December makes me crazy. I can’t help it. No amount of chanting while breathing slowly helps.
There is just so much to think about! Gifts, food, budget, calendar compatibilities–I have lists for my lists and they’re still growing. (We’re also catering a few Christmas parties here and there, so that adds to the chaos.) Don’t get me wrong, I do love Christmas, but I’m still working on finding a way to make it less stressful!
Thought I’d throw out a few things we’re doing/have done to try to keep a handle on the budget and make things a bit easier–a few gift ideas if you’re struggling, that sort of thing.
I posted this project a while back, and my daughter is making a few–they are so cute! My thoughts with this gift is how perfect they are for church.
Food gift basket
For your coffee loving people, a few bags of gourmet coffee (TJ Maxx is a great place or if you have a great “Bent & Dent” Store like we do, you can get Starbucks beans for $3.99!), maybe a personalized coffee mug and a box of biscotti or wafer sticks, all tucked in a basket.
For a candy lover, why not a basket full? What about a popcorn/movie basket? Check Baskets on a Budget for inspiration.
Need an inexpensive gift bag?
Cut off the bottom part of a pair of blue jeans, turn inside out, and sew across the cut end. Tie up with a ribbon and make your gift extra special!
Don’t forget the easy and yummy Oreo Truffles–these make great gifts, especially with some creative gift wrapping! Crush a pack of Oreos, mix with 1 block cream cheese, form balls, freeze, dip in chocolate of your choice.
1 cup flour
1 cup water
1/2 cup salt
1 TBS cream of tartar
1 TBS oil
- Heat all ingredients in a saucepan, slow to medium heat. Stir continuously. Once dough is at the consistency you want, remove from heat. Cool before using. *high salt content so please keep playdough away from pets.
I may add several more thoughts as I remember them throughout the day. PLEASE share your frugal/easy ideas with us!