My birthday was yesterday and my mother won the prize for gifting! She actually made my entire gift without spending a penny on anything but a few grocery items like flour and frosting. But wait to you hear what she made me. She put together a little hand scrub made from brown sugar, white sugar and sea salt. She re-used a jar she had and added a bow. But then, she made a cookie bouquet (thus, the need for flour and frosting). She needed sticks to put the cookie flowers on and used some wooden chopsticks she was saving for a future craft project. She put this bouquet into a very pretty container, which she already had and simply re-used. I cannot leave out my husband, though. He did come through for me. I committed myself in my last post not to purchase more than one 4-pack of Tic Tacs and I have not. But I only had a few left. My husband knew what the perfect birthday gift would be and bought me Tic Tacs! He also cooked a steak dinner - yum. My little boys made me beautiful artwork that I can display and admire for years to come. All in all, it was a great birthday. I don't have to worry about finding a place I don't have for knick knacks I don't need, and we enjoyed the evening together, with our bellies full of steak and Tic Tacs at the ready.