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  • December 18, 2018 5 min read

    Our last-minute gift giving guide includes simple D.I.Y. options for loved ones who appreciate all things homemade, as well as quick gifts you can buy to pamper your recipient long after the holidays are over. Your friends and family don’t need to know just how easy it was to get them the perfect last-minute gift this year.

    D.I.Y. Gifts

    Homemade Sugar Scrub

    Whip up this homemade sugar scrub in a jiff to show your loved one how sweet you think they are. You only need three ingredients, two of which you may already have in your kitchen:


    • 2 cups of sugar
    • ½ cup of melted coconut oil
    • Optional: essential oils



    This scrub is ultra-exfoliating, making it the perfect gift for dry, winter skin, just like our specially formulated handcrafted soaps that exfoliate dead skin cells. Personalize this D.I.Y. gift by selecting the best type of sugar for your recipient. Brown sugar is gentler than white granulated sugar, so this can be a better option for someone with sensitive skin. On the other hand, if you know your loved one struggles with dry, itchy skin, especially during the winter months, then the more abrasive white granulated sugar may be your best bet.

    Once you've selected your sugar, combine it with the melted coconut oil. The sugar and coconut oil smell heavenly together, but you can always add essential oils like lavender, rose absolute, or ylang-ylang. Check out our selection of high-quality essential oils here. After adding in the optional essential oils, spoon the mixture into a glass jar. Tie a ribbon around it for a gift that doesn’t even need to be fully wrapped.

    For a holiday twist — literally — make this sugar scrub look like a favorite holiday treat by scenting it with peppermint and vanilla essential oils and adding in a bit of safe-for-skin red food coloring to create a candy cane-esque scrub. You'll need to use white granulated sugar for this version. After you've combined the sugar and coconut oil, put half of the mixture into a separate bowl. Add the red food coloring and peppermint essential oil to one of the mixtures while adding vanilla absolute to the other. Alternate adding in a layer of the red peppermint-scented scrub with the white vanilla-scented version into a glass jar, and voilá!

    You can even pass this gift off as a foot scrub for those who are more into their feet, or you could also gift it as a lip scrub. Speaking of lips…

    D.I.Y. Beet Lip Stain

    For the makeup-loving individual in your life, an all-natural lip stain is lovely and requires just two ingredients: beets and coconut oil. We use beetroot powder to give our Berry Patch Bath Bomb and our Himalayan Sunset Bath Bomb their beautiful pink colors and the added coconut oil is a good-for-you ingredient in all of our handcrafted soaps.


    • 1 beet
    • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil


    Wash and peel the outer layer of the beet and then cut it into small pieces. Stick the beet bits into a food processor and blend until there is a noticeable juice. Strain out the larger bits and mix the juice with about a teaspoon of coconut oil. You can add in more coconut oil for a sheerer lip stain or less for a deeper pigment. Then, just stick your mixture into a small jar or tin.

    Homemade Perfume Powder

    All you need for this D.I.Y. gift is cornstarch or arrowroot powder and essential oils — or a favorite perfume of the recipient.

    • 1 cup of Arrowroot Powder or Cornstarch
    • Essential oils or a perfume

    Wisk the arrowroot powder or cornstarch together with about 20 drops of the essential oil — or oils — of your choice. Depending on how strong you want that scent to come through, you can add more or fewer drops of the essential oil(s). Some good scents for this perfume powder are lavender, peppermint, vanilla absolute, jasmine, and more.

    For the perfume-version, you’ll need a cotton ball and perfume, as well as some extra time. This isn't the ideal version for the last-minute gift, however, if you've got the additional time then you can start by spraying a cotton ball with the perfume of your choice until it’s sufficiently drenched. Stick the cotton ball at the bottom of a jar or tin and add the arrowroot powder or cornstarch on top. Make sure your jar or tin is large enough to hold all of the powder while still having a bit of room left at the top to shake, shake, shake. Continue shaking your jar or tin once each day for up to two weeks to really allow the scent to absorb.

    Add a holiday tag with instructions to apply this homemade perfume powder to damp skin after bathing or use it as a yummy-scented dry shampoo. You can also instruct your recipient to add the powder to a pair of shoes that are starting to smell a little funky.

    SLAB Soap Club Subscription

    Nothing says “you’re important to me” more than pampering your loved one for three months, six months, or even a full year. Set them up with a SLAB Soap Club subscription so they never run out of their favorite SLAB Soap products. Each month your loved one will be reminded of your thoughtful gift with freshly-made soap. You can choose from a handcrafted soap subscription or a bath bomb subscription for someone who knows all about the benefits of baths.

    SLAB Soap Club

    By signing up for the SLAB Soap Club subscription, you or your loved one will receive two of our soaps that we’ve been handcrafting for over fifteen years in Salem, Oregon. Hand-mixed, hand-poured, and hand-cut at our shops, our soaps are full of only good-for-you ingredients you can pronounce, like sustainably-sourced palm, coconut, and olive oils as well as essential oils and other natural scents. We hand wrap ‘em in plastic-free packaging so you get soaps that clean and moisturize your skin while leaving your conscience clean, too.

    Bath Bomb Club

    Alternatively, with a bath bomb subscription, we’ll ship you or your recipient a dozen handcrafted bath bombs each month. Our bath bombs are made with only the highest quality base ingredients, like argan, jojoba and rosehip oils and delicious-smelling and healing essential oils.


    Now is the perfect time to join the club! Start your month off right with handcrafted soaps and bath bombs delivered right to your door with free shipping. Get or give the gift of SLAB Soap Club today!


    As always, these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Intended for topical use only. Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.


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