Hiya Sweet Friends:
Somehow we’re about to tumble into December. How did that happen? I have no idea! But time is pushing us forward into a new month. And you know what that means – it’s the season of giving.
So many of us stress over the perfect gifts to give to all of the people we love. We all have that one friend that’s impossible to shop for, or the sibling that seems to have everything.
And then there’s the whole financial part! We want to give them the world, but our wallets won’t let that happen.
But I have good news!
You can easily make beautiful, homemade Christmas gifts that feel decadent, thoughtful and divine, without breaking the bank. And your loved ones will absolutely know that you want to spoil them rotten.
This week I put a little list of my favourite Homemade Christmas Gifts together for you. The best part, they all encourage a little self-care time. Total win! Plus there’s a free Relaxing Bath Recipe Book in there for you too. How awesome is that?!
Let’s get creating! Here are 6 Self-Care Themed Homemade Christmas Gifts You’ll Love:
Why Homemade Christmas Gifts Rock
To me, nothing says I love you quite as much as taking the time to create something special! The homemade aspect of gift giving adds extra magic to the mix.
And, super bonus, you can take it a step further by creating a gift that encourages self-care and relaxation. Because we could all use a little more of that, right?
Christmas has many of us in selfless mode, more so than usual, putting our friends and family ahead of ourselves. And working our booties off to make sure that everything is as festive and lovely as can be.
Not to mention, this time of year can leave us feeling stressed out! The Holidays involve so much planning and spending and require a ton of time, dedication and social interaction. That’s enough to drain any of us. But the winter season in general can push us into a negative funk too.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) sneaks up on a lot of us in the winter. This is a type of depression that can pop up when the seasons change. And it really takes a toll one our mental and physical well-being.
But, thankfully, indulging in stress relieving self-care activities is one of the ways that you can lift yourself back up.
With all that in mind, homemade Christmas gifts with a self-care theme are a total win! Are you ready to get creating?
Here are some of the goodies that I’m making for my friends and family this year!
6 Self-Care Themed Homemade Christmas Gifts
Before we even begin, I want to remind you to take care of yourself this Holiday season! Everything I mentioned above applies to all of us. If you’re feeling drained, it’s ok to stop for a moment and respond to your needs. Even though this is the season of giving, you should still be giving to yourself.
One of the wonderful things about creating homemade Christmas gifts like this is that you can make some for yourself too. Without in any way taking time away from your gift creating activities. Total win! So do me a favour and make a gift for you, would ya? You deserve it!
And, since it’s the season of giving, here’s a free copy of my Relaxing Bath Recipe E-Book. Merry Christmas sweet friends!
1. Coffee Face or Body Scrub
I made coffee face scrubs for EVERYONE last year. It’s so simple to create. You only need 4 ingredients! And if you’re a coffee drinker you can even do the environment a solid and make it with your used coffee grounds.
Coffee is amazing for your skin! Check out all of the goodness it has to offer:
- Increases circulation, giving you smooth, glowing skin
- Slightly diminishes sun damage and reduces the amount of cancer cells created by too much time in the sun
- Reduces fluid build up and decreases puffiness (awesome for puffy morning eyes!)
It’s so amazing that this coffee hater (sorry, it tastes like sadness) always keeps coffee in the house. Can’t miss out on all of that skincare magic, yo!
Now you may have noticed that I mentioned making either a face or a body scrub. And there’s an important reason for that! Your face is extra sensitive, so I always make sure that the coffee grounds are super fine and the scrub is extra moisturizing. We don’t want to dry anyone’s pretty face up!
A coffee body scrub is extra exfoliating, so there’s a little less oil and the coffee doesn’t need to be as tiny. But you can absolutely use the face scrub on your body if you’d like.
Personally, I love to find little glass jars (like these), fill them with coffee face scrub and tie some twine around it for a sweet effect. But feel free to have fun and make it your own!
Oh, and all you need is a coffee grinder and/or food processor and some jars or packaging and you are good to rock and roll. Nothing complicated here. Holla!
Find the easy recipe for a coffee face scrub right here or go bigger with a coffee body scrub here
2. Chocolate Coffee Face Mask
While we’re on the subject of putting things that you typically eat or drink on your face, why don’t we add a chocolate coffee face mask to the mix?
Chocolate might as well be coffee’s equal in the skin care department.
Check out this awesomeness:
- Helps to reverse sun damage
- Further protects against future sun damage
- Increases blood flow to the skin
- Helps to keep skin clear
My chocolate coffee face mask recipe typically yields enough for 3 masks, so we’ve got a beautiful multi-use gift waiting for us right here.
But it does have to be refrigerated. I usually make this for friends and family who will be visiting, so I can keep it cool for as long as possible before they get here (and encourage them to pop it back in the fridge asap). I would not recommend mailing it out!
This is because this mask contains a little coconut milk yogurt. Which, as you can imagine, doesn’t do well outside of the fridge for very long. But I do have a simple fix if keeping your gift in the fridge is not ideal!
You can easily mix the 2 dry ingredients, coffee grounds and cacao powder (and optional essential oils) and place them in a cute little container. Add a personalized instruction card telling your loved one to add 1.5 tablespoons of coconut milk yogurt and mix well. Voila! Face mask time baby!
Encourage them to put those feet up while the masks does it’s work. They can dive into a favourite book, journal, colour, or do whatever their heart desires. So much fun!
Get your hands on the chocolate coffee face mask right here
3. Coconut Milk Bath
I could never gush too much about how wonderful a relaxing bath can be for your health. I’m actually aching to write an entire post about it (would you be into that?)
But in short, bath’s help to:
According to Jessie Violet Larson, a medical massage therapist with UPMC Center for Integrative Medicine in Pittsburgh:
“When you’re in a bath you can’t really do anything else, and it forces you to clear your mind and be calm. Bath time can be a really great exercise for mind, body, and spirit, renewing your energy.” (source)
So gifting a loved one with a relaxing bath in a bottle is a pretty lovely gift indeed!
It’s a reminder to slow down a little and truly take some time to unwind. And the added skin health benefits are a pretty sweet bonus too!
Did I mention that it’s really easy to make? Just 3 simple ingredients (4 if you add essential oils), a coffee grinder or food processor and blamo! You’re golden Ponyboy!
Get your hands on this wonderful Coconut Milk Bath Recipe right here
4. Bath Bombs
While we’re on the subject of baths, did you know bath bombs are super simple to make in bulk? And if you have a muffin tin you’re good to go! No special equipment needed here. Although a big bowl and a spray bottle can be helpful, but they aren’t hard to come by either.
These are kind of the ultimate homemade Christmas gifts if you’re creating for a few! And you already know that encouraging baths is basically encouraging relaxation and de-stressing. You’re so sweet!
Oh, and I almost forgot to mention, this one is super easy to create too. Only 4 ingredients (5 if you use essential oils). Because this girl doesn’t like to over-complicate things. Yahoo!
Get your hands on the recipe. Feel free to personalize them with your favourite skin friendly essential oils too!
5. Moisturizing Deep Conditioner
The gift of soft, healthy hair! You can’t go wrong. In fact, if anyone’s looking to make something special for me, this is a fun one. Feel free to do anything on this list really, I love them all! (Looking at you, my three lovely sisters <3.)
It only takes 3 ingredients to make a moisturizing hair mask to condition thirsty locks.
Wondering what it does for hair health?
- Helps to keep your mane thick and lustrous
- Protects your hair from UV damage
- Locks in moisture and reduces dryness
- Encourages new growth
- Makes hair softer and more pliable
- Reduces hair loss and breakage
That’s an awful lot of hair goodness. But this deep conditioner is oil based, so it does make the tub slippery. I discourage you from gifting this to seniors or any overly klutzy friends. And I advise anyone who uses it to use a bath mat, towel down the tub when you’re done to get rid of excess oil and be careful. Slipping is no fun!
6. Gratitude Journal
One of these things is not like the others… I know that this gift might seem a little different. But I saved the best for last, because it’s my favourite!
Get your hands on a cute little journal and write a thoughtful note inside encouraging the reader to create a gratitude journaling practice. It might not be as homemade as the other gifts, but it is so thoughtful and such a beautiful gift to give.
When we practice gratitude we:
- Experience a boost in our mood
- Create lasting happiness
- Sleep better
- Increase patience
- Improve relationships
- Begin to prioritize self-care
What exactly is a gratitude journal?
Gratitude journaling is super easy. All you need is a journal, a pen and about 10 to 15 minutes to jot down some goodness.
Write down what you’re grateful for, who you are undeniably blessed to be surrounded by and positive quotes and affirmations that make you exude joy. It may be difficult at first, but you will find that your list will grow every time you sit down to create one.
Your note can easily include these instructions. And, if you want to take it a step further, you can add a little list of your own favourite inspirational quotes to uplift the reader. Or tell your loved one why you’re grateful for them. Isn’t that a wonderful gift?
If you want to learn more about gratitude journaling (or practicing gratitude in general), there’s a ton more info waiting for your right here
What’s more thoughtful than the gift of your time and love? Especially when it encourages someone to make extra time for themselves? It’s a pretty beautiful gesture!
Christmas gifts don’t have to break the bank! And they don’t need to be redonkulously fancy either. It truly is the thought that counts! Don’t hesitate to shake things up and create some thoughtful homemade Christmas gifts if that’s what feels right for you.
And remember – give yourself a little something special too! If you choose to make homemade Christmas gifts, create a few for yourself. You deserve goodness just as much as everyone else! So give to you, my friend. And Christmas will be all the more merrier!
Don’t forget to get all of these recipes and more by downloading my FREE Relaxing Bath Recipes E-Book:
Do you like to create homemade Christmas gifts? What are your thoughts on giving gifts that encourage self-care? Anything that you’d add to the list? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!
Health and love,
Thought of the day: Your friends and family are grateful for your presence and love. You don’t need to stress about providing more than that.
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