2013 DIY Gift Giving Guide

Gift-giving season is here and we want you to be all stoked up with a variety of soapy, DIY presents.  This gift guide has everything from gifts for the family and projects for the beginner and the advanced soaper. You don’t just have to make the gift yourself. If you have a crafty friend or family member, a DIY kit might be the perfect gift.

Why yes, this is Soap Queen wrapping paper. Purchase it here.

Gifts for Her

Handmade gifts are a favorite during the holidays, and what better way to appreciate the special people in your life by making something. They’ll feel super pampered this Christmas! Check out some of my all-time favorite gifts for those special people in your life. These gifts pair well with floral and fruity fragrance oils.

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Top Row: Coffee Butter Foot Creme, Coconut Oil & Pink Salt Scrub Pink Salt Shea Spa Bar

Middle Row: Champagne Bubble Bath, Vanilla Latte Lip BalmFrench Curl Cold Process Tutorial

Bottom Row: Bronzer Shimmer Stick, Lavender and Epsom Bath Salts, Smokey Eyeshadow

Keep in mind, you can get everything you need to make each of these tutorials by simply clicking the link! There, you’ll be directed to the original blog post and you can conveniently add everything you need by clicking the ‘Add to Cart’ button.

Gifts for Him

Here are some of my favorite gifts for the guys in my life. Husbands, brothers and even the kids can appreciate these fun bath & body gifts. Need some masculine scents to go along with these projects? Check out this link to find the selection of all of Bramble Berry’s masculine-type fragrance oils.

Top Row: Curiously Gnome-like Santa ClausVintage Baseball SoapCrazy for Cubes

Middle Row: Whipped Shaving SoapGolfer SoapMan Soap

Bottom Row: Army SoapFalling for Pear SoapBlue Man Soap

Gifts for the Kids

Are there are tweens or kids on your gift-giving list this year? Here is a great selection of projects like our Bath Crayons and  Sparkle Power Bath Bombs that are fun to make and play with. Clicking the link will bring up the “Buy It Now” button so you can just buy the kit to either make the goodies or give away the entire kit for crafting fun.

Top Row: Color Block Rainbow Soap Tutorial, Bath Crayons, & Domino Lip Balm

Middle Row: Sparkle Power Bath BombsPerfect Party Favors & Tween Soap

Bottom Row:  Hidden Color Bath BombsViolet Glitter Gradient, & Birthday Cake Soap

Last Minute Gifts

Despite all the perfect planning, did someone slip off your gift list this year? No worries! Here are a few of my favorite quickie projects that you can get done in just a few hours. Any of these would make the perfect addition to a last-minute stocking stuffer.

Top Row: Painted Ornament ProjectSoapy Candy CanesGingerbread Man Soap

Middle Row: Mistletoe Soap Project (Part OnePart TwoPart Three),  Christmas Tree Soap Centerpiece (Part 1 & Part 2), Pepperminty Bark Soap

Bottom Row:  Holiday Soap StampSecret Message SoapLump of Coal Soap


During the last month, in addition to our #Givember coupons, we ceated 24 separate DIY projects, from Soapy Candy Canes to Massage Oil to Sugar Plum Nail Polish and more. To check out all our #Givember tutorials, click here.

Tutorials by skill level

Whether you are a beginning soaper or have been soaping for twenty years, we strive to offer tutorials for all skill levels. We figure you can look at these projects two ways: you can either visit each tutorial’s page and purchase the whole kit to give away as a gift, or purchase the kit and make it yourself! We’ve divided the tutorials into Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Projects so you can find the perfect gift to suit your (or a friend’s!) skill level.

Beginner tutorials

Top Row:  Sweet & Easy Perfume, Infused Massage Oil, & Honey Beeswax Cold Process Soap

Middle Row: Peacock Glitter Nail Polish, Licorice Candy Soap ,  & Belly Butter

Bottom Row: Handmade PotpourriChocolate, Cocoa and Shea Butter Melt & Pour,  & Gentle Gel Serum

Intermediate tutorials

Top Row: Palm Free In-The-Pot SwirlScented Nail Polish & Cuticle Salve Recipe

Middle Row: Oatmeal Facial Scrub and MaskKissably Soft Lotion Recipe & Mint Candy Lip Balm Tutorial

Bottom Row: Chai Tea Latte Candle TutorialCheery Cranberry Seed Melt & Pour Tutorial & French Macaron Inspired Bath Bombs

Advanced tutorials

Top RowPeacock Swirl, Bicycle Melt & Pour ProjectHoliday Cookie Bar

Middle Row: Circular Soapy Geometry Soap, Holly Berry SoapReimagining Honey Ale Soap

Bottom RowCPOP SwirlsIntergalactic Planetary Melt and Pour Soap Tutorial, Bramble Beer Soap

Extra Special Gift Ideas

The following two gift ideas are great for the soaper in your life who is thinking about opening up their own bath & body business. The first is our awesome Soap Calc App, which is available for iPhones and iPads through the iTunes store or for Android devices in the Google Play store. We’re constantly trying to improve the app and make it more useful for you, so please don’t hesitate to let us know of any bugs or added features you’d like to see!

This last gift is one that is perfect for any small bath & body business owner. The GMP – Good Manufacturing Practices Master Class is taught by Lela Barker of  Lucky Break Consulting. With her experience of over a decade of manufacturing products for her Bella Lucce brand, she has developed a comprehensive program which intricately details the path to implementation for cosmetic and person care manufacturers. This virtual class includes live support calls, 31 separate digital handouts and protocols that you can use in your own small business.

If you are still looking for a fun and easy project for holiday gifts this year, consider our Holiday Gift Ensemble, Lotion Bar Kit, Glittery & Bright Nail Polish, Faux Funnel Pour or Lip Balm  Kits. What sorts of soapy gifts are you planning on giving this year?

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  1. Elaine Lombardo says

    Hi – I bought the Soap app but I’m having issues with it. I have an iphone 5 running OS 7.0.4. The problem is that I can save a new recipe, but when I start a batch it lists an incorrect date (It says August 24th I think) and it won’t show the preview of the image I chose for the batch. Because of the date glitch I don’t know if I will be notified when the batch is done. I’ve deleted the app and re-installed it but it hasn’t gotten rid of the problem. Thanks.


    • says

      Hi Elaine! Thanks for alerting us of this problem. This is an issue that we are currently working on with our developer. Your feedback is really helpful, and we are hoping to resolve this issue in the coming weeks. Thanks again!

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

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