Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts to Buy or DIY

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Who says you blew it? There’s still plenty of time to snag some super awesome last minute Valentine’s Day gifts! Keep reading to learn how to save face by pulling off those last minute gift ideas in the knick of time with this collection of last minute Valentine’s Day gifts to buy or DIY!

Who says you blew it? There's still plenty of time to snag some super awesome last minute Valentine's Day gifts! Read on to learn how to save face by pulling off those last minute gift ideas in the knick of time with this collection of last minute Valentine's Day gifts you can buy or DIY! #valentinesday #valentinesdaygiftideas #valentinesdaygift #diy #lastminutegifts #crafts #shopping #gifts #giftideas #giftcards #giftsubscription

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts

Let’s face it. Shopping for that perfect Valentine’s Day gift can be daunting, not to mention time consuming. So it’s with good reason we keep putting it off and putting it off until – oh snap! And it’s the night before Valentine’s Day, the mall is closed and Amazon Prime two day shipping is a day too late.

And hey, you’ve been busy. I TOTALLY get that. Truly. Hopefully this year you still have a few days lead time before that countdown to the final hour. So it’s with high hopes that I offer you this collection of last minute Valentine’s Day gifts you can buy or DIY to help you save face.

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts to Buy

Last Minute Valentine's Day Gifts! Subscription beauty boxes are all the rage and with good reason. Women LOVE the combination of quality luxe beauty products and that element of surprise! So give her what she wants with a 3, 6 or 12 month gift subscription to Glossybox!

Subscription beauty boxes are all the rage and with good reason. Women LOVE the combination of quality luxe beauty products and that element of surprise! So give her what she wants with a 3, 6 or 12 month gift subscription to Glossybox! This is the perfect gift to all beauty lovers, delivering a monthly edit of 5 must-have beauty products every month.

Perfectly packaged in their signature pink box, the expert team at Glossybox curates every beauty box, vetting each brand to the highest quality standards and ensuring every product selection is the must-have beauty product. Give Glossybox now and your Valentine will receive an e-voucher via email for a gift that’s timely even when you’re down to the last minute.

Last Minute Valentine's Day Gifts! Handmade IS better! So why not give the gift of handmade this Valentine's Day with a gift certificate to Etsy! A global marketplace for unique and creative goods, Etsy is home to a universe of special, extraordinary items, from unique handcrafted pieces to vintage treasures.

Handmade IS better! So why not give the gift of handmade this Valentine’s Day with a gift certificate to Etsy! A global marketplace for unique and creative goods, Etsy is home to a universe of special, extraordinary items, from unique handcrafted pieces to vintage treasures.

When you give a gift certificate to your Valentine, you have the option of delivering it electronically or printing it yourself! Then your lucky Valentine is able to purchase anything his or her heart desires!

Last Minute Valentine's Day Gifts! For the budding bath and beauty DIY-er I highly recommend a gift subscription to The DIY Collectives! Dedicated to providing subscribers with products that foster self-sufficiency and promote environmental stewardship & sustainability, The DIY Collectives offers monthly DIY kits for making homemade soaps & cleansers, soaks & scrubs, face masks & toners, lotions & creams, tinctures & tonics and more!

For the budding bath and beauty DIY-er I highly recommend a gift subscription to The DIY Collectives! The DIY Collectives offers monthly bath & beauty DIY kits for making homemade soaps & cleansers, soaks & scrubs, lotions & creams and more! Further, they are dedicated to providing subscribers with products that foster self-sufficiency and promote environmental stewardship & sustainability. Save 10% off when you use coupon code: IHEARTU through 3/3/18 when you subscribe or give a gift subscription to The DIY Collectives.

Last Minute Valentine's Day Gifts! Your Valentine will flip for a subscription to Grow and Make if he or she is into all encompassing DIY everything! Grow and Make strives to provide the best selection of high quality kits for DIY and crafting for everything from cheesemaking to soapmaking. Their goal is to help people simplify their lives and create their own distinctive, signature styles while being as sustainable as possible.

Your Valentine will flip for a subscription to Grow and Make if he or she is into all encompassing DIY everything! Grow and Make strives to provide the best selection of high quality kits for DIY and crafting for everything from cheesemaking to soapmaking. Their goal is to help people simplify their lives while also being as sustainable as possible. Grow and Make sends out two DIY kits each month with a subscription. Or you also have the option of purchasing any of the kits you’d like individually.

Last Minute Valentine's Day Gifts! Pop Shop America is full of fun wearables, handcrafted goods and totally good vibes. You will find lots of cool t-shirts, tank tops, dresses, jewelry from gorgeous materials like brass and sterling silver, beauty products, and home goods. They also offer totally giftable monthly subscription boxes for everything from handmade beauty and t-shirts to jewelry and DIY kits! 

And as if those last minute Valentine’s Day gifts weren’t enough, there’s also Pop Shop America! Pop Shop America is full of fun wearables, handcrafted goods and totally good vibes. You will find lots of cool t-shirts, tank tops, dresses, jewelry from gorgeous materials like brass and sterling silver, beauty products, and home goods. They also offer totally giftable monthly subscription boxes for everything from handmade beauty and t-shirts to jewelry and DIY kits!

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts to DIY

These DIY lavender bath salts from Lia Griffith make quick and easy last minute Valentine's Day gifts! The ingredients can be locally sourced at your local co-op or health food store. And there are even printable labels for gifting!

These DIY lavender bath salts from Lia Griffith make quick and easy last minute Valentine’s Day gifts! The ingredients can be locally sourced at your local co-op or health food store. And there are even printable bath salt labels to make gifting even easier!

These cocoa ginger lotion bars from The Natural Beauty Workshop are easy to make and gift as last minute Valentine's Day gifts. Simply combine the ingredients in a double boiler, melt and then pour into a mold of your choice.

Likewise, these cocoa ginger lotion bars from The Natural Beauty Workshop are also easy to make and gift as last minute Valentine’s Day gifts. Simply combine the ingredients in a double boiler, melt and then pour into a mold of your choice.

Last Minute Valentine's Day Gifts! Learn how to make this easy DIY rose sugar scrub recipe for homemade Valentine's Day gifts or simply to pamper yourself throughout the year.

This natural rose sugar scrub is another easy homemade gift idea for Valentine’s Day. Made with dried rose petals and skin conditioning safflower oil, this rose sugar scrub combines just four simple yet luxurious ingredients that skin loves.

These Paleo Chocolate Bliss Bites via Lia Griffith are the perfect last minute Valentine's Day gift for the healthy foodie! Packed full of nutty goodness and sweetened with dates and agave nectar, these truffles not only hit the spot when the chocolate cravings come, they are like little nuggets of energy too!

These Paleo Chocolate Bliss Bites via Lia Griffith are the perfect last minute Valentine’s Day gift for the healthy foodie! Packed full of nutty goodness and sweetened with dates and agave nectar, these truffles not only hit the spot when the chocolate cravings come, they are like little nuggets of energy too.

DIY Last Minute Valentine's Day Gifts! This scented DIY dry oil body spray for dry skin is made with natural "dry" oils that won't leave skin feeling greasy but still nourish and moisturize skin in need. The addition of a fragrance means it can be worn in place of perfume while still caring for skin!

If your Valentine loves fragrances, then this scented DIY dry oil body spray is a must! Created with “dry” oils that won’t leave skin feeling greasy, the addition of a fragrance means this body spray can be worn in place of perfume while still caring for skin! Plus there are free printable labels to pull this last minute Valentine’s Day gift together with ease!

Flowers that never die make lovely last minute Valentine's Day gifts! Learn how to make these DIY Crepe Paper Rose Buds to gift as a bouquet to your Valentine at Lia Griffith blog!

Flowers that never die are also wonderful last minute Valentine’s Day gifts! Learn how to make these DIY Crepe Paper Rose Buds to gift as a bouquet to your Valentine at Lia Griffith blog!

Who says you blew it? There's still plenty of time to snag some super awesome last minute Valentine's Day gifts! Read on to learn how to save face by pulling off those last minute gift ideas in the knick of time with this collection of last minute Valentine's Day gifts you can buy or DIY!

For more last minute Valentine’s Day gifts, be sure to also check out this collection of Homemade Valentine Ideas for Galentines and my other collection of romantic DIY Valentine’s Day gifts. You may also enjoy my DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts and Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas (to Buy) Pinterest boards. Or browse my collection of Etsy favorites for Valentine’s Day.

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DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts for Romantics

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Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day or simply Galentine’s Day, this beautiful collection of 18 DIY Valentine’s Day gifts is sure to delight!

DIY Valentine's Day Gifts for the Romantic! If Valentine's Day reminds you of romance, hearts and roses then you must make one of these gorgeous 18 DIY Valentine's Day gifts! Each of these Valentine's Day gift ideas are thoughtfully made so your Valentine will not only be pleased with the quality of your gift, but is sure to get the warm and fuzzies too! #valentines #valentinesdaygift #diy #love #romance #crafts #hearts #roses

If Valentine’s Day reminds you of romance, hearts and roses then you must make one of these gorgeous DIY Valentine’s Day gifts! Each of these Valentine’s Day gift ideas are thoughtfully made so your Valentine will not only be pleased with the quality of your gift, but is sure to get the warm and fuzzies too!

DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts

DIY Valentine's Day Gifts! Learn how to craft this beautiful wooden, personalized DIY bathtub tray via The First Cut blog to give as DIY Valentine's Day gift or DIY Galentine's Day gift this year! #valentines #valentinesdaygift #diy #gifts #giftideas #crafts

DIY Personalized Bathtub Tray via The First Cut

This beautiful, wooden DIY bathtub tray can be personalized with your favorite phrase to remind your Valentine how much you love her! Find the tutorial here.

DIY Valentine's Day Gifts! This natural luxe rose body balm recipe only requires 3 simple ingredients to make! Crafted using tea seed oil, rose wax and shea butter, this rose body balm recipe is all natural and makes a lovely DIY Valentine's Day gift! #valentinesdaygift #valentines #diy #roses #bodybutter #skincare #beauty #giftsforher

Natural Rose Body Balm Recipe via Soap Deli News

Crafted using tea seed oil, rose wax and shea butter, this luxurious rose body balm is completely natural and requires just three simple ingredients to make! There are even free printable labels making this body balm perfect for your DIY Valentine’s Day gifts! Discover the recipe and free printable labels here.

Are you extra sweet on someone this Valentine's Day? This easy heart shaped red velvet fudge recipe via Cravings of a Lunatic makes great DIY Valentine's Day gifts for all of your Galentine's! #galentines #galentinesday #valentines #valentinesdaygift #fudge #hearts

Red Velvet Fudge Recipe via Cravings of a Lunatic

Are you extra sweet on someone this Valentine’s Day? This easy heart shaped red velvet fudge recipe makes great DIY Valentine’s Day gifts for all of your Galentine’s! Get the recipe here.

These Conversation Heart Petit Fours via Brite & Bubbly make delicious, edible DIY Valentine's Day gifts for your sweetheart or Galentine! #galentinesday #valentines #valentinesdaygift #conversationhearts #hearts #petitfours #diy

Conversation Heart Petit Fours via Brite & Bubbly

These conversation heart petit fours make delicious, edible DIY Valentine’s Day gifts for your sweetheart or Galentine! Learn how to make them here.

DIY Valentine's Day Gifts! These gorgeous DIY rose bath salts via Everything Pretty are the perfect Valentine's Day gift for your bath and beauty loving Valentine! #valentines #valentinesdaygift #bathsalts #rose #diy #beauty #skincare #gifts

Rose Bath Salts Recipe via Everything Pretty

These gorgeous DIY rose bath salts are the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your bath and beauty loving Valentine! Learn to make them now!

These DIY Rosebud Bath Melts via Amy Green are crafted with natural skin nourishing ingredients like cocoa and shea butters and coconut oil. The addition of dried mini-rose buds give them an extra feeling of love and romance make them perfect to give as DIY Valentine's Day gifts. #valentinesdaygift #diy #bathmelts #roses #skincare

DIY Rose Bath Melts via Amy Green

These DIY rosebud bath melts are crafted with natural skin nourishing ingredients like cocoa and shea butters and coconut oil. The addition of dried mini-rose buds give them an extra feeling of love and romance make them perfect to give as DIY Valentine’s Day gifts. Grab the recipe here.

This DIY lip scrub and lip balm duo via Country Hill Cottage make fabulous DIY Valentine's Day gifts for her! #valentinesdaygift #giftsforher #lipscrub #lipbalm #skincare #beauty

DIY Valentine’s Day Lip Duo via Country Hill Cottage

This DIY lip scrub and lip balm duo make fabulous DIY Valentine’s Day gifts for her! Plus there are free printable labels for your completed products. Get the recipes to make these natural beauty products here.

This DIY Love Notes Valentine's Wreath via Tauni + Co is the perfect alternative to Valentine's Day cards. Not only will this beauty avoid the recycling bin, but it makes a beautiful home decor piece that your Valentine or Galentine can enjoy into spring and summer! #valentines #galentines #valentinesdaygift #diy #wreath #love

Love Notes DIY Valentine’s Wreath via Tauni + Co

This DIY Love Notes Valentine’s Wreath is the perfect alternative to Valentine’s Day cards. Not only will this beauty avoid the recycling bin, but it makes a beautiful home decor piece that your Valentine or Galentine can enjoy into spring and summer! Find the tutorial here.

These DIY conversation heart soaps are so easy to make and make lovely homemade Valentine's Day gifts! Made from a melt and pour soap base, these conversation heart soaps can be made in an afternoon and ready to gift the same day. Simply package them in a plastic jar, wrap each soap individually or gift them inside candy treat bags.

DIY Conversation Heart Soaps via Soap Deli News

These DIY conversation heart soaps are not only a snap to make, but they’re also perfect for gifting! Easily craft these DIY Valentine’s Day gifts in multiples for classmates or coworkers using a melt and pour soap base, then gift them inside candy treat bags! Find the tutorial here.

These DIY Valentine's Day Treat Jars via Make + Tell are perfect for gifting Valentine's Day treats and candy! #valentines #valentinesdaygift #treats #favors #ombre #candy #treats #diy #crafts

 DIY Ombre Heart Jars via Make + Tell

These DIY Valentine’s Day treat jars are not only pretty, they’re also perfect for gifting Valentine’s Day treats and candy! Learn more here.

Craft these natural DIY rose milk bath bombs via The Nerdy Farm Wife as DIY Valentine's Day gifts! These beautiful heart-shaped bath bombs are naturally colored with rose clay and scented with a relaxing blend of essential oils, while creamy cocoa butter and milk powder are added for their extra skin-loving benefits. #valentinesdaygift #bathbombs #diy

DIY Rose Milk Bath Bombs via The Nerdy Farm Wife

Craft these natural DIY rose milk bath bombs as DIY Valentine’s Day gifts! These beautiful heart-shaped bath bombs are naturally colored with rose clay and scented with a relaxing blend of essential oils, while creamy cocoa butter and milk powder are added for their extra skin-loving benefits. Find the recipe here.

Craft these DIY solid lotion bar hearts via The Nourished Life to give to your Valentine (or Galentine!) this Valentine's Day! Made using a simple combination of natural ingredients, solid lotion bars are a wonderful and mess free way to protect and nourish your dry skin. #valentines #galentines #valentinesdaygift #skincare #diy #solidlotion

DIY Solid Lotion Bar Hearts via The Nourished Life

Craft these DIY solid lotion bar hearts to give to your Valentine (or Galentine!) this Valentine’s Day! Made using a simple combination of natural ingredients, solid lotion bars are a wonderful and mess free way to protect and nourish your dry skin. Discover this DIY here.

The pattern for this beautiful DIY heart hanging basket via Apple Green Cottage makes practical DIY Valentine's Day gifts! Not only is this sturdy canvas hanging basket useful but it's also a lovely home decor piece.

DIY Hanging Basket via Apple Green Cottage

The pattern for this beautiful DIY heart hanging basket makes practical DIY Valentine’s Day gifts! Not only is this sturdy canvas hanging basket useful but it’s also a lovely home decor piece. Get the free pattern here.

DIY Valentine's Day Gifts! These DIY matcha green tea butter bars are made with skin nourishing tea seed oil and matcha green tea. Perfect to gift for DIY Valentine's Day gifts, these solid lotion bars absorb quickly and won't leave skin feeling greasy.

DIY Matcha Green Tea Butter Bars via Soap Deli News

These DIY matcha green tea butter bars are made with skin nourishing tea seed oil and matcha green tea. Perfect to gift for DIY Valentine’s Day gifts, these solid lotion bars absorb quickly and won’t leave skin feeling greasy. Learn how to make them here.

These DIY herbal massage melts via The Nerdy Farm Wife make delightful DIY Valentine's Day gifts for your active Valentine, that enjoys hard work, but needs a little extra pampering at the end of the day.

DIY Herbal Massage Melts via The Nerdy Farm Wife

These DIY herbal massage melts for pain relief make delightful DIY Valentine’s Day gifts for your active Valentine. They are perfect for anyone who needs a little extra pampering at the end of the day. Learn to make them here.

These heart shaped DIY Earl Grey Macarons with Mouth-watering Lemon Swiss Buttercream via Indulge with Mimi are the perfect alternative to the traditional Valentine's Day box of chocolates! Get the recipe and heart shaped template now at Indulge with Mimi.

DIY Heart Shaped Earl Grey Macarons via Indulge with Mimi

These heart shaped DIY Earl Grey Macarons with Mouth-watering Lemon Swiss Buttercream are the perfect alternative to the traditional Valentine’s Day box of chocolates! Get the recipe and heart shaped template now.

Learn how to make your own crystal geode soap eggs with hearts for stunning DIY Valentine's Day gifts!

Geode Soap Tutorial with Hearts via Soap Deli News

Create truly unique DIY Valentine’s Day gifts for your sweetheart with this geode soap tutorial! Inside each soap geode you’ll find a glass-like heart nestled inside. Check out this love inspired soapmaking tutorial here.

This rose body butter recipe if perfect for DIY Valentine's Day gifts! Made with only natural ingredients, this vegan moisturizer nourishes skin without leaving it feeling greasy. #diy #valentinesdaygift #bodybutter #roses #giftsforher

Natural Rose Body Butter Recipe via Soap Deli News 

This rose body butter recipe if perfect for DIY Valentine’s Day gifts! Made with only natural ingredients, this vegan moisturizer nourishes skin without leaving it feeling greasy. Learn to make it now.

DIY Valentine's Day Gifts! If Valentine's Day reminds you of romance, hearts and roses then you must make one of these gorgeous DIY Valentine's Day gifts! Each of these Valentine's Day gift ideas are thoughtfully made so your Valentine will not only be pleased with the gift, but get the warm and fuzzies too!

Want even more great DIY Valentine’s day gift ideas? You may also enjoy my other DIY Valentine’s Day gifts you can make and gift. Or find more fantastic DIY gift ideas on my DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts Pinterest board here.

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Celebrating Holiday Traditions Through Life’s Changes

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Many of us grew up celebrating holiday traditions that were taught to us by our parents and families. You may remember some time honored traditions such as mailing out Christmas cards, decorating with natural elements, baking from scratch and even making homemade gifts. Even as we’ve grown up and left home many of us have continued to carry on those same holiday traditions we learned as children.

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However, some of these holiday traditions may have changed with time. Whether it was due to a death in the family or a move out of state, many traditions tend to adapt to the needs of our new families and life changes. But what makes these changes special as we shape our new traditions from old ones is the meaning and the stories we keep and carry on throughout the coming years.

Celebrating Holiday Traditions Through Change

Growing up and into early adulthood, my friend Bambi always made sugar cookies with her grandmother to celebrate the season. These cookies in turn were given to friends and family as homemade gifts. Using family sugar cookie and buttercream icing recipes that have been passed down through the generations, Bambi’s new tradition is making and then decorating those same cookies with her closest friends now that her grandmother is gone.

This year was the second year I able to participate in decorating cookies with Bambi as part of her new holiday tradition. That I’m able to be a part of something so meaningful to her, in turn makes it more meaningful to me. And while there was no amount of prodding, poking, coaxing, bribing or begging to convince Bambi to dish and share her recipes (sorry!) I certainly can’t imagine not participating as the years move forward.

Along with this Bambi also gave me one of the best presents she could gift me with this year – a new holiday tradition. So whether you’re looking to start new holiday traditions with your own friends or a new family, decorating Christmas cookies and holiday cookie exchanges are a longstanding tradition that I can certainly get behind.

So just how to do you go about planning a cookie decorating party? Keep reading to learn how my friend, Bambi, organizes her cookie decorating parties and for some great links to tips for hosting a holiday cookie exchange as well as a few sugar cookie recipes to get you started. Plus learn more about new holiday traditions other people have started and how to deal with holiday celebration overload.

Celebrating Holiday Traditions Through Life's Changes. Plus how to host a holiday cookie exchange and a collection of homemade Christmas cookie recipes.

Celebrating Holiday Traditions with Cookies

Prior to hosting her guests, Bambi prepares for her holiday cookie decorating event a few days in advance. She spends about two days baking sugar cookies using her grandmother’s recipe. Then in between the time she makes them and then everyone gets together to decorate them, they are stored in plastic storage containers in the refrigerator.

Celebrating Holiday Traditions Through Life's Changes. Plus how to host a holiday cookie exchange and a collection of homemade Christmas cookie recipes.

A few days later everyone shows up with a bottle of wine in hand. Typically Bambi also provides some simple appetizers like hummus, crackers and cheese. However, if we “accidentally” break a cookie, it’s like a bonus prize and gets eaten right then and there. But only after it’s been decorated, of course!

The buttercream icing isn’t made until the arrival of all her guests. New batches of icing are then made as we run out.

Annie! No sugar for you!

Posted by Rebecca D. Dillon on Saturday, December 2, 2017

Annie, Bambi’s rescue dog, always manages to walk under “mom” while she’s mixing more icing. Thus we have photos of her two years in a row covered in powdered sugar spots. (My own dog, Jasper, attended this year as well.)

Celebrating Holiday Traditions Through Life's Changes. Plus how to host a holiday cookie exchange and a collection of homemade Christmas cookie recipes.

Once the first batch of icing is ready to go, the icing, cookies and candy decorations are laid out on her dining room table within reach of everyone.

Celebrating Holiday Traditions Through Life's Changes. Plus how to host a holiday cookie exchange and a collection of homemade Christmas cookie recipes.

Then we all decorate our cookies on paper plates to keep the colored sugars and candies from making a mad dash for the floor.

Celebrating Holiday Traditions Through Life's Changes. Plus how to host a holiday cookie exchange and a collection of homemade Christmas cookie recipes.

The cookies are then laid out on the table on top of wax paper as each one is completed.

Once all of the cookies are decorated, they are packaged in reusable plastic containers. Bambi then gifts each of her guests a box of cookies and the rest get shipped to her friends and family back home in Wisconsin.

If you’d like to host your own holiday cookie decorating party, The Kitchn has a great article with ten essential tips to know before you begin baking. Additionally, Real Simple also has a great checklist for hosting a holiday cookie exchange that also works for hosting a cookie decorating party. Sugar & Charm as well as Handle the Heat also offer some great tips for hosting a cookie exchange.

Glazed Sugar Cookies Recipe with Buttercream Embroidery via My Name is Yeh Blog! Plus celebrating holiday traditions and how to host a Christmas cookie decorating party!

If you’re looking for Christmas cookie decorating ideas, I am head over heels for these glazed sugar cookies with buttercream “embroidery” from My Name is Yeh. You can find and print the recipe for these cookies here. I also really love the star Christmas cookies recipe from Tell Love and Party.

Printable Christmas Cookie Gift Tags via Cranberry Bush blog! Plus celebrating holiday traditions and how to host a Christmas cookie decorating party!

For gifting your homemade holiday cookies, Cranberry Bush has two super cute printable cookie gift tags. You can find more printable gift tags on my Printables Pinterest board. Or discover great gift wrapping ideas on my Pretty Packaging + Gift Wrap Ideas Pinterest board.

Starting New Holiday Traditions

I know when I went through my divorce from my first husband and my son inevitably ventured into adulthood, celebrating Christmas lost much of its luster for me. So much so that one of the best Christmases I had after getting separated was ice “skating” in my sneakers on the frozen parking lot of Market Square downtown with a friend. It wasn’t until I started making my own holiday traditions, that some of the magic of the holiday season started to come back for me.

If your old holiday traditions are no longer an option for you, then you may want to consider creating new ones. They don’t need to be religious or even fit into any particular winter holiday. They simply need to be something that brings you joy. Having something to that brings you and your loved ones together during what is typically the most depressing season of the year can definitely make cold days seem a bit warmer.

O’Boy! Organic, who moved away from his family in Michigan over twenty years ago, has a great article on the importance of holiday traditions and how they help to build unity and stability. He also shares his top five new holiday traditions. Number four is baking cookies with his kids.

There’s also a great post on HuffPost with ideas for 15 new traditions for families reclaiming the holidays after a divorce. Shared by their readers on their Facebook page, my favorites are creating a guest list for holiday get togethers to try new things, ditching the chaos of the Christmas tree tradition, taking a trip instead of giving gifts and of course, the best one yet, just finally being happy.

Does Celebrating Holiday Traditions Leave You Feeling overwhelmed?

In the midst of celebrating holiday traditions, both old and new, it’s also important to realize there is such a thing as too much tradition. Reluctant Entertainer touches on this in her post “Traditions: When Is It Time to Change?.” Women especially tend to put extra emphasis on holiday traditions which in turn can often lead to a lot of stress and guilt when they are unable to meet expectations. So this article offers some great insight into being able to say “enough is enough.”

Personally I know how it feels to be on this side of things, as I’m sure many of you do as well. And there were a few years that I especially struggled and therefore made the decision to opt out of holiday gatherings completely. And it is okay to do this. After all, your mental and emotional well being matter more than a dinner regardless of the time of year.

So if celebrating holiday traditions feel more like an obligation, it may be time to simply take time for yourself. After all, you’re not really celebrating holiday traditions if you’re spending much of that time trying to avoid a panic attack.

Additionally, if your head space isn’t where it needs to be to even attend holiday functions, much less embark on a new tradition, then you may be able to gain some insight from the article “Family Change: Don’t Cancel the Holidays!

Are you celebrating holiday traditions this year or starting new ones? I’d love to hear how you enjoy the holiday season in the comments below.

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Cranberry Fig Bath Truffles Recipe

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This cranberry fig bath truffles recipe makes a lovely seasonal, homemade gift idea that’s sure to give you a new appreciation for this tiny tart fruit! Keep reading to learn how to make these giftable fragrant, fizzing bath truffles and discover some of my favorite food recipes for cranberries as well!

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I grew up with cranberry sauce (from a can) always being served at family holiday dinners. Not understanding at that point in my life how something that resembled Jello could come out of said can, I was never tempted to try it. And to date, I still have not. However, dried cranberries in salads or sweetened in desserts I do find appetizing. And of course cranberries immersed in cakes and breads make for a wonderful seasonal fresh baked fragrance that’s both tart, fruity and sweet.

Now that I’m a third way through my life (I plan to live forever though!) I have a better appreciation of many foods that I did not have in my teens and twenties. And, while I still won’t eat cranberry sauce out of a can, classic homemade cranberry sauce and even cranberry chutney can garner a thumbs up when paired with favorites like pork or scallops.

For the Love of Cranberry!

Holiday Inspired Cranberry Orange Margarita Cocktail Recipe via Half Baked Harvest! Plus more cranberry delights and a gift worthy DIY for making homemade Cranberry Fig Bath Truffles for homemade holiday gifts! #cranberry #food #cranberrysauce #cranberryrecipes #recipes #diy #gifts #holidays #christmas

Some of my favorite cranberry recipes include this cranberry orange margarita recipe from Half Baked Harvest (one of my all time favorite food blogs!) along with some simply stunning cranberry wreath gingerbread cupcakes from Lauren Conrad, a dark chocolate cranberry bundt cake recipe from My Baking Addiction, and eggnog panna cotta with spiked cranberry sauce from Sprinkle Bakes.

However, before you start checking your pantry for the ingredients to one (or all) of these lustful cranberry concoctions, I want to first share an awesome recipe for making cranberry fig bath truffles! Similar to bath bombs (or bath fizzies) these homemade bath truffles are easy to make and work nicely with silicone molds. They also smell AMAZING! So much in fact that after I made these my house smelled like a blend of tart cranberries, sweet fig and subtle wood for days.

Additionally, my cranberry fig bath truffles are also great for gifting throughout the holiday season whether for a housewarming or hostess gift or even Christmas or Hanukkah gifts for family and friends. Following is the recipe.

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Cranberry Fig Bath Truffles Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

5 oz. citric acid
8 oz. baking soda
4 oz. SLSA
2 oz. deodorized cocoa butter
1 oz. pink kaolin (or blush) clay
.4 oz. polysorbate 80 (optional)
.6 oz. cranberry fig fragrance oil
2 teaspoons sparkle pink mica

Instructions:

You will need a digital scale for my cranberry fig bath truffles recipe in order to weigh the ingredients. (I recommend this Baker’s Math Scale if you plan to make a lot of bath, body or soap recipes.) You will also need two Wilton Silicone Brownie Pop Molds which can be found both online as well as in most craft stores.

Begin by weighing out the cocoa butter in either a double boiler or a heat safe glass container such as a glass Pyrex measuring bowl. Heat the cocoa butter in your double boiler or in your container in the microwave at 40% power until melted.

Set aside to cool slightly.

Now weigh out the citric acid, baking soda, kaolin clay, and SLSA and combine in a large glass bowl. (I highly recommend wearing a dust mask for this step. Both the SLSA and the citric acid are finer particles that can be inhaled into the lungs and cause coughing as they are released into the air.)

Using a teaspoon measure, measure out the sparkle pink mica and add to the other dry ingredients. Mix the dry ingredients thoroughly to combine.

Next, weigh out the fragrance oil (I used the cranberry fig fragrance oil from Symphony Scents) and polysorbate 80 and stir into the melted cocoa butter. (While the polysorbate 80 is optional, it is included to keep the oils in my cranberry fig bath truffles recipe from floating on top of your bath water as well as to prevent the mica from potentially staining your tub. If you choose not to use polysorbate 80, you can easily substitute it with your favorite carrier oil.)

Combine the dry ingredients with the scented cocoa butter and mix well.

You can now begin filling the cavities of your brownie pop molds. To do this, I recommend filling one cavity at a time.

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Loosely add the cranberry fig bath truffles mix to fill one cavity. Then pile more on top to form a mountain.

Next, firmly press the ingredients into the mold cavity. Resist pushing so hard that the cavity bows out on the sides, but enough that the mixture is firmly packed.

Proceed with filling all of the additional cavities of your molds until you have used all of the bath truffle mix. (You should get approximately 9-10 bath truffles from this recipe.)

Once you’ve filled the mold, set it aside in a safe, dry location.

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After one to two days, carefully unmold your cranberry fig bath truffles.

If desired, you can now add melt and pour soap “icing.”

To do this simply heat a small amount of white or clear melt and pour soap base of your choice in a small Pyrex measuring cup or glass scientific beaker until melted.

Mix in a small amount of unsweetened cocoa powder to suit for chocolate icing. Or use plain white melt and pour soap for white icing. Allow the soap to cool slightly.

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Once a thin film starts to appear on top of the soap, remix the soap then pour across the tops of your cranberry fig bath truffles. If desired, you can also sprinkle the tops of your bath truffles with a biodegradable cosmetic glitter of your choice before the soap fully cools and hardens.

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Once the soap has solidified, gently use a thin knife or utensil to remove your bath truffles from your work surface. Then package your bath truffles as desired for personal use or gifting.

To use, simply add to warm, running bath water and enjoy the bubbles and fizz!

Paint Your Cranberry Fig Bath Truffles Instead!

Alternately, you can also paint your cranberry fig bath truffles. To do this simply combine a small amount of colored mica with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol and mix well until there are no longer any clumps. (You may have to play with it a bit to reach the desired consistency.)

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Then, using a small craft paint brush, paint your bath truffles as desired in blocks of color or with designs of your own creation.

What If I Want to Sell My Bath Truffles?

If you plan to sell your cranberry fig bath truffles, you’ll need to follow FDA guidelines for labeling your product. If you’re unsure about the rules and regulations regarding labeling cosmetics, I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.

It is important to note that, as this product contains SLSA, it is considered a foaming detergent bath product. Because of this labeling your bath truffles requires an additional caution to be printed on the label unless it states that the product is for adult use only. This is in addition to the ingredient list and directions for use and other information already required for cosmetic labeling. You can find more information on this at the FDA website here.

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