This Valentine's Day show the special folks in your life how much you care without breaking the bank. Handmade gifts are always appreciated because the recipient knows you went to extra trouble on their behalf. Also, dollar stores, thrift shops, and garage sales can yield a treasure trove of unusual, distinctive, and inexpensive gifts.
Aromatic candles are a popular gift for showing love, thanks, or appreciation to someone special. There are many ways to "light up" someone's day with colorful votives or tea lights in a small, decorative glass or tin container. Also scented pillar candles in a tall, second-hand glass or vase with a bow tied around it makes a nice gift.
Frame a picture of yourself, the kids, or a family pet as a gift. Look for vintage picture frames at a thrift shop, or dress up a plain wooden frame by gluing assorted buttons on it
Give a small, potted herb with a perky red bow tied around the base. Personalize it by adding a recipe that uses that specific herb.
Make up some gift certificates or coupons on your computer that the recipient can redeem for a complimentary back rub, free babysitting, or a special dessert.
Bake strawberry cupcakes or heart-shaped cookies. Chocolate candy or fudge is always a hit. Or make the super easy heart-shaped cake found at Busy Moms Recipes (see link below).
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