During any crafting or food making for the holidays - we don't have to spend a lot of money nor do we have to give away our precious jars in food gifts!!!! Sure, if you are giving away your canning - you will be giving jars out. Make sure to attach a little note if you want your jars back. Make a cute little saying up about getting the jars back. Jars are expensive - but sometimes I guess that is just considered part of the gift.
Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Using What You Have
I have been making up jars of dry soup mix for gifts - and I am using other jars. I keep all instant coffee jars I get, and I keep any glass or heavy plastic jars to re-use in some new way. I don't need them back and the recipient can also use them if they choose.
I also use other things. I keep plastic packaging I get in produce dept. - especially if it is a container without holes in it. They can be used for cookie, candies or even soup mixes. Wrap tightly and nothing falls out!
Keep those Christmas card fronts - or any card for that matter.
Also, many nursing homes and even pre-schools like getting these for craft projects.
I like the idea of keeping the fronts and writing a nice sentiment on the back - and then taking to a nursing home. They can be passed out to residents - they bring a smile - and it costs nothing.
You all remember the blankies I made last year for the little girls? All made from scraps, material I had on hand and hankies. Cost $0 - but loved.
Instead of using paper plates for cookie or candy giving (they often are flimsy) - I like getting pretty dishes at thrift stores or yard sales for pennies. They can be gifted and then the recipient can keep OR they can use to gift someone else. Great way to upcycle.
There are so many things we can re-use in new ways, and they cost nothing. Just get a little creative and your gift giving doesn't have to cost a fortune. It will enjoyed and loved just as much or more than a generic store-bought item.
What are some of your recycle or upcycle ideas.
Save a little money and give a lot of LOVE!!!!!!!!
Today's Christmas bit - a little memory