Saturday, December 13, 2014

2014 Budget Friendly Christmas Gift Ideas

One down! I just finished the first semester of my program, and I must say that it went really well. I definitely feel like I learned a lot this past semester which is exciting. Ask me about symbolic interactionism or media dependency and I'll prove it to you! Now that I have a chance to catch my breath, I can't believe how quickly it went by. It didn't feel that way during the semester, but now it seems like orientation was just yesterday. I have big plans for my break including the three R's (rest, relaxation, and reading).

Anywho, I imagine everyone is knee deep in Christmas shopping. Maybe now you're beginning to contemplate cutting off some friends before your wallet becomes weightless. Well, I come bearing ideas for a way to save some money and keep your friends too.

On some random weekend night, I was in Target with my sister. As soon as we walked in, we saw their section with cute little one dollar Christmas-themed gifts and knick-knacks. They had thank you cards, pens and pencils, notepads, stickers, and all kinds of other things. What instantly caught my eye were some aluminum tin buckets. They were so cute and for only one dollar I had to get some (read: ten). I just couldn't help myself. Then I thought it would be cute to fill them with chocolate and other Christmasy things and give them as gifts to my cohort. Just call me Mrs. Clause!

Now this may sound weird but I actually had fun putting each person's little bucket together. I tried to personalize them so that all nine people wouldn't be getting the exact same thing.

I bought some gingerbread twix that I found at Target, some hot chocolate and red velvet truffles from World Market, some vanilla roasted almonds, some red and green Starburst candy canes, some starburst and m&m filled plastic candy canes, and some hand-sanitizer wipes because, let's be honest, this isn't just the season to be jolly, it's also the season to be sickly:-(

As a separate idea, I also bought some mini champagne bottles, a bag of Hershey's kisses, and put the kisses in the tin buckets to do "champagne on ice." My classmates loved them!

It's just a matter of being a little creative. These gifts didn't break the bank, but they look nice and people really appreciate all of the different elements that go into them. The last time I went into Target (which was a couple of hours ago lol), they still had the buckets, and the other little knick knacks that I originally found. You can also put in socks or gloves, some jewelry, like a nice necklace or pair of earrings, or you could even do baked goods. The possibilities are literally endless. I hope this gives you some gift-giving inspiration.

Enjoy your weekend!

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