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
  • (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
  • ½ cup of coconut oil
  • 1½ 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
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ½ 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 ½ 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. Tia says

    Hello! I was just wondering if it would work if I used the same ingredients except a different scented lotion and extract? Also would scented oils work if I didn’t have any extract? Thanks in advance!

    • Tonia says

      Yes! You can definitely use other lotions and extracts. Yes, scented oils work as well. Just be sure to adjust the amounts depending on the strengths of the oils. Best of luck! ~Tonia

  2. Jody says

    Thanks for posting this. The containers I found at dollar store were a little taller & I found a long foot brush, pumice stone as well as a peppermint soy candle so I used red bins insead of jars.
    Wish I could post a photo!

  3. Christina Thacker says

    Making these for Christmas – just finished making the sugar scrub, body butter and foot soak and – WOW!! SO IMPRESSED! My husband has already put an order in for more sugar scrub and is making plans to use it everywhere. The body butter feels so silky smooth and I cannot wait to use the foot soak – it’s so fluffy and cool! I increased the epsom salt to 1 full cup and doubled the sugar scrub recipe to make enough but other than that, followed the recipes and it’s wonderful. I can’t wait to give these away. Oh and I found the pedi kits at the dollar store for a buck each and the Twisted Peppermint lotion was half price – it usually is. Thanks sooo much!! Love your site, spreading the word…AFTER Christmas! 😉 -Chrissy

    • Tonia says

      I bought them from the Dollar Spot at Target last year. I’m not sure if they are selling them this Christmas season.

  4. Jordan says

    I was wondering if you had any other options for the peppermint lotion? The twisted peppermint lotion is too expensive.

    • Tonia says

      I really love the smell of the twisted peppermint lotion so that is why I used it but if know of another brand you can definitely use it as a substitute! Most of the peppermint lotion I’ve seen in stores is actually a foot lotion. You could also try making a different scent.

  5. crosswind says

    Very Clever. I love the Homemade feel of your Candy Cane Spa In A Jar, yet still looks Classy!! I would love to be the recipient of that. I want to make a candy cane foot balm. Thx for the tips. I bookmarked your website to follow. :) Happy Holidays

  6. crosswind says

    Very Clever. I love the Homemade feel of your Cadndy Cane Spa In A Jar, yet still looks Classy!! I would love to be the recipient of that. I want to make a candy cane foot balm. Thx for the tips. I bookmarked your website to follow. :) Happy Holidays

  7. Shelby says

    Hello there, I was wanting to make the peppermint sugar scrub for my mom for Christmas but I do not have any coconut oil. Is there anything I could substitute for it? Thanks

    • Tonia says

      Hi Shelby,
      You can use olive oil instead of coconut oil but the amounts will probably vary. Start by adding slowly adding the olive oil to the sugar and add more as necessary until it is the consistency you want it to be. Enjoy!

    • Tonia says

      Hi Neema,
      I used peppermint extract because that is what I had on hand. You can you peppermint essential oil, but you will need less of it because it is more concentrated. Enjoy!

  8. Julie says

    I’m doing this project with my sister and daughter. What kind of glue do you use to adhere the paper to the glass? Thx!

  9. Jennifer says

    Hi Tonia! This is super great gift idea for Christmas! Just wanted to know if you have an editable version of the labels because I am making homemade peppermint hot cocoa and wanted the labels to match? Thanks, Jennifer :)

      • Natalie says

        Would normal petroleum jelly work rather than the cocoa butter one? I haven’t seen that in our stores in NZ. Also for the Sugar Scrub, could you use other oil rather than coconut?

        • Tonia says

          Hi Natalie,
          Yes you can use the normal petroleum jelly instead of the cocoa butter petroleum jelly. For the sugar scrub you can use olive oil instead of coconut oil but the amounts will probably vary. Start by adding slowly adding the olive oil to the sugar and add more as necessary until it is the consistency you want it to be. Enjoy!

  10. Jessie Cleveland says

    I have found everything mostly all at the dollar tree :).
    However do you mind telling me where you found the red manicure set?? Thank you!

    • Tonia says

      Hi Jessie,
      They were in the dollar section of Target during the holiday season last year. I’m not sure if they will have them again this year. Best of luck!

  11. Lydia says

    Just made the foot soak and it smells GORGEOUS! Though I doubled the recipe and used peppermint essential oils instead and it only just made enough for 2 table spoons of soak in each of ten little pots. So I’m not sure whether your measurements are quite right or whether I just did something atrociously wrong!

  12. Becky Miller says

    Very cute idea! Especially for teachers or a woman in your life that has everything.
    Just a quick note, use essential oils instead of extract as essential oils have medicinal properties. If you have any left over, Google uses for that specific essential oil :o)

  13. Terri says

    My son helped me make up the peppermint foot soak, body butter and the sugar scrub. The sugar scrub tastes good as my son says! Thank you so much. I recommend anyone to try this cause you will be pleased!

    • Tonia says

      Of the lids? No, I just painted the tops. I wasn’t sure how the paint would react to the spa products on the inside. Best of luck! ~Tonia

  14. Alyssa Finch says

    Can you tell me approximately how many of those little containers your recipe for the lotion and the scrub made? Trying to determine if I’d need to get double of everything. Thanks!

    • Tonia says

      Hi Alyssa,
      Do you have the same size containers as the ones I used? The number of containers will depend on the size of your containers. The lotion makes 48 ounces. My containers are 2.4 oz so that would be 20 containers. The scrub recipe makes 16 oz of scrub so that would be 6 1/2 containers. Best of luck!

  15. Aleta says

    i go to Dollar General for e cream, Vaseline & their brand baby lotion. Works great . Takes lg. Vaseline, 2 each of others.

    • Tonia says

      I use whatever brand I can find at the store I’m shopping at. Our local grocery store even sells it now, which is great! Have fun! ~Tonia

  16. Elizabeth says

    Is the peppermint and vanilla extract the kind you find at the grocery store or the essential oil kind?

    Thanks, love the ideas!

  17. Danielle says

    Hi! Very cool idea… Just wondering how long the homemade stuff lasts? I want to do some of this ahead of time, but want it to still be good by the time I give it…

  18. ashley says

    Hello! I can’t seem to find the round containers, and others one I found were too tall to fit! Do you think rectangular family chef ones will fit in the jar? Thanks!

  19. Pamela Holder says

    Hey Tonia this is so great I have a a huge family and Christmas can get pretty expensive I was just wondering where you got the striped washing tape. Thanks!

  20. Amanda says

    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!!

  21. Michelle says

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

    • Tonia says

      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!

  22. 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

    • Tonia says

      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.

  23. 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 . :)

    • Tonia says

      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,

  24. Nichola says

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


  25. Mary Jo says

    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?

  26. Tara says

    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.

      • Connie says

        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!

        • Tonia says

          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!

  27. Dhara says

    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 :)

    • Tonia says

      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!

  28. Stacey says

    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.

  29. Roni C says

    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

    • Tonia says

      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

  30. Amanda says

    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!

    • Tonia says

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

    • Tonia says

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

  31. Sue-Ann says

    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!

    • Tonia says

      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!

  32. says

    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!

    • Tonia says

      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!

  33. Erin says

    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?

    • Tonia says

      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!

  34. Connie says

    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!!

    • Tonia says

      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!

  35. Tina says

    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!!

    • Tonia says

      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!

  36. Connie says

    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!

    • Tonia says

      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!

      • Connie says

        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!

      • Connie says

        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!

        • Tonia says

          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!

  37. Michelle says

    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!

  38. lisa sims says

    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!

  39. says

    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!

  40. 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.

  41. Suzy says

    …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 = )

  42. says

    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!!

  43. says

    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!

  44. Dawn says

    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!!

    • Tonia says

      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!

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