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    Mar 2006

    Default A List of My Favorite Inexpensive Gifts- What's Yours?

    favorite inexpensive gift ideas...
    1. Gourmet coffees with a personal coffee cup
    2. Pound of pistachios
    3. Child's artwork, framed
    4. Journal with special inscription inside
    5. Teacup with box of herbal tea
    6. Deck of cards and book of card game rules
    7. Homemade cocoa mix in a pretty jar
    8. Collage of special photos
    9. Gel pens and pretty stationary
    10. Bottle of sparkling cider
    11. Home baked bread, include recipe
    12. Disposable camera or rolls of film
    13. Basket filled with deli cheese and fruit
    14. Craft supplies
    15. Holiday serving bowl or platter
    16. Pretty basket filled with special jams or mustards
    17. Decorative napkins and napkin rings
    18. Fancy chocolate bars tied with a ribbon
    19. Gardening gloves with a plant or flower seeds
    20. Photo album, hand decorated is even better
    21. Makeup tote
    22. Prepaid photo developing envelopes
    23. Homemade cookie mix with instructions for baking
    24. Variety of bread mixes
    25. Special coffee cup filled with candy
    26. Fancy magazines tied together with a pretty ribbon
    27. Gourmet popcorn and flavored oil
    28. Locally made barbeque or steak sauce with basting brush
    29. Pancake or waffle mix and a bottle of real maple syrup
    30. Movie theater gift certificates
    31. Board games
    32. Jar of sourwood or pure honey with biscuit mix
    33. Note cards and book of stamps
    34. Picture frames, buy them on sale!
    35. Specialty cookbook
    36. Pretty glass jar filled with candy
    37. Collectible sports cards
    38. Muffin mixes with muffin pan
    39. Books, there are still a few for under $10
    40. Set of dish towels and dish cloths
    41. Nail polish kit
    42. Pretty night shirt
    43. Basket filled with kitchen gadgets
    44. Video rental gift certificates
    45. Pepper mill and fresh peppercorns
    46. Handwritten copies of your favorite recipes
    47. For the pets, gourmet dog biscuits or cat treats
    48. Baking pans and supplies
    49. Prepaid long distance phone cards
    50. Small clock or radio
    51. Pretty box for keepsakes
    52. Colorful Post-It notepads
    53. Address book
    54. Christmas ornaments
    55. Puzzles
    56. Blank video or cassette tapes
    57. Sewing supplies
    58. Flashlight with batteries
    59. Favorite quote embroidered on a nice handkerchief
    60. Makeup brush set
    61. Expensive socks, still under $10
    62. Special soaps and bath puff
    63. and don't forget my absolute favorite... home baked cookies!

    I hope you will be inspired by this list, after all, it's not the amount of money you spend for a gift that matters the most, but that you cared enough to give something special.
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    What's a Budget?
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    Sep 2006


    This is an outstanding list! Thank you for contributing.

    I took out all of my spices the other day and lined them up alphabetically, wrote down a bunch of Seasoning Mix recipes and spent the afternoon making up mixes. I sealed them in food saver bags, punched a hole in the end piece and tied off a pretty printed label with some Christmas ribbon. 5 or 10 of these in a basket look really pretty, next year I may buy inexpensive thrift store mixing bowls all year and put them in those.

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    What's a Budget?
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    Sep 2006


    BTW, I want to say thank you to Budget101 for the mix recipes.
    They are so easy to make in bulk and just measure out what you need, when you need them. That salsa mix is outstanding!

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    What's a Budget?
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    Jul 2006


    Thanks for the great ideas Jane! Will have to try some.

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