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!

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Pain Relief Bath Salts Recipe to Soothe Sore Muscles

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Don’t let sore muscles slow you down during the busy holiday season! Enjoy a nice long soak in these DIY pain relief bath salts instead. (And sneak in some quiet time away from the kids and the hustle and bustle of the holidays.)

Pain Relief Bath Salts Recipe! Don't let sore muscles slow you down this busy holiday season! Enjoy a nice long soak in these pain relief bath salts instead. Crafted using Epsom salt, prized for its high magnesium content, these bath salts safely and naturally ease muscle pain, detox your body and promote calm. While a light blend of essential oils offer their aromatherapy benefits and a gentle cooling sensation. #diy #recipe #bathsalts #painrelief #homeremedies #natural

My natural pain relief bath salts recipe is incredibly easy to make and smells wonderful. Crafted using Epsom salt, prized for its high magnesium content, these bath salts safely and naturally ease muscle pain, detox your body and promote calm. A light blend of essential oils also offer their aromatherapy benefits and a gentle cooling sensation.

Even better? You can make my pain relief bath salts recipe in about 5 minutes! So not only are these bath salts easy to make when your body needs them most, but you can also whip these up in a jiffy for last minute holiday gifts.

Pain Relief Bath Salts Recipe! Crafted using Epsom salt, prized for its high magnesium content, these bath salts safely and naturally ease muscle pain, detox your body and promote calm. While a light blend of essential oils offer their aromatherapy benefits and a gentle cooling sensation. #diy #recipe #bathsalts #painrelief #homeremedies #natural

Pain Relief Bath Salts Recipe

© Rebecca Dawn Dillon

Ingredients:

17 oz. Epsom salt
.7 oz. fractionated coconut oil (or other carrier oil of choice)
.1 oz. polysorbate 80 (optional)
1 mL tangerine essential oil
1 mL peppermint essential oil
1 mL eucalyptus essential oil

Instructions:

To make these pain relief bath salts, begin by weighing out the Epsom salt into a large glass bowl. Set aside.

In a separate container weigh out the fractionated coconut oil and polysorbate 80. Mix well.

(Polysorbate 80 is a solubilizer that bonds with oil. It will keep the essential oils and fractionated coconut oil from sitting on top of the water in your tub. While this product is optional, it is recommended especially in the absence of a carrier oil so that your skin isn’t coming into contact with the essential oils undiluted in bath water when adding essential oils to bath salts.)

Then using graduated plastic transfer pipettes, measure out and add the essential oil. Stir to combine.

Now combine the wet ingredients with the Epsom salt and mix until all of the ingredients are incorporated evenly throughout the bath salts.

DIY Pain Relief Bath Salts! Crafted using Epsom salt, prized for its high magnesium content, these bath salts safely and naturally ease muscle pain, detox your body and promote calm. While a light blend of essential oils offer their aromatherapy benefits and a gentle cooling sensation. #diy #recipe #bathsalts #painrelief #homeremedies #natural

Package your pain relief bath salts in your container of choice then label as desired for personal use or gifting.

To use your pain relief bath salts, add 1/2 to 1 cup to warm bath water as desired and soak for 20 minutes.

Arnica Pain Relief Salve Recipe for Sore Muscles and Inflammation! Whether you suffer from pain due to the occasional the bumps and bruises or sore muscles or more intense pain from chronic conditions such as arthritis or carpal tunnel, this arnica pain relief salve recipe is the perfect natural remedy for muscle pain and inflammation!

If you like my DIY pain relief bath salts, then you may also enjoy my natural sore muscle salt scrub recipe as well as my arnica pain relief salve recipe for muscle pain and inflammation.

For more natural remedies be sure to follow my Natural Home Remedies and Herbal Health Care Pinterest board. Or follow my DIY Bath and Body Pinterest board for more homemade skin care recipes.

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Chamomile Calendula Bath Salts Recipe

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 This relaxing chamomile calendula bath salts recipe is made using a simple combination of ingredients - natural salts, botanicals and coconut oil - that helps to relieve stress, condition and detoxify skin, and ease sore muscles and joint pain.

This relaxing chamomile calendula bath salts recipe is made using a simple combination of ingredients – natural salts, botanicals and coconut oil – that helps to relieve stress, condition and detoxify skin, and ease sore muscles and joint pain.

 This relaxing chamomile calendula bath salts recipe is made using a simple combination of ingredients - natural salts, botanicals and coconut oil - that helps to relieve stress, condition and detoxify skin, and ease sore muscles and joint pain.

Chamomile Calendula Bath Salts Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

8 oz. dead sea salt
4 oz. Epsom salt
1 Tablespoon chamomile flowers
1 Tablespoon calendula petals
.4 oz. fractionated coconut oil

Instructions:

Using a digital scale, weigh out the dead sea salt and Epsom salt into a large glass bowl. Mix to combine.

Next, weigh out the fractionated coconut oil and drizzle into the salts, mixing as you do so, until the coconut oil has lighted coated all of the salts. (If you’d like to use an essential oil to scent your chamomile calendula bath salts recipe, you may add it at the same time as the fractionated coconut oil. I recommend around 15 drops.)

This relaxing chamomile calendula bath salts recipe is made using a simple combination of ingredients - natural salts, botanicals and coconut oil - that helps to relieve stress, condition and detoxify skin, and ease sore muscles and joint pain.

Now measure out the botanicals using a Tablespoon measure and mix into the bath salts.

Package your bath salts as desired. I used a large glass apothecary jar from Infinity Jars for mine. (These jars are pretty awesome. They have a heavy glass-on-glass lid that only require the most gentle twist to lock a watertight seal and they also block UV light.)

Alternately, you can also package your chamomile calendula bath salts in High Barrier Kraft Paper Stand up Zipper Pouch Bags.

This relaxing chamomile calendula bath salts recipe is made using a simple combination of ingredients - natural salts, botanicals and coconut oil - that helps to relieve stress, condition and detoxify skin, and ease sore muscles and joint pain.

To use, simply add desired amount to running bath water and stir to dissolve. Then relax in your bath for ten to twenty minutes to soak in the benefits.

Want an easy alternative? You can also try this bath salts recipe with lavender flowers and mint leaves in place of the chamomile and calendula!

Organic Bath Salts from Barefoot Apothecary

If you don’t have time to make my chamomile calendula bath salts recipe, then be sure to check out some of my favorites on Etsy, including these organic bath salts (pictured) from Barefoot Apothecary.

I also love the goat milk, oats and calendula bath salts for itchy skin/eczema from 7 Chakras Soap, the chamomile calendula bath salts from Wild Raven Soap in Australia, the Good Karma bath salts from Wonderland Bath & Beauty, the calendula bath salts scented with frankincense and myrrh essential oils from The Savvy Soap, and the Mimosa Luxe Epsom salt bath soak from Lovely Body.

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Mineral Bath Soak Recipes

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These natural mineral bath soak recipes are a snap to make and are the perfect end to a long day. In addition to helping you wind down after a stressful day, these mineral bath soak recipes also help to ease sore muscles and detox skin! Leave them unscented or add some of your favorite essential oil(s) for a complete aromatherapy experience!

These natural mineral bath soak recipes are a snap to make and are the perfect end to a long day. In addition to helping you wind down after a stressful day, these mineral bath soak recipes also help to ease sore muscles and detox skin! Leave them unscented or add some of your favorite essential oil(s) for a complete aromatherapy experience!

These natural mineral bath soak recipes are a snap to make and are the perfect end to a long day. In addition to helping you wind down after a stressful day, these mineral bath soak recipes also help to ease sore muscles and detox skin! Leave them unscented or add some of your favorite essential oil(s) for a complete aromatherapy experience!

Mineral Bath Soak Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon fine dead sea salt
1 Tablespoon coarse pink Himalayan salt
1 Tablespoon coarse sea salt
1 Tablespoon Epsom salt
1 mL (20 drops) essential oil of choice, optional

Instructions:

Using a measuring spoon, measure out the salts into a glass bowl. Add essential oil(s) if desired – you can use a graduated transfer pipette to measure out the amount needed – then mix well. Now use a funnel to fill your containers. I used these awesome 8 dram clear glass vials with black phenolic cone lined caps I received from SKS Bottle & Packaging for mine. (You can find them here.)

Available in bulk, these vials make it easy to fill with your mineral bath soak recipes for creating DIY wedding favors or bridesmaid gifts and even homemade stocking stuffers. This particular mineral bath soak recipe fills 2 8-dram glass vials.

These natural mineral bath soak recipes are a snap to make and are the perfect end to a long day. In addition to helping you wind down after a stressful day, these mineral bath soak recipes also help to ease sore muscles and detox skin! They make lovely DIY wedding favors, bridesmaid gifts and even homemade stocking stuffers!

Floral Mineral Bath Soak Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

2 teaspoons fine dead sea salt
2 teaspoons coarse pink Himalayan salt
2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
2 teaspoons Epsom salt
1 teaspoon lavender flowers
1 teaspoon rose petals
1 teaspoon calendula petals
1 mL (20 drops) essential oil of choice, optional

Instructions:

As with the mineral bath soak recipe, use measuring spoons to measure out all of the cosmetic salts as well the flowers and combine in a glass bowl. Add your choice of essential oil(s) if desired and mix well. Use a small funnel to fill two 8-dram glass vials, then cap and label as desired.

These natural mineral bath soak recipes are a snap to make and are the perfect end to a long day. In addition to helping you wind down after a stressful day, these mineral bath soak recipes also help to ease sore muscles and detox skin! They make lovely DIY wedding favors, bridesmaid gifts and even homemade stocking stuffers!

What’s so great about cosmetic salts?

Dead Sea salt is extracted and solar dried from the saline and mineral rich marshes of the Dead Sea. As a result this salt is extremely rich in nutrients and contains an abundance of numerous key elements. It is widely renowned as the best therapeutic salts available.

Epsom salt is a common ingredient in bath salts as it possesses properties that help to help sooth, relax, and relieve sore muscles. Comprised primarily of magnesium and sulfates, Epsom salt does won’t leave your skin feeling dry. Instead skin soaked in Epsom salts will have a soft and silky texture after a long soak.

Himalayan pink salt is one of the purest salts available and is used both therapeutically and in cosmetic preparations. Derived from ancient sea salt deposits, Himalayan pink salt is believed to be the purest form of salt available. It offers essential minerals and trace elements, balances electrolytes, supports proper nutrient absorption, eliminates toxins, balances the body’s pH, and increases circulation.

Sea salt is essential to good health and is used by the human body to function properly. The sodium in sea salt serves as an electrolyte and assists with regulating the electrical charges within our cells while chloride supports potassium absorption, enhances carbon dioxide transportation, regulates body fluid levels, and is an essential component of digestive acids. Sea salt is great for softening and rejuvenating the skin as well as relaxing muscular aches, pains, sunburns, rashes, and irritated skin.

These natural mineral bath soak recipes are a snap to make and are the perfect end to a long day. In addition to helping you wind down after a stressful day, these mineral bath soak recipes also help to ease sore muscles and detox skin! Leave them unscented or add some of your favorite essential oil(s) for a complete aromatherapy experience!

If you like my mineral bath soak recipes, you may also enjoy my DIY herbal facial steam. My DIY herbal facial steam is not only easy to make, it’s also a great way to naturally reduce acne breakouts, boost circulation and remove toxins. You can learn how to make your own DIY facial steam here.

This easy Argan and Rosemary Facial Cleansing Oil Recipe requires just two ingredients but delivers incredible results! It's especially great for maturing skin as it can help to prevent wrinkles. Plus it doubles as a moisturizer!

Or try my easy argan and rosemary facial cleansing oil recipe. This simple facial care recipe requires just two ingredients but delivers incredible results! This all natural facial cleansing oil recipe combines argan oil and rosemary essential oil for a simple yet effective cleansing oil suitable for all skin types. It easily removes makeup, dirt and oil and helps to prevent delicate facial skin from drying out due to the overuse of soap and water. You can find my argan and rosemary facial cleansing oil recipe here.

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Natural Lavender & Rose Bath Salt Recipe for Mother’s Day

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Natural DIY Lavender and Rose Bath Salts Recipe for Mother's Day with Coconut Milk Powder and Colloidal Oatmeal

Treat mom this Mother’s Day with this simple yet incredibly soothing all natural lavender and rose bath salt recipe. It makes a lovely homemade Mother’s Day gift especially when packaged in a reusable container like a glass jar with bail lid.

How to Make DIY Spa Lavender and Rose Bath Salts with Colloidal Oatmeal and Powdered Coconut Milk

Natural Lavender & Rose Bath Salt Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

1/3 cup Epsom salt
1/4 cup fine sea salt
1/4 cup colloidal oatmeal
1/4 cup powdered coconut milk
1 Tablespoon lavender flowers
1 Tablespoon crushed rose petals
3 ml lavender essential oil

Beauty DIY - Natural Homemade Milk Bath Recipe - Made with sea salt and coconut milk powder and lavender and rose botanicals!

Instructions:

Measure out the Epsom salt and sea salt into a medium to large glass bowl or measuring cup. Mix with a fork to combine, then using a graduated transfer pipettes measure out the lavender essential oil and stir into the salts until well mixed.

Now measure out the colloidal oatmeal and coconut milk powder and stir into the salts.

Finally, using a Tablespoon measuring spoon, measure out the lavender flowers and crushed rose petals and mix into the product.

Homemade Mother's Day Gift Idea - Natural Lavender and Rose Bath Salts Recipe with Colloidal Oatmeal and Coconut Milk Powder

Now package as desired – the finished recipe yields approximately 6.25 oz. by weight – in an airtight container and gift. To use, simply add desired amount to warm bath water.

For more handmade Mother’s Day gift ideas check out my Homemade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Pinterest board. You can also find more natural DIY beauty recipe by following my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest.

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