5 Vegan and Cruelty-Free DIY Christmas Gifts, From Bath Bombs to Dairy-Free Hot Cocoa Mix

Christmas is fast-approaching – and while some forward-thinking gift-givers got holiday shopping done early, others are still searching for presents. The rise in availability of vegan products certainly makes cruelty-free shopping easier, but maybe you’ve been thinking about trying your hand at gifting your friends and loved ones something handmade. DIY never goes out of style, after all – plus it’s surprisingly easy, affordable, and nothing says “I appreciate you” quite like something you made yourself.

Bonus, DIY gifting can also be a more eco-friendly way to celebrate the holidays because you get to pick and choose the ingredients and packaging. Give your friends a homemade vegan hot chocolate mix in a glass mason jar, and they’ve got a container that they can use again and again. All of the gifts below were picked so that anyone, even a beginner DIY-er, can put together a gift that’ll impress.

5 DIY Vegan and Cruelty-Free Christmas Gifts

1. DIY Gingerbread Scrub

This cruelty-free and vegan holiday gift is affordable, easy to put together, and smells like fresh-baked gingerbread cookies. Made from brown sugar, coconut or sweet almond oil, and gingerbread spice, it also helps combat dry winter skin. Add a drop of vitamin E oil to make it even more moisturizing. Give the gift a nice, homemade touch by packing it in a mason jar and add a decorative ribbon.

View the recipe here.

2. DIY Christmas Tree Bath Bomb

It’s easy to make your own bath bombs at home. These Christmas tree bath bombs are made from affordable everyday ingredients like Epsom salt, baking soda, citric acid, and witch hazel with your essential oil of choice – peppermint, lavender, or rose are recommended. Add a festive touch by using vegan-friendly dyes and gold mica for shimmer. You’ll need a Christma tree-shaped silicone mold to make these or you can use a round mold.

View the recipe here.

3. DIY Lavender Lip Balm

Help your friends and loved ones banish dry winter lips with this DIY vegan lip balm. The base is made from vegan-friendly soy, carnauba, or candelilla wax, plus coconut oil, moisturizing carrot seed oil, and soothing lavender essential oil. But if you’re feeling festive, swap lavender for something like peppermint. Package it in cute little mini mason jars.

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4. DIY Whipped Body Butter

Keep dry winter skin at bay with this luxurious homemade vegan body butter. Made from a blend of shea butter, mango butter, sweet almond oil, and your choice of essential oil (ylang ylang is recommended), this cruelty-free moisturizer is whipped into a light, airy texture like frosting.

View the recipe here.

5. DIY Vegan Hot Chocolate in a Jar

Who could resist vegan hot chocolate this time of year? This DIY vegan hot chocolate is made from five simple ingredients: fair trade cocoa powder, coconut sugar, sea salt, vegan chocolate chips, and gelatin-free mini marshmallows (because it’s not hot cocoa without a generous layer of marshmallows). Layer it all in a mason jar and tie it off with a festive ribbon and homemade instructions tag to make it perfectly giftable.

View the recipe here.

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