With so many pretty items for sale, it's easy to overspend on holiday gifts. To curb the cost and kick-start your creativity, why not make your own presents? With a multitude of craft ideas and a little patience, you can treat family and friends to thoughtful, hand-crafted items—with a beauty twist, of course. Here are some of our favorite easy homemade gifting solutions.
Never know what to do with all those extra wrapping ribbons, random trinkets, and loose buttons? Use these odds and ends and repurpose the materials into a headpiece fit for a queen! These inspiring hair accessories also incorporate silk flowers, garlands, and feathers.
Get savvy with your spending at your local dollar store. With a $10 budget per gift, you can assemble personalized holiday beauty baskets that include essentials such as nail files, body sprays, loofahs, and scrubs. Since you're the beauty expert, include a “spa voucher” in each basket, redeemable for a DIY spa treatment at your home!
Love loose powder but hate the mess? Press loose pigments into a personalized eye shadow—it’s one of the nicest makeup items you could bestow on a fellow Beauty! First, set aside an empty compact and metal eye shadow pan from your collection. Then unleash your inner chemist and mix a custom color—be sure to incorporate unique finishes such as duo-chrome, frost, and iridescence for extra flash. Using the alcohol eye shadow pressing technique, set the loose powder evenly into the pans. Before the surface of the shadow dries, imprint a distinct etched pattern with a rubber stamp of your choice.
Candles are one of our favorite gifts year-round. Luckily, they're easy to make and infuse with your favorite aromas. Gather unscented candles or purchase a candle-making kit. Melt the fragrance-free wax and drop in essential oils of your favorite winter scents. Print a custom monogram on clear round stickers (available at an office-supply store) and stick it onto a glass jar for an extra thoughtful touch. Your home-brewed scents are sure to be the hit of the season!