Every year the girls and I have grand plans to make some of our Christmas gifts for friends. We’ve accomplished it a few times but more times than not we never get past the planning stage.
One year we made foot scrubs but I didn’t test the scents ahead of time and I should have made a small batch rather than a batch for 12.
The scrubs got too hard and the jars I picked didn’t have wide enough mouth to make it easy to get the scrub out. Ugg. So it was a big flop.
In fact, I had an idea to make my sister some lip balms and bath salts using some oils but I ended up just getting her this diffuser and a Gift Set of Plant Therapy Oils. She was pretty excited about the diffuser so it turned out to be better than making something for her. (score!)
To save you some grief I jotted down a few things to consider before you start making your own Christmas gifts with essential oils.
Related: Essential Oils For Beginners
These are pretty common mistakes and easily avoided. Save your self some time and money by thinking of these things ahead of time.
Read on to the bottom to find some easy DIY Gift Ideas.
1) Go Slowly With Blends
Making your own essential oil blend allows you to really customize the scent to your liking, but you shouldn’t try to rush the process. It helps to go one drop at a time of each scent you are considering. This allows you to really control the final result instead of adding 10 drops of one scent, only to find out if doesn’t work well with your blend.
If you don’t want to mess with mixing up your own blends then purchase a blend already made. It might be a tad more expensive but the scent may be better for your project.
2) Get the Right Amounts of Oils
The next mistake you might make when you are working with essential oils is either using too little or too much of the scent. Always remember that the use of the product will determine how strong the scent is.
If it is something like a homemade air freshener that is put in an air vent, the air or heat is going to bring out those scents.
You want to use only as much oil as you need to get the scent you want, without overpowering it. Sometimes this just requires a little experimenting.
3) Don’t Dilute Your Oils with Water
As you know, diluting your essential oils the proper way with a carrier oil is really important to make it safe for use on your skin. However, that doesn’t mean you can just dilute it with water.
While many other things can be diluted with water, it isn’t always enough with essential oils, depending on how sensitive your skin is.
Oil and water don’t mix, so while a couple drops in a big bath full of water might be okay, using more than that really requires the use of a carrier oil first.
4) Test The Blends
Before you start mixing together different essential oils to make your own blend, test it on something else first before making the DIY project. You don’t want to mix oils together into a blend then use them for soap or an air freshener, only to find out the aroma isn’t quite right.
Get a piece of cardboard to use the blend on it first, let it dry, then see what you have.
5) Use The Right Carrier Oil For The Project
When making scrubs always test the carrier oil but mixing up a small batch of the scrub and letting it sit on the counter for a few days. Now test the finished product.
Is it too thick? Is it too runny?
I made the mistake of using just coconut oil in my foot scrubs and once it sat on the counter for a few days it got too hard to use. I should have mixed the coconut oil with another carrier oil so it wouldn’t get so hard. I got the idea from a recipe online but for whatever reason, the foot scrub was too stiff when I made it.
6) Get Your Supplies Together Ahead of Time
If you are like me, I don’t always know ahead of time WHEN I can do the project. So in advance start collecting the items you need so you have them when you find the time to actually make the project.
Make a list of what you are making first to figure out what other supplies you are going to need. Here are some supplies you’ll need if you are going to make DIY essential oil gifts.
Here are some supplies you’ll need for most DIY essential oil gifts.
Naturally, you need some oils. You can select a starter kit or buy the oils individually. If you try a starter kit select one with more than just a few scents so you can have a variety. Also, make sure you read which ones you are getting.
If you choose to purchase your oils individually you can get the ones you like based on scents you want to use for the gifts. Also, you can different blends specifically for the holidays or the theme you want to use.
8 Oz. JarsBest Sweet Almond OilLip Balm Crafting KitUnrefined Shea Butter5 Variety Set Carrier Oils
Carrier oils are necessary for gifts like lip balm, face masks, cleansers, lotions, creams, and bath bombs.
Some carrier oils include:
Think about the types of gift you will be making. Many items can fit into mason jars of varying sizes, which are great because they come with airtight lids. Other jars or containers are fine, but the lids need to fit on tightly to keep the oils fresh. With all containers, try to choose glass, except for specialty plastic containers, like a lip balm tube.
Additional accessories will vary based on the items you are making. This might be salt or sugar for scrubs, ground coffee beans, string or yarn, fabric to make drawer sachets, various types of shea butters or oils, and many other accessories.
DIY Essential Oil Gift Ideas
The gifts you can make with essential oils are endless. You can make basic bath salts that don’t involve much work or go all out and make lip balms or soaps.
Try some of these ideas and let me know how they work.
Bath Salts are easy to make and go great in a spa gift basket.
This recipe is for one small jar. Multiply the amount for a number of gifts you plan to make. Remember, to test one first before making a big batch.
2 oz Epsom Salt
1 tsp Jojoba Oil
Essential Oils (try 5 drops Happy Joy and 3 drops Clove)
Jar with Lid or these Tin Jars
Put Epsom salt and essential oil in jar and stir with a spoon. Seal jar. Use 1 oz of salt per bath.
Before I knew about oils I purchased these little bottles as stocking stuffers for the adults in our family. Later, after getting into using oils around the home I realized how easy these sprays are to make. Who doesn’t need a spray for the bathroom? The traditional store bought sprays are full of toxins so even if you don’t make this as a gift it perfect to whip up for your own bathroom.
Ingredients and Directions:
4 oz spray bottle
1-2 teaspoons of rubbing alcohol
10 -20 drops of essential oils
Add above ingredients and fill the rest of the spray bottle with water and shake.
Spray the toilet a few times before using the restroom.
I found this easy looking recipe at Eastsleepbe.com
Pure Beeswax Pellets
Hemp Candle Wicks
Glass Containers or Tin Jars
- Add the wax pellets to your glass container until you have enough wax to fill it.
- Place the container in the microwave until the pellets are melted. Note that the glass will be hot too, so you’ll want to use a towel or oven mitt when handling the glass.
- Once melted, the level flakes will drop. Add more wax pellets until the melted wax reaches the top of your glass container. Repeat as necessary.
- Add the essential oil drops to the wax while it is still hot.
- Place the wick in the middle of the candle.
- Let dry until solid. Note that if you do not use a wick holder like this one, you should check the wick periodically to make sure it stays centered in your glass container.
This is an easy recipe for making lip scrub.
2 Tbsp white sugar
1 Tbsp Sweet Almond Oil
2 Drops Vanilla Essential Oil
Toothpick dipped 1/8 inch in Ginger Essential Oil
Put ingredients in small bowl.
Stir until combined and let sit for 10 minutes
Spoon ingredients into small air-tight container.
KidsSafe DIY Salve
This salve would be great for a baby shower gift or any new parents on your Christmas list.
1/2 Cup Jojoba Oil
4 TBSP Beeswax Pearls
9 Drops Plant Therapy Better Than Kisses Essential Oil
Place oil and beeswax in glass jar and melt together as shown in video.
Remove melted oil from heat and add essential oils.
Pour mixture into balm tins.
DIY The Easy Way
Ok, so you know I’m not so great at making gifts, however, when everything is laid out for me I can usually pull it off.
I don’t think there is anything wrong with buying a kit that has everything together for you. You are still making the gift. You just had a little help in organizing it and the recipe is already been tested.
Here are a few kits you can purchase on Amazon:
Soap Making Kit
Lip Balm Making Kit
Bath Bomb Making Kit
Keep It Simple
Making homemade Christmas gifts for friends and family is a great idea and often saves you money not to mention the gift will be unique. With a little effort and preparation, you can pull it off.
I think family and friends enjoy simple thoughtful gifts they can use right away.
Just get started now so you aren’t waiting until the week before Christmas. 🙂