There is nothing quite like dipping into a bubble bath after a long day of work or enjoying the relaxing aroma of essential oils as you snuggle into a plush terry cloth bathrobe and drift into a meditative state. Bath and body gifts offer its recipient indulgence and relaxation. It’s no wonder that this year’s holiday wish lists are filled with bath and body gift requests.
Purchasing brand-name bath products can be very expensive. Instead, consider gifting your friends and family a handmade bath and body gift this holiday. We’ve put together a list of some of the best do-it-yourself tutorials that are sure to leave your gift recipient gushing with disbelief that you actually made these yourself. Not only are these DIY gifts perfectly lavish and aromatic, their ingredients are easily accessible at online and local stores, and they are fairly inexpensive too. Get ready to be inspired.
Bath bombs are the perfect bath and body gift, and they are an incredibly simple DIY project. This well-known bath fizz is made from a blend of 1 cup of baking soda, ½ cup of citric acid, ½ cup of Epson salts, 2 teaspoons of essential oil, 3 teaspoons of olive oil, and 1 teaspoon of water.
Whish the dry ingredients together, then mix the liquid ingredients in a separate container. Add food coloring in a color that matches the scents or feeling you want to create. Consider adding cocoa butter, rose water, lavender, oats, or dried flowers to add even more luxury to your bath bombs. Then add one teaspoon at a time of the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients, and repeat until they are fully combined.
Once blended together, grab your circular bath bomb mold and tightly pack in the mixture. Let it dry and release the mold. You now have a beautiful bath bomb that is just as perfect as though you bought it in the store. Wrap it in a clear gift bag and decorate with ribbon or a bow.
This next DIY project is ideal for anyone who is a coffee lover. This coffee soap is just the right balance of exfoliating and moisturizing with coffee grinds that offer a scrubbing texture and coffee butter to soothe the skin. Consider adding additional elements like cinnamon or hazelnut to customize the soap for your loved one’s favorite coffee blend.
For this project, you only need 10 minutes and a few ingredients: 2 pounds of soap base, 2 cups of coffee grinds, coffee essential oil, and a soap mold. Melt your soap base in the microwave, then add in the coffee grinds, 10 drops of essential oil, and any additional elements you selected.
Next mix everything together and separate into the different soap molds. Let the molds dry for at least an hour. Then remove the soap from the molds. Grab some twine and tie the coffee soap together. For an added elegant touch, drill a hole into a few coffee beans, then string them onto the ends of the twine and tie a knot to secure them in place. Your gift recipient is sure to love using this invigorating soap in the morning, right after their first cup of Joe, of course.
Remember how much fun it was to play with crayons when you were a kid? These bath crayons will bring joy to any child turning bath time from a tough negotiation into a fun playtime. All you need is some white soap or soap base, food coloring or powdered colors, and an ice cube tray.
Start by microwaving the soap base or melting down the bar of soap. Once melted, add in 20 drops of food coloring, or ½ teaspoon of powdered coloring and a teaspoon of warm water. Mix together and tightly pack the blend into each section of an ice cube tray. Allow the tray to dry for 5 days. Then you are ready to package up the bath crayons and gift them to a creative child for a bathtime they are sure to enjoy.
Imagine how relaxed your gift recipients will feel when they are able to unwind from a long day by exfoliating their feet with this indulgence scrub and then slipping into a pair of ultra-soft cotton socks. All you need for this tutorial are Epsom salts and blended essential oils of your choosing.
Consider oils like mandarin, lavender, peppermint, sage, or vanilla. You can even add items you can often find in the kitchen, like lime juice, lemon juice, salt, granulated sugar, brown sugar, or olive oil for an extra touch. Think about the experience you would like your friend to have, and create a scent and flavor that matches. Add a drop of food coloring as well to match your customized mix.
Blend the ingredients together well and place inside a clear plastic jar or glass mason jar. Label your concoction and tie ribbon or twine around the jar. Consider purchasing a luxurious pair of Turkish cotton socks to pair with the foot scrub for a perfectly indulgent gift set.
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