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Saving Money: Christmas in July (Make it Yourself Gift Ideas)

Save Money this Christmas with homemade gifts! Yes, it is only July, but I am going to start sharing ideas for inexpensive but very nice Christmas presents you can make this holiday season. Enjoy!

Homemade Bath Salts:

This is a very simple and inexpensive gift that is also very easy to make!

  • Epsom Salts
  • Essential Oils (found in craft stores such as Michaels, or easily ordered online)
  • Glass Jars (No need to buy any jars! Simply wash, dry and use spaghetti sauce jars, baby food jars, or any jars you already have at home.
To make the bath salts, fill a jar with the Epsom Salts.
Next, pour all the salts into a measuring cup.
Mix in 10-12 drops of fragrance for each cup of salt.
Mix thoroughly (about two minutes), and fill jar.

Decorate the jar using ribbon and other materials you have around the house. You may want to spray paint the lids or cover them with fabric. Add a pretty label with the name of your bath salts( something that reflects the scent you used, such as Relaxing Lavendar Bath Salts) and the directions for use (Add 2 or 3 tablespoons of bath salts to bath.)

You can also enhance the bath salts with baking soda, kosher salt or dead sea salts, and food coloring. But these items will add to the cost -- and are not necessary at all.

Picture from Martha Stewart Living, May 2004.


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