If you have run out of time to go Christmas shopping, or you simply do not have the budget to buy a gift for everyone on your list this year, why not make some gifts at home? This DIY Christmas gift sugar scrub is ideal to make for friends, family, and teachers. Made with actual candy canes – it will be an absolute hit, and is as festive as DIY gifting can get!


  • 6 medium candy canes
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ¾ cup coconut oil (solid-state but not hard)
  • 20 drops of peppermint essential oil


  1. Remove any packaging from the candy canes and break them down into large pieces. Place the candy cane pieces into the food processor. Pulse and blend until they are ground up completely to a powder. If there are any large chunks left, ground it some more. If you do not have a food processor, you can place the candy cane sticks into a plastic bag and pound them with a rolling pin.
  2. Once the candy canes have been ground into a fine powder, add in the sugar, coconut oil, and peppermint oil and pulse again. The mixture should start sticking together, and after some time it should resemble wet sand. If you are not using a food processor, you will have to mix all of this by hand.
  3. Once everything is mixed together, transfer the sugar scrub into small glass jars and decorate them for gifting.

Bonus Recipe – Gingerbread Sugar Scrub

DIY Christmas Gift Sugar Scrub Bonus Recipe Gingerbread Sugar Scrub

For those gingerbread lovers, the gingerbread sugar scrub would be ideal! It is just as festive as the candy cane sugar scrub but has that rich, warmness of gingerbread that is just so loved this time of year.


  • 1 cup of sugar
  • ¾ cup of coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ clove powder


  1. Place all of the ingredients together in a food processor and pulse until all mixed together well and resembles wet sand.
  2. Spoon out the mixture into glass containers and decorate them with some Christmas sparkle to make them the perfect gifts!

The Right Containers For DIY Sugar Scrub

The Right Containers For Sugar Scrub

The right containers to use for the DIY sugar scrubs would be small lidded glass containers. These keep out air and moisture and protect the sugar scrub from becoming too wet.

You could also use plastic containers, but these are not as pretty as glass jars! You could save up some mason jars and jam jars throughout the year to repurposes as holders for the sugar scrub.

To decorate, you could use ribbons, Christmas stickers, or some Christmas greenery. Don’t forget to add cute little labels for each guest with instructions on how to use the sugar scrub properly.

Why not come up with some sugar scrub recipes of your own? There are so many flavours to test out, for any time of the year when you need to make a quick DIY gift for someone close.

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