Homemade Gift Ideas for a Girlfriend

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You have a special occasion coming up soon. You want to get your girlfriend something extra nice, something that she will love. Unfortunately, you find that you are low on cash. Instead of a flower from your neighbor's garden, you can easily make your girlfriend something memorable that she will love. Best of all, it will cost you next to nothing.

Bath Jar

  • Most women love a long, relaxing bath. Make one of her favorite things even more enjoyable by presenting her with a jar of scented bath salts. All you need is a mason jar (if you have a jar of jelly or pickles, simply empty the contents, and cleanse thoroughly with soap and hot water to clear the jar of any labels or residue and to remove any odor), Epsom salt, baking soda, food coloring, glue, a square piece of fabric, a ribbon and essential oil. You can usually find essential oil at a craft or health-food store. If you know of a scent that she is partial to, add that as an easy personal touch; however, you can go with a basic scent like lavender or sandalwood.

    Start by putting the Epsom salt and baking soda into a mixing bowl. Depending upon the size of the jar the amount you need could differ; just remember to add one tablespoon of baking soda for each one-third cup of Epsom salt. After mixing them together, add approximately three drops of essential oil to the mixture. You can add more if you prefer a bit stronger scent. Mix the contents again to spread the scent evenly throughout the mixture. Next, choose her favorite color among the food coloring choices and add it to the salt. Mix with a spoon while you add drops to distribute the color and avoid any skin dying. When you have reached the desired color, pour the salt mixture into the jar.

    Glue the piece of fabric onto the lid of the jar so that the top of the lid is completely covered and any extra fabric hangs down. Screw the lid onto the jar and tie the ribbon around the fabric to finish.

Coupons

  • This gift is simple and romantic. Give your girlfriend a book of sweet coupons filled with romantic things she can cash in at any time. You probably have all of the items needed to make this right at home. Take a few sheets of unlined paper and fold them into four sections. On each section, write something you will do for her. Examples might be: Make a romantic dinner, give a sensual back massage, breakfast in bed, she decides the television program or movie you watch together, etc. Also, make one of the four sections into a cover sheet that reads "Coupons." Cut them out and staple them together to finish the booklet.

Sweet Sweets

  • If your girlfriend adores sweets, make her a clever and thoughtful cookie bouquet. Bake her favorite kind of cookie in the shape of hearts using a cookie cutter. Immediately upon removing the cookies from the oven, place a thin stick in each one to form a cookie lollipop. You can get these sticks from your local craft store. After the cookies have cooled, write a sweet message on each cookie with royal icing (royal icing hardens). Your initials together or things you love about her are always special. Arrange all of the cookies together after the icing has hardened and tie the sticks together with a ribbon.

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