There is nothing more special than a gift handcrafted with love. Rather than just buying whatever, something at the last minute that is mass-produced and anonymous, you’ve spent time and effort in making a thoughtful and personal gift that should mean so much more to the recipient.
Some of these gift ideas require some handmade skill, others involve buying select products that have the recipient in mind and putting them together in a unique and attractive way.
While there are thousands of patterns, recipes and tutorials on the web, I’ve selected just a few as a starter.
These are some of the easier personal care products to make. The key making a great gift is the packaging and presentation. Nice jars, either recycled (coffee jars work well) or cheap jars or pump packs from the $2 shop and ribbons and wrapping will make attractive, professional looking gifts for less. Bath Products are great to make up as a hamper with a face washer (hand embroidered?) or loafer or towel on a soap dish or plate. Most of the ingredients can be bought at the chemist or health food shop, or you could try online soap suppliers.
Homemade Bath Salts
Make your own bath salts @ Home Made Simple
Bath Salts @ Sydney Essential Oil Company
Recipes @ The San Francisco Bath Salt Company
More recipes @ Witty Living
Bath Bomb Tutorial @ Not Martha
Another Tut with recipes @ Teach Soap
Moulded Bath Bombs @ Better Homes and Gardens
More Ideas @ Blisstree
Cold Pressed Soap
Cold Pressed Soap Tutorial @ Down To Earth
Soap Information @ Teach Soap
Soap Info @ Soap Making Forum
Recipes @ Aussie Soap Supplies
Melt and Pour Soap
Grass Soap @ Martha Stewart
How to Make @ Soap Making Forum
Ideas on Using Soap Flakes @ Craftbits
Shaped Soaps @ Martha Stewart
Herbal Tea Soap @ Cathie Filian
Body Butter recipe @ Frugal and Thriving
Mango Body Butter @ Ponte Vedra Soap Shoppe
How to @ Flowing Waters
Homemade Lip Balm @ Green Bee
Recipes @ Beauty and the Bath
DIY Lip Balm @ Martha Stewart
Making Lip Balm @ Not Martha
Shower Gel Recipes @ Natural Beauty
Shower Gel from Handmade Soap @ AquaSapone
Another Recipe @ Ehow
Moisturising Oil @ Natural Beauty
Easy Moisturising Recipes @ Associated Content
Aromatic Bath Oil @ Better Homes and Gardens
Easy Moisturiser @ Care2
Garden Lotion Bar @ Cathie Filian
Lavender Sea Salt Scrub @ Firefly Hill Style
Body Scrub @ Martha Stewart
Facial Scrubs @ EHow
Recipes @ Homemade Gifts Made Easy
Caramel Body Polish @ Crafty Chica
DIY Purifying Green Tea Mask @ The Mama Dramalogues
Ultimate mask mix @ Homemade Spa Gifts
Simple Clay Mask @ Aromantic
Recipes @ Essential Oil Recipes
Note: Mix the dry ingredients only and include instructions on mixing with liquid to form the mask. This prevents it from going off. You could include the nice smelling water to go with the mask and instructions for mixing.
Tomorrow I’ll post some links for making easy accessories.
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