It's not always the monetary value, but more the gesture of gift-giving that is truly special. Even if you don't have a lot of money, making a little something for the people you care about can really mean a lot.
Here are a few ideas of affordable gifts that are easy to make yourself.
You can use dried lavender flowers or rose petals (or a mixture of both). Either sew little sachets, or you can get packs of them at the dollar store (usually sold for wedding/party favours),
Mix epsom salts with essential oils of your choice. You can add dried lavender, herbs (like rosemary), even food colouring and stir together.
Get some pretty jars, fill 3/4 of the way with sugar (white or turbinado) or salt (sea salt or epsom) and cover with enough oil to moisten. Grapeseed or coconut are quite neutral, soothing for skin, and fairly inexpensive. You can add a couple drops of essential oils or get creative, like this recipe:
Check out my blog "Quench" on how I make these
4 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoon jojoba oil
3 drops of essential oil of your choice
2 cups Dead Sea salt
1 cup powdered milk
You can add:
4 drops of essential oils (whichever you prefer)
2 tablespoons of dried ginger
Dried lemon zest... or anything else your heart desires
1 cup epsom salts
3 tablespoons lemon juice
zest of 1 lemon
5 tablespoons almond oil (or any preferred oil)
Fill a decorative bottle with oil (jojoba is best) and add drops of essential oil. Try creating your own custom blends (read up on aromatherapy online for guidance).
You can add nice tags, raffia, dried flowers, fabric, stamps etc to spruce up your home-made "packaging". Get creative, plan a gathering with friends to work on them and most of all... make the process fun!