Repurpose candy or mint tins as candles: Simply melt wax and add a wick (available at craft stores).
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Add a few store-bought items to round out your spa-inspired gift basket, such as:
Ultra-comfy ballet slippers (from $25;Zappos.com).
Organic eye mask (from $25; Etsy.com).
A little tissue paper and maybe some ribbon, and your basket is good to go.
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Make it personal
Present monogrammed items in a canvas tote (such as those fromBambina di Cioccolato;$18) bearing the recipient’s initial.
Hand-stamp a linen napkin to lend your recipient's next dinner party an impossibly swanky air. (And to make sure you get an invite!)
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Add a few store-bought items to round out your personalized gift package:
Colorful pencils (from $12.99 for 12,explicitlyyourspencils.com).
Personalized notepad (from $35 for a set of 5; Papersource.com).
Don't forget to hand-write the gift tag for the most personal touch of all.
Use etching cream (available at craft stores; instructions here) to add a personal message to glassware.
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When it's too cold to go outside, these store-bought items will provide hours of indoor entertainment:
Playing cards ($4)
Ultimate Book of Card Games ($17;amazon.com--or consider patronizing your local bookstore)
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Hot cocoa and a warm wool blanket will ensure your gift recipient a comfy, cozy winter: