We adore the holiday season with all of its joyful cheer, but let’s be real — thinking about what to get for your friends and family can be a daunting task. So daunting that you need to treat yourself to a spa day :) The truth is, your girlfriends are likely in the same boat, so why not make THAT your gift? Bring the spa to them with an adorable DIY spa gift box. Since this is one of those gifts you might “accidentally” keep for yourself, make two and plan a spa date! Today, alongside St. Ives®, we’re going to show you how to put together a spa box that will ground you in nature’s goodness and keep you radiant through the upcoming craze of holiday activities. As they say — treat yo’self (and your bestie). You’ve got this holiday season on lock!


We’ve got the perfect gift for your gal who needs the ultimate relaxation treatment. With indulgent lotion, calming smells, mood lighting and cute journaling goodies, this box has everything your friend needs to chill out — body and mind. Oh, and there’s chocolate, because, well, obviously. Our DIY for this box is a sweet little coconut orchid candle inspired by the St. Ives® Naturally Indulgent Coconut Milk & Orchid Extract Body Lotion.

Along with the candle, add these or other similar items and you’ve got the perfect gift:

1. St. Ives® Naturally Indulgent Coconut Milk & Orchid Extract Body Lotion — for extra moisturized skin

2. loofah — to help exfoliate your skin

3. journal and pen — to write down your thoughts or draw, which is known to alleviate stress

4. chocolate! — to indulge and enjoy


 — printed paper

— wax chips

— coconut and orchid essential oils

— candle dye

— wick

— tin canister

— popsicle stick

 — scissors

— glue stick

— old jar (something you are willing to toss after)


First, cut your paper to fit around the outside of the tin canister. Then glue it in place. Easy peasy.


Next, pour wax chips into your old jar and then heat in the microwave in 20-second bursts until it is liquified. Pour a small amount into the tin canister and set your wick in place. If it doesn’t stand up straight, prop it up with a pencil or clothes pin. Add coconut and orchid essential oils — a tropical scent combo that goes perfectly alongside the lotion. Then add dye to the remaining wax and mix it thoroughly. Pour the wax into the tin canister and let it harden over night.


Mmmm, candle.

Assemble Your Box

Perfect! You’ve gathered everything you need. Now, let’s tie it all together with some adorable packaging. Find some beautiful paper and a box with a lid. Wrap the bottom and top of the box separately so your friend doesn’t have to unwrap it.


First make sure that the paper will cover all sides of the box. Fold one edge up and make a crease along the top edge of the box. Then cut a slit horizontally from the outer edge of the paper to the side of the box so it meets the crease. Next, cut a similar slit but at the bottom of the box. Fold this flap of paper around the side of the box. Repeat this process on all four sides and then fold all pieces up and over the box. Tape the paper on the inside of the box.


Add your goodies and get ready for relaxation!


Not only are St. Ives® lotions great for these boxes, but they also make excellent stocking stuffers.

What else would you add to your perfect spa box? Tweet us @BritandCo!

This post is in collaboration with St. Ives®.

DIY Production and Styling: Roxy Taghavian

Photography: Chris Andre and Kurt Andre