The struggle is real. You know you are friends, but how good of friends are you? Sure, you want to give them something for Christmas, but does your budget want to give them something? You also know that you’ll continue to be friends whether or not gifts are exchanged for Christmas. But that doesn’t answer the question of whether or not you should (i.e. can afford to) give them something for Christmas. The struggle continues.
This year we attempted to do homemade gifts all around. I found this recipe for making homemade Satin Lips, and the price point solved my problem for me!
You can make these gift sets all at once and then have them on hand for last minute gifts (just maybe do a seasonal color ribbon), and the lip balms scents are customizable, so change it up and have some fun with them!
The prices are estimated based on how much of the item I used. Disclaimer: I prefer to read and blog about costs that 1. don’t require any additional buying and 2. that don’t assume you already have these items (because that, of course, changes the cost if you don’t already have it on hand and have to buy it), but there’s sometimes no way around assuming you have some semi-basic household items on hand already. Here’s how I did 15 gifts for my coworkers and friends for less than $1 each.
One set of plastic cosmetic containers, 50 pieces (I bought these:): $7.75
One package of strawberry Jell-O: $.50
Cocoa powder: $.25 or so
Coconut oil: $1 or so
Sugar: $.20 or so
Coffee grounds: $.50 (if that)
Vaseline (I used generic brand that I had on hand, regular petroleum jelly): $1 or so
Candy canes: $.20
Peppermint oil (I recommend Young living): $2.25
Divided by 15 = $.91 each
Here are the recipes I used:
Mocha lip scrub: http://retrohousewifegoesgreen.com/2016/09/homemade-mocha-lip-scrub/
Strawberry lip balm: http://www.inspirationmadesimple.com/2015/07/diy-jello-lip-gloss/#_a5y_p=4064714
Peppermint lip balm (created on my own, adapted from the Jello lip balm recipe above):
Started with 1 to 1 ratio of coconut oil and Vaseline. Ended up using more coconut oil because I don’t care as much for the feel of Vaseline.
20-25 drops of peppermint essential oil (mine is therapeutic grade, so it goes farther than others)
1. Melt the oil and Vaseline together in the microwave or using a double boiler. Let it cool.
2. Add 10-15 drops of peppermint oil to the mixture.
3. Break up candy canes into chunky pieces and place in bottom of container (this is really just for looks).
4. Pour lip balm into containers after mixture has mostly cooled. Take my advice and do this carefully. When these containers are oily/greasy, they are rather difficult to clean!
5. Add another drop of peppermint oil to the top of the lip balm before putting the lid on the containers.
At this point, if you’ve already made the lip scrub and other lip balm, you can pick up with step #6:
6. Use a doubled over piece of tape and tape each container together, stacking one on top of another, to help the containers stay together when you tie them.
7. Measure, cut, and tape ribbon to the bottom of the stacked/taped containers and tie a bow at the top.
I had 5 extra containers of peppermint lip balm, so I gave them out as well, meaning I had more than 15 gifts out of this deal.
I think my favorite part was trying out the mocha lip scrub while I made it. It’s just GREAT, so be sure to make some extra scrub for yourself. You can thank me later. Happy scrubbing and happy crafting!