DIY Christmas Gifts

Skip the lines at the mall, and learn how you can craft these homemade gifts for your loved ones, from scented candles, to a holder for your mugs.

| Fall 2019

Photo by Getty Images/Liliboas

A present made with your own hands is special; it conveys how much you care for someone. The thought, planning, and tailoring of a gift for a specific loved one proves that crafting a personalized gift involves much more than just labor. Following are three simple projects to try. They require only a few materials and hand tools, and are easy enough that even the kids can get involved. As a bonus, every project utilizes all-natural ingredients.


Minty Lip Balm

Homemade lip balm is an easy project that requires only a few ingredients and a small amount of time. The materials are available at craft stores, as well as online.

Lip balm makes such a great gift because it’s perfect for all ages and, in the winter, it’s useful for everyone. For those looking for an alternative to petroleum-based lip balms, this natural recipe is a great option because it uses only beeswax, cocoa butter, and essential oils.

Tools & Materials:

  • Double boiler or glass bowl and pot
  • Spoon
  • Plastic pipette
  • 12 lip balm tubes (0.15 ounce each)
  • 4 tablespoons grated beeswax
  • 4 tablespoons grated cocoa butter
  • 2 tablespoons jojoba oil
  • 45 drops peppermint or spearmint essential oil


  1. Melt the beeswax and cocoa butter in the top of a double boiler set over boiling water (or in a glass bowl set over a pot of boiling water). Stir in the jojoba oil.
  2. Remove from heat, and stir in the essential oil.
  3. Use a plastic pipette to extract the liquid from the double boiler, and deposit it into the lip balm tubes, filling them to the top.
  4. Set the tubes aside and let them cool for a few hours to solidify before using or wrapping.




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