Peppermint Pampering Gifts In Jars For Homemade Christmas Gifts

Gifts in a jar are perfect for giving homemade Christmas gifts. This Peppermint Pampering Jar is filled with items like body butter, foot soak and sugar scrub.

Peppermint_Pampering_Gift_In_A_JarThe Holiday Mason Jar Extravaganza has finally arrived! Today is day one with half of the bloggers sharing their crafts. The second half of the bloggers will share tomorrow and on Friday you can share your holiday mason jars in our link party! I’ve shared many gifts in a jar for various holidays and seasons.

Giving homemade Christmas gifts is so affordable! This Christmas I will be giving out gifts in a jar with a Peppermint Pampering theme. It is filled with homemade peppermint spa products and peppermint treats.

If you want to make your own spa products, the recipes are below. If not, you can buy small sized bottles of similar spa products to put in the jars. Or buy large bottles and divide it into small containers.

Mini Plastic Storage ContainersI started with lots of these small containers from the Family Dollar and spray painted the lids red. Be sure to use spray paint that is specially formulated for plastics. I used Krylon Fusion For Plastic in Pepper Red Gloss to paint these lids. Don’t worry if you can’t find these exact containers. Try looking for small plastic containers in the bead aisle at a craft store or in the food storage aisle of a large retailer like Walmart or Target.

Body Butter IngredientsTo make the peppermint body butter, I used I used one Net Wt 7.5 oz jar of Vaseline Cocoa Butter petroleum jelly, three 8 fl. oz bottles of  Bath and Body Works Twisted Peppermint body lotion (bought them on sale) and two Net Wt. 4 oz jars of Studio 35 Vitamin E cream cream.

Whipped Body Butter RecipePut all of the ingredients into the mixer bowl and add 2 drops red food coloring, 5 teaspoons peppermint extract and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract. Whip everything together.

Peppermint Body Butter RecipeFill up as many small containers as you need and put the rest into large containers. This recipe makes 48 oz of lotion. If you don’t need that much, cut the recipe in half.

Peppermint Body Butter

Peppermint Body Butter


  • (1) 7.5 oz (Net Wt) jar of Vaseline Cocoa Butter petroleum jelly
  • (3) 8 fl. oz bottles of Twisted Peppermint body lotion
  • (2) 4 oz (Net Wt) jars of Studio 35 Vitamin E cream
  • 2 drops red food coloring
  • 5 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Put all of the ingredients into a mixer and whip them together.
  2. Fill containers with the body butter. This recipe makes 48 oz of lotion.
  3. Attach a label to the front.
  4. Add a strip of washi tape across the top.

Peppermint Sugar Scrub RecipeTo make the peppermint sugar scrub, soften 1/2 cup of coconut oil in the microwave for 15 seconds. Add 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar, 2-3 teaspoons peppermint extract, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 2 drops of red food coloring (if desired).

Peppermint Sugar ScrubMix everything until the color is evenly distributed.

Peppermint Sugar Scrub ContainerFill containers with the sugar scrub.

Peppermint Sugar Scrub

Peppermint Sugar Scrub


  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 2-3 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 drops of red food coloring (if desired)


  1. Put coconut oil into a bowl and soften in the microwave for 15 seconds.
  2. Mix in sugar, peppermint extract, vanilla extract and red food coloring.
  3. Fill containers with the sugar scrub. Recipe makes 16 oz of sugar scrub.
  4. Attach a label to the front.
  5. Add a strip of washi tape across the top.

Peppermint Foot Soak RecipeNext, I made some peppermint foot soak by mixing together 1 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup Epsom salt, 2 teaspoons peppermint extract and 2 drops red food coloring. Use a whisk to mix well. The extract made the mix a little wet so I poured it onto a piece of parchment paper and let it dry for 1/2 an hour.

Put 2 tablespoons of peppermint foot soak into each container. When ready to the foot soak, pour the entire contents of the small foot soak container into a basin of warm water.

Peppermint Foot Soak

Peppermint Foot Soak


  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup Epsom salt
  • 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 2 drops red food coloring


  1. Mix together baking soda, Epsom salt, peppermint extract and red food coloring with a whisk.
  2. Allow the mixture to dry out before adding to the containers. I poured it onto a piece of parchment paper and let it dry for 1/2 an hour.
  3. Put 2 tablespoons of peppermint foot soak into each container. Recipe makes enough that you can put 2 tablespoons into 10 containers.
  4. Add a strip of washi tape across the top.
  5. When ready to the foot soak, pour the entire contents of the small foot soak container into a basin of warm water.

Peppermint Spa Products RecipesPrint, cut out and glue the labels onto the containers. You can print the FREE labels below.

Peppermint Body Butter Labels

Peppermint Sugar Scrub Labels

Peppermint Foot Soak Labels

Put a piece of candy cane stripped washi tape across the top of the containers.

Peppermint_Pampering_SuppliesHere is everything I put into my peppermint pampering mason jar: Ghiradelli Mint Chocolate, peppermint hot cocoa packet, a red manicure set, candy cane Chapstick and peppermint candy. I used a Kerr one quart (32 oz) wide mouth mason jar.

Mason Jar GiftCarefully add everything to the jar so that it all fits.

Mason Jar SnowflakePut a piece of candy cane stripped Washi tape around the lid and add a snowflake to the top. I bought a pack of these snowflakes in the dollar section at Target.

Peppermint Pampering Christmas GiftI am making a ton of these gifts in a jar to give away this Christmas! I’ve got a head start and now I just need to be sure to finish them!

Want more gifts in a jar and mason jar craft ideas? Go visit these talented bloggers to see their holiday mason jars. Come back on Friday to share your holiday mason jar crafts in our link party.


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  1. Hi Tonia! Is the coconut oil that you used the same that you would use for cooking, or is there a different kind? Thanks for sharing!!

  2. How much on average does it take to make the jars, and the different jars too?

  3. Hi Tonia! This is such a great idea! And I love peppermint! Just curious if you know how much it cost per jar?

    • Hi Michelle,
      Thanks! Sorry! I really don’t. It would depend on the prices you pay for the items in the jar. I never buy anything from Bath n Body works unless it is on sale. The price of the vitamin E cream varies significantly depending on where you buy it. I found the manicure kit in the Target dollar section last Christmas so they were super cheap. You could also buy generic petroleum jelly to save more money. Have fun making them!

  4. love it!

  5. Jo Worley says:

    Thank you for your quick reply looking forwardvto making more if your recipes. Jo.

  6. Jo Worley says:

    Hi I made the body scrub last night. I had to convert the cups as in the uk. I used the scrub last night. Lovely by the way didn’t need to moisturise. This morning the scrub is solid? Any ideas why or what I might have done wrong?
    Hoping you can help. Jo

    • Hi Jo,
      It is because the coconut oil solidified when it cooled just like it does in the jar of coconut oil. To soften it again, put some of the sugar scrub into your hand and your body heat will soften it. Or put the container in warm water and it will soften again. We usually just grab some while in the shower and when combined with the hot water, it works great. Another option would be to mix in a liquid oil such as almond oil or even olive oil.

  7. Evie Dawson @ natural antibacterial soap says:

    Thanks for the lovely post! I always find it hard coming up with presents for my mother-in-law. I’m not sure why, as I am lucky to have a lovely one. She loves natural products like soap, lotion foot cream etc, this gift idea looks like a treat . :)

  8. How many does this make?

    • Hi Chelsey,
      It depends on the size of the containers you are using.
      Peppermint Body Butter makes 48 oz
      Peppermint Sugar Scrub makes 16 oz
      Peppermint Foot Soak makes enough for 2 tablespoons each in 10 containers.
      Best of luck,

  9. Hi Nichola,
    I used Krylon Fusion for Plastics (a regular spray paint, made to stick to plastics). You can find it here:

  10. Hi Tonia,
    When you spray paint the lids, do you use a special craft spray or a normal spray?
    Thank you :)


  11. Thanks so much for sharing this idea, it was incredibly helpful and inspiring! I’m currently making some for Christmas gifts, but I’m adding in a soap which I’d also like to label. I was just wondering what the font you used for your labels is?

  12. I want you to know that this is incredible. I was able to find everything to put into my jars at local stores or in my cabinets. I omitted the food coloring for fear of staining. This was the perfect gift. Thanks for sharing.

    • Awww…thanks Tara! That is what I love hearing! Merry Christmas!

      • I have already given some of mine to co-workers & friends (the rest to go family on Christmas)… EVERYONE loves them… the scent of the body butter is light and feels wonderful on their skin and I have a lot of friends who work on their feet so they are looking forward to the foot soak!

        • I totally agree! I’ve been using the body butter daily. I actually had to buy more supplies to make more of it for the gifts because I keep using what I’ve made!

  13. Hey just wanted to say I love this idea!! I was just wondering how many jars will you be able to make with this recipe ? Thanks :)

    • Hi Dhara,
      It depends on the size of the containers you are using.
      Peppermint Body Butter makes 48 oz
      Peppermint Sugar Scrub makes 16 oz
      Peppermint Foot Soak makes enough for 2 tablespoons each in 10 containers.
      Best of luck and Merry Christmas!

  14. These look absolutely adorable, I’ve been trying to think of a cute gift to give all the women in the family without having to spend a fortune. These might be the perfect thing.

  15. I love this peppermint gift jar! Its going to all the ladies in my life!!! I love it! I’m going to go out and buy everything for it when I get my bonus! Thanks for the great ideas Tonia!! :) <3 <3<3

    • Wonderful! I just picked up some more of the Bath and Body Works peppermint lotion yesterday to make for body butter. I figured out that I need 15 of these jars! ~Tonia

  16. Love this idea! My 6 year old and I are making these gifts today! Just a question- where did you find the manicure set? I would like to find something red also. Thanks!

    • Hi Amanda,
      I bought the manicure sets from the dollar spot at Target. Thanks for stopping by and have fun making them!

  17. Tonia-
    How did you get the labels on the jars??

    • Hi Carrie,
      I’ve glued them on the jars and I’ve also used glue dots to attach them. Thanks for stopping by!

  18. Hi, can you share where you found the manicure set? I apologize if you did and I missed it. I would love to make these but am having an awful time locating a manicure set in an appropriate color and budget friendly. The ones I am finding online and in stores at at a high price point. Thank you!

    • Hi Sue-Ann,
      The manicure set was from the dollar spot at Target. Walmart probably has something similar in their stocking stuffers aisle. Thanks for stopping by!

  19. Great work! How much did everything cost all together? I assume you made large batches for several mason jars. And, how long do these keep? I would hate to see them spoil. Thanks!

    • Hi Diana,
      I didn’t add up the total cost. It would vary depending on where you buy your products, if you are able to find them on sale and what size containers you use. If you use the Studio 35 vitamin E cream from Walgreens, it is $7.29 per bottle but if you buy Fruit of the Earth vitamin E cream from Walmart, it is only $3.67 for a 2 pack! I’m not sure how long they will keep, I made these on November 12 and will be giving them as Christmas gifts. The lotion made more than enough for the jars I am giving. I might need to make more of the sugar scrub because my teen has been using the stuff I already made. And I might have to make another batch of the foot soak. Have fun making them!

  20. wow love this idea my friends will love this as a gift thnxs soo much for sharing!!!!

  21. This is the coolest thing ever! Thanks!!

  22. I love, love, love this! Can’t wait to make the lotion, scrub, and foot soak. Thanks for the terrific idea :)

  23. Just found your website, will defiantly look through it. I’ve actually made a bunch of my body gifts already but have been just stuck on the containers to put them in as most are more than the gift themselves! Can you tell me about how many ounces the family dollar containers hold? It’s hard to tell from the pics. I’m guessing 3-4 oz?

    • Hi Erin,
      Good for you! The containers can be hard. The ones that I used are 2.4 oz. I would suggest looking in the bead storage aisle at a craft store. Another idea is to look for Diamond Daily Mini Cups from Target or Walmart. They aren’t as sturdy as the ones I used but they hold 2 oz and one package has 50 cups in it for around $3.00. You can see them in my Princess Putty post:
      Thanks for stopping by!

  24. What a great gift jar! I would love getting one with all those goodies!

  25. You always have the cutest jar crafts! Love this!

  26. I’m adding a small handmade peppermint soap to my gift jars! I found a lady in a small nearby Texas town that makes wonderful soaps in various fragrances… she makes big bars and then small ‘guest’ hand soaps… she’s getting a big order from me for her Peppermint Tea Tree guest soaps!!! Although her ‘Mint Mud’ sounds interesting… might have to order a big bar of that for me ;-) Thanks Tonia for sharing your wonderful ideas!!

  27. You are such a genius Tonia! These jars would make great gifts for my girlfriends – LOVE!

  28. LOVE all your Mason Jar Gifts!! I’d move next to you just for them :) (Of course for other reasons too, but gotta love the perk!)
    Great idea, as always!

    • Thanks Lyuba! I do think you need to move in next door. That way, I could give you a gift in a jar AND you could share that French Silk Pie with me!

  29. What fabulous gifts these would make! Thank you for sharing the idea and each of the recipes too! Pinning ;)

  30. I pretty much love this entire idea….and all the recipes are included! Such a wonderful gift idea!

  31. I guess I wasn’t too clear I am talking about the peppermint scrub and foot soak

  32. Hi Tonia, I was wondering if you could use essential peppermint oil instead of the extract?

  33. Hi! I came across this and I really would like to do this as gifts for the lovely ladies in my life!! I had a quick question though,
    I saw you used Bath and Body works peppermint body lotion. Is there something I could substitute for that? I don’t have a bath and body works near me. Thanks!!

  34. Leigh Anne says:

    Where is the best place to buy the studio 35 vitamin E cream ?

    • Hi Leigh Anne,
      I bought the Studio 35 vitamin E cream from Walgreens but you can use any brand. Walmart has a 4 oz Fruit of the Earth brand of vitamin E cream that is less expensive but I don’t have any Walmart’s close by. I would recommend smelling whatever brand you choose before buying it to make sure that it smells okay and will work with the peppermint smell.
      Best of luck and thanks for stopping by!

  35. Thanks for sharing these creative gift idea with us!

  36. Okay I’m in LOVE with all your scrubs, but I think these are my favorite. I am SO making these jars for Christmas! Such a great idea Tonia!

  37. Love your ‘gifts in a jar’ (and many other recipes & decorations) you share. I plan on making this for Christmas gifts but have a quick question… in looking up some of the items (so I know where to go shopping), is there a typo on the Vaseline Cocoa Butter Petroleum Jelly? Everything I ‘google’ shows a 7.5 oz jar, not a .75 oz… I just want to make sure I am making the recipe correctly, so would appreciate clarification on this. Thanks!

    • Hi Connie,
      Whoops! You are totally right. I will get that fixed. Also, you can use the unscented petroleum jelly if you prefer.
      Best of luck and thanks for letting me know!

      • No prob ;-) I just tend to be very goofy about following recipes/instructions :-) And thank you also for sharing your labels/tags! I have not one artistic bone in my body so being able to print what you’ve created helps immensely!! Have a great weekend!

      • One more quick question… how far in advance can I make these peppermint treatments?? I want to get a jump on making stuff for Christmas as time is limited as we get closer to Santa’s arrival. Wondering if early December (in a couple of weeks) is OK with plans to give the week before and at Christmas…. thanks again!

        • I’m not sure how long in advance but early December would definitely be okay. I will be giving these as gifts so I hope that they are still good by Christmas. The sugar scrub with the coconut oil will harden a bit but as soon as it warms up it will soften again. Thanks Connie!

  38. This is soooo clever and executed so pretty! Those little containers are the perfect size- great find!!! xo

  39. Tonia, what a fantastic idea and tutorial! I love it! xoxo

  40. Wonderful Tonia! Thanks for all the recipes for these peppermint pampers! So cute!

  41. Tonia! These are so cool…pun intended! ha ha. Anyway, could I ask what brand of spray paint you use? I made your spa in a jar and I spray painted the colorful lids gray, but the paint pooled and was in consistent. Just wondering if there’s a special paint you buy.
    Thanks so much!

  42. Brilliant idea! My girls and I are going to do this for their school friends, our church friends and for family this year! Thank you for sharing such a cute and fun (for us) gift idea!

  43. Oh, yes please!

  44. Adorable as always!!

  45. Oh my word! I LOVE THIS! I love anything peppermint but then its THIS pretty? Love, love, love! I would give anything to get a gift like this and I love all the details. So well done!

  46. This is pure genius Tonia! We were definitely on the same wavelength with the peppermint.

  47. Anna Bennett says:

    I don’t have the ability to do the things that you & your friends all have, but I really do enjoy the E-Mails that you send & share.
    Thank you so very much.

  48. What a fun gift idea! I absolutely LOVE it…

  49. …Thank-you sooo much!!! Wanted to do a “Gift in a Jar” this year and have been searching for the “perfect” one–no longer in search for one–love love love peppermint! Thank you Tonia = )

  50. You don’t know how Excited I would be if I got this!!! Anything that helps me get some “ME TIME” is much needed and appreciated!!
    Those printable make it even more special!!

  51. This is an awesome idea, Tonia. I love peppermint and this is such a great way to give homemade gifts that are useful. Adding to my ‘to make’ list!

    I’m so glad to be participating in the Mason Jar Extravaganza with you.

    Have a lovely week.

  52. WOW…this is one awesome mason jar gift project…I am in love with all the homemade goodies and even though I don’t have smellavision…I do believe I can catch a bit of a pepperminty breeze just sitting here! Awesome gift!!! So happy to be doing this mason jar extravaganza with you! Hugs and wishes for a picture perfect day!

  53. These look so nice! Great idea :) My only concern is the red food coloring….won’t that dye the skin when the stuff is used or is it ok since its such a small amount? I am thinking of making it for my grandfather…I know it sounds girly, but he has very dry skin and loves good lotions. Thank you!!

    • It is such a small amount that it should be fine but you can totally leave it out too! Since the color is more pink and red, your grandfather would appreciate it being white. Thanks Dawn!

  54. This is the best thing you could have done! Seriously love it and it is so festive!!

  55. Your gifts in jars are the BEST!!! So beautiful! I can almost smell that delicious peppermint smell as I read your post! So happy to have you as part of the mason jar holiday party!

    :) Linda

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