Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2016

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Giving handmade gifts adds special meaning to your holiday gift exchange experience. But not everyone has the time to make their gifts. Even if you can't make your own gifts, you can give the gift of handmade. This handmade holiday gift guide offers a little something for everyone this holiday season. Not only will your recipient appreciate the extra thought, but you're also helping out the artist and their families as well!

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Giving handmade gifts adds special meaning to your holiday gift exchange experience. But not everyone has the time to make their gifts. Even if you can’t make your own gifts, you can give the gift of handmade.

This handmade holiday gift guide offers a little something for everyone this holiday season. Not only will your recipient appreciate the extra thought, but you’re also helping out an artisan and their families as well! Keep reading to discover handmade gifts for soap lovers, gifts for DIY-ers, gifts for guys, gifts for kids and more!

Handmade Gifts for Soap Lovers

Handmade Soap Gifts for the Holidays Perfect for Soap Lovers

Handmade Gingerbread Soap from Boston CreationsFrosted Birch and Juniper Bath Gift Set from Sweet Clementine Soaps / Christmas Soap Gift Set from Orange Blossom Soap Company / Lump of Coal Soap from Northern Dlights

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide: Handmade Soap Gifts

Handmade Pumpkin Chai Soap from SoapwonderfulSecret Santa Christmas Parcel from Sweet Cecily’s / Gingerbread Body Butter from Nature’s Skin Nutrition / Holiday Soaps and Lip Butters Gift Set from Beth and Olivia’s Market

Handmade Gifts for DIY-ers

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for DIY-ers

Prosecco & Peach DIY Lip Balm Kit from Sweet Cecily’s / DIY Zombie Moss Terrarium Kit from Moss Love Terrariums / Crystals Embroidery Pattern from Sarah K. Benning / DIY Whipped Body Butter Kit from DarNaturals

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for DIY-ers

Organic Kombucha Brewing Kit from The Kombucha Shop / Organic Nut Free Whipped Body Butter Kit from ElixourOriginal Dairy Free Mozerella & Ricotta Cheese Kit from Urban Cheesecraft / DIY Natural Soy Candle Kit from Holistic Studio

Handmade Gifts for Guys

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide: Handmade Gifts for Guys

Brewery in a Box Beer Making Kit from Urban Brew Shop / Rock Candle Oil Lamp from Handmade Rock Art / Handmade Novelty Bacon Soap from Epic Soap Company / Skull Coffee Pour Over Filter Set from Nicole Pangas Ceramics

Handmade Holiday Gifts for Guys

Spiced Chile Hot Chocolate Mix from Whimsy and Spice / Oak Wood iPhone Valet from Paybacks A Beach / Hand Stitched Mens Guitar Wallet from Fullmoonn / DIY Cocktail Bitters Kit from High Desert Botanicals

Handmade Gifts for Kids

Handmade Holiday GIft Guide: Gifts for Kids

Superhero Soap from Love Lee Soaps / Crochet Raccoon Toy from Ami Ami Gocco / Squirrel Coin Purse from KaselottiNatural History Coloring Book from Awreon Illustrations

Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids

Trio Set of Lip Glaze Tins from Feeling Smitten / Personalized Pony Pin Badge from Bonbi Forest / Soapsquatch Big Foot Soap from Leeloo Soap / Ice Cream Parlor Bath Bomb from Boom Shaka Bomb

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide and Etsy Favorites

Want even more handmade holiday gift ideas? Shop from among my other Etsy favoritesGift Ideas for GuysGift Ideas for DIY-ersGift Ideas for Pet OwnersUnique Handmade GiftsGift Ideas for HerHousewarming GiftsGift Ideas for KidsGift Ideas for Little GirlsGift Ideas for SweetheartsGift Ideas for Coffee + Chocolate LoversGift Ideas for Unicorn LoversPumpkin Spice Gift IdeasGift Ideas for Pin Lovers and Gift Ideas for Co-Workers! (Or see them all here.)

You can also find more handmade gift ideas from Etsy’s Editors’ Picks Handmade Holiday Gift Guide here.

Want to make your own handmade holiday gifts? Check out my collection of 50 unique DIY Christmas gifts you can make for friends and family here.

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Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 8th, 2016! If you’re still on the hunt for last minute Mother’s day gift ideas, then you’ll love this collection of Mother’s day gift ideas! Make them in just an hour in an afternoon and then gift them the same day! Don’t have supplies on hand? I’ve also included a few great last minute Mother’s day gift ideas that you can buy!

If you're still on the hunt for last minute Mother's day gift ideas, then you'll love this collection of Mother's day gift ideas you can DIY for mom in an afternoon that are ready for gifting the same day!

Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas to DIY

1. Adzuki Bean Soap Recipe – This easy DIY adzuki bean soap makes a beautiful and functional homemade Mother’s Day gift! Made from a glycerin soap base, this adzuki bean soap recipe is a snap to make and is ready to gift the same day.

2. Custom Dry Oil Body Spray Recipe – Learn how to make this DIY Dry Body Oil Spray as a custom scented homemade Mother’s Day gift for mom!

3. Homemade Solid Perfume Recipe – This easy homemade solid perfume recipe makes a wonderful last minute Mother’s Day gift idea! Simply customize it with mom’s favorite scent!

4. Lush Inspired Massage Bar Recipe – This Lush inspired massage bar recipe is super simple to make and is a wonderful homemade Mother’s Day gift idea!

If you're still on the hunt for last minute Mother's day gift ideas, then you'll love this collection of Mother's day gift ideas you can DIY for mom in an afternoon that are ready for gifting the same day!

5. Natural Sal Butter Sugar Scrub Recipe – This naturally colored and scented sal butter sugar scrub recipe creates a natural, nourishing scrub that is especially suited for mom’s maturing skin. In addition to sal butter, this sugar scrub recipe also contains healing neem oil and moisturizing coconut oil.

6. Organic Peppercorn Massage Melt and Pour Soap Recipe – This fun homemade soap contains black peppercorns that gently massage skin as the soap is used.

7. Natural Lavender Bath Salts Recipe – Help mom keeping her skin looking and feeling great with this natural coconut milk & lavender bath salts recipe.

8. Ginger Lime Salt Scrub Recipe – Looking for a fresh new scrub for a last minute Mother’s day gift? Try this invigorating ginger and lime homemade salt scrub recipe! Not only is it easy to make, but it offers exceptional exfoliating and moisturizing benefits for your skin.

If you're still on the hunt for last minute Mother's day gift ideas, then you'll love this collection of Mother's day gift ideas you can DIY for mom in an afternoon that are ready for gifting the same day!

9. DIY Custom Herbal Tea Blends – Create the perfect last minute Mother’s day gift by gifting her with a relaxing, custom herbal tea blend!

10. DIY Lemongrass and Sage Bath Bombs – These freshly scented bath bombs make a relaxing last minute Mother’s day gift idea.

11. Homemade Lavender Bath Melts Recipe – These easy lavender scented bath melts contain soy wax to help them stand up better to storage before use and help to moisturize and protect dry or maturing skin from the elements.

12. DIY Terrariums – These cute terrariums are perfect as last minute Mother’s day gift ideas! Just collect materials from outside and combine them in a glass container!

Last Minute Mother's Day Gift Ideas that Mom is sure to love!

Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas to Buy

1. Julep Beauty Box – A Julep Beauty Box gift subscription is the perfect Mother’s day gift for beauty lovers! Each monthly box includes award-winning multi-benefit beauty products plus recipients get to customize their beauty box selection each month! Choose from a gift subscription of 2, 4 or 6 boxes.

2. Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker – Help mom stay in shape with a customizable fitness tracker designed to fit her personal style. Fitbit will help your mom stay motivated by tracking all-day activity like steps, distance, calories burned and active minutes, and credit workouts with SmartTrack automatic exercise recognition. At night, Fitbit tracks sleep and more.

3. Tequila Mockingbird – For the literary mom who’s also keen on cocktails, I love the book, Tequila Mockingbird! Inside you find 65 ‘novel’ cocktail recipes that pay homage to your favorite books with punnily named provisions that include the Gin Eyre, Vermouth the Bell Tolls, the Wonderful Blizzard of Oz, Gone with the Wine, and the Last of the Mojitos. Available via ModCloth as well as via Amazon Prime.

4. Just Sew Sweet Notecard Set – This set of 16 retro notecards stirs nostalgia with packaging from four vintage sewing patterns from the 1960s.

Last Minute Mother's Day Gift Ideas for moms that love to DIY!

If mom loves to DIY then she’s sure to love one of these MakerKits! (Psst. You can get 20% off your entire order at MakersKit when you enter coupon code: MakeIt20 at checkout.)

5. Seashell & Air Plant Kit + 3 Bath Bomb Gift Set – This DIY gift set contains everything mom needs to create a fun and easy air plant display with a natural seashell. It also includes three Premium Bath Bombs, a French Lavender Mini Room Spray and French Teas & Petite Cookies.

6. DIY Spa Gift Set – This MakersKit gift set includes the ingredients to create a handmade soy candle and body scrub. In addition it also comes with one Premium Bath Bomb, a French Lavender Mini Room Spray and French Teas & Petite Cookies.

7. Honestly WTF Gemstone Soap Kit – Inspired by gemstones, this DIY soapmaking kit includes everything you need to make one of a kind original gemstone soaps. Mom can mix and match colors to create soaps to compliment any color palette in her home.

8. Succulent Geometric Terrarium Gift Set – This DIY kit contains the materials you’ll need to create a unique, modern terrarium. It also comes with one Premium Bath Bomb, a French Lavender Mini Room Spray and French Teas & Petite Cookies.

For even more last minute Mother’s Day gift ideas you can DIY, be sure to follow my Homemade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Pinterest board as well as my post, DIY Mother’s Day Gifts You Can Make and Gift.

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Homemade Coffee Flavored Lip Balm Recipe (Made with Real Coffee!)

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This Homemade Coffee Flavored Lip Balm Recipe makes a great treat for any coffee lover's lips! Plus it's made with real coffee making it extra crush worthy.

I’ve been putting all kinds of new bath & beauty recipe ingredients on my wish list lately. Unfortunately making my way through the entire list takes a while. After trying 100% Pure Cosmetics’ Organic Coffee Bean Eye Cream made with Arabica Coffee Seed Oil and Green Arabica Coffee Seed Oil I ended up with two more new ingredients for my wish list. I really wanted to use a natural coffee oil in my own under eye cream recipe for puffy eyes. (That recipe is next so be sure to follow my blog so you don’t miss it!)

However, as I’m pretty crafty and I have whole bean coffee at home, I decided to make a coffee infused oil in the meantime. It turned out quite nicely for the recipes I had in mind including this one for a homemade coffee flavored lip balm recipe!

To make my coffee infused oil I coarsely ground 3 Tablespoons of whole coffee beans in a coffee grinder. I then combined the grounds with 4 oz. by weight of olive oil over low heat for about 15 minutes, then strained the oil. As I did not have any cheesecloth handy and I’m often an impatient crafter, I improvised by taping a coffee filter to the top of a cup then poured the coffee and oil into the filter. Once the majority of the oil dripped through – yeah, it mostly worked – I carefully removed the filter and then squeezed the rest of the oil out into the cup. A few grounds got through, but nothing major.

This Homemade Coffee Flavored Lip Balm Recipe makes a great treat for any coffee lover's lips! Plus it's made with real coffee making it extra crush worthy.

Homemade Coffee Flavored Lip Balm Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

1 oz. coffee infused olive oil (see above)
.5 oz. refined shea butter
.5 oz. refined/deodorized cocoa butter
.25 oz. white cosmetic grade beeswax
10 drops clove essential oil
1/2 ml Kahlua flavor oil
1/2 ml Chocolate Devil’s Food Cake flavor oil
pinch of sugar (optional)

Instructions:

To create this coffee flavored lip balm recipe you’ll begin by using a digital kitchen scale weigh out the beeswax and cocoa butter in a glass Pyrex measuring cup. Heat in the microwave at reduced power (or in a double boiler) until half melted, then weigh out the shea butter and add to the cocoa butter and beeswax and continue heating until full melted.

Using a pot holder or kitchen towel to remove the measuring cup – it will get hot! – add a pinch of sugar, if desired, and stir well. Then weigh out and add the coffee infused olive oil to the mixture and stir thoroughly to combine.

Finally, using a different 3ml Graduated Plastic Transfer Pipettes for each oil, add ten drops of the clove oil and a measured 1/2 ml each of the flavor oils. Mix well then slowly pour the lip balm mixture into your containers of choice. I used .25 oz. slider tins for this project. If you also use slider tins you can expect this recipe to fill about 9 – 10 tins depending on how full you fill them. Be aware however that if you overfill them the lid will scrape off excess lip balm when you close it.

This Homemade Coffee Flavored Lip Balm Recipe makes a great treat for any coffee lover's lips! Plus it's made with real coffee making it extra crush worthy.Once your coffee flavored lip balms have cooled completely and solidified you can put the lids back onto the tins and add your own fun labels. To make my labels I simply turned one of the lids upside down and traced around it onto full size blank white label sticker sheets, then drew inside of that line. In addition to using permanent markers for my labels, I also used some really cool new washi tapes from Cute Tape. (I used both the Corner Japanese Washi Masking Tape and the Pink Cherry Blossom Snowflake Washi Tape.)

Pretty Packaging and Gift Wrap Idea Using Washi Tape and Baker's Twine

I even sent a few of these out with some of my recent orders as a surprise gift for the holidays! Some glassine bags, washi tape and red & white Baker’s Twine and they were all wrapped up like little gifts!


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Beautiful Holiday DIY Projects to Make, Gift, & Decorate

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The holiday season is upon us and Christmas is right around the corner. If you’re still lagging behind or hurrying to come up with last minute homemade Christmas gift ideas, no worries. Here are a few of my recent favorite handmade holiday finds for making homemade Christmas gifts, edible treats and handmade Christmas tree ornaments and decorations.

Beautiful Holiday DIY Projects to Make, Gift and Decorate

Clockwise from top left: DIY Zipper Book Clutch via See Kate Sew / Homemade Pumpkin Bars Recipe via Handmade Charlotte / Homemade Champagne Simple Syrups Recipes via Spoon Fork Bacon / DIY Custom Holiday Wall Art via Curbly

Lovely Handmade Holiday Gifts and  Decorating Ideas

Clockwise from top left: DIY Five Minute Upcycled Pet Snood via My So Called Crafty Life / DIY Mini Snow Globe Ornament via NoBiggie / DIY Egg Carton Flower String Lights via Norske Interior Blogger / DIY Ornament Window Decorations via Thistlewood Farms

Discover more homemade Christmas gift ideas and DIY projects by following Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen on Pinterest where I offer a vast array of seasonal fun filled DIY boards for homemade stocking stuffers and unique DIY Christmas gifts as well as other holiday projects, DIY bath & beauty recipes and more.


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Holiday Gift Ideas for Men You Can Buy & DIY

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Men can be especially difficult to shop for especially if you’re looking for something handmade or want to make your own homemade gifts for the holidays. There’s the desire to create something unique and yet you don’t want him to think it’s the lamest gift ever. So I’ve compiled a few of my favorite handmade gifts for guys – and hopefully he’ll dig them too – that you can buy or DIY.

Handmade Christmas Gift Ideas for Men That You Can Buy and DIY

Clockwise from top left/Buy it! : Handmade Wooden Six Pack Beer Carrier with Opener via Meriwether of Montana / Custom Screen Printed Amber Beer Bottles for Home Brew via Vital / Handmade Whiskey or Beer Tasting Flight & Sampling Board via JT Woodworks / Handmade Bottle Opener Crafted from a Reclaimed Skateboard via Genuine Woodworking

Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas for Guys You Can DIY

Clockwise from top left/DIY it! : DIY Mustache Glass via No. 2 Pencil / DIY Gin Kit via Say Not Sweet Anne / Homemade DIY Spice Blends with Printable Labels via Naturally Ella / Homemade Beef Jerky via Hungry Mother Runner

Handmade Christmas Gift Guide for Men

Clockwise from top left/Buy it! : Orange Camera Hip Flask via RockYart / Handmade Eww de Toilet Bathroom Spray Deodorizer via Dippy Lulu / Natural Handmade Beard Oil Tonic & Comb Gift Set via Dr. K Soap Company / Handmade Book Lover’s Soy Candle via Frostbeard Studio

DIY Christmas Gifts for Men You Can Craft Yourself

Clockwise from top left/DIY it! : DIY Football Soap via Rustic Escentuals Crafting Library / DIY Leather Wallet via Oh, Sweet Joy! / DIY Leather Nook Cover via Lovely Indeed / DIY Madagascar Black Pepper Soap for Men via Soap Deli News

Unique Handmade Christmas Gift Ideas for Men

Clockwise from top left/Buy it! : Men’s Ultimate Collection 12 Month Birchbox Subscription via Birchbox / Outdoorsy Days 2014 Calendar via Hello Small World / Handmade Vinyl Record James Bond Clock via Funky Vinyl / Doctor Who TARDIS Zippo Lighter via Whimsey & Ink

Handmade Christmas Gift Ideas for Men

Clockwise from top left/Buy it! : Leather Credit Card Holder via JooJoobs / Handmade Equine Collection Elk Bookends via Equine by Lauren Radvansky / Brown Sofa TV Tray via LipLap / Maple Bacon Sizzling Soy Candle via Folk

For more handmade and DIY homemade gift ideas for men be sure to check out my posts 32 DIY Gift Ideas for Dudes That Aren’t Duds and DIY Homemade Gift Ideas for Men along with my Unique DIY Christmas Gift Ideas and DIY Stocking Stuffer Sized Christmas Gifts boards on Pinterest.


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