How to DIY Gifts of Luxury Hand and Body Cream

Gifting friends, family, co-workers teachers, and others with a jar of your own signature luxury hand and body lotion will definitely put you on the map. It’s a gift you would actually like to receive! It’s that good. And what better time than this weekend to make Christmas gifts? It’s quick and easy!


Not particularly crafty? No worries. If you can assemble, empty, stir and mix well, you’ve got what it takes to make dozens of these gifts start to finish in a single evening. And the best part? About $3.50 per gift, depending on where you buy the ingredients and containers.

Here’s the routine:

  • purchase the specific ingredients
  • mix them together
  • divide between your choice of small containers
  • apply a label or gift tag
  • embellish as you desire, and there you go.

Done, and in no time flat!


To make this lovely hand and body lotion you’ll need:

ingredients to make DIY hand and body cream for gifts


1. Any 8-oz tube Bath & Body Works Ultra Shea Body Cream. Again, this year, I’m using Bath & Body  Works’ fragrance A Thousand Wishes because it is fabulous.


ingredients for DIY hand and body cream gifts


2. Any brand 4-oz. jar Vitamin E cream.


ingredients for DIY hand and body cream gifts

3. Any brand 18-oz. fragrance-free baby lotion


ingredients for DIY hand and body cream gifts


4. Any brand 32-oz. fragrance-free hand lotion

ingredients for DIY hand and body cream gifts


5. One 4.5 oz. tube Vaseline Jelly Cream




  • Large mixing bowl
  • Electric mixer or hand whisk
  • Gallon-size zip-type or another plastic bag
  • Any 4-oz. 2-oz or other type lotion jars with lids 

ingredients for DIY hand and body cream gifts


1. Combine ingredients

Empty all five containers into a large mixing bowl.

gift and cream


2. Whip it

Using an electric hand mixer or whisk, whip together until well incorporated, about five minutes.

ingredients for DIY hand and body cream gifts


3. Fill a large zip-type bag

Close the top. Using scissors, snip off a small portion of one of the bottom corners to create a simple “piping” bag.

ingredients for DIY hand and body cream gifts

4. Fill jars or containers of choice

Fill the jars by gently squeezing the bag so the lotion extrudes from the snipped corner. I use these  4-oz. plastic jars in cobalt blue with black lids.

ingredients for DIY hand and body cream gifts


5. Give your signature lotion a name

Create small labels or tags with your message of choice.

6. Embellish as desired.

That’s it. Beautiful, homemade gifts that will be so well-received because you have just created a very high-quality lotion. Because all of the ingredients except for the shea body cream are unscented or nearly so, your lotion will have a very light, subtle scent—certainly not overpowering or offensive. Simply lovely.

This recipe as stated, yields about 16 (4-oz.) jars of fine hand and body lotion. Your mileage may vary depending on how long and vigorously you whip the lotion. Be careful to not make it too fluffy. I find that no more than five minutes is ideal.


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