Homemade Holiday Gifts & Ideas for Winter

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I have to admit I’m a Pinterest addict. I’m always scouring their site for new homemade holiday gifts and ideas I can create. Whether I’m gifting baked goods for the holiday season or homemade soaps, StickerYou always makes it so easy to customize my homemade holiday gifts.

Homemade holiday gifts & ideas for winter. Learn how to craft a simple melt and pour gingerbread soap recipe and fizzy bath salt recipe for winter sniffles for last minute handmade holiday gifts in 30 minutes or less! Then customize your DIY holiday gifts with personalized labels from Sticker You for the best DIY Christmas gifts on Pinterest! #holidays #soapmaking #christmasgifts #stockingstuffers #handmadegifts #diygifts

Homemade Holiday Gifts & Ideas for Winter

Designing my own labels for the homemade holiday gifts I create for friends and family is so much more rewarding than simply picking up gift tags at the local big box store. It’s nice to be able to customize my labels so the gifts I give feel more personal. That’s why StickerYou is my go to for custom stickers and labels. They offer fair pricing and exceptional quality without me having to sacrifice the creativity I’ve invested in my designs.

Homemade holiday gifts & ideas for winter. Learn how to craft a simple melt and pour gingerbread soap recipe and fizzy bath salt recipe for winter sniffles for last minute handmade holiday gifts in 30 minutes or less! Then customize your DIY holiday gifts with personalized labels from Sticker You for the best DIY Christmas gifts on Pinterest! #holidays #soapmaking #christmasgifts #stockingstuffers #handmadegifts #diygifts

I’m super excited about the labels I received from StickerYou for my gifts this year. And, as always, I’m equally excited about sharing new ideas for making your own homemade holiday gifts!

This year I created two super simple recipes. One for making melt and pour gingerbread man soaps. And another for a fizzy bath salt recipe for cold weather aches & pains or those winter sniffles. What really makes these recipes extra nice, however, is that you can make them both in 30-minutes or less. So order those supplies, schedule a weekend to get together with your family or friends and check off your holiday gift list!

Homemade holiday gifts and holiday gift wrapping ideas! Learn how to craft these easy homemade melt and pour gingerbread soap recipe for homemade holiday gifts and seasonal DIY stocking stuffers.

Easy Melt & Pour Gingerbread Soap Recipe

Ingredients:

16 oz. SLS free honey melt & pour soap base
.25 oz. gingerbread fragrance oil
1/4 – 1/2 of one square of Crafter’s Choice brown sparkle color bar for melt & pour soap

Instructions:

Using a digital scale, weigh out the melt and pour soap. Cut into chunks then place inside a large, heat safe glass measuring cup such as Pyrex.

Heat in the microwave in 30-second increments until all of the soap has melted. Then carefully remove the soap from the microwave. (The glass may be hot so I recommend using a tea towel to help out with the task.)

Now cut your color bar in half or into quarters. Stir up to half of one soap color bar into the melted soap base.

Once the color bar has melted completely, weigh out and stir in the fragrance oil.

Place your soap mold onto a small cutting board. Now pour the melted soap base into all six cavities of a silicone gingerbread man mold.

Should you have air bubbles on the soap after pouring, you can spritz the soap with rubbing alcohol to pop the bubbles.

Homemade holiday gifts and holiday gift wrapping ideas! Learn how to craft these easy homemade melt and pour gingerbread soap recipe for homemade holiday gifts and seasonal DIY stocking stuffers.

Carefully transport your mold with the gingerbread soaps to the refrigerator to cool.

Once your soap bars have fully solidified, remove from the refrigerator and unmold.

Now all that’s left is to package your homemade gingerbread man soaps as desired to give as homemade holiday gifts.

I packaged mine in white boxes with ribbon, then labeled them with 2″ round custom stickers from StickerYou.

Essential oil fizzy bath salt recipe for winter aches & pains or seasonal sniffles. Learn how to make this super easy bath salt recipe for your homemade holiday gifts this Christmas. Plus check out some creative packaging & gift wrap ideas with custom labels from Sticker You.

Fizzy Bath Salt Recipe with Essential Oils

Ingredients:

1/2 cup sea salt (or Epsom salt for sore muscles)
1/2 cup baking soda
1/4 cup citric acid
1/2 Tablespoon green jojoba beads
1/2 Tablespoon carrier oil or vegetable glycerin
20 drops eucalyptus essential oil
10 drops tea tree oil (or peppermint essential oil for sore muscles)

Instructions:

Measure out the salt, baking soda, citric acid and jojoba beads. Combine in a medium glass bowl and mix well to ensure all of the dry ingredients are evenly incorporated.

In a separate medium glass bowl, add the carrier oil (or glycerin) along with the essential oils. Mix to combine.

Now pour the dry ingredients into the liquid ingredients. Use a whisk or a fork to combine the liquid ingredients throughout the dry ingredients until there are no clumps remaining.

Finally, spoon your fizzy bath salts into airtight containers of your choice.

I used a glass jar I picked up at my local craft store. However, low profile PET jars work well too!

Now simply decorate your containers as you like to give as homemade holiday gifts.

I used my custom stickers on the wooden lid of my glass jar and carefully trimmed off the excess with scrapbooking scissors. I then hid the edge with some colored pom pom ribbon. Although you could also use a gold or silver paint pen along the edge of the lid as well.

For my low profile amber jars, I wrapped a ribbon around the container. I then placed the stickers I designed onto the tops of the jars to hold the ribbon in place.

I really love how versatile the custom 2″ stickers from StickerYou are. They offered a lot of different ways to customize my gift wrap for my homemade holiday gifts. It’s also easy to apply these stickers to regular gift wrap on your holiday gifts in lieu of traditional “to and from” gift tags.

If you aren’t big on round stickers, you can honestly get any size or shape of stickers your heart desires – all to your exact specifications. Sticker You even offers tools that make it easy to customize your stickers or labels for your homemade holiday gifts. So be sure to check them out!

Homemade holiday gifts & ideas for winter. Learn how to craft a simple melt and pour gingerbread soap recipe and fizzy bath salt recipe for winter sniffles for last minute handmade holiday gifts in 30 minutes or less! Then customize your DIY holiday gifts with personalized labels from Sticker You for the best DIY Christmas gifts on Pinterest! #holidays #soapmaking #christmasgifts #stockingstuffers #handmadegifts #diygifts

More Homemade Holiday Gifts

Looking for more homemade holiday gift ideas? Check out some of these other homemade holiday gifts and custom label ideas I created using labels from StickerYou!

How do you plan to wrap your homemade holiday gifts this year? Be sure to share your ideas in the comments and have a wonderful holiday season!

How to Deal with Holiday Stress Even If Your Family Is Insane

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This post is sponsored by Wiivv. All opinions are my own.

Let’s face it. The holidays can be tough. Not only is there more to take on during the holiday season, but family can make the holidays even more stressful. There are ways, however, to lighten that emotional load. Keep reading for my tips on how to deal with holiday stress. So maybe this year you can start enjoying the holidays again.

Tips on how to deal with holiday stress.

The day before Thanksgiving I actually broke out in hives. So I understand how stressful the holidays can be. Thus illustrating not just the emotional, but also the physical toll, that the holidays can have on our health. Because I have fibromyalgia, stress – especially the kind of stress that the holidays bring – also affects my pain level. So doing activities that I actually do enjoy – like our local star drop in market square – brings with it some challenges. Specifically when it comes to footwear.

I want to be like everyone else and wear my pretty holiday party dress with the super cute shoes to match. What I don’t want to have to worry about however, is my feet hurting a half hour in and not being able to walk the rest of the night. Luckily, I scored a pair of Wiivv’s 3/4 Length Custom Fit Insoles a few months ago. Their not only custom designed to fit my feet, they also fit into every single pair of shoes I own. Even those cute party shoes. And, while they may not help me to deal with the stress of the holiday season, there’s a good chance I’ll be doing a lot of dancing into the New Year.

I really love that my Wiivv insoles allow me to feel physically feel better, not just at holiday parties, but in my day to day activities. This in turn takes some of that extra stress off my mind, so I can enjoy doing things more. Let’s face it though. Dealing with the stress of family obligations and events throughout the holiday season isn’t tackled by great footwear alone. Sometimes you have to take the time out to consider what’s more important to you – your sense of duty or your emotional health?

To help you make the holidays season a little easier to deal with, I’ve been together a few tips on how to deal with holiday stress.

Tips on How to Deal with Holiday Stress

1. Say “no.”

There’s nothing saying that you MUST attend family events during the holiday season. Maybe you have an emotionally abusive mother or a racist uncle that puts you on edge. Or perhaps it’s just overwhelming trying to find the time to attend every event, clean your house and shop for gifts all on top of work, kids and personal relationships. If you need a break, for whatever reason, it’s okay to say “no.” Stay home instead and indulge in some self care. You shouldn’t feel guilty for taking care of yourself. And believe me, I’ve skipped my own fair share of events.

“Sorry, I won’t be able to attend this year. Aunt Margaret will be there and if I have to even look at her face after the things she’s done… Well, I will not hold back. And no one wants that at a holiday party.”

2. Self medicate.

Yeah. I know. This sounds bad. But as someone who’s dealt with agoraphobia, I understand anxiety. And sometimes you just need a little help. I’m not suggesting drinking yourself into oblivion or anything. However, if there are events that will turn out worse for you if you don’t attend them, then go prepared. Cbd oil works wonders for anxiety when you can’t avoid those extra challenging family events. (It can also help with the inflammation from all those carbs!) However, if CBD oil isn’t an option for you, you can try other herbal remedies such as valerian and skullcap root to ease anxiety and reduce stress.

“Hey, Carla! Your dress is awesome. Hopefully your attitude will reflect your look this year. But if not, I’ll just be chillaxing over in the corner tonight with my phone on video… I can’t wait to replay your antics for all my friends! They all loved Don’t Trust The B- In Apartment 23!”

3. Avoid politics.

At all costs, do not discuss politics at family gatherings. If your family is like mine, then everyone has a different opinion on the state of our country. Don’t make a relatively agreeable holiday gathering into an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. While your brother may act like a demon, it’s best not to call him out on it. Your therapist may refer to this as setting aside your differences. I also suggest making it very clear there are to be no political discussions during holiday events. Threaten to never attend an event again – I did! – and someone is guaranteed to have your back.

4. Take a breather.

Overwhelmed? Sneak outside and take a break. One of my best memories of Christmas was not only family free (I was going through a divorce) but it was spent with a friend skating on the ice in Market Square in our tennis shoes. Alternately, mediation is supposed to help as well. Unfortunately, my brain stays on overdrive and that is something I definitely struggle with.

5. Get some rest.

Staying up late to try to tackle your entire to do list will just make the next day more trying. You are not a Stepford wife. (Thank goodness.) You’re a grown ass woman. So if you want ice cream for breakfast and a midday nap, just go for it. If anyone is judging you, it’s simply to make up for their own shortcomings.

With that said, I hope everyone has a happy holiday season. Even if it means taking a pass. And, if you have tips for how to deal with holiday stress, I’d love for you to share your success stories in the comments. Also don’t forget that those custom Wiivv insoles in case you need to make a mad dash for the hills without breaking a leg. Your family likely won’t thank you, but your feet definitely will. However, learning how to deal with holiday stress can help you have a happier holiday. So if you’re up for it, then give it your best! (Or at least find a way to make it entertaining.)

DIY Christmas Gift Ideas for Friends This Holiday Season

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I love giving the gift of handmade. If you want to give meaningful holiday gifts this year, then this collection of 40 DIY Christmas gift ideas for friends is a must! Keep reading to discover the best Christmas gift ideas to craft and gift this winter.

DIY Christmas gift ideas for friends, family and coworkers this holiday season. I love giving the gift of handmade. If you want to give meaningful holiday gifts this year, then this collection of 40 DIY Christmas gift ideas for friends, family and coworkers is a must! Visit Soap Deli News blog now to discover the best DIY Christmas gift ideas to craft and gift this winter.

If you’re like me, you adore your friends. They are true blue to the end. So it seems only fitting to give them a holiday gift this season. Unfortunately, if you’re on a tight budget, there’s not always enough money in your bank account to buy something for everyone. So why not make your own Christmas gifts this year instead?

This collection of my favorite DIY Christmas gift ideas are easy to make using bulk ingredients and materials. You’ll not only be able to tackle everyone’s handmade holiday gift at the same time, but you’re also likely to save money in the process. I hope you enjoy this year’s collection of lovely DIY Christmas gift ideas.

DIY Christmas Gift Ideas for Friends

Country Hill Cottage is one of my favorite blogs for DIY Christmas gift ideas for friends. Not only do they have an amazing collection of 50 homemade food gifts, but many of their recipes and beauty DIY’s also have free printable labels. This, as I’m sure you know, can make your DIY Christmas gifts look even better!

DIY Christmas gift ideas for friends and family. These easy holiday truffles from Country Hill Cottage make amazing DIY Christmas gifts. If your family is a fan of bourbon balls, then you'll love their cinnamon rum truffles recipe! Made with chocolate, cream, cocoa butter, cinnamon and rum, these truffles are a true holiday indulgence.

My favorite food gift idea from Country Hill Cottage is for their easy holiday truffles! If your family is a fan of bourbon balls, then you’ll love their cinnamon rum truffles recipe! Made with chocolate, cream, cocoa butter, cinnamon and rum, these truffles are a true holiday indulgence. Learn to make them here.

DIY Christmas gift ideas for friends and family. These snowflake shaped cold process soaps are a wonderful treat for dry winter skin and are the perfect size for handmade holiday stocking stuffers. Handmade holiday gifts and ideas to craft at home for the best DIY holiday gifts on Pinterest.

You can also find one of my original winter holiday soap recipes at Country Hill Cottage. These snowflake shaped cold process soaps are a wonderful treat for dry winter skin and are the perfect size for handmade holiday stocking stuffers. Discover this soapmaking tutorial here.

Best DIY Christmas gift ideas for friends and family. Decadent peppermint hot chocolate body butter recipe with essential oil for natural skin health this winter. This super luxe skin care recipe is handmade with peppermint essential oil and cacao absolute. It also contains bacuri butter - one of my personal favorite new ingredients. Handmade holiday gifts and ideas. Favorite DIY holiday gifts on Pinterest.

If you love peppermint and chocolate combos as much as I do, then you’ve got to try the decadent peppermint hot cocoa body butter recipe from A Life Adjacent. After all, just because you’re making these as DIY Christmas gift ideas doesn’t mean you can’t keep some for yourself! I mean, we can all use some extra self care during the holiday season. Am I right?

This super luxe skin care recipe is handmade with peppermint essential oil and cacao absolute. It also contains bacuri butter – one of my personal favorite new ingredients. Learn to make it here.

Best DIY Christmas gifts and ideas on Pinterest. Crafted with just four simple carrier oils, this lush homemade soap recipe is super moisturizing. The addition of a few simple soap embeds really make this soap pop. Handmade holiday gifts on Pinterest. How to make homemade soap gifts for the holiday. Easy stocking stuffer and DIY Christmas gift ideas.

You can also learn how to make a simple holiday inspired soap recipe via my recent guest post at A Life Adjacent. Crafted with just four simple carrier oils, this lush homemade soap recipe is super moisturizing. The addition of a few simple soap embeds really make this soap pop. Even if you don’t make this soap this holiday as a DIY Christmas gift idea, I highly recommend adding this soap recipe to your “to do” list for the New Year. Get the recipe here.

DIY Christmas gift ideas for friends. This natural peppermint cloud body butter from Mountain Rose Herbs is a must for any natural beauty lover. Reminiscent of mint ice cream, this natural body butter feels velvety smooth. Your friends will delight in receiving this seasonal butter. Discover the recipe for the peppermint cloud body butter along with nine other herb inspired DIY Christmas gift ideas - including matcha cookies! - at Mountain Rose Herbs.

Body butters are such wonderful moisturizers for winter that I couldn’t share just one! This natural peppermint cloud body butter from Mountain Rose Herbs is a must for any natural beauty lover. Reminiscent of mint ice cream, this natural body butter feels velvety smooth. Your friends will delight in receiving this seasonal butter.

Discover the recipe for their peppermint cloud body butter along with nine other herb inspired DIY Christmas gift ideas – including matcha cookies and beeswax candles! – at Mountain Rose Herbs here.

Best DIY Christmas gift ideas for friends. No list of DIY Christmas gift ideas would be complete without some gingerbread in the mix! This whipped gingerbread emulsified sugar scrub from Everything Pretty makes a great handmade holiday gift. Scented with only natural essential oils, this whipped scrub is a delight for dry skin as well. Plus it exfoliates and moisturizes skin in just one step! Handmade holiday gifts on Pinterest.

No list of DIY Christmas gift ideas would be complete without some gingerbread in the mix! This whipped gingerbread emulsified sugar scrub from Everything Pretty makes a great handmade holiday gift. Scented with only natural essential oils, this whipped scrub is a delight for dry skin as well. Plus it exfoliates and moisturizes skin in just one step! Learn to make it now.

Best DIY Christmas gift ideas for friends. Give these gingerbread shaped cardamom & pumpkin spice solid coffee scrubs from Soap Deli News a whirl for your handmade holiday gifts! Crafted using ground coffee, nourishing butters and a blend of seasonal spices, these homemade scrubs not only smell delightful, but they help promote glowing skin.

Or give these gingerbread shaped cardamom & pumpkin spice solid coffee scrubs from Soap Deli News a whirl! Crafted using ground coffee, nourishing butters and a blend of seasonal spices, these homemade scrubs not only smell delightful, but they help promote glowing skin. Grab the recipe here.

DIY Christmas gift ideas for friends, family and coworkers. If someone you know has eczema prone skin then this homemade triple butter soap recipe is a must have handmade holiday gift! It's so rich and creamy and is specifically formulated to condition and nourish problem skin. This natural soap is left unscented so it's suited for even sensitive skin. However, you can also add your favorite blend of organic essential oils if desired. These bars are perfect for friends, family and even coworkers.

If someone you know has eczema prone skin then this homemade triple butter soap recipe is a must have handmade holiday gift! It’s so rich and creamy and is specifically formulated to condition and nourish problem skin. This natural soap is left unscented so it’s suited for even sensitive skin. However, you can also add your favorite blend of organic essential oils if desired. These bars are perfect for friends, family and even coworkers. Find the recipe here.

DIY Christmas gift ideas for soap lovers. The best bath and body gift for fans of glitter! These DIY glitter snowflake soaps are perfect for seasonal winter holiday gift giving this Christmas season. Find this easy beginner melt and pour glitter snowflake soap recipe now at Soap Deli News blog along with even more of the best DIY Christmas gift ideas on Pinterest.

Love the soap DIY Christmas gift ideas but not ready to diving into cold process soapmaking? Then try these easy DIY glitter snowflake soaps for your handmade Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers. Naturally scented with peppermint essential oil, these easy melt and pour soaps are also made using biodegradable glitter for a DIY Christmas gift that’s not only fun, but eco-friendly too! Read the tutorial now.

Handmade herbal Christmas gift ideas for seasonally inspired stocking stuffers. If you aren't looking forward to shopping around for ingredients for your DIY Christmas gift ideas, then consider the deluxe herbal starter kit from The Herbal Academy. It contains virtually all the packaging, ingredients and labels you need to create 22 herbal recipes that are perfect for your homemade holiday stocking stuffers. Learn how to make your own digestive bitters, winter salves, herbal teas and so much more!

If you aren’t looking forward to shopping around for ingredients for your DIY Christmas gift ideas, then consider the deluxe herbal starter kit from The Herbal Academy. It contains virtually all the packaging, ingredients and labels you need to create 22 herbal recipes that are perfect for your homemade holiday stocking stuffers.

Learn how to make your own digestive bitters, winter salves, herbal teas and so much more! While their essential herbal kit is sold out, the deluxe herbal kit is still available for a short time. Learn more here.

Best DIY Christmas gifts on Pinterest. Learn how to make wonderful handmade gifts for the holiday season with this DIY holiday gift guide from Soap Deli News.

More DIY Christmas Gift Ideas to Craft & Gift

DIY Christmas gift ideas for teachers. Peppermint essential oil foaming soap recipe & decorative winter soap pump tutorial. This holiday foaming hand soap DIY lends a festive touch to your existing soap pumps. Or make your own peppermint scented foaming hand soap with just three simple ingredients! These make great homemade teacher gifts too!

DIY Christmas gift ideas for friends, family and coworkers. Learn how to craft this simple plantain salve recipe for dry skin for seasonal holiday Christmas stocking stuffers to craft and gifts. DIY holiday gifts on Pinterest.

DIY Christmas gift ideas and more for the holiday season. Learn how to craft your own handmade holiday gifts for Christmas. Plus creative ways to package your homemade soaps for seasonal DIY holiday gifts. Best handmade Christmas gifts for friends, family and coworkers on Pinterest.

More Gift Ideas for the Holiday Season

Need creative ways to package your handmade soaps for the holidays? Be sure to check out this post filled with holiday gift wrap and pretty packaging ideas! You can also discover my collection of easy ways to wrap your other DIY Christmas gifts here. Or, if you don’t have the time to make your own DIY Christmas gifts this year, be sure to check out my handmade Etsy holiday gift guide.

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Handmade Holiday Gifts & Ideas (Your Etsy Gift Guide for the Holiday Season)

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If you need ideas for handmade holiday gifts, then you’re to love this year’s Etsy gift guide! Not only is there something for everyone on your list, but I’ve also met and/or purchased from quite a few of these amazing crafters. So you can shop with confidence with any one of these creative small business owners.

Handmade holiday gifts & ideas. Your Etsy gift guide for the holiday season. If you need ideas for handmade holiday gifts, then you're to love this year's Etsy gift guide! Not only is there something for everyone on your list, but I've also met and/or purchased from quite a few of these amazing crafters. So you can shop with confidence with any one of these creative small business owners.

I love buying handmade. Every since I discovered (and went a little crazy) buying prints from The Black Apple (ie. Emily Winfield Martin) on Etsy in the way way back I was hooked. It wasn’t long until I was selling art prints of my own (surprise!) followed by soap later on. In the midst of this, I also bought tons of jewelry and soap from other artisans.

I even bought handknit merino wool socks from an Etsy seller in Canada to keep my toes warm when I started selling my own soaps at my local farmers market. This in turn led to an entire new world of handmade artisans for me to fall in love with. So keeping with that theme of creating and buying handmade, here are some of my favorite handmade holiday gifts of the season – all from Etsy, of course.

Handmade holiday gifts & ideas. Your Etsy gift guide for the holiday season. If you need ideas for handmade holiday gifts, then you're to love this year's Etsy gift guide! Not only is there something for everyone on your list, but I've also met and/or purchased from quite a few of these amazing crafters. So you can shop with confidence with any one of these creative small business owners.

Handmade Holiday Gifts

One of my favorite handmade holiday gifts to give – and receive! – is pottery. Not only is it beautiful, it’s also functional. Making it the perfect handmade gift for anyone on your holiday gift list. I feel incredibly fortunate to live in an area abundant in talented potters. Many of whom pass their gift forward either through teaching or internships. I recently met a new potter who I fell in love with on sight. (Well, her pottery. Although she is remarkable as well.)

Shop IMC Clay for your handmade holiday gifts. One of my favorite handmade holiday gifts to give - and receive! - is pottery. Not only is it beautiful, it's also functional. Making the perfect handmade gift for anyone on your holiday gift list. I feel incredibly fortunate to live in an area abundant in talented potters. Many of whom pass their gift forward either through teaching or an internship. I recently met a new potter who I fell in love with on sight. (Well, her pottery. Although she is lovely as well.)

I met Ingrid Chase earlier this month at our city’s biannual RIOT Rooster – a yearly indie craft fair. Not only is Ingrid local to my hometown, she’s also an art teacher. Her online shop, IMC Clay, is filled with unique, one-of-a-kind mugs, succulent planters, vases, ring dishes and even earrings! So there’s something for everyone on your list.

I’m especially fond of the texture and hand sculpted elements that Ingrid adds to each of her pieces. It not only makes her work unique (and recognizable) but it also makes each piece she produces its own little work of art.

Shop IMC Clay for your handmade holiday gifts. One of my favorite handmade holiday gifts to give - and receive! - is pottery. Not only is it beautiful, it's also functional. Making the perfect handmade gift for anyone on your holiday gift list. I feel incredibly fortunate to live in an area abundant in talented potters. Many of whom pass their gift forward either through teaching or an internship. I recently met a new potter who I fell in love with on sight. (Well, her pottery. Although she is lovely as well.)

My dear friend, Bambi, and I both purchased items from Ingrid this month, though selfishly as a treat for ourselves. Bambi bought a pair of one-of-a-kind (reversible!) earrings while I purchased what is my new favorite coffee mug. You can shop with Ingrid for your handmade holiday gifts (and self indulgences) on Etsy here.

Bright Life Skincare. Handmade natural beauty and artisan skin care products. These natural skin care products are perfect for handmade holiday gifts & ideas. A lovely addition to any seasonal gift baskets as a handmade gift for her. Or try her natural sore muscle rub as a handmade holiday gift for him!

Bright Life Skincare is another wonderful local artisan that I had the pleasure of shopping with during RIOT Rooster. Izzy Donahue sells a variety of natural skin care products in her Etsy shop. Her products include bath soaks, lip balms, sugar scrubs, muscle rubs and facial serums. While many of Izzy’s products are well suited for stocking stuffers, they also are perfect for creating a handmade holiday gift basket. For a holiday themed gift, consider gifting her peppermint foot soak.

Handmade body butter from Unbound Elements for handmade holiday gifts this winter. Try not to eat yourself after using this one, we DARE you! Unbound Lemon Biscotti Body Butter smells like the pure deliciousness of your grandmas fresh baked lemon cookies straight out of the oven. Light, sweet, tart and rich at the same time, this Body Butter will leave your skin (and nose) in pure ecstasy!

I also purchased two lip scrub and lip balm duos from Unbound Elements at the same event to give as handmade holiday gifts this winter. Also local to the area, Lyndsey Dickerson is a talented artisan who crafts not only natural beauty products, but amazing jewelry as well. Her beard wax and mens fragrances make great handmade holiday gifts and ideas for him. While her hot chocolate lip balm is perfect for the kids’ stockings.

Show off your unique style with one-of-a-kind handcrafted jewelry from Unbound Elements. These beautiful rings, earrings and necklaces will always be in fashion and they make great handmade holiday gifts for her.

For handmade holiday gifts for her, I’m fond of Lyndsey’s coffee body scrub and butters. However, I also love her one-of-a-kind rings, earrings and necklaces.

Essential oil gift box for unique holiday gifts. This adorable wooden gift box from Unbound Elements includes a set of two essential oil blends of your choice, one diffuser necklace, description cards and two aromatherapy inhalers. 

Or consider this lovely essential oil gift box. This adorable wooden gift box includes a set of two essential oil blends of your choice, one diffuser necklace, description cards and two aromatherapy inhalers.

This stunning handcrafted heart shaped ring jewelry box from Splintered Thought is perfect for handmade holidays gifts and a unique way to propose prior to a wedding engagement.

Lyndsey’s other half, Stuart Harrison, also has an Etsy shop called Splintered Thought. He handcrafts heart-shaped wooden jewelry boxes that are perfect for anyone planning to pop the question over the holidays.

Handcrafted unicorn stacking rings from Magpie Metalworks. Who doesn't want a unicorn ring!? This 3 ring set is completely handmade of sterling silver. If you love fantasy then these rings are for you! Makes a unique Christmas stocking stuffer for a teenage daughter.

Or, if you have a teenage daughter, consider these handcrafted unicorn fantasy stacking rings. These can be purchased as a group or individually depending on your budget.

Handmade sterling silver skull ring from Magpie Metalworks. A unique Christmas stocking stuffer idea for him. This is one of the coolest rings! I use a shot plate made by another maker to form the skull and solder it to a half round hammered band. I then add a rich patina to the ring before polishing to give it a darker look and feel. It's chunky, rustic, and awesome!

I also love this more masculine skull ring for the guys. All of these rings are made by another local artisan, Piper Lane of Magpiper Metalworks. While she did not attend RIOT Rooster this year, I did meet her there the year prior. In addition to rings, Piper also sells earrings, bracelets and pendants.

Contemporary hand embroidery. DIY cactus embroidery kit from Hoops and Expectations. Handmade holiday gifts for fellow friends and crafters.

I recently made a purchase from Hoops and Expectations for a birthday gift for my dear friend, Bambi. After staying with her during my separation, I learned some pretty nifty things about her that I didn’t know before. As it turns out she is completely kick ass at embroidery. She has a small trunk that she keeps on display in home. One night, we opened up that trunk, and I got to see inside. The trunk was filled with the most beautifully embroidered pillows. I expected her to tell me they were machine made, as the designs were so detailed and completely perfect. But no. Bambi had made them all herself!

While these days Bambi makes and sells her own seed bead jewelry, she used to sell embroidered pillows when she lived in Wisconsin. So knowing her love of David Bowie and her desire to find the time to embroider again, I bought her an awesome David Bowie embroidery kit for her birthday. However, if David Bowie isn’t your thing – or your friend’s – Hoops and Expectations sells other complete DIY embroidery kits for your fellow crafters. In her shop you find all kinds of fun kits from cacti to the Grinch! In fact, I’m thinking of trying out one of these amazing kits for myself in the New Year. You can browse all of the designs offered by Hoops and Expectations in her Etsy shop here.

Flower metal trivet hot plate. If you're looking for houseware related handmade holiday gifts, then be sure to check out Highland Ridge Rustics. Located in Tennessee, this shop offers hand cut metal Christmas tree ornaments, wall hooks, signs and other home decor and even products to organize your life. I bought a mail organizer from them around two years ago and absolutely loved it! However, lately I've been eyeing the line of handmade trivets they offer. These come in other shapes, including one the shape of Texas, and make a great gift for anyone who loves to cook or entertain.

If you’re looking for houseware related handmade holiday gifts, then be sure to check out Highland Ridge Rustics. Located in Tennessee, this shop offers hand cut metal Christmas tree ornaments, wall hooks, signs and other home decor and even products to organize your life. I bought a mail organizer from them around two years ago and absolutely loved it! However, lately I’ve been eyeing the line of handmade trivets they offer. These come in other shapes, including one the shape of Texas, and make a great gift for anyone who loves to cook or entertain.

Handmade artisan soap gifts. Christmas themed holiday soaps for handmade holiday gifts and stocking stuffer ideas this winter.

And, of course, no soapmakers handmade holiday gift guide would be complete without soap! So here are a few of my favorite handmade artisan soaps of the season! Clockwise: Two-Pack of Holiday Soaps from Savory and Rose, Snow Covered Fir Tree Soap from The Village Soapsmith, The Night Before Christmas Soap from Owl Natural Soaps and Snowflake Christmas Soap from The Charming Frog. For more handmade holiday soap gifts, be sure to check out my full curated collection of artisan soaps on Etsy here.

Handmade holiday gifts & ideas. Your Etsy gift guide for the holiday season. If you need ideas for handmade holiday gifts, then you're to love this year's Etsy gift guide! Not only is there something for everyone on your list, but I've also met and/or purchased from quite a few of these amazing crafters. #handmadegifts #giftguide #etsy #handmadeisbetter

More Handmade Holiday Gifts & Ideas

Didn’t quite find what you were looking for? Try one of these other Etsy gift guides for handmade holiday gifts.

Also be sure to check out this collection of pretty ways to wrap your gifts this holiday season!

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Creative Ways to Package Soap for Sale (Or Handmade Holiday Gifts)

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If you’re looking for creative ways to package soap for sale to set your product apart at craft fairs and events, then you’ll love these easy soap packaging and labeling ideas! Keep reading to learn the best ways to package homemade soap for sale and put your soaps a head above the competition. Plus learn how to make some of my favorite homemade soap recipes for winter skin care.

Creative ways to package soap for sale or handmade holiday gifts. If you're looking for creative ways to package soap for sale to set your product apart at craft fairs and events, then you'll love these easy soap packaging and labeling ideas! Keep reading to learn the best ways to package homemade soap for sale and put your homemade soaps a head above the competition. Plus learn how to make some of my favorite soap recipes for winter skin care.

Creative Ways to Package Soap

Just because the homemade soaps you sell need to include the weight and ingredient list doesn’t mean you’re stuck using a traditional soap label. If you’re looking for creative ways to package your cold process soap bars, then try thinking outside the box. (Learn how to legally label your soaps for sale.)

Creative ways to package soap for sale or handmade holiday gifts. If you're looking for creative ways to package soap for sale to set your product apart at craft fairs and events, then you'll love these easy soap packaging and labeling ideas! Keep reading to learn the best ways to package homemade soap for sale and put your homemade soaps a head above the competition. Plus learn how to make some of my favorite soap recipes for winter skin care.

Easy Ways to Package Soap Using Scrapbook Supplies

I used scrapbook supplies and bakers twine to decorate these homemade soap bars. Simply print out your ingredient list and other information onto squares of cardstock. Then use bakers twine or a decorative ribbon to attach the ingredient list to the bottom or back of your soap bars. Simply slip the ingredient list under the bakers twine to safely secure it to your soap.

Creative ways to package soap for sale or handmade holiday gifts. If you're looking for creative ways to package soap for sale to set your product apart at craft fairs and events, then you'll love these easy soap packaging and labeling ideas! Keep reading to learn the best ways to package homemade soap for sale and put your homemade soaps a head above the competition. Plus learn how to make some of my favorite soap recipes for winter skin care.

Creative ways to package soap for sale or handmade holiday gifts. If you're looking for creative ways to package soap for sale to set your product apart at craft fairs and events, then you'll love these easy soap packaging and labeling ideas! Keep reading to learn the best ways to package homemade soap for sale and put your homemade soaps a head above the competition. Plus learn how to make some of my favorite soap recipes for winter skin care.

This is also a great way to package soap for seasonal handmade holiday gifts. It’s really as simple as wrapping chipboard elements, cardstock cutouts and felt shapes onto your soaps using ribbon, string or twine.

Best way to package homemade soap for sale or handmade holiday gifts or soap wedding favors. I love this custom cigar band and patterned poppy paper combo from The Creative Artisan Co. You can order these personalized soap labels as a set or separately with your own custom business logo or message for handmade soap wedding favors.

You can also use patterned scrapbook papers to wrap your soaps like little presents. A custom cigar band then displays your information or message. I love this custom cigar band and patterned poppy paper combo from The Creative Artisan Co. You can order these personalized soap labels as a set or separately with your own custom business logo or message for handmade soap wedding favors.

How to package homemade soap for sale. I love this all-in-one custom soap packaging like this custom soap packaging design from Andrea Tips that wraps and labels your soap all at one with just one product.

Or consider all-in-one custom soap packaging like this custom soap packaging design from Andrea Tips that wraps and labels your soap all at one with just one product.

Easy ways to package soap. Learn how to easily wrap your homemade soaps for sale or to give as handmade holiday gifts. Plus a super easy soap wrapper or soap wrapping tool from Tyars Essentials that gives you perfect and consistently wrapped soaps every single time!

There’s even a soap wrapping tool that allows you to hand wrap your homemade soaps perfectly every single time!

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Creative Ways to Package Soap for Sale (Or for Seasonal Handmade Holiday Gifts) If you're looking for creative ways to package soap for sale to set your product apart at craft fairs and events, then you'll love these easy soap packaging and labeling ideas! Keep reading to learn the best ways to package homemade soap for sale and put your homemade soaps a head above the competition. Plus learn how to make some of favorite soap recipes for winter skin care.

I also love this simple idea for tying leather cording around shaped soaps and accenting with herbs like rosemary. It’s a really easy way to add that extra touch to your handmade holiday gifts.

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How to Package Round Soap

One of my favorite ways to package round soap is by using washi tape. You can do this one of two ways. You can either tightly wrap your soap in foodservice film, then wrap a piece of washi tape around the diameter of the bar. Or, you can cut brown paper to fit the diameter of your soap. Then wrap the paper around the diameter. Tape the paper closed. Then add decorative washi tape over the brown paper (as pictured above.)

If you’re looking for ways to package your soaps to sell you can also put your label around the diameter of your soap in lieu of the washi tape. Or try one of the following ways to package round soap. I love how attractive the soap label is on these ways to package soap from Etsy sellers.

Creative ways to package round soap for sale or to give as seasonal handmade holiday gifts. This sweet fig goat milk soap from Fish Princess Farm illustrates one of the more common ways to package soap using thin paper and a round sticker label.

This sweet fig goat milk soap from Fish Princess Farm illustrates one of the more common ways to package soap using patterned paper or fabric and a round sticker label.

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You can also use plain colored tissue paper similar to this soap example of a bar of homemade shaving soap from Crow Sparrow Wares. To give your homemade soaps as handmade holiday gifts, you may want to use a simple, round handmade with love sticker for your round soap bars.

How to package round soap. Creative ways to package soap for sale or seasonal holiday gift giving. I love this twist on using paper as one of the ways to package soap. The Humble Soaper uses breathable, gauze-like fabric as a unique way to wrap her homemade soaps. Rather than folding the fabric into the center of the soap bar, she instead ties the fabric on top as illustrated by this example of her natural round soap bars.

I also love this twist on using paper as one of the ways to package soap. Instead, The Humble Soaper uses breathable, gauze-like fabric as a unique way to wrap her homemade soaps. Rather than folding the fabric into the center of the soap bar, she instead ties the fabric on top as illustrated by this example of her natural round soap bars.

Unique ways to package soap in boxes. Soaps boxes are one of the easiest ways to package soap. Just because you use a box to package your soap, however, doesn't mean it has to be "square." This holiday inspired unicorn bath bomb box from Tyars Essentials would also work beautifully for unicorn or horn shaped soaps.

Ways to Package Soap in Boxes

Soaps boxes are one of the easiest ways to package soap. Just because you use a box to package your soap, however, doesn’t mean it has to be “square.” This holiday inspired unicorn bath bomb box from Tyars Essentials would also work beautifully for unicorn or horn shaped soaps. (This is a downloadable file so you will need a Cricut machine for this project.)

Eco-friendly soap packaging ideas. Eco-friendly carton soap boxes will make your green friendly soapmaking business shine. The carton soap boxes from GREENKraft come in three sizes, are made with recyclable cardboard and are 100% recyclable. They also feature a nifty little window so you can show off your homemade soaps inside. I think they look especially nice with these custom apothecary labels from Substation Paperie.

Eco-friendly carton soap boxes will make your green friendly soapmaking business shine. The carton soap boxes from GREENKraft come in three sizes, are made with recyclable cardboard and are 100% recyclable. They also feature a nifty little window so you can show off your homemade soaps inside. I think they look especially nice with these custom apothecary labels from Substation Paperie.

Ways to package soap for handmade holiday gifts. Gable boxes and pillow boxes, like these from Cookiebox Store, are wonderful way to package your homemade soaps for handmade holiday gifts. Soap packaging ideas for handmade soap.

Gable boxes and pillow boxes, like these from Cookiebox Store, are another wonderful way to package your homemade soaps for handmade holiday gifts.

How to package soap for party or wedding favors. These clear soap boxes make stylish packaging for melt and pour macaron shaped soaps and are perfect for homemade soap wedding favors.

Or give these clear boxes a try. These clear soap boxes make stylish packaging for melt and pour macaron shaped soaps and are perfect for homemade soap wedding favors.

How to Package Homemade Soap Bars in Bags. Bags are also one of the easiest ways to wrap soap for sale or to give as handmade holiday gifts. Monita Natural Care sells decorative burlap bags for her homemade soaps that you can for gift giving. However, it's also great inspiration for designing your own burlap bags for handmade holiday soap gifts.

How to Package Homemade Soap Bars in Bags

Bags are also one of the easiest ways to wrap soap for sale or to give as handmade holiday gifts. Monita Natural Care sells decorative burlap bags for her homemade soaps that you can for gift giving. However, it’s also great inspiration for designing your own burlap bags for handmade holiday soap gifts.

Reusable eco-friendly ways to package soap. These cotton muslin printed bags from USCreativeshop are available in bulk for employee gifts, wedding favors or soaps for sale. They come in a variety of size options to best fit your needs. I also love that these bags can be reused time and again.

These cotton muslin printed bags from USCreativeshop are available in bulk for employee gifts, wedding favors or soaps for sale. They come in a variety of size options to best fit your needs. I also love that these bags can be reused time and again.

For more ways to package soap for sale or to give as handmade holiday gifts, be sure to check out more soap packaging and labeling ideas on Etsy here. You can also shop for homemade soaps from my curated collection. Alternately, keep reading for some of my all time favorite homemade soap recipes for winter skin care.

Winter soap recipes for dry skin. The best homemade soap recipes for dry skin or eczema for your natural winter skin care routine. Plus creative ways to package soap for handmade holiday gifts or for homemade soaps to craft and sell.

Best Homemade Soap Recipes for Winter Skin Care

If you suffer from dry skin or eczema in the winter, or other times of the year, it may be time to switch up your natural skin care routine. These homemade soap recipes are perfect for winter skin care. Made with natural skin conditioning ingredients, all of these winter homemade soap recipes nourish skin without stripping it. You’ll love the difference a moisturizing, low cleansing soap can make for your skin!

Best Homemade Soap Recipes for Winter Skin Care. If you suffer from dry skin or eczema in the winter, or other times of the year, it may be time to switch up your natural skin care routine. These homemade soap recipes are perfect for winter skin care. Made with natural skin conditioning ingredients, all of these winter homemade soap recipes nourish skin without stripping it. You'll love the difference a moisturizing, low cleansing soap can make for your skin!

Dry skin soap recipes for natural skin care. Best Homemade Soap Recipes for Winter Skin Care. If you suffer from dry skin or eczema in the winter, or other times of the year, it may be time to switch up your natural skin care routine. These homemade soap recipes are perfect for winter skin care. Made with natural skin conditioning ingredients, all of these winter homemade soap recipes nourish skin without stripping it. You'll love the difference a moisturizing, low cleansing soap can make for your skin!

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