The holidays are approaching FAST and if you are anything like my family and I budgeting is extra important this time of year.
On episode 12 of The Bitchin’ Yogis Podcast we talked about surviving the holidays. One tip Julie gave was to not feel like you need to go above and beyond financially with expensive gifts for everyone on your list.
In fact, homemade gifts are often appreciated and enjoyed!
Two years ago 4 or 5 girlfriends and I got together, drank lots of wine, and worked like elves making sugar scrubs, body butters, hand salves, and peppermint Chapstick for friends and family. The verdict? A big hit! We split up all the costs to make it both affordable and fun.
At school the parents all chip in for a gift card for the teachers, which I think is WELL deserved … then I also like to throw in a scrub or something homemade to show a little extra love. All of my teacher friends, and the teachers themselves always say how appreciated it is. If you are on a tight budget this year, consider making one or a few recipes below!
I feel like these are much better than giving candy, cookies, or other sweets (that end up getting passed around or thrown out after people have had enough of their sugar coma).
You can wrap it all in pretty ribbon with cute labels like we did above! I mixed and matched the jars, Some were 4-Ounce mason jars, others pretty red ones I got in the dollar bin at Target.
- unrefined shea butter
- cocoa butter
- vegetable glycerine
- liquid Vitamin E (optional)
- avocado oil, coconut oil, olive oil, or a mix of each
- essential oils (optional, I like Young Living)
side note: lately I have been adding about 1/2 a teaspoon of beeswax to the batch. In the main blog image you can see the body butter looks more yellow and firm, and in the above photo more light and fluffy. I prefer the fluffier texture, but the beeswax helps seal in moisture for winter. When you click the recipe the bottom has a before and after of my son’s legs and how this helps his eczema-prone skin!
How to make it cheaper: if you don’t have any Vitamin E on hand, you can skip it! Use what you have! I don’t always use it. You can also omit the vegetable glycerine (it is super cheap, just both of those together make your skin extra soft). You basically need equal parts of solid and liquid elements. So the most important are the shea butter, cocoa butter, and whoever oils you want to use. You can do coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil, or a mix of any! Also, my Whole Foods sells shea and cocoa butter in bulk so you can just buy a little at a time. ! cup each of everything makes about seven 4-Ounce jars.
2. Body + Lip Sugar Scrubs
Homemade Sugar Scrub
- 3/4 cup organic white sugar
- 1/4 cup organic brown sugar
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 2 TBSP honey
- 15-20 drops essential oil (I love peppermint or grapefruit + lime EO)
Melt coconut oil. Place all ingredients in a big bowl. Mix up, add EO, place in jars. The oil will solidify, but loosen up in the shower.
This is very inexpensive to make! I get all the ingredients at Target! You can double or triple the batch usually to make a bunch for gifts! It leaves your skin so soft, and your lips smooth and plump!
3. Homemade Peppermint Lip Balm
This imitation burt’s bees chapstick by Wellness Mama has been my go-to for YEARS now. It is all I use! You can get so much to last you a long time, or add this as a little bonus with your sugar scrubs for your friends and family.
4. Soothing Hand Salve
This recipe was always a big hit with the guys especially. My husband is an excessive hand washer, and appreciates this for dry cracked knuckles. This recipe makes a nice amount. The time I got together with friends I think we had about 35 jars of this, I still find some around the house in obscure places! Lavender is a nice skin oil to add to this. German chamomile or manuka as well.
Needed: (See graphic for recipe) I like these salve tins
5. Lavender Bath Salts
- 2 cups epsom salts
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- a few drops of lavender EO (I often just place an almost empty Young Living bottle with the old off right in the middle of the mix for a day or so)
Mix up all the ingredients and store in airtight glass jars.
This is probably the least expensive thing to make! I never ever bathe, but I often slack my feet in the tub and use this for my kids (soaking my feet while I bathe them). They ALWAYS sleep great with a lavender epsom salt bath. Epsom salt is also beneficial for sickness and aches and pains!
What holiday DIY project do you think you will try this year?
Have a great weekend!
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