Every year I like to do a homemade holiday gift. You can see some of them here, including this super popular homemade infused olive oil recipe! While I usually opt for food gifts, I unintentionally made an even easier diy holiday gift for your home this year. And since we’re all about ease this year, DIY lavender hand soap jars are where it’s at!
The idea started way earlier this year with my friend Tammy. Her adorable AirBnB is exactly what I would look for in a home away from home. In that guest bathroom, she had a glass soap dispenser without a label that smelled amazing, so I asked her what it was.
She told me it was the lavender coconut Everyone Hand Soap. She buys the refill container and then doesn’t have to worry about it. Considering I’m such a hand soap lover, I’m not sure why I’d never thought about doing this. I think it was the container – I always just had the previous soap’s container.
So I bought the refill jar and when we moved into our new home, I filled up some glass jars with pumps and that’s the end of that.
I’ve since refilled my container at my refill local store here in Sacramento (Refill Madness), but they only carry the nicer EO hand soap, so I’ve stepped it up to the next level. Learn more about how to shop refill and bulk stores.
Anyway, I realized not long after starting this little soap extravaganza (I live for the little things obviously), these would be easy and lovely diy gifts for friends.
DIY Gift: Lavender Soap
What you Need
So, you need three things to make this gift and you could get away with two. You need a pump container, soap, and some kind of way to label your soap (sticker or tag).
Where to Find Jars
You can actually find jars nearly everywhere. I’ve done a mix of reusing jars I have on hand (see below), buying them at the bulk store, using canning jars with lids from etsy, or just buying them complete from Target or Amazon.
And you can do a gel or foam soap, just make sure you have the correct lid type for the soap you’re using.
What Soap to Buy
You can buy any bulk soap you like. The refill bags are less wasteful (with less plastic). Brands I really like include:
Everyone (I can’t find a refill for this one online anywhere else. I bought mine at Sprouts)
Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap
If you’re reusing jars with labels, not to fret. For sticker labels, just soak them in warm soapy water and then scrub off the label after an hour. For screen print labels, soak the bottles in apple cider vinegar for an hour and then scrub off the designs.
Labels + Tags
The world is your oyster on this one. You can do anything here from a simple tag tied with twine to custom labels. There are mason jar labels for homemade food gifts; you can easily use those for this!
How to Assemble
Put soup in container, seal, label. Complicated, I know! Isn’t it great how easy it is? You can actually bulk-make these gifts if you know how many you’ll need or you can make them as the need arises (because there are always people you forgot to put down on your list).
A Few Other Homemade Gift Ideas