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MANDI MAKES

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DIY Christmas Gifts: Easy and Beautiful Ideas


I don't know about you, but Christmas has really snuck up on me this year. Now, I really need to get my act together and get some Christmas gifts sorted. If you're in the same boat as me and need some easy last minute gifts, I've got you covered with some quick DIY's you can make with what you have at home. Even one for the guys! I promise you, these are so simple, but still gorgeous gifts to give. Of course, they are all self-care inspired. Let's go, we got this!


 

1. BODY SCRUB

Give the gift of pampering and self-care to a loved one with this gorgeous, nourishing body scrub made with simple ingredients straight from your pantry.


Ingredients

200g table salt (or white sugar for a gentler scrub, or brown sugar for a super gentle scrub great for sensitive skin or the face)

100g oil (fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil, grape seed oil, olive oil)*

10g baking soda (optional)


Gingerbread

10g ground ginger

10g ground cinnamon

2g ground nutmeg

5g vanilla extract


Choc peppermint

1 tbsp cocoa powder / raw cacao powder

5-6 drops peppermint essential oil/peppermint essence


Christmas Cookie

5g vanilla extract

2 tbsp red and green sprinkles


Instructions:

  1. Add salt/sugar, oil and baking soda into a bowl and use an electric mixer or fork to mix well.

  2. Gingerbread: In a seperate bowl mix the spices and vanilla extract, then add to main mixture.

  3. Choc peppermint: add cocoa powder and peppermint into main mixture, mixing well.

  4. Christmas cookie:

  5. Mix well, spoon in jars, label and voila!

*NOTES: Adjust oil as necessary for a spreadable consistency. The amount oil can vary depending on the oil used.


 

2. BATH SALTS

Bath salts can look incredibly luxurious, especially when dried botanicals are used. They are easy to make and customise. I have a bunch of suggestions you can choose from, or get creative!


Ingredients - base

1.5 cups epsom salts

1/2 cup coarse salt (e.g. sea salt or Himalayan salt)

Optional: 1 tbsp baking soda


Options:

Candy Cane

- add crushed candy canes and peppermint essential oil to smell

• Orange Rosemary

- dried orange slices (use dehydrator or oven to dry orange slices)

- 2 sprigs dried rosemary

- 1 small cinnamon stick (or 1 tsp dried cinnamon)

- 5 drops rosemary essential oil

- 5 drops cinnamon essential oil

- 5 drops orange essential oil

• Chai Tea

- 1 tbsp white tea

- 1 tsp ground cloves

- 1 tsp ground star anise

- 1 tbsp ground ginger

- 10-20 drops sweet orange essential oil


Method

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl thoroughly.

  2. Place into jars or bottles and label. Tie a cute ribbon or jute string around the top with a gift tag and you're done.


For more information on bath salts, check out the blog post all about them here

 

3. LIP SCRUB

Lip scrubs remove dry and flaky skin, revealing smooth and moisturised lips ready for mistletoe ;)


Ingredients - base

2 tbsp castor sugar or brown sugar

1 tbsp oil (melted coconut oil, olive oil, grape seed oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil)


Options

• Minty fresh

- 1 to 2 drops peppermint essential oil

• Chocolate kiss

- 1/4 tsp cocoa powder / raw cacao powder

- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

- 1/2 tsp honey


Method

  1. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl.

  2. Add to jars or small tins, label and gift away.


 


4. ROOM /LINEN SPRAY

I'm a big fan of having my house smell nice. This easy room spray recipe means it's super quick to get your home smelling fresh, especially with all the extra visitors that pop around this time of year. It makes the perfect gift that is practical and customisable.


Ingredients - base

2/3 cups of distilled water (tap water works fine too)

1/3 cup isopropyl alcohol (easy to find at Bunnings) or witch hazel extract


Options

Calm

- 20 to 30 drops lavender essential oil

- 10 drops ylang ylang essential oil

• Citrus fresh

- 20 drops sweet orange essential oil

- 10 drops lemon essential oil

- 10 drops bergamot essential oil

• Vanilla

- 1 to 2 tbsp vanilla extract


For more details on this DIY head to the dedicated blog post here


 

5. After shave

We can't leave the guys out! Again, this is super customisable with whatever essential oils you can get your hands on. Keep in mind that citrus oils can cause photosensitivity so they are best to avoid in products that stay on the skin.


Ingredients - base

1 cup witch hazel extract

1 tsp vegetable glycerin


Options

• Smokey

- 6 drops sandalwood essential oil

- 4 drops oakmoss

- 4 drops vanilla

• Forest Fresh

- 4 drops pine essential oil

- 2 drops lemon eucalyptus essential oil


 

There you have it, my top 5 DIY self-care Christmas gifts for 2022. Let me know what you end up making for Christmas gifts this year, or if you have a favourite DIY.


Happy Christmas and happy gifting xx



Do you usually give handmade Christmas gifts?

  • Always

  • Most of the time

  • There's a first time for everything!



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