Last Minute Christmas Gifts: Make DIY Cranberry Sugar Scrub for your family and friends

Last Minute Christmas Gifts: Make DIY Cranberry Sugar Scrub for your family and friends

Christmas is a week away, and I am not prepared. I start my Christmas shopping lists in late November/early December every year—and every year, without fail, I forget someone. I also hate to have no gifts for someone who was thoughtful enough to give me a gift, so the week before Christmas I try to choose a simple DIY project for last minute gifts in case I run short. It is easy to make in a very short time.
This year, I’ve decided to go with holiday-themed sugar scrubs. I love sugar scrubs for myself and make them all the time, so putting together a batch of cute scrubs for friends is a piece of cake. It makes your skin  feel clean and fresh. The cranberry seeds also add a pop of red that moisturize the skin without feeling greasy.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can try out a couple different recipes. I tend to have all kinds of jars around my kitchen that I save throughout the year, but if you don’t have any lying around you can always make a quick trip to Michaels or another arts and crafts store to pick some up.
Last Minute DIY Cranberry Sugar Scrub


  • 1 cup frozen cranberries (thawed)
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/8 cup of melted coconut oil


1. Add the thawed cranberries and coconut oil in a blender or food processor, and puree.
2. Pour pureed cranberries into a mixing bowl
3. Add brown sugar and stir until well-mixed
4. Spoon mix into mason jars
5. Make cute labels and decorate to your personal taste!

Simple, right??
To use, apply the scrub to damp skin and use circular motions to gently exfoliate. This scrub is great for legs, body, hands and feet, but might be a little scratchy for the face. If you’d like to use this recipe on your face, you may want to remove the cranberry seeds so the scrub is a bit more gentle. You may also want to decrease the fragrance amount, as it can be strong right by your nose. If you want to change the recipe up, you can also add a small amount of orange zest (about a tablespoon) into the mix with the cranberries and coconut oil into the blender for Cranberry Orange Sugar Scrub.

They make perfect little gifts for just about anyone, and they’re simple to throw together at the last minute.


Amy Nguyen

Amy Nguyen

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