Thursday, February 14, 2013

Frugal Last Minute Gift for Valentine's Day

Has February 14th snuck up on you, and now you find yourself with a love you'd like to shower with a gift but have little time and or money?  Search no further.  Chances are your kitchen and bathroom cabinets contain the makings of a lovely homemade gift.  If not, a trip to Walgreens, a Dollar Store, or grocery store will meet your supply needs -- give your love the gift of pampering with a jar of homemade body scrub.

Longtime readers of Frugal Upside may recall my post from over a year ago, when I received such a jar as a holiday gift.  All you need is:

  • glass jar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon scented massage oil
Mix the ingredients, scoop into the jar, adorn with a ribbon and or a sticker.  Voila, you have a lovely gift that did not break the bank or severely deplete the Earth's resources.  The jar we made for a gift was given to the children's sitter, who can most certainly benefit from a little pampering after a week with our two little ones.  The part I love the most is the jar we used was one she had given us last fall, filled with strawberry jam.

This gift is perfect for holidays, birthdays, mother's day, etc.  Throughout the year keep small glass jars when the contents are gone (jellies, pastes, etc.).  It also helps to save ribbons that come with packages over the course of the year; neutral colors can work for different events.  The ribbon I used for this jar was saved from a holiday gift this past season.

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