See how to make 8 festive DIY essential oil gifts for Christmas! Each homemade holiday gift idea is beginner-friendly and quick to create. Included are simple recipes for Christmas soap, bath bombs, lotion bars, sugar scrub cubes, lip balm and lip scrub, wax melts and tea lights. The essential oil Christmas gifts are affordable and come with free printable gift tags and labels.
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Holiday DIY essential oil gifts
You seemed to really enjoy the rose-themed essential oil presents, I shared earlier this year. And so I decided to come up with a holiday edition and create 8 easy DIY essential oil gifts for Christmas.
After sharing a series of candy cane inspired beauty products last year, I thought it would be fun to develop a cute gingerbread theme.
The easy essential oil recipes include DIY Christmas soap, homemade lip balm and lip scrub, sugar scrub cubes, bath truffles, lotion bars, wax melts and cute tea lights.
These simple homemade beauty recipes and DIY home fragrance ideas make lovely standalone gifts or can be combined to create pretty essential oil gift sets.
Whether you’re looking for handmade gift ideas for friends, pretty stocking stuffer ideas, gift ideas for essential oil lovers, or easy Christmas gifts for large groups – you will find something!
These festive essential oil crafts are much healthier than store-bought bath gifts and can be made for a fraction of the price.
You’ll also learn how to make a holiday essential oil blend to scent your DIY Christmas gifts, plus tips for packaging and gift-giving.
And speaking of gifting, Cyna created a huge set of printable labels and gift tags, which are perfect for decorating your essential oil Christmas gifts.
Now, a fair warning… This is a long post. I wanted to create lots of easy and creative Christmas gift ideas. And my hope for this article is to be your favorite resource for sustainable holiday gifts.
You can find the exact amounts and instructions for each project in the how-to box at the end of the post.
Homemade Christmas gifts
Looking for things to make with essential oils? You’re in the right place. My goal with these free essential oil recipes is to show just how many wonderful products you can create.
I have a hunch that you’ll love these creative DIY Christmas gifts, and here is why:
- beginner-friendly – Each DIY with essential oils is swift and easy to make – even if you’re new to making homemade skin care and bath products.
- limited ingredients – To keep the shopping list short and expenses down, I developed each DIY with a limited number of ingredients and made sure that each ingredient can be used in multiple recipes. This way, you get the most out of everything.
- customizable – Some ingredients can be easily swapped for others. Shea butter can be replaced with coconut oil and vice versa. Soy wax can be used in place of beeswax.
- scalable – Another objective was to make these DIY holiday gifts scalable. That means you can prepare as little or as much of each DIY as you like. If you need more, simply multiply the ingredients.
- natural recipes – Commercial spa gifts are cute. Still, these products often contain potentially harmful and toxic materials that can disrupt the endocrine system and lead to issues like infertility, hormonal imbalance and allergies. Whereas, the handmade Christmas gifts you’ll find in this post are only made with safe, natural ingredients that provide actual skincare and aromatherapy benefits.
Essential oil tips
You’re probably excited to check out the essential oil Christmas gifts Cyna, and I created for this post. But before that, I want to talk a little about the essential oils you need to make these homemade holiday gifts.
To scent the homemade body care gifts, you can either whip up your own DIY essential oil blend or buy a pre-made one.
I’ll show you my gingerbread essential oil recipe in just a moment, but feel free to scent your DIY gifts with essential oils that you like and have available.
DIY gingerbread essential oil blend
I opted to create my own homemade gingerbread essential oil blend with the following ingredients:
- 50 drops copaiba oleoresin
- 35 drops sweet orange essential oil
- 30 drops vanilla extract
- 7 drops ginger root CO2
- 7 drops clove bud essential oil
Simply add these essential oils into a small dropper bottle and shake well. Then use this festive Christmas blend as instructed in the essential oil DIYs below.
Of course, you can also choose a single scent, which is more affordable than buying multiple EOs. Copaiba, vanilla, and sweet orange smell delicious on their own.
Suppose you prefer to whip up the essential oil gifts with a ready-made blend. In that case, I recommend the following products from Plant Therapy:
Plant Therapy also sells a bundle that combines all of their 6-holiday blends.
Essential oil safety tips
You may notice that cinnamon essential oil is absent from the list. The reason is that cinnamon, as well as most other spice essential oils, can be quite irritating on the skin. Therefore, I don’t recommend using it for these essential oil gift ideas.
Copaiba is milder and better suited for skincare products than cinnamon.
And please stick to the essential oil amounts listed in each recipe. It might be tempting to add more for stronger-smelling holiday gifts, but doing so can result in unsafe products.
When it comes to aromatherapy gifts, such as the holiday tealights or Christmas wax melts, you can, of course, incorporate cinnamon essential oil. These products aren’t meant for direct skin contact.
Finally, if you are pregnant, nursing or have a medical condition, consult with a physician or medical caregiver about the safe use of essential oils in your situation. I share a neat tip for making these gifts without essential oils below, so read on!
DIY Christmas gifts without essential oils
Yes, you read that right. Good-quality essential oils don’t come cheap, and not everyone can afford to spend 50 bucks on a handful oils. Good news: you don’t have to.
Most of my natural Christmas gifts are made with ground spices. The spices provide plenty of fragrance without the need of extra essential oils. Granted, the gifts won’t smell as strong, but you have that option.
Gingerbread bath bombs
First up are adorable gingerbread bath bombs. These festive Christmas bath bombs transform your bath into a beautiful lake of fragrant, fizzy water with heaps of foam and cinnamony goodness. The addition of shea butter makes these little bath treats incredibly moisturizing.
The easy bath bomb recipe is perfect for beginners. I used a cookie cutter to shape the bath truffles. You could also press the bath bomb mixture into a silicone mold (as I did with these snowflake bath bombs), or use a cookie scoop to make bath truffles (e.g. in this lavender bath scoop recipe).
I placed my holiday bath truffles into lovely spice jars and used a ribbon to attach the printable tag. Or put each DIY gingerbread bath bomb in small cotton bags, which is a cute idea if you need homemade Christmas gifts for coworkers.
Based on the festive holiday favorite, this charming DIY gingerbread soap combines a creamy soap base with a rich spice fragrance. I used this goat’s milk melt-pour-soap base, but a shea butter soap base is a good option for vegans.
The steps for how to make Christmas soaps are simple: First, you’ll pour soap bars into a cylinder silicone mold. Then you pour a thin soap layer and cut out tiny gingerbread man, which you glue on the soap bar with a little melted soap. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon and your homemade Christmas soap recipe is ready to be gifted.
I chose these gorgeous gold tins for packaging (I used the 2-oz sizes). The containers are very sturdy and perfect for mailing handmade Christmas gifts.
Holiday spice sugar scrub cubes
Made with sugar to exfoliate your skin to perfection, my gingerbread sugar scrub cubes are blended with nourishing coconut oil, melt and pour soap, cinnamon, and essential oils. DIY sugar scrub cubes are lovely natural gift idea that will leave your skin soft and pampered.
Making homemade sugar scrub cubes isn’t difficult at all: All you do is melt the soap and coconut oil, add essential oils, and then mix with sugar and cinnamon. I poured my exfoliating cubes recipe into an ice cube mold. Alternatively, fill the mixture into a lined baking pan/tin and cut into small squares after cooling.
Festive lotion bars
Delicately scented with essential oils, my nourishing gingerbread lotion bars are designed to leave your skin feeling silky soft and festive. Lotion Bars melt directly onto your skin and are a wonderful skincare gift for the colder months.
The solid lotion bar recipe is made with just 3 ingredients: shea butter, beeswax, and essential oils. Beeswax will result in slightly harder lotion bars, but soy wax works, too, in case you prefer a vegan option.
I poured the lotion bar mixture into a gingerbread man mold from Wilton. The mold features different designs, and there’s even a little ginny lady!
I put a few lotion bars into a 4-oz mason jar and put the printable label between the flat lid and screw band. And ready is another pretty DIY gift with essential oils!
Gingerbread lip balm
Homemade gingerbread lip balm is perfect for holiday gift-giving. Easy, affordable, and super cute. This balm has a warming scent with hints of cinnamon and vanilla. The DIY Christmas lip balm recipe glides on easy and moisturizes dry lips.
The lip balm recipe is based on a simple 2-ingredient formula. All you need is a plant butter and a wax. You can prepare this homemade lip balm recipe with any combination of shea butter or coconut oil and beeswax or soy wax.
Essential oils are optional. Otherwise, a few drops vanilla oleoresin and copaiba are all you need to scent this lip balm recipe.
I poured the lip balm in gorgeous gold lip balm pots (it’s the 0.5 oz size). Lip balm tubes are another possibility to package your handmade lip balm gift.
Gingerbread lip scrub
With added coconut oil, this sweet yet spicy DIY gingerbread lip scrub will leave your lips feeling beautifully nourished. Homemade holiday lip scrub is the easiest essential oil recipe of the bunch. The only step is to combine all ingredients and pack the mixture into your container.
While I used brown sugar for my Christmas lip scrub recipe, granulated sugar is fine, too. Since lips are very delicate, it’s best to omit the essential oils in this recipe. The ground spices provide plenty of flavour and scent – and make the lip scrub completely edible!
DIY holiday tea lights
Bring seasonal charm and celebration into your home with pretty holiday tea lights. Made with soy wax, these mini DIY essential oil candles will fill your home with beautiful fragrance and gentle flicker.
Cyna created 6 different holiday messages. I recommend printing the labels on sticker paper, which makes it easy to decorate these adorable candle gifts. Homemade tea lights are a very affordable Christmas gift idea, and it’s pretty easy to scale up the recipe.
Gingerbread wax melts
Ready for one more aromatherapy gift? DIY gingerbread wax melts create a festive and homey feeling. Simply place the essential oil wax melts into a wax warmer and enjoy the smell of freshly baked gingerbread cookies wafting through your home.
The steps to make Christmas wax melts are simple: first, melt the soy wax in a double boiler. Optionally, add brown mica or colored wax to tint the wax melts. Next, stir in the essential oils, then pour into a silicone mold and let harden.
I used this cute gingerbread man silicone mould, but other Christmas shapes would make gorgeous wax melts, too.
Small jars or cotton bags are perfectly fitting to package homemade wax melts. Use the printables either as label or gift tag. And just to be safe, let the recipient know that this a natural air freshener, not an edible treat.
We tried to size the labels in a way that they would fit many jars and containers. You can adjust the size in the printer settings. To make the labels or tags smaller decrease the printing sizes. For larger labels, increase the printing size, meaning print larger than 100%, anywhere from 110% to 140%.
To make stickers, print the labels on sticker paper. This type of paper is self-adhesive, all you have to do is peel away the backing and then apply the label to your container or jar. For gift tags, print the printables on cardstock or photo paper.
Holiday Essential Oil Gifts Labels
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