The holiday season can be a wonderful time of year, but sometimes gift giving can become overwhelming. In the spirit of keeping this year’s gifts economical, we have put together a list of healthy holiday gift ideas you can DIY. Homemade gifts are a practical and personal way to show loved ones how special they are to you.

Body ScrubSugar scrub: Make your own with coconut oil, peppermint (or another essential oil) and granular sugar. Place the finished product in a glass jar, tie with a bow and voilà – you have a sweet holiday gift that’s ready to go.


Relaxation kit: Since the holidays can be stressful, put together a relaxation kit for someone special. You can include candles, some incense, essential oils and/or a CD with soothing music.


Knit items: If you’ve got the knack for knitting, try making a cozy, homemade scarf or blanket as a gift. The receiver will adore it and think of you every time they wrap up.


Plant in a mug: Choose a mug you want to repurpose and plant an herb inside, like rosemary or basil, or even a succulent. It’s a gift that keeps on giving – desk décor now, tea mug later.


Handwritten recipes: Put together your favorite tried and true healthy recipes in a book and gift them to a foodie family member.


Muffin mix: Upcycle a mason jar and put together a basic premade healthy muffin mix with all the dry ingredients included. Then, all your loved one will have to do is add the wet ingredients and their flavors of choice.


Homemade pet treats: For your friends who love their furbaby, bake some all-natural treats for dogs or cats.



“58 Christmas Gifts Your Friends and Family Will Love,” Country Living Staff,, Oct. 11, 2016.