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Homemade beauty gifts for Christmas

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Whip up some holiday cheer

This year, as the Christmas invitations roll in, prepare your hostess gifts early to avoid a last-minute run to the store. Whip up some of these easy and inexpensive homemade products, add some festive Christmas packaging and enjoy the party! Your hostess will adore you.

Whip up some holiday cheerHomemade Sugar Scrub

Everyone loves a good sugar scrub! Mix brown sugar with olive, safflower or coconut oil (just enough to add some moisture and help the sugar spread).

Next, experiment with vanilla, lavender, lemon zest, jasmine oil, peppermints crushed into a powder, even ground coffee. You can also squeeze the contents of a natural Vitamin E capsule into the mix (it's a natural preservative), or just stick to the small batch rule. These scrubs are best when used on the body, not on delicate facial skin.

Want to make your hostess feel extra special? Put one of each of these treats in a decorative bag or wicker basket and make her feel like she's at her own at-home spa.

Watch this tutorial on how to make your own sugar scrub for further directions:

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