In The Present Moment

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Stuck for a last minute gift idea?  Running out of holiday cash?  Can’t think of a gift for those people “who have everything”?  I came across a few sites this morning that offered frugal, yet delightful ideas for gifts that don’t have to cost a lot and can be enjoyed by most anyone.  Here are a few of the suggestions I found.

Christmas Mugs — buy a package of cinnamon sticks, available at most supermarkets.  Dip the ends in melted chocolate, and then roll them in crushed peppermint candy; one cane would probably do the trick.  When the sticks are dry, wrap them in cellophane and tie with a ribbon.  Place them in a festive mug with a few packages of hot chocolate mix and, voila!  A perfect gift that anyone would like.

Whisk of Kisses — Another idea that I thought was unique was to fill a wire whisk with Hershey’s kisses!  You could include an inexpensive tea towel, or a hand-printed, favourite recipe.  A perfect, sweet treat for anyone who likes to cook.

Raising Cane — Fill a holiday mug, juice pitcher, beer stein, etc. with candy canes and wrap in colourful cellophane and bow.

It’s In The Mail — Tie a book of postage stamps and an attractive pen to a box of hasty notes.  Perfect for an out-of-town friend, relative or student!

Amaryllis — These and other bulbs are available in most supermarkets for a very reasonable price this time of year.  This is one traditional gift I give to my parents every year.

It’s In The Cards — Buy a pretty or funky deck of playing cards and include a book with rules for various games.

Light Up Your Life — A flashlight with batteries makes a useful gift, especially for those who live in areas where winter power outages are frequent.  Along that same line, an emergency car kit that includes candles and a can to put them in, matches and/or lighter, chocolate or cereal bars and bottled water, a blanket, etc. makes a very practical gift.

The list could go on and on if a person really used their imagination.  Have you come up with any unique and frugal Christmas present ideas?  If so, I’d like to hear about them. :)

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11 thoughts on “In The Present Moment

  1. The Amaryllis is my all time fav gift to give. It grows so fast, and it so brilliantly colorful. A gift that keeps on producing smiles for ages.

    Love your collection of last minute gifts, I guess I had better get started on my gift planning.

    Jen

  2. I love that whisk of kisses! It will be perfect for a few of my friends~~Thanks for the great ideas. That is a beautiful photo of the amaryllis. gail

  3. Hi Nancy,
    Funny how we thought of the same idea for a post. I was going to post it tomorrow.
    I want to thank you for hosting the winter project. I was so excited about the first snow this year…didn’t even grumble, when I woke up this morning.
    Balisha

  4. Nancy girl ! I totally forgot about the snowfall project .. is it too late to submit that ? .. our first true snow fall was a few days ago and I did get some good pictures.
    I love all of those ideas !! .. So it isn’t too late to start those bulbs .. I know it won’t be an Xmas thing .. but I just wasn’t sure if it was a proper time thing ?
    Your blog is looking so pretty girl !
    Joy

  5. One of my favorite presents is a small nylon net bag of Scarlet Runner Beans tied with a Christmas ribbon. The seeds are so pretty, and they bring the promise of red bean flowers and hummingbirds in the Spring. My friend Helen would be very disappointed if she didn’t receive this “so cheap it’s priceless ” gift.

  6. You are always clever and I can’t add in that way but I think I’ve been pretty smart–in that I’ve actually waited till the last minute. The reason….the 4 I have to buy for haven’t ask for anything that will sell out but should go on sale. And it has. I just started my shopping today and am finding 1/2 off sales galore.

    I do like to get festive things this time of year. I’m nuts about hot chocolate. Mr D bought me so oh so yummy good stuff at Williams and Sonoma the other day. It was delish.

  7. I found you on Twitter…;-)
    I love all these ideas except the one with Hersheys–only because i’ll never buy anything from them again since they closed the Moirs/Dartmouth plant and moved to Mexico. Any semblance between Hersheys now and actual chocolate is purely coincidental, in my opinion. ;-)
    On another note, Nancy is anyone else having problems with the fonts on your blog? I find the comments verrrryyyy tiny. Could be just my ancient eyeballs…

    HI JODI! GLAD YOU FOUND ME ON TWITTER — IT WOULDN’T LET ME SEARCH FOR ANYONE, SO I’LL TRY AGAIN LATER. :) YES! THE STUPID FONT FOR COMMENTS IS TEENY! AND THERE’S NOTHING I CAN DO WITHOUT PAYING A MONTHLY FEE TO BE ABLE TO MANIPULATE THE CSS. :-? THIS *WAS* THE SIZE OF THE MAIN POST FONT AS WELL, BUT I’VE BEEN INSERTING CODE TO CHANGE THE SIZE OF IT. SORRY TO EVERYONE FOR THE STRAIN ON THE EYEBALLS! :)

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