Are you working with a tight budget? Or you just want to make your gifts more personal this year? 

Little extra effort can go a long way.  DIY gifts are an awesome opportunity to show your family and friends exactly how much you appreciate them. 

Here are our top 5 picks of thoughtful last-minute gifts that your loved ones will surely remember for years to come. 

DIY Scrubs

Surprise your loved ones with a DIY scrub that targets their specific problems. It’s a cheap alternative to buying ready-made scrubs, while also giving you control over the ingredients used in the mixture. 

Our personal favorite is an aloe vera sugar scrub. It has a remarkable scent and excels at exfoliating dry skin. Sugar is still one of the most common ingredients in DIY scrubs. At the same time, aloe vera is known for its hydrating and calming properties which makes this a perfect match!

What you’ll need:

  • 2 tablespoons of 100% aloe vera gel
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Mix sugar and aloe vera together. Store them in mason jars or similar containers. When stored properly, these scrubs can last up to a month.

Need some more ideas, find DIY scrubs, bath bombs, hair & face masks, and even soothing bath salts in Bellabeat Coach. 

Candles

Impress your family and friends by making DIY candles that fit their style to a tee. All you need is paraffin or beeswax, a wick, and a container. 

Melt the wax and adhere the wick to your container. If you want, add some essential oils to the melted wax for an even better experience. Our go-to’s are orange, eucalyptus, and lavender. You can check them out here

Let the wax cool before pouring it into the container. Hold the wick so that it stays in the center. You can also mix in some food coloring or even dried flowers for a more chic look. 

Feel free to get creative and further decorate the candles!

Lip Balm

We all deal with chapped lips during winter which makes a DIY lip balm an especially thoughtful gift. Grab some beeswax, honey, coconut oil, and essential oil of your choosing.

Start melting the wax. When it’s halfway done, add honey and coconut oil. Keep stirring until the ingredients blend completely. Let the mixture cool, and add essential oil. Stir again, so that the oil is evenly distributed. you can add some. 

Lastly, put the cool mixture into a container.

Mason Jar Hot Chocolate Mix

There’s hardly anything that tastes better than hot chocolate on a cold day. Help your loved ones get through the winter by coming up with an original and sweet hot chocolate mix. 

Mason jar hot chocolate mix is the newest trend in the world of DIY. It just makes our lives so much easier. Combine hot chocolate powder, mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, maybe even some crumbled peppermint in spirit of the holiday season and place them all in a jar. This way you only need to add warm milk, mix, and enjoy every sip!

Relaxation Kit

If you’re not into DIY, that’s perfectly O.K. There are other ways you can show your family and friends that you care. 

Most of us deal with stress on a daily basis, probably more than we would like to admit. Let your loved ones know that you’ve got their backs by coming up with a relaxation kit. 

Fill a box, basket, or other containers with stuff that should help them feel calm and at ease. A pair of slippers, a bottle of red wine, cocoa, or a magazine are just some of the ideas you can put to use. 

We promise, your family and friends will be forever grateful for these special Christmas gifts.