DIY Holiday Gifts

By Ava Welsch

Sugar Scrub


  1. 1 cup granulated sugar, either white or brown.

  2. ½ cup oil (olive oil or coconut oil work great)

  3. essential oils of your preference (optional)

  4. 1 small wide-mouth glass mason jar.


Just simply mix the ingredients together with any essential oil you like, put the mixture in a suitable container and you have yourself a homemade sugar scrub that makes a great gift!

Bath Bombs



1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup citric acid
10 drops of essential oil
1/2 tablespoon carrier oil (such as jojoba, almond, grapeseed, or even olive oil)
spray bottle with water
silicone mold or muffin tin


  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the baking soda and citric acid.

  2. In a small bowl, stir together your carrier oil and essential oil. Add to the medium bowl of powders and stir until well mixed.

  3. Using a spray bottle of water, mist the surface until slightly damp. Mix until it’s the consistency of slightly wet sand— it should clump together when pressed. DO NOT OVER SATURATE! If it’s too wet it WILL fall apart when you are taking it out of the molds.

  4. Pack into molds. Be sure to add the mixture to the top of the mold and really pack it in there.

  5. Cover mold with a paper towel, and carefully turn upside down over a baking sheet covered in another paper towel. Gently tap the bottom of the mold if needed, and unmold the bath bombs. Cover with paper towels and let dry overnight.

  6. Package in an airtight container or bag so that your DIY bath bombs don’t lose their fizz, and enjoy!

Baked Goods

Everyone loves to get a homemade treat to snack on during the holidays! You could make anything from toffee to gingerbread cookies. To find the best gingerbread cookie recipe check out Nina Broberg’s article.


Just glue a magnet to the back of a bottle cap and a small picture on the other side, simple as that! Before you know it, you have your very own personalized magnet!


Gifts can be as simple as painting a frame with a fun picture on the inside. You can paint dates, sayings, quotes and whatever else you can think of!

DIY Wrapping Paper

Looking for something other than wrapping paper to decorate your presents with? There are a wide variety of ideas that you can substitute for wrapping paper. The cartoon in a Sunday Paper, decorated paper lunch bags and old cookie tins. You could even paint an old cardboard box and decorate it with washi tape!