwest Botanicals. They are high quality, fresh, and have amazing prices!
Ohhh....Compound butters. Can you say mouth-watering? Here are some great compound butter ideas with printable labels perfect for the holidays!
And how about herbal salts? These add the perfect finishing touch to a delicious dish. Here is an article for how to make an herb infused cooking salt featuring basil. It's really pretty too, with the green herbal flecks! Delicious!
And for the friend with a sweet tooth, here are a couple ideas to get you started!
Just about everyone loves nuts! Here is an Easy Candied Pecan Recipe that only takes five minutes and has only four ingredients! Yum!
Want a sweet treat that doubles as a brain-booster? I call this Brain Candy. It’s yummy and healthy too! (It’s also pretty—-it does not look like brains. ;-)
Here’s an idea! How about making some homemade caramel corn to gift? This recipe is great because Liz at Farm Wife Cooks bakes it at the end, which removes the stickiness. Nice, right? Pretty and delicious!
Homemade for the Home:
Candles & Lamps:
There is nothing better than the soft glow of candle light. It just says, "warmth." So what better gift than a handmade candle or lamp?
How to Make a Beeswax Mason Jar Candle. Did you know beeswax cleans the air? And that it's just the best medium for candles? Enjoy this handmade recipe!
And here is another article: How to Make Handmade Jar Candles. In this post, soy wax is used, and that is also a better alternative than many of the waxes out there. Not as good as beeswax, in my opinion, but still good!
And this is a cool gift idea: It's for How to Make a Mason Jar Oil Candle Lamp! And...I have to say, these are GORGEOUS!
Anyway, just some thoughts!
Potpourris & Scented Gifts:
Aromatherapy sprays are the rage right now, and everyone loves a spray made with natural essential oils. Here are directions for How to Make an Aromatherapy Spray! And remember: This is another homemade item that would be great to pair or combine with other similar scents for a friend!
And here is an idea for a homemade essential oil diffuser ornament. This is a pretty cool idea, and kids could help out too!
If you have a friend who is a potpourri fan, here is a recipe for a natural simmering potpourri! In this recipe, Trish uses real fruit and spices.
And here are some Holiday Essential Oil Diffuser Blend recipes you could make and bottle as lovely gifts!
For the person who is going green and is into getting rid of plastics, here is a GREAT gift that is very pretty too. Best of all: It WORKS. How to Make Natural Cling Wrap. This is a reusable wrap that you can create to match up with your friend's likes, as you get to use cotton cloth to make it.
Do you have a friend who is very health conscious? How about getting that friend into fermenting their own foods? This is not a handmade gift, but with it, your friend can make their very own fermented foods: The Best Fermenting Starter Kit.
If you wanted to gift a nice fermented condiment along with the starter kit (or all by themselves, as they are delicious), try this homemade ketchup and this fermented hot sauce. Both of these contain healthy probiotics too!
Just bottle these up in some pretty bottles or jars, and you’re set!
Final Thoughts on Handmade Natural Gifts
There are SO many ways you can create a lovely handmade, natural gift for the friends in your life. I hope these links gave you some great ideas and perhaps a starting point for getting some great gifts going for your loved ones!
If you're not into handmade gifts, you might want to check out some specialty area articles. Check out these other gift guides or collections to think about:
The Manly Man Ultimate Gift Guide (Seriously—-over 100 ideas for every kind of man imaginable)
What Every Gal Needs in Her Emergency Get Home Bag! ***Personally, I think every girl needs an emergency bag in her car. What a thoughtful gift!!!
Be My Natural Valentine (these are geared for Valentine’s Day, but they would make great holiday gifts, too).
Gift giving can be stressful. But! It can also be fun if you have a plan and some great ideas.
If you have never tried making handmade gifts for your loved ones, maybe it's time to give it a try! You'll save money, get creative, and have fun all at once!
Do you make gifts for you family and friends? I'd love if you'd share your great ideas here! Leave a comment!
Hugs, Health, & Self-Reliance,
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