Christmas, Mother’s Day, Birthdays, Father’s Day, there are so many occasions where a handmade, last minute DIY gift is the perfect idea.
I know how hard being a mom can be sometimes. Having certain ingredients on hand can make things a lot easier. I keep a variety of bath and beauty ingredients because I like to regularly make things for my family, and because of having a shop. That’s why bath and beauty is my first go-to idea for last minute DIY gift ideas. But there are so many other area to choose from, like crafts, food, garden, and home.
If you’ve been following along on Simple Life Mom, you’ll know there are a LOT of homemade beauty and gift ideas here. Just check out my Natural Beauty Page for more, or check out my shop to try them first.
I’ve gotten together with a few friends and pulled some of their great ideas into this round up as well, so without further ado, here are the fabulous 27 Last Minute DIY Gift Ideas…..
27 Last Minute DIY Gift Ideas
Bath and Body Gift Ideas
These are gift ideas that you can pull together easily if you have the ingredients on hand (or get some 2 day shipping). They don’t have to steep or cure for weeks and weeks, making these ideal and luxurious at the same time.
1) A Spa Gift Set from Schneider Peeps
A gift set with scented bath salts, sugar scrub, hand lotion, linen spray, a sore muscle liniment, and heat therapy rice bags.
This gift set has a little bit of everything! Use mason jars or other types of containers you have on hand.
2) 12 Facial Scrub Recipes from Simple Life Mom
You get a lot of variety with the type of scrub (sugar or salt) and the type of oils and essential oils for scent.
3) Rose-Vanilla Massage Oil from The Herbal Academy
Rose and Vanilla make such a beautiful combination. The vanilla balances and mellows out the rose scent, making it a grounding and uplifting scent at the same time. This is easy and luxurious at the same time.
4) Anti-Aging Clay Mask from Simple Life Mom
Most women like to use clay masks occasionally. This one makes your skin feel silky smooth! I love it. Definitely check this out for a gift or for yourself. Masks also make great projects to make with friends.
5) Aromatherapy Bath Salts from me, Simple Life Mom
Bath salts are filled with magnesium that helps soothe sore muscles. They also have extra nourishment when a few drops of essential oils are added. These make a fun last minute DIY gift.
6) Anti-Aging Eye Cream from Simple Life Mom
This eye cream has been extremely popular for a very long time for very good reason. It’s amazing! Make 8 ounces and divide it into smaller containers to give to many friends, or give the 8oz jar to someone you really want to spoil (like mom!).
7) Sweet Oranges and Rose Perfume from Herbal Academy of New England
Oh my goodness, I love this recipe! It’s full of goodness and pure ingredients. It’s uplifting and can be tweaked for your specific scent preferences.
8) Herbal Lip Balm from Simple Life Mom
Lip balms are always appreciated! Add your own scent or even color to this recipe. It’s creamy and extremely effective. You can find it in my shop too.
9) Herbal Bath Soak from Better Hens and Gardens
This recipe uses Epsom salts, baking soda, ginger and essential oils.
10) 10 Herbal Hair Rinses from Simple Life Mom
Hair rinses are like shampoos. They can cleanse and treat scalp and hair concerns at the same time. I have 10 varieties here that meet all kinds of hair and scalp needs. Make one for all hair types to spoil someone.
11) Green Tea and Rose Face Cream from Rosalee de la Forêt
This cream is beautiful, silky, and wonderful for the skin, making it a gift to spoil with. Make this recipe from Rosalee and let me know how you like it!
12) 4 Homemade Natural Sunscreen Recipes from Simple Life Mom
Sunscreen as a gift? Yes! It’s something that people don’t realize that they can get with better ingredients. Instead, they buy toxic lotion thinking it’s their best choice. Give them the gift of knowledge as well as a great product. You can try this one in my shop before making as well. Read the reviews.
13) Melt and Pour Soap from the 104 Homestead
I usually don’t send you elsewhere for soap recipes, but I wanted you to check out Jessica’s blog. She has wonderful ideas and is all about the homestead.
14) Body Shimmer Lotion from Simple Life Mom
Body Shimmer Lotion is a fun way to add a bit of glow or sparkle to your face, chest and arms. This recipe just takes my shea lotion recipe and adds sparkly. You can add healthy mica and give the gift of sparkle to someone’s life.
15) Essential Oils to Help You Sleep from Simple Life Mom
I use essential oils and herbal teas for many medicinal purposes. Sleep is one of them. Vetiver is my current favorite. It helps calm a racing mind and help you relax enough to sleep, but there are a number of ideas here. It’s a great thing to have on hand in case you need, making it a great gift.
Food Gift Ideas
These are always fun. You can put a number of these ideas together to make a fun gift set. The ingredients can be found in your local grocery store, making these recipes ideal for last minute gifts.
16) Blackberry Chia Seed Jam Recipe from Pampered Chicken Mama
I love the idea of using the gelatin from hydrated chia seeds to make jam. Check out this different recipe on Pampered Chicken Mama.
17) Homemade Chili Powder from Simple Life Mom
Homemade chili powder goes great with a few other homemade spice mixes or even salad dressing mixes like these.
18) Spicy Cocoa Infused Honey from Pixi’s Pocket
This infused honey is great in hot cocoa, coffee, cake, breads, and on top of ice cream. Pour this into a small mason jar, add a ribbon and a label, and you have a wonderful last minute DIY gift.
19) Homemade Taco Seasoning from Simple Life Mom
What goes with a homemade chili powder gift? Homemade Taco Seasoning! Don’t buy the packets with extra preservatives and fillers. Instead, make a large batch of this taco seasoning to have on hand when needed.
20) Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix from me, Simple Life Mom
I love a good hot cocoa mix. It needs to be very chocolatey, creamy, and just the right amount of sweetness. This makes a great gift because they are easy to put together, you usually have the ingredients on hand, and they can be presented beautifully in jars with ribbons.
21) Homemade Fermented Dill Pickles from Simple Life Mom
If you have cucumbers, then this pickle recipe can be ready within 3 days. They pack a stronger punch than refrigerator pickles or store bought pickles if you let them ferment for 5 days before refrigerating.
22) Pink Grapefruit Marmalade from Simple Life Mom
I love marmalade. I like it a lot more than jam. It has that perfect balance of sweet and tart. It’s also a lot of fun to make (and give).
Home and Garden
For that creative person, gardener, and fun loving person, here are some home and garden ideas that are beautiful and can easily be personalized, making them extra special.
23) Tiled Wooden Planter from The Untrained Housewife
This is such a beautiful project. It costs a little more and you’ll have to make a run to the hardware store, but the end result is something you’d pay a ton for.
24) 5 Homemade Car Air Fresheners from Simple Life Mom
This is another DIY that’s a HUGE hit. Little kids can make air freshener’s for dad or grandparents. Or you can make a set of air fresheners and little refill bottles as a gift set.
25) DIY Beeswax Candles from Simple Life Mom
When you make your own candles, you are in charge of the ingredients. More and more, crafters are starting to become aware of the dangers of fragrance oils. You can make candles using essential oils that are beautiful as well as medicinal.
26) Simple Cloth Napkins from Simple Life Mom
Have some spare cloth in your sewing cupboard? Make napkins! You can make beautiful gifts with very little experience.
27) Stained Leaf Glass from Simple Life Mom
This glass can be made with green or brown leaves, or even paper cutouts. Have fun and be creative.
What’s your favorite DIY Gift that you put together?
Please leave a comment below sharing your great ideas.