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I did Meals in Jars for my college aged kids last year. They lived in the frat house that has a kitchen so it was something they could easily throw together on the weekends when they didn't have a meal plan to cover their food needs. Now that they have their own apartments, I think I'm going to do that again this year. They really appreciated it.


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I have a library book about Meals in a Jar. I like the potato soup one and might use it for Christmas presents this upcoming Christmas! Sounds yum

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I get lotion and lip balms from Avon when they're on sale. You can put them in a little bag or a coffee cup and wrap them up for a cute and inexpensive gift. You could also add something like a package of emery boards, any other kind of inexpensive personal items and put them all in a small basket that you can get at the dollar store.


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A pr of footie socks from Dollar Tree make a nice present (be sure to buy ones with gripper soles) for a winter treat to keep tootsies warm

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Place nail polish in a baggie with a cute tag that says "Mistletoes"...

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Great idea TLL

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This is my craft for Easter but could be used for Christmas.

water goblet ($1.00 @ dollar tree)
shred for inside
bottled water for inside
water enhancer packets to place inside around the bottle
cellophane bag
ribbon and/or bow

instant gift!





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I don't mind 'gently used' gifts at all!

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Buy presents at Salvation Army or Goodwill. You save money and the money goes to a good cause.

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Some families make plans to not give gifts for various reasons. As an example, my aunt and uncle have an agreement with their grown children that Christmas presents will only be purchased for the children. I don't think they stick to the agreement one hundred percent, but they mostly just buy gifts for the kids and give cards to the adults. But unless you have an agreement like that worked out ahead of time, just not giving gifts seems pretty Scrooge like and bound to cause issues among family members.

When adult family members can reach an agreement about at least being more reasonable with the gift giving, things seem to work out quite nicely. My family has tried to be more reasonable in recent years. It's hard for my mom because she lives in another state and doesn't get to see nearly as much of me as she would like, so her instinct is to make up for that by buying me a bunch of gifts. But we're working on that and it's helping me to keep my apartment from being such a cluttered mess all the time. emoticon

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Cheaper if you want to be a total Scrooge!

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Been thinking...... how about NOT giving any gifts? Wouldn't that be a lot cheaper?? lol

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Look on You tube for "Dollar Tree gifts". Tons of ideas.

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Look on Pinterest for "Dollar Tree Gifts"

There are tons of ideas.

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You both have some great ideas! This is good stuff!

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My recipe is a mild one but a person could add a bit of jalapeno to it if they wanted it hotter. I will try to find my recipe and put it on here for you. I got it from my neighbor and it was delicious. Her niece gave it to her along with a few jars and she shared it with me!

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I used to really love making gifts and I think I'm going to have to get back to that for this Christmas. I used to knit people scarves and things like that, but right now I've got an overabundance of beads, gemstones, jewelry settings and wire so I'm going to have to work on making things with that stuff. One thing that I think sounds like a lot of fun, and a really neat and unique gift, is to buy some cheap wine glasses at Goodwill or WalMart and then bead around the stems of the glasses. After I get myself moved to another apartment, which I hope to get done in the next month or two, I really think I'm going to get started on that one.

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I could kick myself...last week I went shopping at the Salvation Army store. They had huge garbage bags filled with baskets for $9.00 each bag. I usually stock-up on baskets during the summer yard sales so I did not buy the Salvation Army baskets. I could kick myself.

The Salvation Army store is quite a distance and I don't have transportation there very often. I was there looking for baseball hats to use as vessels for adult Easter baskets. I was going to turn them upside down and place the gifts inside. The store only had a few hats.

So, my next plan is to buy water goblets at Dollar Tree and place little chocolates, water enhancer and a scent inside... It just depends what will fit or if I get a different idea. I thought the water goblet would be a gift that keeps on giving.

I go on pinterest to get alot of ideas.

Your pepper jelly sounds fantastic! What are the ingredients? Hot? Mild?

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I am picking up jelly jars now at yard sales to make jelly as Christmas presents this winter. I nearly have enough now for what I want to make. Planning to make pepper jelly for something different this year.

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I agree. I shop all thru the year and pick up items at yard sales that I know friends will like-some I could not afford otherwise. One friend loves frogs and I have picked up whimsical ones very cheap for her. I pick up items at Bath & Body when they send me coupons to get an item free and they make nice gifts or to use as travel size for travel.

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Throughout the year before Christmas, use coupons to get presents.

For example, buy toiletries at Dollar Tree with coupons, basically get for free and use as stocking stuffers!

During the summer, go to yard sales and buy like-new major purchases. One year I gave a friend a party percolator for Christmas so when her big family goes to visit her, she would not have to make pot after pot of coffee for them. I got the percolator at a yard sale and was like new. Hey, I gave what I could and thought it was useful.

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Never heard of Crockpot liners. Had to look them up. Cool idea.




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Crockpot liners!!!!! Good stocking stuffer!!!!!

Coupon binders with coupons tucked in (clip the coupons close to Christmas EVE.)

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THE: I've done that! Great idea!! And fun, too.

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Make up gift baskets w/ items from Dollar Tree or make up gift jars w/ coffee mix, or hot cocoa mix or cookie mix. I have pinterest boards specifically for Dollar Tree gift baskets and gift jars. Drive around pinterest...you will get excited!!!!!

I hope I have helped!!!!!

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I am now (yes now) making Christmas Friendship bracelets to try to sell or give for gifts for next year.

Anyone interested? They can easily be mailed. Would make good stocking stuffers.

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That sounds like it must be a lot of fun and a great way to use your creative talents. I'll have to look into doing something like that in the future.

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I buy them at thrift stores or yard sales. I plan out what I want to do with them. I found a pretty multi colored plate and put a small gator on it and put it on a green vase-everyone has had a blast commenting on that one.

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Oh, and I had meant to reply to Elisa's comment about edible crayons. It's not so much that they are edible, though I guess that since they're not poisonous I guess they are. To make the lip balms you melt pieces of the crayons and shea butter, and then mix in some vitamin E oil (out of the gel caps they come in) and mix it all together. You end up with some great colors and the shea butter and vitamin E are really good for dry chapped lips.

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That seems like it would be a lot of fun to do. I'd like to make something like that for my parents and/or my brother and his wife. Where do you get the plates and vases and such? Just at thrift stores?

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Val I made several for gifts and we put out several in the park gardens. They aren't hard to make just have to collect the vases and plates and a little deeper bowl (but not too deep) if you are making a birdbath. We also put teapots on the top of some for a bit of whimsy.

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Pat, I took a look at some of the birdbaths you've made. They're lovely, and what a fun idea. Seems like you must really enjoy making them. I may have to try this myself one of these days.

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I JUST remembered: One year I made hot pads out of jean material and gold thread. Still use mine. Don't know what the others did with them.

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You can make smaller flowers by using smaller plates. We wanted them to show up in the gardens so made larger ones. Totems can be smaller also-just use 1 vase. Birds like the low ones also.

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Those are absolutely beautiful. Yep, a bit big for me.. but it would be fun to try.
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FROSTY: I checked it out. How fun, but too big for me.




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Go to page 4 on my blogs on my spark page and to the one titled recent projects and you will see some of the totems and the glass flowers

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Frosty the glass flowers sound very interesting.. Can you give us a better description or maybe some pictures? I am curious indeed...



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I saved glass jars (like pickle jars) and then made a soup mix that I put in the jars-covered them with scraps of material and put a nice bow around them with the ingredients and instructions to make the soup for presents for Christmas in 2014.

I have also made "glass flowers" out of old dishes as gifts or totems to put in the garden to act at bird baths-You can pick up these items at yard sales or thrift stores very cheaply

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LOL!

Edible crayons

aprons

table runners

food

Interesting.... keep 'em coming!



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I like to gift things that I have made and things I know that can be used up-at my age and those of my friends-we don't want "stuff". We tend to give food (which means we get way too many sweets) or gift cards to eat out as we all know we don't want anything else to add to the clutter-most of us are trying to declutter. I try to go thru my house, room by room, once a year to see what I can donate. I do not want my children to have to do a lot of that when I am gone. I had to do it at my dad's and what a chore it was!

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I really like the idea of making my own cards for NEXT YEAR. In fact I have some watercolor stock, that I think I can put to good use in that department.

Also, I want to get my sewing machine whirrrrrring again and perhaps make up some aprons and table runners to have ready .... emoticon

If I get started right away, it should be a snap...



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Somewhere I have a thing about how to make colored lip balms with shea butter and crayons. Crayons are made for kids, who are likely to try to eat them, so the good brands (like Crayola) are not poisonous and can be used in this way. I was going to try making some this year but I never had the time to do it. When I find the article and the video I saved about doing this I'll try to remember to post them. There are a lot of things that you can make pretty cheap instead of buying them to give as gifts.

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Looking for inexpensive Christmas gift for NEXT year.

I'm in the process of making my own cards for next year...

Any other ideas?

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