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I don’t know about you but rushing around doing last minute holiday shopping is no fun. That’s why I love to whip up cute handmade holiday gifts for my friends and family. Every woman loves a little pampering and I am certain the ones on your holiday shopping list will appreciate these handmade gifts.
The onset of winter can really dry out your skin. Sugar scrubs are a great addition to your shower routine. They work well to exfoliate the dead skin and the addition of coconut oil leaves your skin feeling soft. Check out the recipe I shared HERE. All of the ingredients are easy to find at your local health food store. If you can’t find cardamom essential oil, you can leave it out or try replacing it with peppermint essential oil. Both smell nice and refreshing this time of year and are great for the skin as well.
Unwind at the end of a long day with a nice soak in the tub with some homemade bath salts. The recipe I shared HERE literally only takes a minute or two to measure and mix up the ingredients. You might have all the ingredients to make this simple homemade bath salt. Baking soda in your bath helps alleviate dry, itchy winter skin. To make it more festive, try adding peppermint tea and/or peppermint essential oils. The addition of peppermint tea helps to detox the body of harmful chemicals. When we are exposed to so many chemicals in our daily life, it is important to take the time and detox from them every so often.
Lotion bars are filled with moisturizing ingredients that are perfect for dry skin. My local health food store, Earth Fare sells the butters and wax to make these and yours might as well. While I prefer them in stick form, you can easily pour the melted mixture into ice cube trays or soap molds. When they harden, pop them out and gift them in baggies or tins. Lotion bars are easy to apply and not greasy making them the perfect gift for kids and adults. Get the recipe HERE.
Last but not least, a safe nail polish is the perfect addition to this handmade holiday gift round up. Look for brands that are free of toxic chemicals. While almost all brands are free of dibutyl phthalate or DBP, toluene, and formaldehyde, some go above and beyond. I found Pacifica’s nail polish which is free of 7 chemicals at my local health food store. It retails for $9 making it easy on the budget as well. Check EWG’s nail polish ratings HERE. Another one worth looking into is 100% Pure’s nail polish as it is free of 10 chemicals. Nail polish reviews coming soon!
As I mentioned in my article over HERE, burlap bags make great eco-friendly alternatives for gift wrapping. Not only can they be reused, but they are also fully biodegradable. Those I found at Walmart fit my handmade holiday gifts just perfectly. Tie them with a ribbon made of raffia or twine and they are ready to give to your friends, neighbors, and family members.
I hope you enjoyed this last minute homemade gift round up. What gifts do you enjoy making when you don’t have much time? Can’t wait to hear from you!
Until next time,