By the WE2s
Sometimes during the Christmas season, we have a few close friends and family members that we still like to take gifts. But also, sometimes, the money’s just aren’t there. One of the ways that we have found to prepare for gift giving seasons (birthdays too!) is when we’re canning, dehydrating etc., we set a few back for our “gift bags” or our “gift baskets”.
Wifey is an ace at finding baskets at 2nd hand stores and little, unique bags that apples come in etc. She also is always on the lookout for “tea” cups at yard sales etc., that can be purchased for nickles or dimes. One year we fixed a gift basket with 2 cups, 2 packages of hot chocolate, a jar of dehydrated lemons, and some coffee singles…and tied a “bow” on it from a head scarf.
This particular year we doing plastic bags that we saved back from some apples we purchased. We’ve filled the bags with a jar of cinnamon apples, a small jar of homemade taco sauce, a mylar ziplock bag of pumpkin spice cappachino and one of wifey’s plastic bag crocheted dish scrubbies. We save our plastic bags for many uses :-)
We’ve also, in the past, made baskets with handmade soaps we’ve purchased from the plain people’s stores, a bottle of wine, scented candles, and shower scrubbies that wifey crocheted from yarn.
We save all year, little bits here and little bits there, and then combine different objects/items for our gifts. Another thing we enjoy doing is scouting yard sales etc., for cheap jewelry and use those for “bows” instead of things people will throw out. We try to put our gifts together with items that are things people will want to keep. People seem to really enjoy receiving gifts that they know have been really “thought out” and planned for them.
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