Spa Goodie Bag Ideas

The best spa goodie bags contain a mini pampering package and the chance to create a spa feel at home.
The best spa goodie bags contain a mini pampering package and the chance to create a spa feel at home. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Spa goodie bags capture the therapeutic and relaxing feeling of a spa trip in a bag of fun treats. This means picking small products that make the recipient feel more pampered than regular beauty products would. When choosing products for a spa goodie bag, consider smell and ingredients as well as use. Spa goodie bags are best when they have universal appeal because you might want to give them to a group of different people. This is another reason to favor extra treats over daily maintenance products. Include a selection of items, using smaller sizes if necessary.


Unless you are matching goodie bags to each person, choose nonspecific skincare items that everyone can use. Masks are an obvious choice, as even a sample sachet offers five minutes relaxation coupled with a treatment feel. For all skin types, include a hydrating gel mask or exfoliating peel mask. Receiving a serum is exciting because the expense means that people try these far less often. Serums also give noticeable results in only a few applications. Hydrating or vitamin-booster serums benefit everyone.


Therapeutic spa brands, such as Thalgo and Aveda make relaxing and detoxifying infusions. They sell these in individually wrapped tea-bags, making them easy to split between goodie bags. Making a relaxing and fragrant drink at home is the perfect partner to other treatments in the bag, such as a face mask. Spas give clients a holistic experience, to promote an overall good feeling, so including a spa tea in your goodie bag reflects this.

Large Products

If you want to include large or full-sized products, they should be beauty items that most people are likely to use. Otherwise you risk causing disappointment. Body lotions and shower gels are safe basic choices. To emphasize the therapeutic spa-feel to your bag, choose treatment items such as a scrub, bath soak or moisturizing body oil. Fragrant ingredients that make products feel spa-like include seaweed, essential oils, sea salt, sugar and herbs.


Luxury spas always smell beautiful and are often adorned with candles, incense and soft lighting. A goodie bag containing a candle gives the gift of an instant relaxing spa feel. Choose a good quality scented candle, preferably containing natural fragrance. You want to create a therapy ambience rather than a strong perfume. For goodie bags on a budget, include a mini or travel candle.


If you’re putting together a goodie bag to promote your spa, consider including some branded items that the recipient might use every day, helping to get your name known. Even if you do not use private label products, it is easy to commission accessories printed with your business name. These add fun and functionality to a goodie bag, as well as being a great marketing tool. Items to think about include pens, toweling head-bands, plastic card wallets, notepads, mini candles and sugar-free herbal pastilles.

If you matched your goodie bag contents well, include a printed sheet with a spa ritual on it. This could be as simple as recommending having a bath soak, with a mask, a cup of relaxing tea and lighting the mini candle. This way you give a memorable experience rather than just some free products.

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