Valentine’s Day

Valentines_day February is just around the corner.  Before we know it, that special day that sets hearts all a flutter will be upon us.  Before you set your heart on giving a classic gift, such as chocolate or flowers, consider this.  While heart shaped chocolates are certainly romantic, pampering your sweetheart with a custom made home spa basket will knock their socks off. (Maybe more than just their socks!) Here are some great ideas for spa baskets that can charm men and women alike.

Sensual Massage Basket
A basket filled with hand blended massage oils carries the promise of a euphoric evening.  The loving touch of massage can be an enjoyable experience for both you and your partner.  Include some candles, a mix cd of your favorite soothing music, and perhaps a handy massage roller.  When the time is right, light the candles, and enjoy some quality time in the company of each other's affectionate touch.

Mani-Pedi Basket
A manicure and pedicure is a wonderful way to pamper your partner.  This would be an extra special treat for men, who may feel uncomfortable enlisting this kind of service in a salon.  Prepare a basket with manicure and pedicure tools, as well as handmade lotions, scrubs, and cuticle serum.  A monogrammed bath robe or hand towel would be a luxurious addition.  To add an extra flair to the arrangement, present this spa basket in a foot bath tub!  The best part of this gift will be when you personally treat your partner to a full manicure and pedicure treatment.   Now that is love!

Chocolates for the Bath Lover
Give your partner the decadence of chocolate without giving them the added "gift" of calories and carbs.  Milk Bath, Bar Soaps, Bath Melts, and Body Butter are just a few of the many possibilities for a themed basket.  Simply take your favorite bath and body recipes and fragrance them with a rich chocolate aroma.  Dark Chocolate Supreme is my personal favorite, but Milk Chocolate or Chocolover's are also nice choices.  If your partner isn't a chocolate lover, you can customize this idea by scenting your products with any other gourmet aroma.  If they have a taste for tropical fruit try making a Mango Basket.  If they are a fan of flowers, a Red Rose or Wild Flower basket would be lovely!

Bath and body products make fabulous, and unexpected Valentine's Day gifts, especially when they promote quality time spent together.  I picked a sampling of ingredients and accessories that I thought might help inspire your baskets. Enjoy!

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