When working with a tight gift-giving budget, you don’t have to break the bank on fancy, expensive arrangements. There are plenty of ways to create tasteful gifts on your own. With a little imagination and knowing where to find the best deals, you’re well on your way to putting the finishing touches on a personalized spa gift for your loved one.
Start with a Container
Always save gently used wicker baskets and other attractive containers hanging around the house, which can come in handy when creating a gift basket. Think outside of the box, such as using an empty decorative popcorn tin. If you don’t have anything that suits your needs, the Dollar Store offers a range of decorative options.
Pick a Theme for the Gift Basket
What kind of gift basket do you want to create – one that focuses on a specific need, color, or scent? A foot spa gift basket may include a pumice stone, foot scrub, moisturizer, wooden foot massager, spa slippers, pedicure socks, and pedicure tool set. Add a manicure tool set, cuticle cream, nail treatment, scrub brush, hand lotion, and nail polishes to a hand spa gift basket. Treat a loved one to a facial spa gift basket with a relaxing eye mask, exfoliant, moisturizer, lip gloss, facial cleansers, and cooling splashes.
Cut Costs by Making Your Own Products
Create handmade bath and beauty products to help stay within your spa gift basket budget. For example, instead of buying aromatherapy bath salts, consider making your own. To save money, this homemade bath salts recipe combines 3 cups of Epsom salt, 1 cup of baking soda, and 1 cup of sea salt. Use a large spoon or your hands to blend the ingredients. Add 3 drops of any essential oil to the salts – a couple at a time. Take your time because if you add too much oil, you’ll end up with an overwhelming scent. Fragrance suggestions for your bath salts include lavender, tea tree oil, peppermint, and rose.
Candles help set the relaxing mood that comes with a pampering spa gift. They are also an inexpensive way to add character, color, and bulk to a gift basket. You can choose from a variety of scents, aromatherapy effects, and colors to match the theme of your gift basket. Choose peppermint to uplift the spirits. Lavender helps calm the nerves. Patchouli is known to jumpstart the romance.
Record a CD of Favorite Tunes
Record a compilation of your gift basket recipient’s favorite tunes to ensure a relaxing atmosphere as they enjoy their collection of products.
The Finishing Touches
When looking for items to add bulk to your spa gift basket, consider the functional selections, such as:
- Inflatable bath pillow
- Handmade soap
- Loofah sponge
- Exfoliating mitt
- Comfortable slippers
Decorate with Ribbons, Bows and Embellishments
The Dollar Store offers an assortment of decorations for a spa gift basket, including colorful ribbons, shiny bows, and tissue paper. Craft shops, such as Michaels and JoAnn Fabrics, also host weekly sales on decorative supplies. Scan the local newspaper for coupons that reach up to 50% off one item.