The ultimate DIY essential oil gift guide
Work. School. Chores. The daily grind of just getting through it doesn’t always leave enough time to show the people we love just how important they are. But every year, the holiday season gives us an opportunity to remind our friends and family how much they mean to us. That being said, it can be daunting and—let’s face it—expensive to find Christmas gifts that capture our feelings for the many people in our lives. Thankfully, making your own handmade presents conveys a personal touch and care that you can pour your heart into without emptying your bank account. That’s where we come in! We’ve got tons of simple and personal essential oil DIY gifts that you can make in no time!
Whether the gifts you were hoping to purchase won’t make it on time; you are wanting to create more meaningful, homemade gifts this year; or you simply missed someone on your list and need to whip up a quick and easy present, we’ve got tons of simple gift DIYs for you. Grab your favorite essential oils and let’s get going!
DIY Christmas gifts for adults
Don’t know what to gift the adults and young adults on your list? Nothing says “I care” like self-care gifts that erase stress! Try some of these simple, fun, and crafty home self-care DIYs.
DIY essential oil coconut milk bath. Give your friends and family a private spa getaway in the comfort of their own homes. These coconut milk baths are easy to make, easy to customize with essential oils, and can be stored in almost any air-tight container so you can get creative with your gift wrapping!
- ½ cup dry coconut milk powder
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- 2 tablespoons arrowroot starch
- 10–15 drops of your favorite topical-use essential oil
1. Mix dry ingredients together in a small bowl.
2. Pour half the amount into a half pint-sized or larger glass jar.
3. Drop essential oils into the center.
4. Pour the other half of the powder mixture on top.
5. Secure the jar lid and shake until well combined.
6. To use, add ¼ cup of dry mixture under running bathwater, then mix until the powder is incorporated.
DIY perfume, cologne, and body spray. Give the gift of a handcrafted, custom DIY Patchouli perfume or custom homemade cologne to the scent-sational people in your life, all using essential and carrier oils you likely have on hand. For those on your list who prefer the lighter scent of body spray to perfume, we’ve got a DIY for that too. Scent is the sense most closely tied to memory, so this gift will help remind them of you whenever they wear it. All these gifts take is empty roller or spritzer bottles, a DIY fragrance base, your essential oil collection, and the creativity of your inner perfumer.
DIY Rosemary rice water hair rinse. This hair care DIY takes a little more time and preparation to make, but it’s worth the effort! With a little bit of rice, some drops of Rosemary, and a few other simple ingredients, you can give the gift of healthy, happy hair.
DIY scented sachets. Create an essential oil-filled sachet to introduce your favorite essential oil aromas anywhere. This gift is great to refresh stuffy gym bags or to add a pleasant aroma to linen closets or clothing drawers.
DIY bath salts and melts. Help those on your list live their best bathtub life by gifting them homemade bath salts or bath melts. These DIYs are easy to make, but they take bathtime from boring to blissful.
DIY leave-in conditioner. Enhance those lovely locks with the gift of a DIY leave-in conditioner that is full of thirst-quenching ingredients like aloe vera juice and avocado oil.
DIY essential oil-infused salt. If someone on your list enjoys cooking or barbecuing, DIY flavored salts are the perfect gift to elevate their dishes from good to gourmet!
DIY CBD skin salve. Ditch store-bought skin salves for this natural, homemade alternative. This gift will be a godsend for those who struggle with dry hands and feet.
DIY exfoliating soap. Help the people on your list achieve soft, supple skin with this moisturizing and exfoliating soap.
DIY Christmas gifts for kids
Gift fun and interactive DIYs that will entertain children for hours on end.
Play dough. Did you know that you can make your own oil-infused play dough at home? This quick and easy DIY combines aromatherapy, color, and creativity for a gift that will lead to hours of safe, sensory-rich fun for your kids.
Finger paint. Give the gift of endless creativity with homemade finger paint. Have you ever inspected the label of store-bought paints? Many include ingredients you probably don’t want your child playing with. These paints are simple to make, natural, and can even be scented with your favorite kid-safe oils for extra fun.
Moon sand. This addictively playful DIY is one that kids will love. Moon sand combines fun textures, colors, and scents with moldability to press into any shape and size for endless hours of sensory play!
Fun-filled Christmas activities. Christmas presents don’t always need to be given in the form of material items. As an alternative, you can give the gift of a fun-filled day that is focused on activities for you and your kids to do together! This can allow you to bond and create unforgettable memories with each other. Try planning a special outing that your kids haven’t experienced before or that they especially look forward to. That look of surprise and awe on a little one’s face is priceless.
DIY Christmas gifts for pets
We know that your pets are just like family, so it’s important to show them a little extra love during the holiday season too!
Pet spa day. Treat your furry friends to a “spaw” day! You can gift them:
- Homemade dog treats packed with natural ingredients pups love, like peanut butter and pumpkin, or craveable kitty treats made with tuna and salmon
- Pet-friendly coat care with Animal Scents Shampoo
- A day out on the town, including a trip to the pet store for an exciting new toy
Paw balm. There’s nothing worse than watching your pets in pain from paws cracked from cold weather and de-icing salt. Make them their own DIY paw balm to keep paws soft and healthy.