Some days you just need a little something extra to get you through. Treating yourself to a few little luxuries can help life's everyday indignities — conference calls, traffic, the long line at the grocery store — recede into the background. And the good news is that you don't have to spend a lot of money to have a few moments that feel special. Try one of these budget-friendly ideas instead.
Take water to the next level.
Keeping a pretty pitcher in the fridge and infusing your H2O with interesting flavors is a great way to make something as simple as drinking water feel luxurious. Cooking Light has ideas for all kinds of interesting combinations. Staying hydrated never looked (or tasted) so good.
Splurge for the fancy hand soap that smells really, really good.
I like the ones from Mrs. Meyers ($4) or & Other Stories ($8). Paying (even a little) extra for soap may seem frivolous, but consider that you'll get a little hit of delicious scent every time you wash your hands.
Make these flower ice cubes.
Ice cubes with flowers in them: pretty enough to make any drink feel special. Just make sure to use edible flowers. (Herbs and bits of fruit will do the trick, too.)
Place flowers in the bathroom (or anywhere else you wouldn't expect them).
You don't need to spend a lot of money — even a single bloom in the entryway, or on your nightstand, or in the bathroom will add a touch of unexpected beauty to your day.
Add a few drops of essential oil to the tub for a relaxing soak.
Because the only thing more luxurious than a nice, hot bath is a nice, hot bath that smells really, really good.