It’s that time of the year again. Chestnuts roasting, sleigh bells ringing, carolers singing, and people shopping for gifts to wrap up, put under their tree, and give to someone special. Now, if you still haven’t gotten around to completing your Christmas list and if you’re still scratching your head about what to buy from whom, then this post might just be the thing for you.
Whether you don’t know what to give the person who has practically everything (and can afford anything) or you don’t quite have all that much to spend to begin with (if you’re on a tight budget) or if you really just want to do something else this year than going for something store bought, then these homemade Christmas beauty gifts are just the thing. After all, they do say that it’s the thought that counts, and what is more thoughtful than actually making a present yourself for the ones you love?
So, with Christmas just around the corner, let’s go ahead and jump right in.
Chestnut Face Mask
Not only for roasting on an open fire, chestnuts are also great for your skin, too. So this Christmas, why not give out this Homemade Chestnut Face Mask? Just be sure to save the chestnut shells and have a rather hardcore blender ready for some serious grinding action. With three more ingredients, you’ll be able to make a natural cleansing/exfoliating mask that is safe yet effective and is really great for acne control as well. Put it in a glass jar, add a cute label, and your DIY Christmas gift is ready.
Even More Masks
No chestnuts? Well, there are numerous other recipes for you to check out. After all, face masks that make great gifts, for your loved ones and even for yourself. So check out our huge compilation in this face mask face off.
Bath bombs, fizzies, fizzzers, or whatever you may call them, these make a really great homemade gift. Don’t really know what they are? Well, if you wanna spend some time in the tub, bath bombs are the best. All you have to do is fill up your tub, drop the bomb, and let it do the rest. So, it may also seem that you’re giving the gift of peace and relaxation. It doesn’t get much better than that.
No tub? No prob. Now if the person you’re giving some homemade goodies to doesn’t have a bathtub, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t make something to better his/her time in the shower. Check out these De-Stress Aromatherapy Shower Tablets Here.
Relaxing Shower Steamer Disks
And of course, our own take on it, too:
What You Need:
- 1 Cup Baking Soda
- 1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
- 1/3 Cup Water
- Muffin Pan
- Cling Wrap
- Glass Jar
Essential Oils To Use:
- Lavender (this essential oil is anti anxiety)
- Geranium (this one is balancing)
- Sandalwood or Jasmine (these both act as sedatives, both smell great, either one will do.)
What To Do:
The first thing you want to do it mix your baking soda, cornstarch, and water together with a fork. Keep on mixing until you have a rather thick, paste like consistency. When satisfied, take your muffin pan and pour a little into each muffin “cup”. ¼ full should do the trick.
When done, pop the muffin pan into the oven and bake at 350 degrees for a good 15 minutes. Once cooled, add the essential oils. Add the following amount of each oil to each cup:
- 3 drops of Lavender
- 2 drops of Geranium
- 2 drops of Sandalwood or Jasmine
Let your shower steamer disks sit to absorb the oils, cover lightly with cling wrap and wait till dry. This will keep the scent from dissipating while you’re waiting for them to dry, which might take a few hours or so. When dry, take your cling wrap once more and wrap each one and store them all in a glass jar and seal tight. Again, this is to make sure the shower steamer disks keep their scents. Done.
Almond Body Scrub
Of course, there is more to bath time than bath bombs and steamer disks. The perfect addition, especially for this cold season, would be a homemade moisturizing scrub. Check out this recipe here
Candy Cane Body Scrub
Apparently,candy canes aren’t just sweet treats for your taste buds, but can actually be great for your skin, too. Tis the season for skincare (every season is), so check out this holiday-themed body scrub here.
Four More Body Scrubs
Can’t seem to get enough? Well, check out the video for four more holiday body scrubs below:
Hello New Year, So Long Cellulite! Nothing beats welcoming a new year with great skincare.
What You Need:
- Half a cup of Ground Coffee
- 1 Tablespoon of Sugar
- 1 Teaspoon of Extra Virgin Oil
- 1 Teaspoon of Vegetable Glycerin
- 1 Capsule of Vitamin E / 2 Teaspoons of Vitamin E Oil
Making The Mixture:
It doesn’t get any simpler than this, basically, you get all of the ingredients and put them into a bowl. If you have a Vitamin E capsule, you should cut it in the middle and squeeze out the good stuff. Once everything is in, you wanna make sure that you mix it well, mix it thoroughly, until everything just kind of blends together.
Then voila, your “So Long Cellulite” scrub is ready.
Holiday Lip Balm
This Yuletide season, be mistletoe ready and kiss Jack Frost, along with dry chapped lips, goodbye with this festive homemade holiday lip balm. By the way, this also makes an excellent DIY Christmas gift too.
Moisturizing Lip Balm
Lip balms are really the best, so here is take two. If you wanna change things up a bit, check out this recipe and turn chapped into charming with this moisturizing lip balm.
What You Need:
- 3 Teaspoons ofCoconut Oil
- 2 Teaspoons of Almond Oil
- 2 Teaspoons ofArgan Oil
- 4 Teaspoons of Beeswax, grated
- 5-7 drops of Vanilla
- Container of choice, either an empty lip balm tube or a tiny glass/tin jar of sorts.
What To Do:
First you have to get your coconut oil, almond oil, argan oil, and beeswax, put everything in a microwave safe bowl, and mix. You then want to put it in the microwave for a full minute. Mix it up a bit some more and pop it right back in for another minute. Keep on stirring until everything is blended together. Add some flavor by adding a few drops of vanilla to the mixture and stir it one last time. Stir it well.
The next step, which is pretty much the final one, is to simply pour your DIY moisturizing lip balm into the container of your choice. Let it cool completely. You can even stick it in the fridge to speed up the process if you like. You will know it’s ready when it’s somewhat hard, just like any other chapstick.
During the winter, you’re gonna wanna have this with you all the time. Slather some of the good stuff on whenever you feel your lips getting dry. You also want to put some on before you go to bed at night.
Lip Plumping Lip Balm
Or if you want to put more into your pout, this homemade cinnamon lip plumping lip balm is the perfect DIY Christmas gift for any Angelina Jolie/ Kylie Jenner fan.
Peppermint Lip Scrub
But taking care of your lips requires more than rubbing on some lip balm. Just like your face, you also need to scrub away dead skin cells. So turn your lip balm gift into a merry lippie set by adding this festive peppermint lip scrub.