Got Gifts? Idea #5

This one's for the Girls!
WARNING:  Co-workers and Gal pals may want to skip this one!
You will spoil your 'surprise'.  ;-)
This is a super secret 'recipe' for a lotion
that gets RAVE reviews per Coloradolady
In fact, I picked the idea up from THIS POST on her blog!
I knew right away that I wanted to try this for the gals on my list.
Phoned a friend.
"Please save baby food jars for me!"
Then gathered up the other supplies.
A quick trip to the Dollar General is all you need!
3 ingredients.
A large store brand Baby lotion (baby or shea and cocoa butter)
The large (7.5 oz) store Petroleum Jelly
and an 8 oz Vitamin E skin cream.
Ms. Coloradolady says
First put in the Vitamin E
then the petroleum jelly
last is the baby lotion.
Make sure you scrape ALL of it out!
Then whip it up!
Yep, that is my hand mixer!
You want it to be really smooth, like icing. Keep whipping!
This one mixture made 9 baby food jars of lotion.
I had already spray painted the lids.
Glued old lace from my stash on the jars.
Added a touch of raffia.
Then used a few of my old scrapbook goodies to embellish the lids.
The only thing I purchased were the 3 items from Dollar General.
This little treat ended up at a cost per jar of LESS THAN
These would make cute any time gifts.
I will be linking this into some blog parties, cause this idea is just TOO good to miss!
Did you miss the previous ideas?
Recycled dip/sauce jar candles

Gift idea #2 ~ Tile Coasters

Gift idea #4 ~ Candy treats (using recycled coffee drink jars)
I will be linking into some great blog parties...
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Frugal Friday GIFT IDEA at Life as Mom

Dare to DIY


  1. Love your gift ideas. The lotion sounds great and just what we need for this cold, dry weather.
    I really like the candy in the coffee bottles. Why did I throw those away? This will be a great gift for the chocolate lovers in my office.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Yep, think I have to try this one!!

  3. I'm just totally impressed with all your gift ideas. I've always wanted to try to make lotion, but most recipes I see seem difficult. This totally seems doable. What does it smell like? I just wonder if I could add essential oils.

    Thanks for sharing and for joining in the blog party.

  4. Smells like shea and cocoa butter. Not loud though. I think you could add a couple of drops of essential oils to it. Couldn't hurt to try at this price! I will be making myself a HUGE batch after the holidays. My legs and hands feel AWESOME today after using it.

  5. Having made lotion and body butter from scratch, your version looks MUCH easier! Love how you packaged them too. So many great gift ideas too....glad you shared them with the party at my place :)

  6. Very good idea. I would probably use raw shea butter and add coconut oil (just my preference), but great stuff! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Thanks for the lotion formula - can't wait to try!

  8. I love all the gifts you are making - your friends are going to love it!

  9. What wonderful gift idea! What a treat to be one of your real-life gal pals! :)

  10. sherri - i jut love your blog header:) and this lotion looks good enough to dive into...and sleep for a week, maybe?!?


  11. I love handmade gifts! The lotion is a terrific pampering gift for a girlfriend!

  12. Oh my goodness! Your own lotion??? Who would have known? Well, thank you for another great idea :)

  13. That is such a nice practical but pampering gift. You decorated it so nicely too!

  14. I have loved your gift ideas! So easy, clever, and lovely. Thanks for sharing them!

  15. Love the gift ideas. Thanks for the lotion recipe. Your dollar store must be better than mine -- I checked today and couldn't find Vitamin E cream. I'll have to look somewhere else because I do want to make some!

  16. Ok, what a great idea for a homemade gift! I could totally do this one.


  17. This is a great idea! I will be looking for the goodies to make the lotion, thanks so much for the "recipe". These would also make great gifts for teachers, Mothers Day, or a hostess gift. What a frugal I just have to find some baby food jars!

  18. What a cool idea! Cna you add some essential oils to make the lotion smell yummy too? I wonder.

    Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

  19. Your friends are really lucky- that looks and sounds amazing!

  20. I love this idea and you make it look easy! I saw all the gift ideas and I'm off to have a look you inspire me to the moon!
    (thx bunches for linking!)

  21. What a neat idea-something everyone can use and it's personalized!!! Like your own little factory at your house-hope they enjoy!

  22. What a neat idea-something everyone can use and it's personalized!!! Like your own little factory at your house-hope they enjoy!

  23. I tried to post a comment the other day...I'm gonna try again! Great idea and you made making the lotion sound easy! I love all the other handmade gift ideas too! What an inspiration this post is!
    All Things Heart and Home
    Thanks for linking to All Things Merry & Brite! Your link was the most viewed! I'm going to feature it this Wednesday! Please drop back by and inspire us some more!

  24. Thanks for sharing some terrific ideas.

  25. I really like your design about gifts. Do you have some more unique collection that could be use for Send gifts to Pakistan to my friend?


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