Are you having a hard time finding a gift for the coffee lover in your life? Look no further than these DIY coffee gifts. Each one in this list can look and smell great, and in some cases they may even taste great too! They’re also good for any occasion, whether it’s for the holiday season or for birthdays.
1. Coffee-Infused Almond Oil
- 1 cup almond oil
- ½ cup fresh, unused coffee grounds
Heat oil and coffee in your crockpot on low for 2-4 hours, making sure it doesn’t get any higher than 125° F. Let cool, strain well, and then transfer the mixture to a storage bottle. Almond oil, unlike coconut, will remain liquid, and it has amazing skin benefits!
2. Pumpkin Spice Latte Lip Scrub
- ¼ cup coarsely ground coffee beans
- 1 Tbsp coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
- 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¾ tsp ground ginger
- ¾ tsp ground nutmeg
- ¼ tsp ground allspice
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- 2 ½ tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Whisk coffee, sugar, and spices together until there are no clumps. Add in the olive oil and vanilla, stirring until well combined. Store in an airtight container.
For optimal results, use 1-2 times per week. When using the scrub, apply about ¼ tsp to the lips and gently massage for 2-3 minutes in circular motions. Then rinse off or wipe with a damp washcloth. Use a thick lip balm or moisturizer after exfoliating.
3. Coffee Soap
- ¼ cup ground unbrewed coffee
- ½ -1 cup of clear glycerin soap base
- 2 Tbsp water
- 2 Tbsp oil (whatever you’d prefer, olive, coconut, almond etc)
- Soap mold container
Cut the glycerin into cubes and melt in the microwave. Let it cool slightly then add the oil, water, and coffee. Stir or whisk together mixing for 1-3 minutes until it starts to thicken. Pour the mixture into your desired soap mold and let it cool and harden.
4. Espresso and Vanilla Salt
- 2 cups espresso coffee
- 2 ½ tsp vanilla bean paste
- 750g coarse sea salt
Add coffee and vanilla to a heavy bottomed saucepan and cook on medium heat to a rolling boil. Once it reaches a full boiling state, reduce heat to low and simmer until the coffee has been reduced to a syrupy consistency.
In a blender or food processor, blend coffee syrup mixture and salt until completely combined.
Transfer to a lined baking tray, making an even layer of it. Bake at your oven’s lowest temperature for about 2 hours, turning the salt every 15-30 minutes to avoid clumping until the salt has completely dried.
5. Coffee BBQ Spice Rub
- 2 Tbsp ground coffee
- 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 Tbsp smoked paprika
- 2 tsp coarse sea salt
- 2 tsp granulated garlic
- 2 tsp onion flakes
- 1-2 tsp orange peel
Combine ingredients into mixing bowl and store in an airtight container for up to six months. Can be used on beef, pork, or chicken. Apply generously and allow it to flavor the meat for at least 15 minutes before grilling, roasting, or broiling.
6. Candy Cane Chocolate Syrup
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup unsweetened chocolate (baking chocolate or use wafers)
- 1 cup water
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- 1 Tbsp peppermint extract
In a medium saucepan melt the chocolate and whisk in the sugar until well combined. Add the water and salt, whisking over medium heat stirring constantly.
Continue to boil until mixture thickens, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the peppermint. Cool. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a month. You can also use this gift as part of a peppermint mocha!
Whichever one of these homemade coffee gifts you choose, we’re sure the coffee lover in your life will be very happy! Have fun making these!
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