DIY Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas: 2021 Edition

Hey Bees! Welcome to the 2021 Humblebee & Me Holiday Gift Guide 🎁 I can scarcely believe we’re here already. My 2021 Christmas is shaping up to be a bit bigger than last year, though still pretty quiet. I’m looking forward to baking, sleeping in, reading, and indulging in some of my favourite treats. I had a lot of fun with this year’s themes—ingredient-centric Frosted Cranberry and thematic Candlelight. I hope you find some lovely giftable ideas here, and in previous year’s gift idea compilations. Happy making, packing, wrapping, and gifting!

Looking for more ideas? Check out the gift guides from some previous years:

Frosted Cranberry Projects

Frosted Cranberry Face Cream

Frosted Cranberry Face Cream

If you subscribe to Humblebee & Me on YouTube you'll know I've been working on my first-ever glycerite (cranberry!)—and today I am incorporating that beautiful bright pink liquid into a moisturizing and soothing Frosted Cranberry Face Cream. Swoon! Want to watch...

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Frosted Cranberry Matte Lip & Cheek Colour

Frosted Cranberry Matte Lip & Cheek Colour

This Frosted Cranberry Matte Lip & Cheek Colour is really neat; it's a hybrid between a matte liquid lipstick and a lip stain. It has a creamy consistency that dries down to a powdery, transfer-resistant finish. Richly coloured, it both wears and re-applies well,...

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Frosted Cranberry Powder to Foam Facial Cleanser

Frosted Cranberry Powder to Foam Facial Cleanser

The Frosted Cranberry fun continues today with this creamy red Frosted Cranberry Powder to Foam Facial Cleanser. It's a soft, water-free cleanser that transforms into a gentle, foaming, lightly exfoliating cleanser when you work it up between your palms with a bit of...

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Frosted Cranberry Bath Bombs

Frosted Cranberry Bath Bombs

Bath bombs are an every year "must make" for me as I have several lovely people (mostly my mom) on my giftee list that adore bath bombs. Once I settled on this year's themes, I knew the bath bombs would have to be Frosted Cranberry themed because they could actually...

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Frosted Cranberry Butter Balm

Frosted Cranberry Butter Balm

If you find you often like the idea of body butter more than the reality of it, I think you might just love this formulation. It's creamy and silky with a gorgeous dry-touch finish that's surprisingly powdery (in a good way!). You (and your giftees!) will be delighted...

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Frosted Cranberry Lip Oil

Frosted Cranberry Lip Oil

I've had a ton of requests for a lip oil recently, and I thought this year's Frosted Cranberry theme was a great backdrop for a shiny new lip oil formulation 😄 This cheery red oil imparts moisture and shine to our lips and it smells softly of fresh, juicy...

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Candlelight Projects

Candlelight Creamy Lip Scrub

Candlelight Creamy Lip Scrub

Today we're stirring up a creamy five-ingredient lip scrub that pairs beautifully with my Candlelight Lip Butter; buff away any dry skin and then spread on some rich lip butter for an indulgent lip-moisturizing experience. Let's get started! Want to watch this project...

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Candlelight Rich Hair Mask

Candlelight Rich Hair Mask

Today's Candlelight Rich Hair Mask is a decadent, rich emulsion designed to moisturize and condition the hair. I thought it was a brilliant fit for our indulgent Candlelight theme. I incorporated feedback I've received on previous hair mask formulations from Bees with...

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Candlelight Lip Butter with Hyaluronic Acid

Candlelight Lip Butter with Hyaluronic Acid

If dry winter lips are driving you up the wall, I think you will love this rich and creamy Candlelight Lip Butter with Hyaluronic Acid. It stars a base of luxurious and deeply moisturizing ingredients while also boasting lip-plumping and anti-ageing effects. Let's...

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Candlelight Body Cream

Candlelight Body Cream

A theme centred around rich, indulgent, glowy goodness definitely needs a rich body cream, and this one fits the bill beautifully. Not only does it moisturize, hydrate, and soothe, but it also contains an all-natural active to help even out skin tone and reduce dark...

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Candlelight Creamy Hand Wash

Candlelight Creamy Hand Wash

This silky, shimmery Candlelight Creamy Hand Wash is like a cozy hug for your hands every time you use it. As soon as I had decided on this year's holiday themes, I knew I needed to include a Candlelight themed creamy, shimmery, gentle hand wash as I positively power...

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Candlelight Christmas Soap

Candlelight Christmas Soap

It's time for our second Christmas soap (and Christmas theme) of 2021: Candlelight Christmas Soap. It's a warm, rich soap that I designed to look like a glowing candle and smell like cozy, fireside cuddles. Let's get started! Want to watch this project instead of...

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Other Awesome Gift-Worthy Projects from 2020

Almond Oat Emulsified Body Butter

Almond Oat Emulsified Body Butter

We're continuing our Almond Oat theme today with this perfect-for-autumn Almond Oat Emulsified Body Butter ❤️ Silky almond oil and rich shea butter star in the oil phase, with moisturizing and soothing oaty goodness from colloidal oatmeal and hydrolyzed...

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Mocha Lip Scrub

Mocha Lip Scrub

In today's edition of "I promise that's not actually food even though it looks, smells (and tastes!) like it" I'm sharing a formulation for a simple six-ingredient Mocha Lip Scrub! This decadent coffee and chocolate scented scrub is perfect for gently buffing away...

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DIY Pressed Shimmer Eyeshadow

DIY Pressed Shimmer Eyeshadow

It's been almost five years since my first book, Make it Up: The Essential Guide to DIY Makeup and Skin Care, was released (!). I'm still really proud of it, but today I want to share an update to the eyeshadow formulation that I think is a pretty big upgrade. It's...

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Mango Rosehip Solid Facial Oil

Mango Rosehip Solid Facial Oil

You'll need just six ingredients to make this cheery all-natural Mango Rosehip Solid Facial Oil. It stars two stunning lightweight emollients and it is packaging-optional, so it's a great way to reduce your packaging needs a wee bit. Making this formulation is a...

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Long-Wearing Shimmer Cream Eyeshadow

Long-Wearing Shimmer Cream Eyeshadow

I am so excited to share this formulation with you guys! Today we are making Sephora-quality long-wearing shimmer cream eyeshadow. You will need three specialty ingredients, but if you love cream eyeshadows, it is absolutely worth it. Just as I did in my book, Make it...

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Clear Lip Gloss Base (without Versagel!)

Clear Lip Gloss Base (without Versagel!)

If you've been wanting a transparent lip gloss base from scratch, this is the formulation for you. You'll need just three ingredients to make a clear and versatile gloss base that you can customize in oh-so-many ways, with different carrier oils, colours, micas, and...

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Summer Glow Body Oil

Summer Glow Body Oil

Today I'm sharing a Bee-Bettering of one of my most popular formulations on YouTube; my Luminous Summer Body Oil. The original formulation is almost exactly four years old, published on July 6, 2017 (!). I'd made shimmer oils before the 2017 version; the general...

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Macadamia Vanilla Emulsified Body Butter

Macadamia Vanilla Emulsified Body Butter

This decadent Macadamia Vanilla Emulsified Body Butter is lovely; it is rich and indulgent without being heavy or greasy. It smells softly nutty with a warm vanilla base note, and it's scoopy and soft like a decadent custard. If you're anything like me, you'll...

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Skin Brightening Toner Mist

Skin Brightening Toner Mist

This all-natural Skin Brightening Toner Mist formulation is part hydrating toner and part serum, featuring some fantastic soothing, moisturizing, barrier-boosting, and brightening ingredients. It's quite simple to make, with just a wee bit of heating, and you can...

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Argan Plum Body Oil

Argan Plum Body Oil

This simple, all-natural Argan Plum Body Oil features two of my favourite carrier oils and some stunning antioxidants for an ultra-lovely skin treat that you can make in just a few minutes. You don't need any heat—just measure, stir, package, and you're done! I...

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Dry Argan Oil Hair Mist

Dry Argan Oil Hair Mist

Today we're creating a beautiful Dry Argan Oil Hair Mist! This formulation was inspired by some of the argan oil hair oils/serums on the market like ones from Moroccanoil and OGX, and will leave your hair shiny and moisturized. It's super simple to make (just five...

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French Spa Bath Salts

French Spa Bath Salts

With everything that's been going on in the world for the last year, it's been quite a while since I've been to a proper spa, but these DIY French Spa Bath Salts make for a fantastic at-home spa experience. They smell just like a proper, luxurious spa and transform...

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Birthday Suit Solid Body Wash

Birthday Suit Solid Body Wash

This formulation is a really fun and interesting one; it's a solid, self-preserving body wash that I'm calling Birthday Suit Solid Body Wash. You can customize the colour and the scent, and play with different moulds for all kinds of fun! It's also easy to make—mix,...

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Strawberry Kiwi Body Yogurt

Strawberry Kiwi Body Yogurt

Today we're whipping up an ultra-light, super-slippy, richly moisturizing Strawberry Kiwi Body Yogurt. I've had a ton of requests for a body yogurt formulation, and I had lots of fun working on this DIY. The scent comes from a juicy strawberry distillate, and the kiwi...

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More Mango Sulfate-Free Shampoo Bar

More Mango Sulfate-Free Shampoo Bar

Today I'm sharing my first shampoo bar Bee Better project—this More Mango Sulfate-Free Shampoo Bar is an update on the Mango Mango Shampoo Bar I shared in March 2019 (almost exactly two years ago!). In writing, the differences between this updated formulation and its...

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Sun Bum Body Cream

Sun Bum Body Cream

Over the years I have received a lot of requests for a Sol de Janeiro Brazillian Bum Bum Cream DIY. I found a 2018 request from Nichole and a 2020 request from Leslie in my records, and I'm pretty darn sure there have been others that have been lost in the shuffle of...

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Moisturizing Repair Lotion

Moisturizing Repair Lotion

Happy new year, and happy 2021! I decided to kick off this new year with an evolution of the formulation that kicked off 2020—my much-loved Moisturizing Repair Cream (please read that post, too—there's lots of good background information in it!). This lotion-y...

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Candlelight Rich Hair Mask

Today’s Candlelight Rich Hair Mask is a decadent, rich emulsion designed to moisturize and condition the hair. I thought it was a brilliant fit for our indulgent Candlelight theme. I incorporated feedback I’ve received on previous hair mask formulations from Bees with drier hair types and worked with a curly-haired friend to develop and test this formulation. It features a large, rich oil phase and some wonderful moisturizing ingredients. How you’ll want to use this formulation will depend a lot on your particular hair type, but more on that later!

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