You all know that I love giving and getting food products for Christmas. We all have to eat! I love making up what I call goody bags (re-usable grocery bags). I used to give baskets, but figured everyone had enough of them!
These kind of gifts don't have to be just food and they don't have to be just for adults. I will list some ideas today to get you started. It is just limitless on what you can do. You can give a mish mash of items or you can go with a theme, your choice.
Re-usable grocery bags give basically 2 gifts in one, as do baskets. I used to get baskets at thrift stores. Dollar stores have many plastic containers that can be used. I have kept the fruit baskets I get at orchards to use for gift baskets (I added a checkered napkin in the bottom to cute it up). I have re-used gallon ice cream buckets that I have covered with paper. Anything that you an come up with will work for holding the gift.
REMEMBER - it is not how much you spend - it is just the thought of giving a gift. It doesn't need to be huge or expensive - it needs to be from the heart.
- Italian theme - colander w/spaghetti, sauce and maybe a small container of cheese
- Breakfast - homemade instant oatmeal or granola (will list recipes tomorrow), hot chocolate mix, OR pancake mix, syrup, homemade jelly, etc.
- Bath - homemade body scrub (recipe to come), scrubby, lotion or bubble bath
- Movie night - popcorn, $1 packs of movie candy and maybe an OLD holiday video
- Fisherman - bait bucket or cheap cooler with a few artificial baits, extra line, a knife, etc.
- Girly - dollar store nail polish, make-up, hair accessories, lotions, etc.
- Boy - little cars, army men, Legos, etc.
- Reader - a nice candle, a couple 2nd hand books (or Dollar Tree books), hot chocolate mix or a small container of homemade candy
- Homemade cookies and/or candies
- Homemade trail mix
- A couple pretty kitchen towels (dollar stores)
- Homemade sweet bread or regular bread - wrapped in a pretty towel
- Homemade bread and homemade jelly
- A batch of cinnamon rolls
- Sparkling fruit juice or cider and a couple dollar store goblets
- Homemade dish towels OR apron OR bedding
- ANY homemade gift - scarves, gloves, hats, woodwork projects, etc.
- A clay pot with a pair of garden gloves, seeds, or maybe a hand tool
- A fire extinguisher or smoke detector (it could save a life)
Another thing to remember in this age of electronics and gadgets - sometimes we all like something that ISN'T!!!! I have found that even kids who are electronically connected, totally enjoy some of the simplest gifts.
I hope this gives you a few ideas. We have ONLY 6 more Fridays before Christmas! YIKES!