Sunday, February 12, 2017

4 DIY Valentine Gifts They'll Actually Love

Handmade Valentine Gifts Ideas they will love
Is V-Day just around the corner and you can hear crickets on your bank account? Do you want to skip the cookie-cutter red roses and aim for something personal that screams 'I love you'? Fear not, as I'm sharing some fabulous ideas of DIY Valentine Gifts that your better half will actually love!

1. Say It With Flowers That Don't Die

Does your loved one like flowers but hates to see them die? Are you members of a green community that only tolerates potted plants? Then get crafty and paint her or him a beautiful scenery like a pro! Hint: If you're not that good at painting this is still doable thanks to the many coloring books commercially available.

For this purpose, I personally love the Painterly Days series by Kristy Rice. She has authored is the only watercolor adult coloring books in the market, and aside from having really lovely designs printed on a thick paper, the gray lines are very easy to cover with paint giving you the pro look you're striving to achieve. Choose a beautiful design (my favorite is the Flower Watercoloring Book), use those watercolors you have forgotten in your art drawer, and use a simple wooden frame to display your very personal and unique gift.


Lazy Tip: Although you can take as much or as little time as you want to fill in one single page, you can also color and cut a page in half, especially if it's a patterned design. Just choose a smaller frame to display your work of art, and nobody will be any the wiser! I'm currently working on my design feel free to check my progress on Instagram!

2. Romantic Natural Bath Salts For A Lucky Night

DIY natural bath salts recipe
Image source: Pinterest
Bath salts have a luxurious look and feel that makes them a wonderful present. If you're broke or simply want to do a Valentine gift that you actually did with your own hands, bath salts are always a good idea. Who knows? You might get lucky and actually get to test your creation!

There are so many recipes and variations online that can make your head spin. In my opinion, the KISS method is always best (Keep It Simple, Stupid!), as well as using only natural ingredients, as baths salts self-preserve without having to be kept in the fridge. Just check with the recipient if she or he has any allergies before starting your concoction.


Although many recipes call for a handful of ingredients, if aromatherapy is not your forte I strongly recommend to either stick to simple smells or a blend of high-quality essential oils that will take out the guesswork.

Romance Bath Salts:

Recipe for all-natural romance bath salts using Joy by Young Living Oils


Directions:

In a clean glass container, scoop the salts. Mix well with a wooden spoon. In a small glass, dilute 10-15 drops of the Joy Essential Oil Blend OR the vanilla extract (for a cheaper version) with 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil. Combine the salts and the oils together. Stir thoroughly and let sit for 5 minutes. Add the baking soda, the milk, and the dried rose petals, stir to mix, and package in a clean Mason jar along with a clean muslin bag. Decorate the jar with a love note and enjoy!

How to use:

Scoop 1/2 cup inside the clean muslin bag and add to a running hot bath. Let them dissolve and enjoy! Just be careful afterward- the natural oils might leave your bathtub a bit slippery!


3. Awakening Aromatherapy Shower Steamer Tablets

Shower steamer tablets
Image via Pinterest

If your better half is not a morning person and lives in a dignified wardrobe (aka a studio) without a bathtub, you can build on the same principle by creating a handmade shower steamer. This wonderful invention is like a bath bomb for the shower, and gives a full aromatherapeutic experience to fit even the tightest of schedules.

Good Morning Shower Steamer Recipe: 

- 2 cups of baking soda
- 1 cup cornstarch or arrowroot powder
- Water
- Food coloring (optional)
Clarity Essential Oil Blend by Jurlique (contains an undiluted essential oil blend of orange, lavender, bergamot, pine, and lemon)
- Heart-shaped soap or chocolate molds
blend of essential oils to promote clarity by Jurlique

Directions:

In a clean container, scoop the baking soda and the cornstarch together. Mix thoroughly. If you want to add some color to the mix, add a few drops of food coloring and stir well. Start adding water, a tablespoon at a time, until you get a doughy (but not runny) consistency that you can mold with your hands. Fill in your molds with the mix and let them dry overnight. Once hardened, remove from the mold and add 2 drops of the Clarity Blend Essential Oil on each dry shower steamer. Store in a clean and dry mason jar.

How to use:

Put one shower steamer at the far end of the shower plate. Take a hot shower and indulge in the aromatherapy scents!

4. Relaxing Bath Tea

Image via Pinterest


Ingredients:

- 2 cups Epsom Salt
- 4 tbsp Baking Soda
 - Relax Body Oil by Erbaviva ($38)
- 4 tbsp of Meyer's goat powder milk (I buy mine at Thrive Market)   
- Dried lavender or rose petals
- Mason Jar*
- Plastic Container*
- Wooden Spoon*
- Small glass*

(*Do not reuse to prepare food)

Directions:
In a clean glass container, scoop the salt. Mix well with a wooden spoon and add 2 tablespoons of the Relax Body Oil by Erbaviva (as it's already diluted in carrier oils, it can be used as-is.) Stir thoroughly and let sit for 5 minutes. Add the baking soda, the milk, and the dried lavender flowers, stir to mix, and package in a clean Mason jar along with a clean muslin bag. Decorate the jar with a love note and enjoy!

How to use:

Scoop 1/2 cup inside the clean muslin bag and add to a running hot bath. Let them dissolve and enjoy! You can also squeeze the muslin bag to get the most of the treatment. Just be careful afterward- the natural oils might leave your bathtub a bit slippery!

{Health Disclaimer: Please note that if the recipient is pregnant, nursing, takes medication, or has a medical condition, she or he should consult a health professional prior to using anything that contains essential oils. Also, do not use for food the containers and tools you use to prep your homemade beauty products as they could contain some traces of essential oils.}

Disclaimer Level 1: The author received NO compensation to write this post. The author received a sample of some of the products featured for editorial consideration. Receiving a sample didn't influence the decision to feature a brand nor the opinions expressed by the author. All links provided in the article are for information only and are not part of any affiliate marketing program.

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