Sugar Scrub Christmas Gifts
With the winter air drying out everyone’s skin, sugar scrubs make the perfect gift! They’re easy to make, the ingredients are cheap, and you can make bulk quantities very quickly. Plus, you might play a part in helping a friend or family member make their life a little healthier!
These DIY holiday sugar scrub recipes are some of the best of the best, and there’s a wide variety of them! You can keep in sync with the Christmas spirit, or try a sugar scrub that’s not Christmas related. It all depends on what ingredients you want to use, your budget, and what you think everyone will like.
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What Makes These the Best DIY Holiday Sugar Scrub Recipes?
I chose these recipes because they’re versatile, easy to make, and they make great gifts for anyone on your list. Seriously, sugar scrubs are a great option for that one person you have no idea what to get each year. I’ve been making sugar scrubs as a part of my own beauty routine for years and they always make me so happy!
One of my favorite gifts to give to people are DIY sugar scrubs, and almost everyone asks for the recipe when they run out! Not only do sugar scrubs keep your skin super soft and moisturized, but smell great and make your daily beauty routine a little more fun.
I love coming up with new sugar scrub recipes this time of year because you can really customize them to your favorite things about Christmas. If you love peppermint, then you’ll find all kinds of peppermint sugar scrub recipes! There’s also so not-so-common recipes in this post too that I know I’ll be trying!
To get you started with making your favorite DIY holiday sugar scrub recipes in here, I’ve got all the basic ingredients I know you’ll need down below:
You Can’t Make a Good Sugar Scrub Without Essential Oils!
Another common ingredient you’ll find in these recipes are varying kinds of essential oils. Everyone has their favorite essential oil brand, and mine is Rocky Mountain Oils. They offer the highest quality essential oils that won’t cost you an arm and a leg, which I greatly appreciate. We have a budget to stick to, you know!
Other essential oils I’ve had in the past don’t even come close to the quality of Rocky Mountain Oils. You would be amazed at what most companies add into what they call “pure” essential oils. And Rocky Mountain Oils is one of the most transparent companies I’ve come across. You can even find records of exactly went into the exact bottle you receive in the mail.
I’ve got an in-depth Rocky Mountain Oils review if you want to learn more about how they work as a company. And if you’re new to essential oils, no worries! They have top-notch customer service you can chat with about what would be right for you and your lifestyle.
Now let’s get on to the recipes!
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These little cuties have the best presentation on this list! I love the idea of pressing the sugar into silicone molds to add an extra festive feeling to this gift. Plus, they’ll really smell like gingerbread! This recipe takes a little more ingredients than usual because you have to add in all the gingerbread spices to make it really authentic.
This recipe takes a little spin on the very popular peppermint sugar scrub you usually see this time of year. Adding in something as simple as cocoa powder can really make a recipe fun and unique. Plus, I love that this recipe lets you use your favorite carrier oil.
This list wouldn’t be complete without some peppermint body scrub! This is one of the easiest recipes on this list as well, and a real crowd-pleaser. If you’re strapped for gift ideas this year, give this peppermint sugar scrub a shot!
Peppermint is great in sugar scrub because it cools and calms the skin, while also uplifting your mood and invigorating your senses. Plus, peppermint is huge for Christmas! I don’t know what it is, but there’s something so refreshing about smelling peppermint with snow falling outside.
Lemon is great for uplifting your mood, so why not turn it into a great beauty Christmas gift? I love the idea of using lemon essential oil instead of peppermint in this recipe because it can really help to brighten up those cold, dreary winter days.
Plus, lemon essential oil is a great disinfectant, so you can use it on your whole body to keep any acne-causing bacteria away. Just make sure you don’t use coconut oil if you decide to put it on your shoulders and back. It can be a little on the heavy side, and clog your pores.
This recipe is brought to you from yours truly! I absolutely love when Rocky Mountain Oils comes out with their seasonal essential oil blends! This sugar scrub recipe uses my personal favorite blend, peppermint mocha. I highly recommend you get it when it comes out for Christmas time!
I pulled all the stops for this recipe, and you can go as simple or as crazy as you like! This recipe involves peppermint tea leaves, sweet almond oil, and some optional coffee grounds for the ultimate sugar scrub recipe.
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Putting this recipe on this list made me particularly happy, because it’s very similar to the first sugar scrub I ever made. What makes this a great DIY holiday sugar scrub though, is it smells like a sweets bakery! The vanilla extract makes this smell like a lovely batch of freshly-baked cookies.
Give this recipe a try if you have a friend with a sweet-tooth, they’ll be sure to love it! You will want to eat it, and you can! That’s one of the things I love most about DIY beauty products.
If you want to go the extra mile with some peppermint sugar scrub for your gifts, then this is the recipe for you. And how cute are those candy cane bits?! I would imagine that these little cubes in a jar tied up with a ribbon would be a huge hit.
I love how unique this sugar scrub recipe is! I’ve never come across a whipped sugar scrub before, and it sounds heavenly! There’s a little more ingredients than normal, but this definitely looks like it’s worth it! The nourishing shea butter is what give this recipe a whipped feel. You’ll be feeling moisturized all winter!
This list wouldn’t be complete without a little coffee scrub! I love how this particular recipe takes a basic coffee scrub to the next level by adding spices and vanilla to give it that extra little something for a Christmas gift.
If you have a coffee lover in your life, give this recipe a try! The caffeine in the ground coffee helps with circulation, skin health and overall appearance.
Who says pumpkin spice is just for the fall time? Bring that lovely smell into the shower with you while you moisturize your skin! I love the mix of spices in this sugar scrub that makes it smell authentically like fall. What’s more, you probably have all of these ingredients sitting around your house already!
Just get a few jars, some cute ribbons or labels, and mix away! This would even make a good party favor for the fall time as well, so don’t limit yourself to just Christmas!
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If you love the smell of those cinnamon pinecones that slap you in the face whenever you walk into the grocery store, you need to try this recipe! It consists of all the good stuff that makes one think of fall time, like cinnamon and clove essential oils.
This is one of my favorite sugar scrubs on this list, because it puts such a unique spin on a popular Christmas item! If you or someone on your gift list loves cranberry sauce, you need to give this a try. The ingredient list is very small and simple, and you’ll be rolling in cranberry goodness in no time!
Sugar scrub is good for more than just your body! I love to use lip scrub this time of year, because my lips are always the first thing to dry out. I love that this recipe involves peppermint and vanilla extract instead of essential oils, so you can safely eat it too. And that cooling feeling from the peppermint is so soothing!
I love this recipe as a good non-Christmas themed option if you don’t like keeping everything with the seasons. This one is particular is great for keeping next to the kitchen sink for the occasional hand treatment. And it has lavender, so of course it’s going to smell amazing!
If you have no idea which of these amazing recipes to choose from, why not make your own? It’s perfectly doable to make your own custom sugar scrub recipe. This is a post I made primarily for shaving, because using sugar scrub as shaving cream is life-changing! But it’s a basic recipe that lets you make it your own.
Final Thoughts on These DIY Holiday Sugar Scrub Recipes
Sugar scrub is a great gift for anyone this holiday season because it’s such a surprising little source of happiness! Everyone who has received a jar of sugar scrub from me always comments on how much they love the smell and how soft their skin feels.
Take advantage of this list and choose a few recipes that stick out to you. If you have a lot of coffee lovers in your life, try the coffee scrub. Or if you want to keep it basic but Christmas-related, try the peppermint scrub. And you can always customize your own with my basic sugar scrub recipe!
I highly recommend you put these in glass mason jars instead of plastic ones. But if you’re giving them to someone who you don’t trust with glass, try these BPA-free ones on Amazon. They even come with cute little labels! I had this happen to my mom several times over the years. She loved using my scrubs, but she somehow always broke them in the shower.
Gift giving doesn’t have to be a hard chore! If you’re willing to make something, the sky is truly the limit. These sugar scrub recipes will look like you worked really hard on them, when it really took you 15 minutes to get them all together!
Do you love sugar scrub? Which one of these is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!
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