DIY: Self-Care Advent Calendar! (Health & Wellness Gift Idea!)

Do you want to pamper the loved ones in your life (or yourself!) this holiday season? How about giving the gift of self-care? This easy-to-recreate DIY advent calendar is absolutely gorgeous – and is full of fun health and wellness gift ideas.

Hello, beautiful people and welcome to my favourite time of the year . . . Christmas! Now, I know – you’re all sitting there going “but Mia, it’s only November, don’t start breaking out the Mariah Carey quite yet”. (And to that the only correct response is Mariah is a 365 day a year event. You guys are letting me down here, c’mon.)

No, but seriously –  I am a DIY blogger. My entire existence has been a run-up to Christmas. If people would let me, I’d have started posting my ideas back in October; this is me showing restraint. (Not to mention the very obvious aspect of lead times – you need advent calendars ready to go in December, so it’s only logical that you set them up in November. Right? Right?)

Anyways, let’s talk about this beauty. This advent calendar is all about self-care. It’s about good vibes, positive energy and keeping your soul festive over the season.

I designed this DIY as a lovely little present I’m sending home to my mumma (and I know you read this blog, so avert your damn eyes woman). Each gift is something a little warm and happy, designed for taking care of yourself. Some things are little, like some special tea bags. Some things are cosy, like fluffy socks. And some things are (hopefully) motivational, like the self-care planner stickers!

(And there is, naturally, also chocolate. Because what kind of advent calendar doesn’t have chocolate?)


The gifts:

It was a little hard to write up an exact tutorial for this advent calendar because it naturally depends on what gifts you’re going to create or buy yourselves. Here’s what I used:


I would love it if you watched the tutorial for this in Youtube version and subscribed to me over on there too! I honestly think this video is one of my favourite I’ve ever made, so if you’re in the mood for some holiday cheer, whack it on.

  1. Set aside the baubles you want to have a marble painted effect.
  2. Split these in half and, in one half of each, squirt a dollop of each colour of acrylic pour paint into the corners.
  3. Fix the ornament back together and keep turning it around until paint covers the entire surface.
  4. Separate the two sides and leave overnight to dry.
  5. For the rest of the baubles, get scrunch tissue paper up and add a ball of tissue to each side. Hide the presents in between!
  6. (Optionally add dried flowers into some of the baubles to add a special finishing touch.)
  7. Once you’ve hidden all the presents inside, use your white acrylic paint and thin brush to paint numbers onto each one.
  8. Thread ribbon through the top of the ornaments to create a hanger.
  9. Pack everything away into secure packaging . . . and you’re all done!

Guys, not to toot my own horn too much, but think this is such a cute and thoughtful gift idea. The reason I chose it for my mama is because she has anxiety and I know self-care is something she can always use. But honestly, with 2020 being the absolute shit-fest it has been, I think this would make a great gift for a friend.

Plus, it’s completely customisable! You can dress it up or down to suit your budget – this was super affordable, I’d say the most expensive part was the paint!


Anyways, I hope you guys enjoyed this DIY as much as I enjoyed creating it. If you did like it, or maybe want to give it a try yourselves, make sure to save it on Pinterest! It’s a massive help to my blog, so I always appreciate the support.


Would you guys like to receive a self care advent calendar? Is this a gift you would try yourselves? And what did you think of the video? Let me know your thoughts down below!


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32 thoughts on “DIY: Self-Care Advent Calendar! (Health & Wellness Gift Idea!)”

  1. Calluna’s World – Welcome to Calluna’s World, thanks for visiting. I’m a 23 year old aspiring writer, who loves fashion, horror, drinking stupid amounts of coffee and listening to John Mayer.

    I love this idea! I’ve been thinking about making my Mom a homemade advent calendar filled with Lush products and have been looking at so many ideas from bags to boxes but I love the idea of the clear baubles. Thanks for sharing

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Thank you, Calluna! That sounds amazing, I’m sure she’ll love it. I’d definitely look into the clear baubles, you can decorate them up and keep them year after year x

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      I’m glad you liked it, thanks for reading Toma 🙂 <3

  2. Margot – Sicily – Margot, 25 ans, styliste, vous livre un joli jeu de pages entre tendances mode, créations, voyage et tourisme... Tout juste expatriée à Bahreïn pour deux ans, j'aime partager avec vous mes tenues, créations, voyages et mes nouvelles découvertes mode et beauté. Bienvenue dans mon univers ♥ Vous pouvez me contacter sur mon adresse électronique : Margot, a fashion designer of 25 years old is all about fashion trends, DIY, travel and all others cute things.. Expatriate in Bahrain for 2 years. I love to share my outfits, sewing projects, travels, my inspirations and my favorite beauty products.... Welcome in my universe ! You can contact me on my email :

    This is such an amazing idea !
    I love DIY advent calendars.
    And I can’t wait for Christmas

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Thank you so much Margot! I love them too, they’re so cute xx

  3. 50shad3s0fjay – Hello everyone my name is JENNIE! Follow me on my journey of happiness and love ❤️❤️

    Ah I love this, creating personal advent calendars for people is so much fun and I love your use of the baubles. A couple of years ago I made a Anniversary advent calendar for my parents counting down the days to their anniversary and honestly it’s my favourite gift I’ve ever given, I enjoyed putting it together so much (everything was love / wedding themed of course hehe) so cute. Thanks for sharing this doll <3

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Oh my goodness, Jay, that is literally the cutest thing I’ve ever heard! <3

  4. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)

    This is so cute and original and smart!!!

  5. I love this idea so, so much! I’d really like something different to the typical chocolate advent calendars, but the beauty ones are so expensive. This is a great alternative and would make great gifts too. Thanks for the tutorial!

  6. hoiyinli – Fashion Design Graduate of UCA Rochester now working in Communications. I love to create and make art, bring ideas to life, write and read.

    I love this idea! I can see this being a really good kinda pick-me-up gift for a friend during this challenging time!

  7. K.M. Sutton – I am a country girl living on the Upper East Side of the concrete jungle. My friends call me a modern day Renaissance woman. I have dabbled in a little bit of everything, from being a yoga instructor to holistic chef, to skating coach, to glorified nanny, to student. I am a self admitted coffee junkie. A wannabe mermaid. A wanderluster who dreams of other countries. A fashionista who really does need a bigger bank account. But most important of all, I dream of living in a bungalow by the ocean and being a published writer (in style of course) sipping coffee in the morning and a martini in the evening. I love to meet my readers, so feel free to comment or email me. Happy reading!

    Yasss girl! I am HERE for all the Christmas Content! I would post in October as well! I ADORE this idea! This is so cute! Thanks for sharing sweets! <3

  8. Hannah – Hello there! My name is Hannah and I am a 22 year old lifestyle blogger who loves travelling, coffee and social media. Welcome to my corner of the Internet.

    This is such a cute idea and it can double up as tree decor so you can kill two birds with one stone! My best friend & her mum always make each other advent calendars filled with beauty gifts and I have always loved the idea. Kinda want to make one of these for myself but also, I would know what I am getting haha. xx

  9. Rossy Galaxy – Pacific Northwest – I'm a full-time SAHM to an energetic 5 year old boy and I'm married to my best friend. / / I love makeup, photography and cars.

    what a great idea to treat oneself 😀 i think the bathbombs look super cute and good, i love how they almost look like decorations themselves 😀

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