As I’m sure you can imagine, I make a lot of my Christmas gifts. Here are some of my favourites.
It’s one of those gifts that seems really luxurious, but is wonderfully easy to make and scent as appropriate for each recipient. You can also have fun with the packaging—125mL mason jars are probably the easiest thing to find and use, but be sure to check thrift stores for cool jars and tins.
Lip balm is one of those things everyone needs, but no one seems to be able to hold on to. You can make a big batch for fairly little and you’ll be set for stocking stuffers for everyone you know.
If you’ve got at least three weeks before most of your gift-giving festivities, this is a great one (three weeks because the soap needs to age). If not, store the idea away for next year. I’ve made some great seasonal soaps before, which never fail to impress non-soap-makers, and hey, everyone needs soap!
These cute little bars are wonderfully versatile—they also make great body butter bars and great lip balm. The natural honey and cocoa scent makes them brilliant for the scent-sensitive.
I don’t know anyone who doesn’t think bath bombs are really damn cool. Try and deny it, manly-men, but there’s something awesome about a fizzing ball of wonder dancing around your legs in the bath. They’re stupidly overpriced at the store, but wonderfully easy (and inexpensive!) to make at home. Go ahead, wow your friends.
Lotion is another one of those things that seems to be an ingredient on its own to most people. Lucky for you, you know better. You can easily whip up a big batch of lotion to share with friends and family, and they’ll be amazed. Just be sure to make it as close to gift-giving as possible and include a label that advises use within two months.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
These are the best chocolate chip cookies of all time. Everyone loves them, and by proxy, the person who made them. You simply can’t go wrong.
A Hand-Bound Book, Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3
A homemade book is the perfect gift for the avid journal keeper or note taker. Just be sure to make a practice book or two first so you can be assured of a nice, polished final product.
Face Mask Mix
Every woman I’ve managed to talk into trying a face mask with me has come back with rave reviews (I don’t mean to be sexist here, but I’ve never managed to convince a man to try one with me). These masks make your pores tighter, your skin brighter, and everything else just better. Give them a jar of dry mix and instruct the recipient to mix a tablespoon or two of the mix with enough water to make a paste.
Probably the manliest gift on this list, leather balm is a pretty handy thing to have around, assuming you like leather. And, if you make it a bit softer (more liquid oil, less wax), it can also double as wooden furniture polish! Awesome!