8 Fun and Easy DIY Gift Ideas
30 November 2020
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If we’ve learned anything this past year, it’s that we’re perfectly capable of living much simpler lives. What better way to honour this sentiment than with exchanging homemade DIY gifts this holiday season?

DIY gifts are so special because they show how much you care. From sourcing the perfect ingredients and materials, to choosing exactly the scent or flavour combinations that your friends or family will love, to the attention and time it took for you to put everything together - they’re a wonderful way to show your love.

Here are some lovely homemade DIY gift ideas that are simple and easy to do. The first four are pampering DIY gift ideas that use essential oils. To help you decide which oils to use, please see our “How To Use Essential Oils” article. The second four DIY gift ideas are yummies you can make in the kitchen.

DIY Scented Sugar Scrub

Homemade sugar scrubs are a wonderful way to exfoliate and hydrate your skin at the same time. Adding a blend of essential oils also allows you to create a total spa experience at home.

What you’ll need:scented scrub

  • Medium mixing bowl
  • 300ml jar with lid
  • 200g coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 3 - 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 5 - 7 drops of your favourite essential oils

Instructions

Clean and dry jar thoroughly. In a mixing bowl, add coconut sugar and pour olive oil in one tablespoon at a time while mixing to get a nice consistency. Be careful not to add too much oil as you don’t want the final product to be too oil. It should be glistening and soft to the touch. Add drops of your favourite essential oil(s) and mix again. Transfer mixture to jar. Scrub should last up to 3 months. Use the scrub on skin as to exfoliate for smooth, soft skin. You can also replace half the amount of sugar with coffee grounds for an extra kick!

DIY Bath Salts

Homemade bath salts are easy to make and only need a few simple ingredients.  Adding a few tablespoons to a hot bath can be soothing and healing for the body and mind.

What you’ll need:Bath Salts

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Two 500ml jars with lids
  • 300g Epsom salt
  • 200g baking soda
  • 100g coarse Himalayan pink salt
  • 6 – 10 your favourite essential oils

Instructions

Add all the ingredients and mix in a mixing bowl. If you want more than one scent and colour, separate into different bowls before adding the colour and scent. Then you can have 2-3 different choices to choose from. Let the bath salts dry for 24 hours before placing them into your decorative jars. Pour 1/4 cup of Bath Salts into a warm or hot bath and enjoy!

DIY Foot Soak

Combat tired feet with a relaxing or invigorating homemade foot soak. It’s so simple and easy to make yet can add so much value to everyone’s self-care routine.

What you’ll need:Foot Soak

  • Mixing bowl
  • 500ml jar with lid
  • 400g Epsom salt
  • 100g baking soda
  • 10 drops of your favourite essential oils

Instructions

Make sure your jar is clean and dry. In a mixing bowl, combine Epsom salt with baking soda and essential oils. Mix well and carefully spoon mixture into jar. Use within a few weeks.

DIY Whipped Body Butter

This homemade whipped body butter is luscious and will made anyone feel special and fancy.

What you'll need:Whipped Body Butter

  • A pot
  • A mixing bowl
  • A stand mixer
  • Two 500ml jars with lids
  • 250g cacao butter, grated
  • 100g organic raw virgin coconut oil
  • 50g almond oil
  • 50g jojoba oil
  • 40 - 50 drops of your favourite essential oils

Instructions

Make sure your jars are clean and dry. Over medium heat melt all ingredients together except for essential oils. Remove from heat and allow to cool for about 10 minutes. Place mixture in the refrigerator for an hour to cool until set. Transfer mixture to a stand mixer and all essential oils of choice. Whip until light and fluffy before transferring to jars.

NOTE: Only scoop the body butter out of the container with clean hands to prevent bacteria from growing in the body butter. Should last for up to 3 months.

Click here for another variation of this homemade whipped body butter.

Brownie Mix in a Jar

Who doesn’t love gooey, chocolatey brownies? This is a cute and fun homemade gift for any home chef. Get creative by substituting with white chocolate chips and any other fun topping ideas.

What you’ll need:Brownie Mix

  • 1 litre jar with lid
  • 400g oat flour
  • 300g coconut sugar
  • 125g dark chocolate chips
  • 100g walnuts or pecans, chopped
  • 100g cacao powder
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt  
  • What they’ll need to add
  • 3 flaxseed eggs or large eggs
  • 150g oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

Wash, rinse and dry the jar. Mix salt, baking powder and flour in a bowl. Then layer ingredients, pack tightly in the following order:

  1. ½ flour mixture
  2. Cacao powder
  3. Remaining ½ flour mixture
  4. Coconut sugar
  5. Dark chocolate chips
  6. Walnuts or pecans

Write down contents of jar with instructions for the recipient 

Preheat oven to 175C. Grease a baking pan. Pour contents of jar into a large mixing bowl and mix well. Add oil and eggs and mix until just combined. Pour batter into greased pan and bake for 25 to 30 or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Cinnamon Maple Nut Clusters

These homemade nut clusters make a perfect gift for someone who has everything. It’s the thought and the time, love and care you put into it that counts.

What you’ll need:Nut Clusters

  • Mixing bowl
  • Two 1 litre jars
  • Baking sheet lined with baking paper
  • 1 litre jar with lid
  • 250g walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 250g almonds, roughly chopped
  • 250g pecans, roughly chopped
  • 75g almond flour 
  • 4 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • ¼ tsp fine sea salt

Instructions

Preheat oven to 150C. Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl and fold together until evenly incorporated. Scoop bite-sized portions onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes and remove from oven and place baking sheet on a cooling rack. Once cooled completely, place clusters in the clean and dry jars.

Homemade Seasoned Salt

Another homemade gift for the aspiring home chef! These homemade seasoned salts are a perfect addition to any busy kitchen and can even inspire someone to get cooking!

What you’ll need:Seasoned Salt

  • Four 250 ml jars with lids
  • Mixing bowls

Mushroom Salt

  • 200g fine sea salt
  • 2 tbsp shiitake mushroom powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper powder

Curry Salt

  • 200g fine pink Himalayan salt
  • 1 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp fenugreek powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper powder

Garlic Chilli Salt

  • 200g fine sea salt
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp red chilli flakes

Lemon Herb Salt

  • 200g fine pink Himalayan salt
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp dried sage
  • 1 tbsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tbsp lemon peel

Instructions

For each seasoned salt combination, simply mix the ingredients together. Spoon carefully add more if you’d prefer the jars to be full. For Lemon Herb Salt, finely chop all herbs and lemon peel before mixing with salt. For more inspiration – keep an eye out for our “How To Use Homemade Spice Mixes” article, coming soon!

Peppermint Bark

This homemade chocolate peppermint bark is fun, easy and so delicious. Once you have a taste, you won’t be able to stop munching.

What you’ll need:Peppermint Bark

  • Food-safe tin lined with baking paper
  • Baking sheet lined with baking paper
  • 3 candy canes
  • 250g plain dark chocolate
  • 250g white chocolate
  • 2 tbsp cacao butter, shaved

Instructions

First, crush candy canes into different sized pieces. We suggest putting them in a zip lock bag and tapping them with a rolling pin or wooden spoon. Melt dark and white chocolate separately each with one tablespoon of cacao butter. Carefully pour melted chocolate on baking sheet, taking turn between the dark and white chocolate. Swirl with a knife and sprinkle crushed candy canes on top. Set in freezer for 20 minutes. Once set, use the butt of a knife to crack the peppermint bark into pieces. Place in clean and dry tin.