Finding that “just right” thing to give to the select few who constitute your inner tribe can involve brain-wracking that leads to procrastination that leads to zoned-out meandering through claustrophobic malls that leads to last-minute impulse purchases online. In this hectic life where tuning out, turning off screens, and relaxing with loved ones seems like it needs to be scheduled, there’s one thing we could all use more of: self-care and the permission to practice it. Instead of driving yourself crazy trying to covet that “perfect” gift, why not give yourself a break and consider creating your own gifts? That may sound like more effort than you want to muster, but this list of do-it-yourself holiday gift ideas is easy, far more personal than any store-bought item, and sends the message that you want the recipient to take care of him or herself. Sure, some of these make-at-home gift ideas might take a little longer than waiting for a gift to ship or buying a present in a store, but your thoughtful efforts will stand out among a sea of manufactured items.
Gifts Made with Avocado Oil
Keep that kisser supple and ready for action with this pretty-in-pink lip balm made with avocado oil, beeswax, beet root powder, and geranium essential oil.
Dry, cracked, bleeding skin is the pits—kick that ‘ish to the curb with this sensual skin moisturizer that will leave skin feeling baby-smooth.
Avoid the cosmetic counter trap that deludes people into believing eye serum should cost a small fortune. Brush that off and DIY—all it takes is three ingredients and a week of patience while the oil infuses.
Gifts Made with Extra Virgin Olive Oil
A must-have for the foodie or home cook in your life, infusing already-rich-and-delectable extra virgin olive oil with garlic and herbs elevates the flavor of every drizzle, douse, and dip.
These quick-to-make olive oil candles set the stage for a happy holiday affair. The illuminated golden oil twinkles ethereally when ignited, providing a visually soothing ambiance absent from a regular candle.
Give your sugar a two-ingredient shortcut to rosy skin. Made with brown sugar and olive oil, this face and body scrub smells as delicious as it feels.
Gifts Made with Collagen
Who can say no to a freshly baked cookie? This cookie mix in a jar provides a blueprint for layering lower-carb ingredients to make nutty, vanilla-scented pecan sandies.
Cinnamon, spice, and everything nice makes this mulling spice mix berry, berry nice. Use for flavoring mulled wine or cider, or as a way to add holiday fragrance to the air.
You might also like these holiday recipes: