These DIY Beauty Products Make The Perfect Last-Minute Gifts
Between finalizing your holiday travel plans and tracking down the One Special Gift that your loved ones really wanted this year, December can be both fun and frazzling — and inevitably, something on your to-do list always gets forgotten. If you procrastinated on shopping for gifts for your beauty-obsessed (and super-picky) BFFs this year, relax: you can get it together just by peeking into your pantry. Below, we've rounded up a few DIY beauty products that you can make today or tomorrow using ingredients you most likely have in your kitchen. All you need are mason jars, travel containers, and festive gift tags or other pretty packaging to personalize these homemade gifts. (And if you don't, a last-minute trip to the craft store may be less stressful than navigating through Nordstrom.)
At about $4 per bottle, apple cider vinegar is a money-stretching miracle product that can be used for the entire home (it works wonders as a stain remover) and your face and body. Mix equal parts water and ACV for an all-natural toner that you can give to the non-toxic skincare aficionados on your list.
Scented Bath Salts
Everyone's gonna need major R&R after the holidays and although a pricey spa gift certificate is always a hit, there's nothing like taking a relaxing hot bath in the comforts of one's own home. Beautylish's handy scented bath salts recipe calls for epsom salts, your choice of fruit or vegetable oil, essential oils, and food coloring.
Coconut Oil Lip Scrubs and Face Masks
Oh, coconut oil, let us count the ways in which we love you. Although jar of this multi-purpose kitchen staple is a gift worth giving on its own, why not go the extra mile and make custom lip scrubs? (You can also try Spicy Stiletto’s recipe that calls for brown sugar and blue agave nectar.) This coconut oil and sugar scrub can double as a face mask, too. Post-holiday home spa party, anyone?
Sugaring Hair Removal Kit
When you add up the bills for waxing and laser hair removal, staying smooth can get expensive — but this DIY sugar wax can help your giftees mind their beauty budgets. Plus, it's actually oddly satisfying to see hair collect in that little ball of wax. Simply pour the wax in small mason jars, include some wide popsicle sticks/tongue depressors (or fabric waxing strips), add gift tags, and you're set.
Almond Butter Freezer Fudge
How can dessert a beauty product, you ask? Well, this homemade freezer fudge recipe is free of processed sugar (which can cause skin inflammation) and keeps your tummy more satisfied than traditional sweet treats (ideal for those minding their calories). Chances are you've already got all of the ingredients in your kitchen; if you don't, a trip to the grocery market will definitely be more zen than stroll down through the department store. Wrap a few squares in festive cellophane and a pretty bow and you've got a does-your-body-good gift for anyone with a sweet tooth.
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Main image: The Spicy Stiletto