The Holidays are almost upon us, and with them come good food, great company, and miles of shopping lists. Don’t get overwhelmed just thinking about all the gift buying yet to do this year. Why not go in a different direction and give your loved ones homemade skincare products? We have some ideas for Holiday Gifts.

There are many reasons we love giving homemade lotions, soaps, and creams to our friends and family. Give a gift you’ve made yourself as a personal way to express your love and appreciation. Not only do these gifts show that you’re willing to put in the time it takes to make something special. They also allow you to personalize each gift to its recipient’s tastes. Finally, homemade skincare products show that you care enough to protect your loved ones from parabens and other chemical compounds found in many store-bought cosmetics.

So how do you get started with making homemade skincare products for the people on your Christmas list? We recommend beginning with quality ingredients, like our Ivory Shea Butter. Choosing the best Shea Butter as a base for your products ensures you’ll end up with a sumptuous gift that will nourish and protect your loved one’s skin.homemade skincare

When you purchase our Ivory Shea Butter, you’ll receive a free e-book filled with tips, how-to’s, and recipes. This book is a big help when it comes to the next step of homemade skincare gift-giving. This is of course choosing the perfect product for everyone on your list! We love this part of the process. It can be so much fun to sit down with a cup of tea, and dream about what your loved ones would most like to see under the tree. Think about the smells they love and the types of products they most often use. Use the e-book for inspiration, or look for recipes on our blog. Here’s a Holiday Scented Lotion to get you started.

Once you’ve made your plan, it’s time to move on to the next step: making your gifts. Set aside an afternoon, put on some holiday tunes, and get ready to get a little messy. You can create all of your gifts yourself! You could even make a party out of it and invite some friends over to enjoy the fun. You could share ingredients and recipes. Or, you could each make a big batch of your favorite gift and do a swap at the end of the day. Whether you work on your own or with friends, you’ll end up with products your recipients love.

There’s only one more thing to think about before your gifts end up under the tree: packaging. Finding the right container for your new soap, lotion, or cream will make your gift even more special. Dole out your finished product into little jars. Then, dress them up with ribbons, scrapbook paper, and individualized labels. Let your imagination run wild, or find tutorials online (Simply Kierste’s Christmas Mason Jar Gift Set is a great place to start).

Start giving!

Giving homemade skincare products to the people you care about is the perfect way to show your love this holiday season. Enjoy!