How to Buy a Good Gift: Valentine’s Day edition

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Buying a gift for someone is something that a lot of people find to be really stressful. I happen to love buying or making gifts for people, it’s always an amazing feeling when someone REALLY likes what you got them.

For Valentine’s Day, there seems to be a lot at stake. But keep in mind, any gift you give does not have to be something that screams hearts and candies. Only you can decide on your budget, but there are a few good tips to keep in mind to make sure you get someone something that they’ll love you for.

These may seem like no-brainers, but sometimes simple things get lost when you’re wracking your brain.

Think of their hobbies – So simple. What does this person like to do? My boyfriend likes beer, so I could easily get him beer. Or something beer related for his homebrewing adventures, for example, I had a custom tap handle made for him a couple of years ago to put onto his kegerator.  If your other half likes to hit the gym, you could get them a fitness tracker… for a Valentine’s Day couple-y twist, get one for both of you and work out together!

Figure out what they do they do to treat themselves – Valentine’s Day is not just for chocolates anymore! If your boo likes spicy stuff, put together a sriracha pretzel mix or a specialty hot sauce. If you have a health food nut, hit up your local Whole Foods or Health Food store and pick up an assortment of healthy snacks. Does your girl love to take baths? Lush makes some serious bubble bars and bath bombs that are to die for. Or you can make your own. Or you can make a nice body scrub yourself. I know whiskey can be a real love for some, why not get a really nice bottle of aged whiskey or a sampler pack of a few kinds. You can get gourmet coffee blends.

If you want to get a floral arrangement, branch out. Red roses are the sign of the holiday, but what is your girl’s favorite flower? It makes a much more of an impact if you make the gift personal.

If you must do chocolate (I know I can destroy a box of chocolates), forego the cheap box of chocolates at the grocery store or drug store. Opt for a local chocolatier. In Delaware, there’s a lovely family owned chocolate company called Govatos that has been churning out chocolate for over 100 years. Pair it with a favorite bottle of wine! …Or just get a whole bunch of wine!

Go for a Cuteness Attack! – Make a little scrapbook of your adventures and give it to them. I use Walgreen’s photo book making service, but there’s always Shutterfly. Make cheesecake conversation hearts (they are so cute I just can’t stand it! I know I still like getting stuffed animals as Valentine’s Day presents. It’s something my mom used to do for me as a kid.

Plan an activity to do together. Giving an item is all well and good, but giving an experience can leave a lasting impression. What you do entirely depends on your budget and how long you’ve known the person. You don’t want to come on too strong! Instead of going out to dinner, recreate the high class dining experience at home for a more personal touch and some savings! If you live in the DE, PA, MD, NJ area, go to Longwood Gardens and check out Orchid Extravaganza! You could also take a weekend trip to a romantic place like a cabin in the mountains. Pick something that just the two of you can enjoy together!

XOXO,

Caitlin

New Recipe!

I tried out a new recipe last night and thought I’d share. I’d never made beef lo mein, but it was pretty simple, so I’d make it again! 10984568_10203665406610965_2354417078597066401_n

I got the recipe at Mom’s Dish. One thing I’d recommend is to really make sure you’re not cooking it too long, my meat got a little tough. It takes a few pans and pots, but it’s worth the time, enjoy!

-Caitlin

Sweetie Scrub

Whenever I think about “Scrubs,” my initial thought is “I don’t want no Scrubs!” I had to put that aside however, because unlike a guy that can’t get no love from me, a sugar scrub is all kinds of fantastic. Sugar scrubs really exfoliate your dead skin, which is perfect for the winter cold and dry skin that often accompanies it.

Sugar scrub can be the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for a friend or coworker, it’s easy to make and smells divine! After I used it I had half a mind to just dig in and eat some.

To make some of your own…

Vanilla Cinnamon Scrub
Makes one jar

1/2 cup of coconut oil
1 cup of granulated sugar (I made one with 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/2 granulated sugar too)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Items to mix

I had trouble getting the coconut oil out of the jar, since it’s solid, so I popped it in the microwave for about 20 seconds. Make sure to take the lid off, it’s a no-brainer but I wanted to mention it just in case.

Mix well! Spoon into desired container, I chose fancy little 8oz mason jars and added a pretty fabric on top with a little bow, gotta make it look festive!

Both versions of the scrubs

I wasn’t as big of a fan as the brown sugar one because the molasses smell was a little strong, but if you like molasses, it’s perfect! I did a little quality control on the all granulated sugar scrub and it worked – and smelled – like a dream! Just be careful if you’re going to use it in the shower because things can get slippery.

Happy Crafting!

-Caitlin

A Valentine's Day Scrub for your Sweetie! Easy to make and smells delicious!