Well, I was planning on waiting until after Halloween at least to start this post, but since it appears that Christmas really is starting earlier every year, I decided I don’t want to wait until it’s too late.
Christmas time (or any winter holiday that has gifts) is a source of a lot of stress for many families in today’s economy. Gone are the days when people swipe their plastic without any thought for the consequences. Families are more budget conscious, which makes gift giving a lot harder. Don’t worry, though. With a little bit of time and effort, you can still show your generous spirit without ruining your winter budget. There are countless gift ideas out there these days, thanks to Pinterest, and I’ll admit that’s where I’ve found a lot of my tutorials!
Handmade Bath and Beauty
Today I’ll show you my favorite recipes for homemade bath and beauty, because things like soaps, lotions, and bath goodies are a popular gift this time of year, and there are so many recipes to make some of this yourself for much less!
I made this sea salt body scrub last year for all of the adults I wanted to gift that weren’t immediate family. It doesn’t have an overbearing scent, and is a great simple gift that you can easily make in batches. I used olive oil in mine, and it is so incredibly moisturizing, which is great in the winter months when everyone seems to complain of dry, chapped skin. As a bonus, the biggest expense for this gift was the small mason jars, and that was still so much cheaper than buying individual gifts.
This salt and honey scrub recipe also uses olive oil, and sounds amazing. I think this will be on my list this year. While it does require a couple of bottles of essential oil, which are expensive, those go a long way and you’ll be able to use them for many other projects as well.
If you’re looking for something other than scrubs to give as gifts, these homemade bath salts are a simple and easy gift to make for others! With how incredibly easy it is to make your own, it seems like a waste of money to buy these in the store, right? I personally love bath salts, but hate paying the price for something that I use up so quickly. By making a large batch of bath salts on my own, I can enjoy them more often without the guilt.
Last but definitely not least in this category is homemade soap. While this craft does take a bit more practice, by using a soap base that’s already done, you don’t have to worry about working with lye. This blog post is a great read if you’re interested in making soap for the first time, and has some great recipes to try!
As you can see, there are plenty of homemade options for the holidays that cover every budget and experience level. If you’re short on time, try one of the simple scrub recipes or even the bath salts, If you’re up for a bit more of a challenge, perhaps you’ll be interested in making your own soaps this year. Whatever you choose, you can save a lot of money by making your own gifts instead of buying them from the big box stores. What are your favorite bath and body recipes? Are you making any to give as gifts this year?