Want to give the gift of beauty and fitness this holiday season, but you don’t have a lot of money to spend? Here are the top 4 money-saving holiday gifts that almost every woman would appreciate.
#1: Homemade Skin-Care Creams
A few weeks ago, I wrote recipes for how to make your own skin-care creams using everyday household ingredients like apples, sugar, milk, and pineapple. Why just do this yourself? Why not make these gifts for someone else?
You can package it in an empty mason jar — like an empty spaghetti sauce jar — and print out a nice label for the jar. Tie some ribbons around it, or cover it with stickers (like we did when we were kids!) It’s the perfect cute, useful and money-saving holiday gift!
In case you missed it, here are the recipes:
#2: Rosewater Mist
Remember my list of the top ways to keep your skin hydrated on a budget? Spritzing some rosewater on your face is high on that list. Why not give a small, sweet-smelling bottle of rosewater as a holiday gift?
#3: A “Health” Gift Basket
Some of the things we need to stay healthy are inexpensive items, which — added together — make a nice gift basket. Why not create a little gift basket with a package of almonds, an avocado, some olive oil, and other little healthy treats? Package it all together in an attractive and eco-friendly wicker basket, and you’ll have a fun gift that’s much healthier than the traditional holiday fruitcake and cookies.
#4: Fitness DVDs!
Let’s admit it, you probably have some fitness stuff that you never use. While no one wants your used Richard Simmons “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” video, they might be interested in that Pilates DVD that’s been gathering dust on your shelf. If you already own some fitness DVDs, why not give them to a friend who will use them? Sure, it’s not “new” condition — but as long as the DVDs aren’t scratched, does it really matter?
#5: A Promise
For many people, the hardest thing about getting in shape is the fact that they have no one to exercise with. No one is there to hold them accountable to their goals.
If you’re short on money, give something even more valuable: your promise. Give someone a “coupon” that promises that you’ll go jogging with them at 6 a.m., or that you’ll call them every week to ask about how they’re progressing towards their goals.
It’ll be great for your relationship, it’s free, and it’s the stuff that holiday gifts are REALLY all about.
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