Homemade Holiday Gifts & Ideas for Winter

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This post is sponsored by Sticker You. All opinions are my own.

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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Cardamom & Pumpkin Spice Solid Coffee Scrub Recipe

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This cardamom and pumpkin spice solid coffee scrub recipe makes a wonderful holiday gift idea. It's made with real pumpkin spice coffee, exfoliating pink salt and sugar, and moisturizing cupuacu and cocoa butters to keep your skin glowing and looking healthy all winter long!

This cardamom and pumpkin spice solid coffee scrub recipe makes a wonderful holiday gift idea. It’s made with real pumpkin spice coffee, exfoliating pink salt and sugar, and moisturizing cupuacu and cocoa butters to keep your skin glowing and looking healthy all winter long!

This cardamom and pumpkin spice solid coffee scrub recipe makes a wonderful holiday gift idea. It's made with real pumpkin spice coffee, exfoliating pink salt and sugar, and moisturizing cupuacu and cocoa butters to keep your skin glowing and looking healthy all winter long!

Cardamom & Pumpkin Spice Solid Coffee Scrub Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

1.5 oz. pumpkin spice ground coffee
.25 oz. allspice powder
2.5 oz. fine sea salt
2 oz. fine ground pink Himalayan salt
2 oz. white granulated sugar
.75 oz. cupuacu butter
1.75 oz. cocoa butter
2 oz. refined shea butter (or sal butter)
.1 oz. Cardamom True Sugar fragrance oil

Instructions:

You’ll need a six-cavity silicone gingerbread mold for my cardamom & pumpkin spice solid coffee scrub recipe. This recipe will yield four solid gingerbread shaped coffee scrubs.

Using a digital scale, weigh out the butters into a large glass Pyrex measuring cup. Heat in the microwave at 50% power until melted. (Alternately you may use a double boiler.) Set aside.

In a separate glass container weigh out the spices, coffee, salt and sugar. Use a fork to mix the dry ingredients until they are thoroughly combined.

Now weigh out the fragrance oil and stir into the melted butter mixture. Mix to combine.

Slowly pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix.

This cardamom and pumpkin spice solid coffee scrub recipe makes a wonderful holiday gift idea. It's made with real pumpkin spice coffee, exfoliating pink salt and sugar, and moisturizing cupuacu and cocoa butters to keep your skin glowing and looking healthy all winter long!

Once the ingredients are evenly distributed throughout, pour the mixture into four of the gingerbread shaped cavities of your silicone mold.

Allow your solid coffee scrub to fully solidify and harden before removing them from the mold’s cavities. (You can put your mold in the refrigerator to speed up this part of the process. Placing your mold onto a cutting board before pouring the coffee scrub mixture into the mold will make it easier to transport.)

Once you’ve unmolded your solid coffee scrubs, wrap them tightly in foodservice film or place them individually into cello bags for gifting.

If you are making my cardamom & pumpkin spice solid coffee scrub recipe to sell, you’ll need to label your solid coffee scrubs appropriately to meet state and federal laws. If you’re unsure about the rules and regulations regarding labeling cosmetics, I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.

To use your solid coffee scrubs, simply massage the bar – or a piece of the bar – onto wet skin in a warm-hot shower. Then rinse and pat dry. Be sure to store your solid coffee scrubs in a cool, dry location when not in use to extend the life of the product.

Live in a warmer climate? Make these solid coffee scrubs so they have a slightly higher melt point by making the following changes to my cardamom & pumpkin spice solid coffee scrub recipe: 1.5 oz. of shea butter (instead of 2 oz.) and 1 oz. cupuacu butter (instead of .75 oz.) This will also make them more shelf stable for shipping purposes.

This homemade coffee scrub recipe without coconut oil is inspired by the Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub. Scented with a fresh blend of orange, coconut and cardamom, my coffee scrub recipe contains naturally emollient sweet almond oil, mineral rich pink Himalayan salt, anti-inflammatory blood orange essential oil, brown sugar, and ground coffee to exfoliate, smooth and brighten dull, aging or acne prone skin. Plus there are free printable labels for gifting!

For more handmade holiday gift ideas, be sure to check out my Holly-Days favorites on Etsy here for handmade gifts you can buy. Or for more DIY holiday gift ideas visit these boards on Pinterest: Unique DIY Christmas Gift Ideas, DIY Stocking Stuffer Sized Christmas Gifts, and Homemade Gift Ideas for Men. You can also find more of my homemade scrub recipes here as well as on my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest here. (Pictured above is my Orange Coconut Coffee Scrub Recipe.)

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DIY Gingerbread Men Snow Globe Soaps

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Homemade Stocking Stuffer Gift Idea for Christmas - DIY Gingerbread Man Snow Globe Soap

If you’re looking for a fun homemade gift idea for the holidays, then you’ll definitely want to consider these super cute DIY Handmade Gingerbread Men Snow Globe Soaps! Kids love bathing with these fun soaps. And once the soap is gone, they are left with a little gingerbread man figurine they can take along with them on all of their holiday adventures! Keep reading to learn how to make your own melt and pour snow globe soaps and for a chance to win an all inclusive DIY Snow Globe Soap Kit from Wholesale Supplies Plus!

Gingerbread Men Snow Globe Soap DIY! This fun winter craft tutorial will walk you through the steps of making your own homemade snow globe soaps for the holiday season! These are so cute and they make fun Christmas gifts for kids!

DIY Holiday Gingerbread Men Snow Globe Soaps

Recipe from Wholesale Supplies Plus

Ingredients:

10.5 oz. Clear Melt & Pour Soap Base
1.5 oz. White Melt & Pour Soap Base
1 teaspoon Matte American Red Liquid Pigment
1 teaspoon Super Sparkle Iridescent Glitter
10 ml Peppermint Stick Fragrance Oil
Rubbing Alcohol
10 Mini Gingerbread Men Toys

Supplies & Equipment:

Cookie Sheet or Cutting Board
2 – Cake Pop Silicone Molds
Mixing Spoon
Plastic Transfer Pipette
Digital Kitchen Scale
Knife or Soap Cutter
2 – 2 Cup or larger Pyrex Measuring Cups
Microwave
Spray Bottle

Instructions:

This recipe yields 10 gingerbread snow globe soaps, however if you purchase the snow globe kit you can actually make up to 12 by slightly increasing the recipe. (The gingerbread men are sold in packs of twelve.) You can make 8 snow globes with one cake pop silicone mold in two stages – as it only has 8 cavities – or you can make them all at once if you have two of these molds.

Start by filling a small spray bottle with rubbing alcohol. You will be using this to spritz on after each layer of soap to prevent bubbles and help the layers adhere to one another. You’ll also want to place your silicone mold onto a cookie sheet or cutting board in case you need to move the soaps while they are still setting up inside the mold.

How to Make Handmade Christmas Snow Globe Soaps

Now begin making your soaps by first weighing out the clear melt & pour soap base. Cut it into chunks with a knife or soap cutter then melt in the microwave just until melted. This melt & pour soap base melts really fast – under a minute! – so watch it carefully. Once melted, measure out the Peppermint Stick Fragrance Oil with a plastic transfer pipette and stir into the soap base. Measure out the glitter and stir it in as well.

Homemade Christmas Gift Idea - DIY Gingerbread Men Snow Globe Soaps

Now place one gingerbread man into each of the mold cavities and slowly pour the melted soap base into each cavity. Leave room around the lip of the mold so there is room to add the “snow” and snow globe base. Once you have filled each cavity equally with soap, spritz the top of the soaps with alcohol and allow to set up. (This base will set up fairly quickly if not overheated. Just don’t put it in the freezer or it will cloud your clear soap base.) Set the remaining soap base aside for use later.

Once your soap has solidified, weigh out and melt the white melt & pour soap base in a second measuring cup. Spritz the tops of the solidified soap again with alcohol then slowly pour the white soap evenly in each cavity. Spritz with alcohol and allow to set up.

Handmade Christmas Gift Idea - DIY Homemade Snow Globe Melt and Pour Soaps

Once the new layer of soap has solidified, re-melt the clear soap with fragrance and glitter. Next, Stir in just enough red pigment to created a deep red color. Spritz the molded soaps with alcohol, then slowly pour the red soap – what will be the snow globe “base” – into each cavity until filled. Spritz again with alcohol and allow to solidify.

Homemade Christmas Gift Idea - DIY Gingerbread Man Snow Globe Soap Stocking Stuffer

Once the snow globe soaps have completely set up, remove them from the mold cavities and wrap tightly with professional plastic food wrap film. This will keep them from sweating. Then label and add any other additional packaging as desired and they are ready to gift! These snow globe soaps make great homemade stocking stuffers. Or gift them in a box of other fantastic treats for the holidays!

For more fantastic homemade soap projects and recipes, be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body Board on Pinterest. You can also follow my DIY Stocking Stuffer Sized Christmas Gifts Board and Unique DIY Christmas Gift Ideas Board for more DIY holiday gift ideas! Don’t want to miss a post? Follow Soap Deli News via Blog Lovin’ or sign up for my newsletter.

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