It’s that time again when circulars fill your mailbox and holiday decorations twinkle in every store. Of course, the holiday extravaganza begins just before Halloween (earlier every year, it seems), but most of us begin to feel the pressure around Thanksgiving….which is now.
Similar to last year, my plan is to make gifts for colleagues, send a family gift or two to close relatives, and donate items to the needy. Last year I created Mason jar hot cocoa gifts and participated in a cookie-swap that generated a few cookie-inspired gifts.
This year, using some Pinterest ideas I found online, I’ve decided to minimize the cost of packaging, swapping mason jars for cellophane cones, and increase the cost of materials for higher-end cocoa. Here’s a sample of what I’m planning to create this year, especially since I’m making these in quantity (I’m looking at making around 40 of them!) – No. 1 –
According to a few websites, Trader Joes has some yummy hot cocoa that I think I’ll use for this project. If you’re interested in making something similar, I’ll post my step-by-step instructions in a week or so once my cones are finished. Just a head’s up – I had to order the cellophane cones online from Walmart and pick them up in the store.
No. 2 – Brown Paper Packages….filled with your favorite things! This one’s pretty simple – stuff a brown paper bag with someone’s favorite things and tie it with twine. You could keep this gift under $20 or splurge and spend more.
No. 3 – Mason jar gift (I can’t resist the mason jars!) This one focuses on pampering someone with lotion, body spray, lip gloss, and anything else you can think of.
No. 4 – Travel jewelry case if you can sew. I like this idea, however, it does require a sewing machine and the know-how to cut out a pattern.
No. 5 – Snowman Soup. This one’s another easy, breezy gift idea for colleagues, neighbors, teachers, etc. It’s basically hot chocolate in a package with snowman decor.
There are loads of great ideas on Pinterest for gifts under $20, $15, $10, or even $5. It’s just a matter of taking the time to sort through them, gather the materials, and make them look presentable.
Do you make gifts in quantity for neighbors, friends, or co-workers? What ideas have you used?