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Any inexpensive holiday gift ideas? #356654 11/28/07 12:13 PM
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Here's mine.

Really think about the person you are buying for. What do they like? Example: for a coffee lover--coffee candies and sample gourmet coffee packs, inexpensive mug. Wrap in colored cellophane and nice ribbon--you can even add a candy cane to make it look festive. Great office gift.

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Re: Any inexpensive holiday gift ideas? [Re: Gayle-Coffee Editor] #356658 11/28/07 01:15 PM
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Don't know if anyone else lives near a World Market store but they have a gift basket section with sample sizes of coffees, coffee flavors, all kinds of neat little foods and items for a unique gift basket.

The Dollar store or something similar to that is a great place to get containers to use as baskets, You can get lots of holiday type plastic plates and bowls that work great. Also cute tea towels or pot holders to put in your basket.

I also shop on sale for future gift baskets.

Re: Any inexpensive holiday gift ideas? [Re: joanj] #356662 11/28/07 01:46 PM
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One can always make cookies or make homemade soup or Pasta Sauce for gifts. Gifts in a jar. If you sew make place settings.
It is not how much the gift is but the thought behind the gift. Today everyone one goes over board and our children understand the value of a dollar. Plastic cards will kill you with the interst rates unless you pay that card off completely before 30 days of use. Is not the true meaning of Christmas going to the way side of all the gifts that one must think they must buy? This isn't true for all. But think about it. Our dollar doesn't go far and price of food gasoline will continue to rise while people are loosing their homes.

Re: Any inexpensive holiday gift ideas? [Re: Hjm] #356663 11/28/07 01:51 PM
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I totally agree Hjm. I'd rather get a homemade present and my kids always make present for their grandparents.

Another thing we do in our family is, when it's someone's birthday, we cook a special dinner of something we don't usually eat, like shrimp or steak. Everyone brings some special dish to the dinner and we spend time together to celebrate.

Re: Any inexpensive holiday gift ideas? [Re: BoomerGal] #356729 11/28/07 05:30 PM
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I love to give coffee as a gift. I'll usually make up a gift bag with a fresh ground bag of coffee and add chocolates, cookies, biscotti or even a mini book.




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Re: Any inexpensive holiday gift ideas? [Re: joanj] #356790 11/28/07 08:45 PM
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I like to give homemade CDs, hot chocolate mixes, or baked goods. You don't even have to make homemade cookies, just go to the bakery or store and buy what you like. Put them in a nice box and you're done. Go to thinkgarnish.com . They have lots of nice boxes and bags at great prices. I just bought the mini gable boxes. I plan to put chocolate truffles in them for the teachers and bus drivers. I also bought their CD cases, I'll be giving my nieces and nephews homemade CDs in them.

Re: Any inexpensive holiday gift ideas? [Re: daphne86] #356933 11/29/07 11:45 AM
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I am loving these ideas! They are all great. I will be making CDs this year. I usually make at least 25 carrot cakes but I'm bored with that. It's a lot of work and I've been doing it a long time.

Green1, we too have a longstanding tradition of celebrating birthdays with a special dinner (the birthday person's request). In a family of seven it was a way to make that person feel really special. After dinner we sing happy birthday with the cake but before we eat it we go to the living room and the birthday person sits in the special birthday chair and receives gifts. In the early years the gifts were homemade, recycled and sometimes really funny.

Now my children are grown with their own families but they always come home for their birthday.


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Gayle, it's so important to give your kids family traditions. I'm trying to do that with my own kids.

One thing I did one year for my parents was to start in January and take photos at all the family events. Then the next January, for their anniversary, I had the photos made into a book for them at someplace like Office Depot. They will print up a nice little spiral bound book for about $15 I think. My parents loved it.

You could probably do something similar on the computer yourself these days.

Re: Any inexpensive holiday gift ideas? [Re: BoomerGal] #356963 11/29/07 02:16 PM
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You can also make a calendar out of a year's worth of photos. I bought an inexpensive program for my daughter last year, she is a photo fanatic. She has made several photo cd's with music in the background. They are a great gift, and she is getting pretty good at it. I will probably hire her to make me a few dvd's this year. Love having teenagers!

Re: Any inexpensive holiday gift ideas? [Re: Sue Early Childhood] #356966 11/29/07 02:35 PM
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If you have a writer or creative in the family - a personalized poem or short story that is family or holiday related is always great.

The poem can be printed on special paper and framed as a keepsake. I still have the one my som did for me when he was four years old.

A one page short story can include a special photo or drawing and also be framed. If the story relates to memories of an activity the writer and recipient did together (vacation, special activity) that's even better.

Have a great holiday!

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