A Homemade Christmas Gift You’d Actually Love to Receive

Gifting friends, family, co-workers teachers and others with a jar of your own signature hand and body lotion this Christmas will definitely put you on the map. It’s that good.

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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 with a ribbon and there you go. Done and in no time flat.

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










  • Large mixing bowl
  • Electric mixer or hand whisk
  • Gallon-size zip-type or other plastic bag


1. Empty the five ingredients into the bowl.


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


3. Fill a large zip-type bag with the whipped lotion. Close the top. Using scissors, snip off a small portion of one of the bottom corners  to create a simple “piping” bag.


4. Fill jars or containers of choice by gently squeezing the bag so the lotion extrudes from the snipped corner. I used 4-oz. plastic jars in cobalt blue with black lids.


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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  • Bookworm

    Sounds like a great recipe — gotta get the ingredients! I’m about out of what I’ve been using, so this is timely for me.

    Oh, did you hear the news today that aloe gel isn’t? Even Walmart’s brand has no aloe in it. Awhile back I was given a huge jar of Hawaiian Moon Aloe Cream and have been using it. I love it, but I’m now doubting that it really contains any aloe. Any idea where we can get some that is real? It makes me wonder about a lot of the things I buy, whether they really contain what the label says — like vitamin E creams.

  • susan

    This may sound funny or stupid, but I haven’t figured out what to tell people when I give them this lotion! What makes it so special? Why not just give them a tube of the Bath and Body works cream? I made it up and did give 4 containers away, but couldn’t figure out how to make it sound special or even why it would be considered special! Help!