DIY Holiday Gift Ideas

Hey there!!  I’ve written this post already and somehow the WordPress mobile app did not save my draft (nor could I find the button to save the draft) and I lost the entire post…not once, but TWICE.  The frustration actually brought me to tears and I said I wasn’t going to post it anymore, but here I am.  Instead of typing it all out again, I’m just going to post pictures and you can follow up with questions if interested.

Homemade Vanilla Extract: super easy to make in big batches and gift all year long!

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Peppermint Body Scrub: I cheaped out on the coconut oil here since it’ll just end up down the drain, and it was a great way to finally get rid of the white sugar that had been sitting in my pantry untouched for so long.

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Cookie/Brownie Mixes in a Bag: much more economical than gifting them in a quart-sized mason jar and super adorable.  This is why I love homemade gifts..!  Giving someone a package of Betty Crocker chocolate chip cookie mix wouldn’t be very impressive, but this is!  Who doesn’t love scratch cookies.  The kids gave their teachers these before winter break and they really loved them.

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Homemade Whipped Body Butter: not a very frugal gift due to the ingredients it contains, but a little goes a long way and it is by far my favorite moisturizer!  Contains raw Shea butter, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, vitamin E oil, vegetable glycerin, and lavender essential oil.

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Easier Whipped Lavender Coconut Oil: this one is much simpler but almost just as good.  Whipping coconut oil makes it much easier to use it as a moisturizer throughout the winter when it otherwise gets very hard and difficult to remove from the jar and spread.

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Homemade Lip Balm: I made a huge batch of these early this year so I already had them on hand.  Similar to the body butter, but with beeswax to maintain a firm consistency.

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There are so many other awesome homemade gift ideas out there, but these are the main ones I’m sticking to this year.  What are your favorites?!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the DTDG family!!!

6 thoughts on “DIY Holiday Gift Ideas

  1. projectpatrol says:

    I love the body butter and lip balms. I think about making them every once in awhile and for whatever reason I don’t get the ingredients like shea butter and/or beeswax. I should just take the plunge and order some. I love coconut oil and have a small jar of it which I heat up slightly before I get in the shower, add a little lavender and use it as lotion but, I think I’d like the texture of the body butter more. Do you just order on-line for the shea and beeswax or do you have other resources?

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    • Mrs. DTG says:

      I’m an Amazon junky. I’ve gotten all my Shea butter, beeswax, cocoa butter, vegetable glycerin, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, and vitamin E oil from there. I couldn’t even tell you if it’s the best price around because I haven’t shopped around more than that. I try to wait to order when it’s at a good price, though. They seem very reasonably priced and the products have been great. It only takes one time to make a big batch and you won’t have to do it for another year. I’ve only made the lip balm once and still using/gifting them.

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  2. our next life says:

    Oh my gosh — I would have been throwing a fit on the floor and crying inconsolably if WP ate my post TWICE. We are NOT fans of the new interface — it has created a whole bunch of problems for us, like email links that don’t work. Fun. But I’m glad that you put these pics up anyway! That looks a lot like our house a few weeks before Christmas — especially the many tubes of lip balm and jars of scrub. Those are our go-to gifts. When you do the whipped coconut oil, do you melt it first, or at least get it to a soft state before you whip it? I’ve only ever whipped things like shea butter, and then I’ve melted it first and whipped it as it cooled.

    Hope you guys had a wonderful Christmas!

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    • Mrs. DTG says:

      Yes, it was brutal, I really did cry of frustration lol.
      I do soften it up a bit, but it doesn’t seem to be quite as important as it is with Shea butter. For the coconut oil alone, if it’s semi soft without being fully melted it seems to whip up pretty smoothly. For one of my batches of body butter I was lazy with the melting and it ended up having bits of Shea butter in it that just wouldn’t break up. I’ll always melt from now on lol

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