Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Christmas Gifts

Doodlebug and I go to the YMCA about 5 times a week. He loves it there. As soon as we get out of the car he starts to grin, wave his arms up and down and babbles away. When I hand him over at Child Watch he giggles and usually starts giving out hugs kisses to whoever takes him. These ladies are so wonderful to him and we wanted to give something back this Christmas to let them know how much we appreciate them. But with Christmas on a budget and a rotation of nine workers, that could be a difficult thing.

Hmm...I could bake cookies or brownies or something. But everyone gets so many of those during the holidays and I'm allergic to the flour anyway. Let's see...what else? I bet they also get way too many Christmas ornaments too. And do they really want to put something from my child on their tree year after year? Probably not. I'd really love to give them something so they could pamper themselves a bit. Most of them are moms, and we moms don't get a lot of time for pampering. But a gift basket is too expensive....

Then I read about a gift suggestion of bath salts. They are super easy, inexpensive and would allow the ladies to be pampered a bit during the holidays.

This is all you need.

Epsom salts (I paid less than $4 for a 4 pound container at Target.)
Some type of container (We are using baby food jars but any container would work.)
Food coloring (Optional. We used red and green to make it look more festive.)
Essential oil (Optional. We're using peppermint since we have this already and it seems pretty festive.)

Pour Epsom salts in a large jar or ziploc bag. Add food coloring and essential oils and close jar or bag tightly. Shake vigorously until all the food coloring is evenly disbursed. If you are using more than one color I would highly recommend pouring the salts out onto a plate at this point and allowing them to dry several hours.

Once the salts are dry pour into your gift containers and decorate or wrap as needed. You might want to include a label and/or instructions for use.

Voila! An inexpensive Christmas gift.

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