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DIY Gifts with Essential Oils

Updated: Aug 24, 2021

diy gifts with essential oils

The list of people we want to gift can get pretty long from family to friends to co-workers to teachers to coaches to the mailman to Secret Santa, and so on. Plus trying to figure out what to get everyone and keeping it affordable can be very challenging. Making your own gifts with essential oils is the perfect way to gift people with something they'll love while taking it easy on your pocketbook. And people appreciate the personal touch of handmade gifts, too! There are many things you can make with essential oils, here are a few ideas to get you started.


Difficulty Level: Easy

Room spray made with essential oils is such a great gift. People can enjoy fresh and comforting aromas without all the harsh chemicals found in candles and other room sprays. With just a few simple ingredients, you'll have an affordable gift that everyone will love. Add 1oz witch hazel and 1oz distilled water to a 2oz amber glass spray bottle. Add 10 drops of an essential oil of your choice, like Citrus Fresh for something bright and uplifting or Christmas Spirit essential oil blend for something festive and joyful. Tighten the spray nozzle to bottle and replace the cap. Add a cute tag and you're all set!

Approximate Cost for 12 room sprays: $30


Difficulty Level: Easy

Lip balm is a great gift for everyone, especially during the colder months. Lip balm is actually super easy to make, and you can make several of them with one batch. First, choose which container you would like for your lip balm. Amazon has several varieties from cute little tins to traditional tubes. Next you need to make sure you have coconut oil and beeswax (seriously just a couple tablespoons each per batch) which you will melt. Then you need to decide which essential oils you'd like to use. Most recipes call for about 12 drops of essential oil. Popular oils include Peppermint, Lavender, Grapefruit, Christmas Spirit blend, or Thieves blend, but you can choose which oil(s) or blends you want. I recommend choosing oils that are typically safe for ingestion since it will be going on your lips. Pinterest has many different lip balm recipes for you to use. After you make your balms, you can add your own personal touch by creating labels for your gift.

Approximate Cost for 12 lip balms: $36


Difficulty Level: Easy

Who doesn't love hot cocoa? And adding a drop of Peppermint essential oil is so delicious! You can create this gift a couple of ways. One, you could buy a box of hot cocoa mix and divvy it up for the number of people you are giving this to, and then include a dram with 5 drops of Peppermint essential oil. I like these small dram bottles you can find on Abundant Health. Wrap up the cocoa packet and the dram with a little instruction card saying "add a drop of peppermint to your hot cocoa for a tasty treat" in cellophane tied with a ribbon. Another way is you could stuff a cute mug with the hot cocoa mix, dram of Peppermint essential oil, and an instruction card. **NOTE: Make sure the Peppermint essential oil you provide is SAFE TO INGEST by reading the label.

Approximate Cost for 10 hot cocoa & peppermint gifts: $15

Approximate Cost for 10 hot cocoa & peppermint gifts with mug: $65


Difficulty Level: Easy

Sugar scrubs with essential oils are perfect for pampering your skin and smell so good you could eat it (which you could if you really wanted to). One of my favorite recipes uses white sugar, extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and Lemon essential oil that you can use all over your whole body including your face. I also love a brown sugar scrub for your hands that features coconut oil, a hint of vanilla, and a few drops of Cinnamon Bark essential oil. Pinterest has several different sugar scrub recipes. I recommend packaging your sugar scrub in 4oz. glass jars. Create a cute label or tag with "Sugar Scrub" and list the ingredients.

Approximate Cost for 12 Sugar Scrubs: $40


Difficulty Level: Moderate

Bath bombs are a great addition to a bath to melt away stress and shower bombs are the perfect morning wake up call. To make these, you will need citric acid, baking soda, a little bit of water, essential oils, and silicone molds. These will need to dry, so allow yourself at least 24 hours if you are making these gifts. Young Living has an excellent shower bomb recipe here. There are several different ways to make bath bombs, and you can really dress them up by adding color, too. I recommend storing your bath or shower bombs in a glass jar, cellophane, or a paper bag.

Approximate Cost for 24 Bath or Shower Bombs: $20


Difficulty Level: Easy

Rollers are such a thoughtful and easy gift to make. You will need glass rollerball containers (I recommend ones with a stainless steel rollerball), fractionated coconut oil, and essential oils. Decide what kind of theme you would like your roller combos to have, like "Uplift" or "Unwind" or "Sleepy Time". Add about 10 drops of essential oil to your rollerball container and fill the rest of the way with fractionated coconut oil. You can even combine essential oils to make your own special blend.

"Uplift" essential oil recommendations: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Peppermint, Ylang Ylang, Joy blend, or Citrus Fresh blend.

"Unwind" essential oil recommendations: Frankincense, Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood, Stress Away blend, Gathering blend, Surrender blend, or Acceptance blend.

"Sleepy Time" essential oil recommendations: Lavender, Cedarwood, Vetiver, or White Angelica blend.

Approximate cost for 24 Rollerballs: $40

Are you making any DIY gifts with essential oils this year? Share below!


About the Author: Serena James is a holistic healer and the author of Vibe Higher. She offers a variety of energy healing services and workshops to help individuals experience a life of love, abundance, and wellness as they were meant to.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease or illness. Any action you take as a result of this information is self-prescribed and your right to do so.

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