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BATH SALTS
Note: The fragrance must be soap safe, it can not be a candle fragrance.

6-7 cups of rock salt (finely ground rock salt dissolves faster in the bath)
2 cups (or more if you need it for tired muscles) Epsom Salt
4-5 Tbsp. mineral oil (optional, this is to create the softness in the water)
Food coloring of your choice

Place in a large bowl or zip lock bag and stir or shake evenly. The food coloring tends to clump when first added, so it may be necessary to break it up with your fingers, but it will work out to an evenly colored salt in time.

Select a container and decorate.
Contributed by Lisa Harmon


FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Take the following pieces of candy & put them into a zipper bag. Labeled at the top of the bag attach a card with the following message:

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Starlight mint (or starburst candy): Keep reaching for the stars.
Hershey's Kiss: Know that you are loved.
Stick of gum: Stick with it.
Gold coin candy (or a 1000-Grand Candy bar): Know that you are valuable
Smarties: Know that you are smart.
Snickers candy bar: Keep your sense of humor.
A bag: Keep it all together.
Contributed by Brenda


GAG GIFT: SNOWMAN POOP
The Poem:
Santa Checked his List
He even checked it twice
And he found out that you haven't been nice
Coal's too expensive
So here's the scoop
All you get for Christmas this year is
Snowman POOP!

Or:

Heard you've been naughty,
So here's the scoop,
All you get is
SNOWMAN POOP!

Purchase a "Create-a-Mug at the dollar store (the plastic kind you slide your own artwork inside), and decorate it with snowman pictures or rubber stamps. Put a package of hot cocoa mix in the bottom, and then a baggie of snowman "poop" (mini-marshmallows) tied with a ribbon, on top. Also, check out the Dollar store(s) for inexpensive mugs pre-decorated with snowman.

Variations:
You can change thet poem wording from snowman to reindeer and use one of these items for "reindeer" poop: raisins, chocolate covered raisins or peanuts.
Another suggestion: attach the poem to a box of malted milk balls (carton) that you have added antlers, eyes, nose and mouth to making it look like a reindeer! Or just take a candy cane made to look like a little reindeer with pipe cleaner antlers, etc and enlarge it to go on the "whoppers" milk-type carton! Still funny and cute, but a very inexpensive gift.
Contributed by Laura

Another variation:
We tied up a garbage bag full of white packing "peanuts" and printed out the poem on a card that we tied on the bag with a ribbon.
Contributed by Angie S.


GEL AIR FRESHENERS
Make them from liquid potpourri or from scratch ~ they make great gifts!
2 cups of distilled water
Essential oil/fragrance of your choice
4 packages of knox gelatin
Food coloring (optional)

Heat 1 cup of water almost to a boil. Add the gelatin and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat add another cup of distilled water, 10-20 drops of oil/fragrance, and food coloring if desired. You can replace food coloring and oil/fragrance with premade liquid potpourri (available at most craft stores, candle shops, etc.). Just make sure it's the concentrated kind or it won't retain its smell. The procedure would be the same. Heat 1 cup of the liquid potpourri, almost to a boil. Stir in 4 packets of Knox gelatin, until dissolved. Then stir in 1 cup cool liquid potpourri. Pour the mixture into clean baby food jars and set at room temperature overnight until "set". You can place the jars in the refrigerator if you need them to set more quickly, but be aware that the smell will permeate the fridge. For gift giving, you can decorate the baby food jars by wrapping with material, or glueing on wallpaper, stickers, wrapping paper, etc.

To use, place the jar on the stovetop (not directly on the burner!) while cooking, heat in a potpourri burner, or simply set out on a table and enjoy the aroma.
Contributed by Pam

Variation:
1 Cup concentrated liquid potpouri
2 envelopes Knox unflavored gelatin
Empty jar

Heat potpouri until almost to a boil. Remove from heat and add 2 envelopes of gelatin. Stir to dissolve gelatin and pour into clean decorative jar. Place piece of plastic wrap over jar and secure with rubber band. Either place in refrigerator for quick set or leave out overnight on counter. Cover with piece of starched "lace" and wrap with ribbon to decorate. Before using, remove plastic wrap and recover jar with lace cover.
Contributed by Margaret Latham


KISSMAS WHISK
Place a few holiday colors Hershey's Kisses in a little bag tied with a ribbon, and squeeze the bag into a wire whisk (often available at Dollar stores). Attach a card with the note in it reading: Wisking you a Merry Kissmas!
Contributed by Laura


SCENTED ROCKS
Place rocks in a bowl or dish to scent a room. A nice alternative to potpourri!

1/2 cup plain flour
1/2 cup salt
1/4 teaspoon essential oil (your favorite scent)
2/3 cups boiling water
Food coloring, if desired

In bowl, mix dry ingredients well. Add essential oil, and boiling water to dry ingred. (Scent will be strong, but will fade slightly when dry.) For colored stones, blend in food coloring, one drop at a time until desired shade is reached. Blend ingredients, and form balls. Allow stones to dry. Place in a decorative bowl.
Contributed by Pam

Variation:
Place several rocks in a circle of lace, 8-12 inches across, tie a ribbon around out and you have scented drawer sachets! Contributed by Pam


SNOWMAN SOUP
Wrap 1 package hot chocolate mix, 3 Hershey Kisses, 15 (or so) marshmallows, and 1 candy cane in colored plastic wrap and then place in a mug. Attach the following poem to the mug:
Was told you've been real good this year
Always glad to hear it
With freezing weather drawing near
You'll need to warm the spirit
So here's a little Snowman Soup
Complete with stirring stick
Add hot water, sip it slow
It's sure to do the trick!
Contributed by Candi Read




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