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Handmade Christmas Ideas For Everyone On Your List – Part 2 {Easy & Frugal}

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Do you love the idea of a handmade Christmas but dread the thought of a bunch of unfinished projects? This week I’m sharing easy, simple gift ideas that EVERYONE will love and ANYONE can do! Yesterday I covered edible gifts . . . now we’re going to talk about luxurious salts, soaks, balms, lotions, potions and, um, something for dad!!!

The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea

~Isak Dinesen

Salt Baths

Do you know a mom that suffers from fatigue, muscle tension, or has trouble unwinding after a busy day? Make her bath salts! A half hour soak will do wonders for her soul, but even more than that it will replenish her body with magnesium, which helps relax muscles and improves sleep quality.

Why is this important? Due to soil degradation from industrial farming practices, many (okay most) of us are actually deficient in this  vital mineral. Soaking regularly in epsom salts is better than taking an oral supplement because the skin only absorbs what it needs (with supplements, your body has to use precious minerals and other resources to get rid of the excess if you take too much).

Oh, and epsoms salts are really inexpensive! Just add 20-40 drops of pure essential oil to two cups epsom salt and hand mix until thoroughly blended (or for a really luxurious blend add some coarse unrefined sea salt). Pour into a decorative container and seal.

Tada! You’re done in under five minutes. Or for a variation on the classic soaking recipe, check out this winter sunflower and oat soak/scrub.

Homemade Moisturizer

Light, air-whipped lotion with only 3-4 ingredients? Oh yes, and it’s easy to make!

If you use coconut oil as a body moisturizer but want something that absorbs more quickly when you’re in a hurry to dress, don’t miss this simple recipe!

Click here for the video tutorial.

Flavored Lip Balm 

Crunchy Betty has some fabulous looking recipes I want to try: Luscious Lavendar, Coco-Rosey and Minty Chocolate. Then again, the orange-clove blend Jolee mentioned in the comments on yesterday’s post is intriguing.

Looking for a recipe that calls for ingredients you already have? This one, with the exception of beeswax  (which you can get at a craft store), should do the trick. Wondering how you’ll store the balm? I found these containers on Amazon. If you find something cuter you let me know, okay?

Bay Rum Aftershave/Cologne

Hey, didn’t I promise some ideas for guys? This aftershave/cologne recipe from Learning Herbs is uber-manly, but get started today! It needs to steep for several weeks before it’s ready.

Oh, you can’t run to the store right now? Okay then, I’ll think of something you can get closer to home. How about a . . . rock.

Yes, my next gift idea for men is a rock. Don’t click away, this is gonna be good!

Rock, Paper, Scissors {Plus Felt & Wire}

This stone photo holder from Garden Mama is the perfect project to involve your little ones in. It is SO EASY, SO QUICK, and what says manly strength like solid rock?? And of course dad’s love it because they get to show off adorable photos of their kids at work.

Oh! And –

I added a recipe to yesterday’s post that would be great for dads. Go check it out!

What’s your favorite homemade beauty recipe?

Photo credit: iMakeGuernsey, LilyBaySoap, iMakeGuernsey


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30 Responses to Handmade Christmas Ideas For Everyone On Your List – Part 2 {Easy & Frugal}

  1. Jennifer Clare says:

    The cutest lip balm containers I have ever seen were walnut shells. Simply glue little hinges on one side of them and hey! presto! lip balm holders anyone would be proud to use.

  2. Kirsten says:

    I’m really loving these posts! :) Thanks for all the great ideas!

    • Heather says:

      There are SO MANY out there . . . it was hard to choose just a few! Have fun trying some of these out. I’d love to hear how it goes!

  3. Kristine Winniford via FB says:

    I want that bath in the picture! Great ideas, I love the rock picture holder. Men are so hard to find gifts for!

  4. Sheri Stubbs via FB says:

    you can also get them at a great deal at!

  5. Leah says:

    Another idea for lip balm containers – right now Michaels craft stores have a super simple but super cute tiny, square monogrammed porcelain box in the dollar bin. No hinges, but I’m thinking they’ll be perfect for keeping lip balm handy on the nightstand. I was about to look for a recipe, so thanks for posting one so I don’t have to!

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  7. Laura says:

    The aftershave is from Learning Herbs, not Mountain Rose Herbs.

  8. renee miller says:

    Just finished making the lip balm (basic recipe) with the kids. They had so much fun! I used the little paint pots from Michael’s as containers. We have vanilla/mint, orange/cocoa and vanilla/cocoa. Hardening very nicely in just a few minutes. FYI, I have 18 of the little paint pots, and I probably needed 18 more for the recipe as stated. Thank you! The kids want to made a lot more for gifts to the family.

  9. Amy Michelle Latham via FB says:

    Which one of the recipes on your blog are you using? What kind of cinnamon are you using? Thanks :)

  10. Mommypotamus via FB says:

    I used the second one (from Food Renegade) with cinnamon essential oil and a touch of vanilla extract. One batch made 32 little pots of balm to give away and it was so easy and quick! This will definitely be something we do every year from now on!

  11. Amy Michelle Latham via FB says:

    Awesome! Thank you!

  12. Holistic Kid via FB says:

    oh my goodness! i can’t keep up with all of your holiday fun! i want to be your kid.

  13. Sara says:

    I found this website and got tins for the lip balm, red and green plastic bottles for lotion and jars for the bath salt. I’ve already made a batch of lotion and have several to go for gifts. I’m about to start on the lip balm, I think. I’m gonna make oil/salt scrub instead of your recipe, tho, in case the recipients aren’t bath-ers.

  14. Sarah says:

    Here’s a whole slew of containers for a good price!

  15. Lindsey says:

    Heather, do you use Passionate Homemaking’s homemade shampoo recipe? You’ve linked it on here before, but I was wondering if you actually use it. I have been using it for about a week now, and my hair is super greasy and hard to fix now. Wondering if you have experienced that, and if so, what have you done about it? Thanks and Merry Christmas!

    • Heather says:

      I did for awhile but don’t now because it’s easier to use my kids California Baby shampoo. I did experience some greasiness but thought it was because I only washed my hair every few days. Come to think of it, though, I still only wash every few days and my hair is not greasy. Sorry it’s not working out for you . . . would you like me to ask around and see if anyone has a better recipe to post here?

  16. Mercedes says: I found these containers on amazon. Getting them for Christmas present making! Thanks for this post. :)

  17. Caroline says:

    Bulk Herb Store also has some great little containers you could use for lip balm!

  18. WestOzGirl says:

    Hi Heather
    What can I use to label these for gifts?

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  21. kim says:

    You have some great ideas here that I can’t wait to try…shared this to Pinterest (as part of the Lodge cookware give-away)

  22. Dawn marie says:

    I needed some cosmetic tubes and containers for several recipes I am making. Even though I ordered the other supplies online,at I thought I could find the needed tubes and such at a local natural grocery store cheaper.( as a general rule, I do like to support my local stores and have purchased other items from this store ) I was wrong this time and paid nearly triple what I would have if I only had purchased them online. This website is worth checking out for supplies that you find yourself needing.

  23. April Lane says:

    Hi! Love this!!
    Could you use Himalayan sea salt for the salt bath instead of epsom salts???

  24. Bethany Mattson says:

    Hi Heather, I love all of these ideas! Thank you :) is there a brand of epsom salts you recommend? I’m having difficulty finding one that is not Morton brand. Thank you :)

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