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Last Minute DIY Gifts

on December 22 | in Bath & Body, Beauty, Crafts, DIY, Gift Ideas, Tutorials | by | with 29 Comments

I plan on saving my sanity by making some DIY Christmas gifts this year!  There is nothing like receiving a thoughtful homemade gift that is all wrapped up with a pretty little bow to be heartwarming and special.

One extremely easy but decadent way to treat your loved ones with a DIY gift is a homemade sugar scrub.

I used to buy my sugar scrub from the bath and body aisle, but unfortunately most of those store-bought products can come with an unnecessarily long list of chemical ingredients.  That doesn’t have to be the case, though.  Here is all you really need for a good sugar scrub with an invigorating scent:


Sugar (white or brown)

Unscented oil such as sweet almond or grapeseed

Peppermint essential oil

Wide mouth jars (I used half pint Ball jars.  If you don’t want to use glass in your bathroom, you could reuse a plastic coconut oil container)

The directions are simple.  Begin by adding oil to the sugar in about 1/4 cup increments, stirring after each 1/4 cup.  Add more oil if the sugar is dry.

Continue adding oil and stirring together until the mixture becomes the consistency of good sand-castle building sand.  You should be able to mold it with your fingers.

Add a few dashes of essential oil, then stir more.

Spoon into half pint jars, pushing the sugar into all the corners well.

Once you have all the sugar packed in the jar, add another tablespoon or so of oil on top to keep it from drying out.

Tie a pretty red bow around your gift and decorate the lid with a cute candy cane heart to give the recipient a little foreshadowing of what scent is awaiting them inside.

Easy.  Beautiful. Thoughtful.

I love DIYing gifts.

If you need more DIY gift ideas, check out these pretty little package-ables that you can make with your own two hands.

1. Café Soap Recipe

2. DIY Felted Soap

3. Cold Process Soap Making Tutorial

4. Homemade Bath Salts

5. Chocolate Hazelnut Soap

6. Stamped Spoon Bracelet

7. Holiday Ornament Table Runner

8. DIY “Vintage” French Tea Towel

9. Monogrammed Drinking Glasses

10. DIY Monogrammed Succulent Wreath Tutorial

Those should keep you busy for a while, right?

If you are not the DIY type, but still decide to boycott the big boxes this year, remember that tomorrow is Small Business Saturday.  Supporting your favorite local brick and mortar while marking items off your Christmas shopping list benefits everyone.

For more great Christmas shopping ideas, be sure to check out our Christmas Gift Guide Giveaways which will be running every night until December 15th here on the blog along with many exciting giveaways!

And finally… If you’re still undecided on what to buy this year, remember that magazine subscriptions are the gift that keep on giving. With that in mind, here is one final reminder that this incredible deal on a one year subscription to FOLK magazine for just $11.00 is ending soon!  Get it before it’s too late!

Happy hand-making everyone!

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29 Responses to Last Minute DIY Gifts

  1. Courtenay says:

    I’ve always wanted to make one of these sugar scrubs! You make it seem so easy and so fun, Beth! I think today just may be the day to try that one out. :) Love those cute little jars you chose too!

  2. Heather says:

    Great post, so inspirational! Thank you Bet,h so so much, for featuring my DIY French Vintage Tea Towels today! I am beyond excited and so very honored! It is so amazing to see my project here amongst all the other stunning Handmade gift ideas!!! I am definitely making your sugar scrub this year!

  3. Thanks, Beth! I am definitely making the sugar scrub – what a great gift idea!

  4. Kelly Eclectically Vintage says:

    I can smell the pepperminty goodness now! What a cute gift – love the little mason jar! And that succulent wreath is gorgeous.

    I for one never go near a store on Black Friday – what a perfect day to avoid the crowds and whip up a handmade gift or two with my girls.

    Thanks for including my bath salts & monogrammed drinking glasses – I’m actually making a set of glasses for my sister.

  5. Tanya says:

    ohhh these are great ideas…pinning them! i also wanted to let you know that a wonderful blogging buddy of mine is advertising for you and i was thinking you should have a look around her blog….you will love what you see…you should even feature her in your mag sometime. she just finished the most wonderful checkerboard floor that you will fall in love with!

  6. Christie says:

    I agree about Black Friday. The push to buy, buy, buy is really unpleasant, and frankly makes me feel a little bit ill. Thank you so much for your great DIY ideas. I plan to spend the day making my gifts and the bags to put them in. I look forward to receiving your new magazine.

  7. Debbie says:

    Beautiful! I am going to make some of these:). Thanks for all the ideas!

  8. Miriam says:

    What a fabulous collection of ideas, Beth! Decorating at home with you sounds like way more fun than Black Friday shopping anyway. :)

  9. Vanessa says:

    So many awesome ideas Beth!! I’m totally going to make that peppermint scrub for gifts this year and I so appreciate you including my ornament table runner!!! :-)

  10. Thistle says:

    What a great ideas for a wonderful contrast to the craziness of Black Friday! Love the peppermint scrub idea!


  11. The scrub truly sounds wonderful! I’m just so diggin’ those mason jars, I’ve never seen them before!

  12. Thanks so much for sharing this scrub with us! I think my sisters would love it!

  13. Tiffany | Offbeat & Inspired says:

    That sugar scrub looks AMAZING!!! Gorgeous photos too! Thank you so much for featuring our soaps/tutorials!!! :D

  14. Shannon Fox says:

    Beth I think you were smart to stay home and soak up Christmas in warmth and safety ;) I did the same thing. Thanks for the great tutorial and sugar scrub idea. It’s super darling all packaged up!

  15. LeAnn Cox says:

    Awesome post!!!! YAY!! Great ideas!!!!! Want to try the stamped metal..but a bit skeerd….

  16. Lucy says:

    So many fun things! I got my trees up yesterday, just have to get the rest of the house done and then I will make some of these fun gifts!! I love the idea of a handmade Christmas! I’m thinking my gifts will be a lot of Lucy Lockets, but I’m throwing in some of these for sure!!

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  18. Maureen says:

    So simple yet awesome! I must give it a try.

    P.S. Black Friday shopping? Never!

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  21. Oh Beth! This is AWESOME!! I totally need to be make these in bulk because I know that I want to keep one for myself! Thanks for the inspiring tutorial!! Those jars are so cute – I haven’t seen that size so I must hunt for them now! They’re perfect! Great job!!

  22. [...] not alone in thinking that Beth is one seriously, amazingly talented gal because she is also a Folk magazine contributing blogger!! Too cool, right?! Check out her DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub gift idea on the Folk blog. This [...]

  23. [...] I love the jars used in this. It’s so small and not to mention cute looking jars. You can check out the full instructions on how to make these Christmas Sugar Scrub gifts at FolkLifeStyle. [...]

  24. this is a wonderful post! Thank you and Merry Christmas!

  25. tacar says:

    Wonderful idea! Where do you purchase your oils?

  26. I love these ideas! I’ve been making my own soap for years and there are so many fun variations you can use for handmade soaps! Thanks for sharing.

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  28. katie says:

    Oh I love all of the ideas and I love making sugar scrubs!!

  29. Denice Erway says:

    Beautiful! I love that you feature Young Living Oils! If anyone wants to find out more about these powerful oils, visit my facebook page.

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