Christmas is coming and the economy is still uncertain. What will you be giving for Christmas presents this year? Are you cutting your gift list back? The neighbors don’t really need a gift although they always bring you something. Your Aunt twice removed, who moved again, will never get the gift you would send anyway so are you going to save money and cut her from your list?
Cutting your Christmas list, especially when you have always bought gifts for these people, can make you feel guilty. It shouldn’t especially in time of survival. If you still feel guilty and feel the need to give gifts to your neighbors and people you never see think small. Reduce the amount of money you are spending on gifts. A great way to cut back is to make Homemade Gift Baskets. You can fill them up with anything.
You can find baskets for your homemade gift baskets at Dollar Tree for $1. These are good sized baskets and might be exactly what you are looking for. They also have wire baskets and different shapes and sizes of baskets. Buy these for your homemade gift basket basket.
Once you buy the basket you can buy ribbon to decorate the basket or just leave it the way it is. I recommend leaving the basket the way it is unless you opted for the wire basket. After you fill your homemade gift basket basket your can put a gift bow on it.
Homemade TEACHER Gift Basket
Maybe you have children so you need to do something for their teacher. If you are spending five or ten dollars on them why not get them stuff they need for their classroom. In your gift basket you can put hand sanitizer, hand lotion, tissues, stickers they would pass out in class, pencils, and pens. The Dollar Tree sales all these items for $1 so you can purchase all of this and the basket for $8. You will need to put tissue paper in the basket to make it look nice but the cost of that will be spread out over all the baskets.
Homemade Gift Basket for NEIGHBORS and others you feel obligated to give to
Homemade Gift Baskets for your Neighbors and the other people you feel obligated to buy presents for are a great idea. One of the best personalized homemade gift basketsis a basket full of homemade baking like cookies, candies, and fudge. This is a very thoughtful present and personal because you baked them.
If you give a baked goods homemade gift basket to your neighbors if it isn’t homemade baked goods and they come in a box be sure to leave the goods in the box. Chances are good your neighbors will be able to tell you didn’t bake them. Besides they will feel the goods are “safe” if you don’t open them and put them in the basket.
Homemade Gift Basket for ANYONE
Another good homemade gift basket for neighbors and people you feel obligated to give to is to buy two wine glasses, a vinyl table cloth, candle and holder, and maybe a bottle of wine, juice, or sparkling apple cider or even eggnog. Everything can be bought at the Dollar Tree except for the liquid. This makes a great homemade gift basket that you can give anyone and the wine glasses look expensive.
Homemade gift Basket for Co-Workers
A homemade gift basket for co-workers can be made up of a mug and coffee. With some cookies or snack to go with the coffee. This is a nice idea and looks personal in your homemade gift basket.
Co-workers might enjoy a gift basket of homemade treats. If you do a bunch of homemade baking divide the treats up into baskets for everyone on your list.
Dollar Tree has desk shelves and little crates that you can use as a gift basket. If you buy the desk shelves for your co-worker you can also pick up some notebooks, sticky notes, pencils, pens or other office supplies for $1. This makes a great homemade gift basket (that isn’t a basket) for a co-worker.
If you want to get something only the co-worker will enjoy you can make a homemade gift basket with lotions, bubble bath, bath oils, and candles. These items can be picked up at the Dollar Tree or you can buy brand names for a little more money.
Homemade Gift Basket for the Babysitter
The babysitter would probably enjoy a homemade gift basket as well. For the babysitter, bubble bath, lotions, and bath oils will make the babysitter feel pampered. If your babysitter is a male put men’s deodorant, body wash with a pouf, and cologne/after shave in the basket. He will feel pampered as well.
Homemade gift baskets can be made for anyone when you are on a budget. They are personal yet inexpensive. Enjoy this Holiday Season without feeling guilty about not getting gifts. There is always someone in a worse financial situation than you! Happy Holidays.