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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Inexpensive Christmas Gift Ideas

Are you looking for some inexpensive Christmas gift ideas? Here's a few fun ones!!

1. Put all the ingredients of a S'more in clear containers with a beautiful bow. Voila the perfect gift for a sweets lover. (I found this idea here. S'mores can be safely made in the microwave - 10 seconds and you'll have a succulent dessert! )

2. Make a picture collage. My sisters and I made this collage for my dad on Father's Day and it proudly graces the hallway of my parents home. Each grandchild held a letter in grandpa's name(my kids are P and A). We made it black and white so we did not have to coordinate outfits or backgrounds or even be together. We each took our photos at home and emailed them to my middle sister who printed them and placed them in the frame.
3. Inexpensive Gift Ideas for Teachers, Pastors, and Sunday School workers.
  • Thanks for giving Sally a hand” tag with hand lotion.
  • Thanks a ‘latte’!” tag with a gift card from local coffee shop.
  • A mug or bowl saying “You are ’souper’! - soup mix, custom decorated soup bowls or homemade soup.
  • You are out of this world” tag attached to a Milky Way candy bar.
  • You deserve an extra payday!” tag attached to a Payday candy bar.

  • There is no ’sub’stitute for you!” tag attached to a gift card for the local sub shop.
  • You are ‘extra’ special” tag with a pack of Extra Gum.
  • “Thanks for helping Jimmy ‘bloom’” tag with a bouquet of flowers.

4. Make Cookie Jars. My friend Regina gave me these recipes and these are her cookie jars!

Country Oatmeal Cookies in a Jar Ingredients
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup rolled oats
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Using a 1 quart or 1 liter jar, layer in the ingredients in the order given. Pack down the jar after each addition to make the ingredients fit. Put the lid on, and cover with an 8 inch circle of fabric. Secure the fabric over the lid using a rubber band, then cover the rubber band by tying a nice piece of ribbon or raffia around the lid.

Attach a tag to the ribbon with the following instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a medium bowl, cream together 3/4 cup of softened butter, with 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Add the entire contents of the jar, and mix by hand until combined. Drop dough by heaping spoonfuls onto an unprepared cookie sheet. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven.

Special Butterscotch Chip Cookies in a Jar
1 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup high protein crisp rice and wheat cereal
3/4 cup butterscotch chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans

DIRECTIONS:Layer the ingredients in the order given in a one quart wide mouth canning jar. Firmly pack each ingredient in place. It will be a tight fit, but all ingredients will fit in the jar. Use pinking shears to cut an 8 or 9 inch circle from gingham, calico, or a seasonal fabric. Place the fabric over the wide mouth lid and rim and secure with a rubber band. Tie on a raffia or ribbon bow to cover the rubber band.

Attach a card to the ribbon or raffia with the following mixing and baking directions:
Empty jar of cookie mix into a large mixing bowl. Add 1/2 cup of butter or margarine, 1 egg, and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla. Use hands to mix the wet and dry ingredients together. When completely blended, roll into large walnut sized balls. Place on unprepared cookie sheets and use the palm of your hand to flatten each cookie ball. Bake at 350 in a preheated oven for 8-10 minute.

Feel free to share your crafty ideas in the comments section. Hope these were helpful! Remember it truly is the thought that counts!

Acts 20:35 "It is more blessed to give than to receive."

Walk with the King!

I am linking up to: Finer Things Friday, Raising Homemakers, Holiday Haven and Works For Me Wednesday.



Blogger sjs said...

Another thing is homemade hot cocoa in a jar.:) Doing this for a fund raiser. By the way thanks for your blog. It is an inspiration.:)
Sharon :)

November 26, 2010 at 8:08 AM  
Blogger 21st Century Housewife© said...

Excellent ideas! My favourite is the photo collage - that is absolutely priceless. Your Dad must really treasure it.

November 26, 2010 at 8:22 AM  
Blogger Mary Joy said...

Those are all great ideas! My favorite was the picture collage you all did for your dad. Beautiful and great memories!

Hope your big feast is going well today!


Mary Joy

November 26, 2010 at 8:25 AM  
Anonymous Jessica said...

What great ideas, thanks!

November 26, 2010 at 8:58 AM  
Anonymous Dandelion's Cottage said...

here is my tutorial on the same thing I posted last week. :)

i love the picture collage idea... I may have to whip that one up!


November 26, 2010 at 9:00 AM  
Blogger Jasmine said...

Courtney, these are great ideas. Thank you.

November 26, 2010 at 9:01 AM  
Blogger Treasures from a Shoebox said...

I LOVE the Grandpa gift idea! We would need to modify it as we have 10 children (and there are 4 more grandchildren to boot!). Great gift ideas! Thanks for sharing :)

November 26, 2010 at 2:30 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Stam said...

Those are all great idea! Thanks for sharing!!!!

November 26, 2010 at 3:52 PM  
Blogger Ashlee @ The Vintage Housewife said...

Those are great ideas. I love the smores gift boxes, those are so cute!

A friend of mine makes cupcakes like the cookie jars and sells them on Etsy for those who want something a little different than the cookie jars and aren't good bakers. She even customizes the frosting colors, and she will cut some awesome deals for parties and such.

Thanks for the ideas Courtney! I hope you Thanksgiving was wonderful!

November 26, 2010 at 3:58 PM  
Anonymous Stacey said...

Love the s'mores all package up! How cute is that! I may do that for my girls for one night of advent!

November 26, 2010 at 4:19 PM  
Blogger Stacie said...

These are lovely ideas. I'm looking to do homemade and handmade ideas for Chirstmas.

God bless you and your family.

November 26, 2010 at 4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I *adore* the photo collage. Totally taking this one for our own... Thank you!

November 26, 2010 at 9:01 PM  
Blogger Laura @ Just For Love said...

These ideas are fabulous, Courtney. Thanks for sharing! I especially like the photo collage. We may have to steal that idea for my dad! : )

November 26, 2010 at 9:42 PM  
Blogger Crystal said...

love the SMORES idea! co cute.

November 27, 2010 at 12:47 AM  
Blogger Claire said...

What cute ideas!


November 27, 2010 at 12:42 PM  
Anonymous Kean said...

Thanks for some fantastic gift ideas. Goes to show that meaningful and great gifts need not be expensive.

Cheers. :)

November 27, 2010 at 1:28 PM  
Blogger Darlene said...

thanks for this post... I will be referring back to it!

November 27, 2010 at 8:05 PM  
Blogger Katja said...

I have a new hobby - I am sewing Christmas dekoration - that is also good as a little gift! Will have it on my blog on Tuesday, but you can look on the preview post if you look up my twitter-news on the sidebar.

November 28, 2010 at 4:16 PM  
Blogger Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

Great suggestions! I love the country oatmeal cookie recipe..sounds awesome. Thanks for sharing.

Stop over and visit me over at Free 2 Be Frugal sometime!

December 1, 2010 at 6:52 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Where did you get the clear boxes for the s'mores? So cute!!

December 2, 2010 at 1:38 PM  
Anonymous send gift Philippines said...

Cool gift ideas! Glad I saw this post. I've got an idea. Looking forward for your next post. Keep posting.


December 13, 2010 at 9:51 PM  
Blogger suze said...

Great post, and excellent ideas! One thing I like to stock up on for Christmas is batteries! Nothing worse than your kid opening a gift without the power to play with them!

December 18, 2010 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger Fakharuddin40 said...

Great and Adorable! All these gift ideas are so cheap and valuable. I like the oatmeal gift idea very much.

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December 20, 2010 at 4:41 AM  

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