I will be honest and say that Christmas tends to get a little out-of-hand at my house. Between buying for my three boys, husband, immediate and extended family, friends, teachers and others I like to “gift” at Christmas, I have a lengthy shopping list! It feels like a huge endeavor each year and I try to start early to “pull it all off.”
Today, I decided to venture into my “gift closet” to remind myself what gifts I have already bought in preparation for Christmas. I am no where near done with my shopping, but at least I have gotten a nice start and am now armed with a list of recipients as I hit the stores from now until Christmas.
One idea that I plan to do this year for a few recipients on my list (such as preschool/elementary school teachers) are gift baskets. With a little creativity and a “theme,” you can stretch your Christmas shopping budget by putting together gift baskets using items you purchased for pennies on the dollar during the year through couponing. This is a great time to use your couponing skills to your advantage!
It is not about being “cheap,” it is about giving a nice gift tailored to the recipient while being a smart shopper, working with what you have and making your Christmas budget streeettttcchhhhh just a little bit further.
Here Are a Few Extremely Inexpensive Basket Ideas I Quickly Created To Provide You With Some “Visual Examples” Using Items in From My Stockpile:
Winter Weather Survival Basket
I think this would be a great idea for a teacher, neighbor, friend, grandmother, etc.
Cost: Keri lotion ($.19 during Harris Teeter’s super doubles), Nivea moisturizing body wash and Nivea lip balm (both free from couponing earlier this year), cosmetic bag (free from Target beauty bag home mailer), knit gloves – two pair pack ($.80 during final clearance at Target earlier this year).
Body Care Gift Basket For Men
I think this would be a great idea for your significant other, male family members, teens/college students, etc.
Last year, I gave my brother-in-law a similar type basket filled with Nivea items, razor, etc. Then, I attached a gift card to his favorite store (which I ordered with my credit card reward points – yes, I am a total budget stretcher).
Cost: Nivea body wash ($.35 during Harris Teeter’s super doubles), Nivea shaving foam ($.19 each during Harris Teeter’s super doubles), Nivea lip balm (free through couponing earlier this year).
Coffee/Chocolate Lovers Basket
Idea for neighbors, friends, teachers, party hostess, anyone that loves coffee/chocolate!
Cost: Caribou coffee ($2.99 during Harris Teeter’s super doubles), a box of Truvia sweetener (free from Harris Teeter), two Dove chocolate bars ($.24 each from Harris Teeter with doubled coupon), two coffee mugs (I just grabbed two from my kitchen for the example in this photo; however the Dollar Tree usually has a large mug selection).
Want More Ideas?
Click here to view the post I did about this “cleaning caddy” gift idea!
Click here to view the post I did about this housewarming gift idea!
I hope these ideas helped get your creative juices flowing! If you regularly follow the deals on my blog, you may have many of these same items to work with. If not, work with what you have and also keep in mind you still have about six weeks until Christmas to watch out for great deals to collect for gift baskets.
(Another gift basket tip – At the Dollar Tree, you can purchase the clear gift basket covers (2 ct.) for $1.00, large bows (2 ct.) for $1.00 and baskets for $1.00).
If you have any budget-stretching gift ideas, please comment and share with everyone. We can all learn so much from each other…