Heart-Warming Gifts on a Budget

Friday, February 13, 2009 | Tips & How-Tos, Uncategorized

Whether you’re looking to trim back this year or searching for that personal something, look to Pür for your last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts that won’t break the bank.

“Tuxedo” Chocolate Strawberries
Sick of store-bought candies but got a sweet tooth to satisfy? Wow him or her with this dashing, delicious treat. All you need are two bags of chocolate and white chocolate chips, two quarts of washed, ripe strawberries, a baking sheet lined with wax paper and a toothpick. First, melt the white chocolate (either in a double boiler over a low flame or in a microwaveable bowl at 60% power for 4-5 minutes). Holding the strawberries by the stem, submerge each berry in the bowl, coating completely, and set on the baking sheet to cool. Next, melt the chocolate. Dip each cooled berry in the chocolate lengthwise and rotate 270 degrees, leaving a white “V” on the front. Use the toothpick to “paint” on a bowtie and buttons and cool in the fridge.

Personalized Mementos
You’ve made the memories, now share them. Let them know how much you treasure your time together with a walk down memory lane. Make an album out of old photos or a mix from songs you used to sing along with. Don’t want to print all those digital pics? Create an online album through a photo-sharing site like flickr.com and share with friends and loved ones.

Homemade Soy Candles
Sure, anyone can pick up a scented candle from the store, but a handmade votive says a lot. Not only can you tailor the color and scent to the recipient’s tastes, but you’ll get extra points for making the effort. All you need is a pound of soy wax, a few candle wicks, a glass container (mason jars work great), the liquid scent of your choice and liquid or powder wax coloring (available at most craft stores). Simply melt the wax over low heat (use a thermometer, and make sure you don’t exceed 300 degrees), stir in your selected color and fragrance (use no more than an ounce), pour slowly into your container and place your wick in the center. Lay a pencil across the rim of the container and fasten the wick to hold it in place. Dry overnight and trim the wick in the morning.

For more pür-fect Valentine’s Day gifts, shop PurMinerals.com. Give your loved ones the gift of beauty with pür-fectly packaged kits and luminous colour for eyes, lips and cheeks. Happy Valentine’s Day from Pür Minerals!