Christmas Decorating and Gift Ideas
Gifts of Christmas Present
DIY Gift Baskets
‘Tis the season for frantic holiday shopping and credit card meltdowns. Or not. We do have a choice. We can surrender to the worry that this year’s gifts should measure up to the bounty of Christmas’ past or we can relax and realize that even Santa will have to tighten that iconic black belt of his for Christmas 2009.
Maybe it’s clichéd, but it really is true that it’s the thought put into a gift and not the price tag, that matters most. Making your own gift baskets is a terrific way to offset cost while personalizing a present that your recipient will truly appreciate.
The following suggestions are just that, suggestions. There are as many ways to put together presents, as there are people to give them to. So take a gander at these ideas to get you thinking about what the dollar store can do to help relieve both your stress levels and the strain on your wallet.
We’ll start with a perennial favorite, the ever-popular spa gift. Maybe you know a mom or grandma somewhere who loves to soak in the bathtub. This is just the ticket. It includes a bath fizzer, a three-pack of scented soaps, a loofah bath sponge and a scented candle. All together, it cost under $6 to make and that price includes the attractive wire and plastic container. All it needs now is some basket wrap and a pretty ribbon to complete it for gift giving.
Mmmm, chocolate! This tray of tasty treats is just the thing for those who like to exchange gifts between families. It has something for everyone, including four individually sized Hersey’s chocolate packs, a chocolate chip cookie in an embossed tin, some Belgium truffles, a box of chocolate-coated cookies and some After Eight chocolates. We also used some wrapped pieces of Belgium chocolate that came in a bag of 11 pieces for $2. We scattered the balls and bells around the tray to fill in the gaps and added a couple of jingle bell ornaments, just for fun. The ornaments cost $1 for a pack of four large ones. Don’t forget to add a little tape in concealed spots to keep everything in place before you cover it in basket wrap. The total cost of this gift, including the metal Christmas tray it sits on, is around $11.
Here’s something that would make a nice hostess gift. Start with a small silver-colored tray. We taped a paper Christmas doily onto it and added two wine glasses, some cocktail napkins and some After Eight mint sticks. Then, we chose a flat reindeer ornament to add a little holiday sparkle. Each piece here was only a buck, even the After Eights, so this gift cost only
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