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    Default Just some things I did to give nice gifts and not spend alot

    went looking for a kitchen table to a used furniture store I had
    bought from before. An old guy owns it and always has good deals on
    furniture and a variety of household items. I found a table that is
    perfect, and told him I'd be back the next day to show my husband.
    But while I was there I noticed a box of old wicker baskets. I asked
    him how much for the whole bunch, and I got a big garbage bag full of
    about 25 of them for $12.

    I planned to make gift baskets, and started on them today. I knew I
    wanted to do this even before I found these baskets because I had
    been picking up stocking stuffers and other items that will go great
    in a gift basket. I picked up many ideas online. And I made a few
    today.
    The Bath and body basket for young man I used an old white basket
    lined with white tissue paper and I color coordinated with blue. I
    put in a 4 pack of BIC disposable razors, a can of EDGE gel shaving
    cream, a bottle of VO5 shampoo, a small clear pkg includes bath
    sponge, loofah, and a candle (found at the dollar store), a long
    handle bath brush (dollar store), and a TY teddy bear beanie baby
    (from a craft fair for 4/$3), I placed the basket in cellophane
    shrink wrap (from the dollar store) and tied a few ribbons on top.

    Total cost for this basket: Just over $6 bucks!
    basket: 50 cents
    razors: 1.50
    shave gel: free w/ sale & double coupon
    shampoo: 46 cents with sale & coupon
    bath pkg: 1.00
    bath brush: 1.00

    Ty beanie baby: 75 cents
    shrink wrap: 1.00
    ribbon I had given to me

    Other ideas:

    I had some candy dishes given to me so I filled them with hersheys
    kisses covered in plastic wrap and put a sticky bow on top.

    I picked up big glass jar candles at a craft store on sale $1.50
    each. The store wrapped them in white paper. I left as that and hot-
    glued ribbons on them and put a bow on top.
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    Re: Budget101.com : Just some things I did to give nice gifts and not spend alot. - Gift Baskets


    Last year we did a Family Christmas of Regifting.I used matching pillow
    cases to put the gifts in instead of wrapping them-so ea couple would have a
    pair of pillow cases. Everything was wonderful except for my daughter in law
    (who did not come)She stated" that she did not understand the concept." It
    is called being frugal and out of debt after Christmas.
    My meal was catered by KFC!!!!LOL
    I plan to do the baskets this year to.
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    LOL your daughter-in-law's comment is hilarious. We've been regifting
    in our family since long before regifting was a word. My husband's
    brother sends us elaborate Christmas gifts every year, and we send
    them on to my siblings. I'm tempted every year to just say to
    everyone, look, we don't need anything, just send us recent pictures
    of your family and keep us up to date on how you're all doing! Sue
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    LOL your daughter-in-law's comment is hilarious. We've been regifting
    in our family since long before regifting was a word. My husband's
    brother sends us elaborate Christmas gifts every year, and we send
    them on to my siblings. I'm tempted every year to just say to
    everyone, look, we don't need anything, just send us recent pictures
    of your family and keep us up to date on how you're all doing! Sue
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    Re: Budget101.com : Just some things I did to give nice gifts and not spend alot. - Gift Baskets


    Another idea, if you're going to give Hershey's kisses for Christmas is to use mistletoe for your "bow" (you can hotglue it). One caution: Use plastic, unless the person has no pets or children. Mistletoe is poisonous and tends to fall apart easily. Most have the fake berries though, so you're cool if you find the real leaves with the fake berries.
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    The best xmas items i have given in the past couple of years all came from the internet. I have joined dozen of sites that offer points or gifts in exchange for signing up on their sites. I always open an account under my name and my hubby's name. I make sure we both get our points each day. I save all points and all freebies that I get in the mail from the internet till xmas and that is where most of my xmas presents come from. I even have joined liquor websites (even though i don't drink) and I have recieved very cool items every year for my borthday and xmas. One last thing I do is sign my kids up under all websites I can find because they also get great gifts for their birthdays and xmas.

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    Default Re: Just some things I did to give nice gifts and not spend alot

    Remember the Pravda Vodka that came, cute little box, velvety lined with those little glasses?! I loved those, really nice gift basket addition.
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    These are all great ideas, I lack creativity, but once you say it they make sense.

    One thing I do for my brothers kids and Mike's kids is The boys I buy a tool box, girls a small tote box and everyyears I buy a common use tool for the boys and small cooking tool for the girls, wrap it individually, put it in the box/tote and put a note/card/or ticket stub from something we did that year together. I plan on giving it to them when they move out. The things you can't afford to buy and alot of memories to discuss on their BIG DAY moving out.
    Hope Everyone Is Enjoying The Day. Best Wishes From MN ~ Pamela

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