Cheap Christmas Gifts Ideas: Santa’s Soothing Bath Salts
Tell me if this has ever happened to you:
It’s the holiday season and a friend or acquaintance or neighbor stops by your house. They present you with a box of chocolate, a bottle of wine, or homemade cookies.
While you’re ever so appreciative of the gift, you feel like a heel because you have nothing to offer them in return. You either forgot or you didn’t have the budget to buy extra gifts this year.
Been there. Done that. Hated it.
I learned my lesson.
As a result, I like to keep a few generic gifts on hand.
When I say generic, I don’t mean plain and boring.
Generic gifts are universal, don’t require a personalized gift tag, and can be given to most anyone.
Since each bottle of bath salts only costs me about $2.00 a piece, they’re affordable gifts that I can judiciously hand out to everyone. You get a bottle, and you get a bottle, and you and you!
Here’s what you need to make the bath salts (this recipe makes approximately three to four jars):
- a bottle with a cork or a mason jar
- 3.2 oz pouch of dry nonfat milk powder
- 1 cup of Himalayan pink sea salt (or fine sea salt) *I used the pink sea salt because of its quality and pretty color.
- 2 cups of Dr. Teal’s Milk and Honey Epsom salts (or Lavender if you prefer)
- Optional: 2 tablespoons of red sanding sugar (makes the bath salts look sparkly and Christmasy)
- Santa’s Soothing Bath Salts label (free download available at the end of this post)
- clear sticker paper or cardstock
- glass measuring cup
- glass bowl
- red ribbon (or color of your choice)
Directions (this will take you all of five minutes):
Measure the ingredients and combine in a glass bowl.
Since the Milk and Honey Epsom salts have a nice scent, there’s no need to add any essential oils.
If you look at the photo above, you’ll see how the red sanding sugar adds a little something-something to the bath salts. It dissolves in the bathtub and there’s not enough in the recipe to discolor anything.
Place the funnel in your bottle and pour or scoop the bath salts until it’s filled up. Leave room for the cork or lid.
Print the Santa’s Soothing Bath Salts labels (free download at the bottom of this post) on either clear sticker paper or cardstock. Cut out and secure to the front of the bottle.
Tie a ribbon around the bottle or add a candy cane or other embellishment and bam, you’re done.
You’ve now got cheap Christmas gifts on hand!
If you buy the materials and ingredients you need at Walmart and the dollar store, it should only cost you about ten dollars. That amounts to two to three dollars a jar.
I’m currently displaying these bottles on my dining area buffet. You know, so I can grab one if someone stops by. 😉
Santa’s Soothing Bath Salts Free Label Download
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