Lookinf for easy DIY Christmas gifts (or for any time of year)? These handmade spa recipes are perfect unique, budget-friendly, easy-to-make gifts for the holidays.
You need a DIY Christmas gift that’s easy to make, budget-friendly, and won’t look like a kindergartner went crazy at craft time. Something that you’ll be proud to give, and your friends and family will be delighted to receive.
Time to get your crafting on, friend, because handmade bath and body products are everything you’re looking for in a handmade holiday gift. The recipes below are so easy but will give you pro-quality results, even if you’ve never made DIY spa treatments before.
Because they’re one-of-a-kind and, let’s be honest, budget friendly, they’re perfect for that hard-to-shop-for friend who has everything, the white elephant Christmas party, or neighborhood gift exchange.
These Easy DIY Christmas Gifts Will Save You Time, Money, and Stress
I always keep a stash of these DIY Christmas gifts, wrapped and ready with a blank gift tag, during the holiday season. And that has saved my bacon more times than I can count. When a friend arrives on the doorstep with an unexpected gift, I realize cousin Cindy will be at Christmas dinner and wasn’t on my shopping list, or I need a last-minute hostess gift… it’s covered. Just pull a lovely pre-wrapped spa gift off the shelf, slap a name on the gift tag, and DONE.
No unforeseen shopping trip to fight holiday traffic at the mall.
Because the recipes below are made with inexpensive ingredients, you get a ton of bang for your buck. A boutique-quality gift at a bargain basement price.
Let’s start checking off your holiday shopping list with these swoon-worthy DIY spa products for amazingly giftable handmade Christmas presents.
Don’t miss the the ideas for packaging your handmade products into impressive gift baskets, at the end of this post.
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Yes, my little elf, handmade soap is a top DIY Christmas gift for anyone on your list.
Everyone uses soap, right? And everyone loves handmade soap. Plus, they’ll think you’re so darned clever.
Ready to whip some up? These peppermint candy swirl melt and pour bars have a festive holiday feel.
Never made melt and pour soap before? Check out this melt and pour soap beginner’s tutorial to get you started.
Have a few weeks before gift-giving time? Make soap from scratch using the cold process method. This soap making method takes a bit more time, as well as some special equipment, but the end result is so worth it. Also, cold process soap does need a 30-day cure, so get that batch done around Thanksgiving to have it ready to gift by Christmas.
Creamy triple butter soap is perfect for the cold months, since it’s incredibly moisturizing and soothing to dry winter skin.
Because cold process soap making takes a bit of know-how, read up on the process first. Start with this Ultimate Guide to Making Soap from Scratch. If you’re ready to go all in with your soap making, my How To Make Soap From Scratch course will take you from beginner to confident soap maker in no time flat.
Need something that comes together in 60 seconds or less? Sugar scrubs to the rescue.
And this pumpkin pie sugar scrub recipe is better than store bought! Festive, rich, with a sweet and spicy pumpkin pie scent. Package it up in a cute jar with a scoop and you’ve got a drool-inducing handmade gift that you’ll be excited to give.
Body scrubs brighten dull winter skin but removing dead skin cells. Your recipient will adore how soft and silky her skin feels after use. And it’s so easy to get a professional quality product.
A different twist on the traditional body scrub. These little peppermint sugar scrub cubes are solid squares of skin-softening goodness, with a little Christmas-y scent and sparkle.
Even people who aren’t a fan of oil-based sugar scrubs will fall in love. The addition of melt and pour soap base make these less oily than typical sugar scrubs, and less messy to use.
Sugar scrub cubes look adorable, and store perfectly, in these hinged glass apothecary jars (and they come with chalkboard style labels for easy gifting. Score!)
A classic lip balm flavor perfect for the holidays. This peppermint lip balm recipe protects the lips from harsh winter weather and gives a cool minty tingle. Did I mention it’s all-natural too?
Stick these handmade balms into a stocking, or package them up as a set. Either way, they’ll get good use protecting lips from harsh winter weather.
Peppermint hot chocolate lip balm recipe checks all the boxes for a great winter lip balm: rich, moisturizing, and soothing.
This lip balm gets its rich cocoa flavor naturally from cocoa butter. Cocoa butter is wonderfully moisturizing. This balm is made without beeswax, so it’s great for vegan family members and friends.
Teens and tweens especially love this yummy balm, so if you’ve got a heard-to-shop for teen on your list, this is the DIY gift to give.
Can you say decadent in a stick? This peppermint orange body balm stick recipe uses rich, all-natural ingredients to create an emollient balm that moisturizes and protects the skin.
Your pals will love that it’s crafted in a stick, so it’s easy to apply (no messy hands.) She can throw it into her purse for on-the-go moisturization. Seal moisture in and the drying weather out. Sweet orange and peppermint essential oils give a cheery scent without being over-the-top Christmas-y, so she can use it even into the spring.
Got that friend who loves a good soak in her tub? Treat her to this skin-soothing lavender honey bath milk.
Lavender is soothing and calming (great for relaxing after the holiday busyness). Milk and honey help soothe and soften the skin, while delivering a needed boost of hydration.
It’s crafted will all dried and powdered ingredients, so it has a long, stable shelf life with no need for refrigeration. Whip it up in 60 seconds, flat. Oh yes, it’s that easy.
Do the kids want to create special gifts for grandma, auntie, or their teacher? These simple spa crafts are designed just for the little ones to make and give. Lay some paper down on the counter and let your littles have a blast stirring up their own creations.
The best part, mama, is these kids’ spa crafts are incredibly inexpensive to make. And grandma will love them.
Create a DIY Spa Gift Set
Single products make adorable stocking stuffers. But to really impress, create a stunning gift basket brimming with your handmade spa products for a boutique-worthy present.
Start with a basket, cute box, or Christmas tin. Your local craft store or dollar store will have tons of fun options. Fill with shredded paper and your handmade spa products.
Then, add in some fun extras:
- Loofah or nylon bath pouf
- A natural bristle brush for dry brushing (I’ve got an article on Verywell Health all about dry brushing for the uninitiated.)
- CD of tranquil music for a spa experience at home
- Handmade candle (Candles are not my forte, but Anna at The House and Homestead has a wonderful soy candle making tutorial on her blog.)
Slip your gift basket into a cellophane bag made just for wrapping baskets (make sure you get the right size bag for your basket) and finish with a bow. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Swoon-worthy easy DIY Christmas gifts that looks like you got them expensive boutique; your friends may not even believe you handcrafted them yourself!