Cheap & Easy Eco-Friendly Homemade Gifts

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On a budget this holiday season? These eco-friendly homemade gifts will make a sweet impression without breaking the bank!

‘Tis the season for giving, and there’s nothing like a homemade gift to make you feel connected to your loved ones! Homemade gifts are not only meaningful, but they can also be very budget-friendly. In fact, each of these gifts should cost you well under $5, including the cute packaging!

These make great little gifts for work colleagues, friends, and family, and they’re also awesome stocking stuffers. They’re easy to make, AND use all-natural ingredients, so they’re eco-friendly, too! Make these in batches to knock out a whole bunch of gifts at once.

One quick note: You’ll want to make sure to use high-quality essential oils to get the most bang for your buck. While they may cost a bit more upfront, you’ll only need to use a few drops to get the fragrance you want. The cheaper brands often don’t have enough scent to them to go very far.

Homemade Sugar Scrub (makes 12)

What You’ll Need:

4 oz. mason jars
6 c. sugar
2 1/4 c. olive oil
48 drops of Lemon essential oil

(Lemon is refreshing and energizing and can help by increasing circulation to the skin. It also happens to be good for scars, stretch marks, & cellulite. You could substitute other essential oils instead for a different scent. Lavender, vanilla, and orange are also good choices.)


1. Mix sugar, olive oil, and essential oils in a bowl.
2. Pour into jars.
3. Add lids and decorate with a cute ribbon.

Homemade Lip Balm (makes 12)

What You’ll Need:

12 lip balm tubes or 12 lip balm tins
2 TBS. coconut oil
2 TBS. shea butter
2 TBS. beeswax pellets
3 drops of Peppermint essential oil
3 drops of Lavender essential oil

(Peppermint is cooling & refreshing and it also helps with focus and circulation. Lavender has properties that regenerate the skin and ease chapped or dry lips.)


1. Heat coconut oil, shea butter, & beeswax over a double boiler (a glass bowl over a pot of water).
2. Stir together while it melts.
3. Remove from heat once it is well incorporated.
4. Add essential oils, then pour into chapstick tubes or lip balm tins.
5. Let cool at least 6 hours.

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