DIY coffee-based gifts

Soaps for her, fire logs for him, and candles for everyone! These do-it-yourself (DIY) upcycled coffee gifts are a great way to indulge your crafty side while repurposing used coffee grounds and making memorable gifts for friends and family. Coffee, the gift that keeps on giving.


For the body

Coffee is packed with antioxidants. When applied topically, these antioxidants, mixed with the abrasiveness of the coffee grinds improve the texture, appearance, and health of your skin and hair. Used in a soap or body scrub, coffee minimizes stretch marks and cellulite, improves elasticity in the skin, and reduces inflammation. Applied to the scalp and hair, coffee and coffee grounds clean the scalp, stimulate hair growth, and increase hair shine.

Rejuvenating coffee body, face, and hair scrubs. These recipes use items you likely have in your home and create undeniably effective scrubs in a matter of minutes.

Coffee soap. This easy Melt & Pour coffee soap recipe only takes minutes to whip up and makes a delightful gift for family and friends.


For the pantry

Coffee is a great flavoring tool for baked goods and meats. From coffee cakes to coffee rubs for your favorite meat dish, these recipes are easy to follow and make wonderful gifts for culinary-minded family and friends.

Espresso powder is a magnificently flavorful, surprisingly difficult ingredient to find. Thankfully, Cindy’s recipe shows you how to transform your used coffee grounds into a baking delight.

Holiday flavored spiced coffee mix. With notes of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, and mixed spice, these three naturally flavored holiday spice coffees are a delicious, aromatic way to spread and share the holiday cheer!

Examples of Cindy’s meat rub recipes.


For the home and garden

From pincushions to a mushroom bed, your used coffee grounds can be upcycled into a superb array of thoughtful, useful gifts.

Pincushions, sachets, and odor absorbers. Create stylish pin cushions, elegant, fragrant sachets, and handy discrete odor absorbers with these easy-to-follow instructions.

Coffee candles take a bit of skill to create but are well worth the effort! Aromatic and soothing, upcycled coffee candles add a touch of elegant comfort to every room they grace.

Oyster mushrooms love old coffee grounds! A homemade mushroom bed, nestled into a bucket, box or burlap sack, makes an ever-giving treat for chefs and garden lovers.

Coffee logs for the fireplace and an ash plume control kit. Coffee logs are a magnificent alternative to wood burning logs. They tend to burn hotter and longer than traditional logs and are more environmentally friendly. Old coffee grounds can also be used to suppress ash plumes when sweeping the fireplace. Just scatter the grounds on the ash before you begin sweeping. To turn this into a gift, add your old coffee grounds to a pale, don the bucket with a bow, and voila!

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