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. :)