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Post by Laura on Thu Dec 10, 2009 5:04 am

I thought since Christmas is right around the corner and its a bit tight for quite a few people that we could post great gift ideas that run cheap!
***IF YOU NEED HELP WITH ANY THING I POSTED JUST LET ME KNOW!***
Here is one i do quite often with family,friends and co-workers....

Movie basket:
movie-$5 at walmart(some great ones)
basket- $ store(you can get a basket or a popcorn bin there)
boxed - $ store
popcorn- $ store
2 sodas-optional
blanket- optional(walmart has some nice cheap ones for $2)
total: $8-$13

Family basket:
blanket- optional
basket-thrift store, $ store or walmart
picture frame with your family photo - $2
movie- $5
popcorn- $1
candles- optional
total: $9- $13

Bath salt gift:
epsom or sea salt- $ store(sea is better)
food coloring-walmart(you should have already)
essential oil-$2-3 which will last a loooong time!
jar- thrift store, walmart, etc - $2
total: $5 and you can make a lot of bath salt with that.


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Post by Laura on Thu Dec 10, 2009 5:17 am

also! if you know how to sew...

you can make beautiful hand towels by buying just basic white(or any colors) and buying a strip of fabric. say their kitchen is in apples. buy apple fabric and white towels then cut a strip to go along the bottom of the towels. doen in minutes.
2 towels $4 ,$2 for fabric (if that)
total: $6

you can do 4 placemats to go with it as well or as its own gift.
fabric, batting lining for inside total:$10 max

knit scarves $3 you can buy a thing that is a cheater to knitting too and make beanies,booties, scarves,etc.
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Post by Laura on Thu Dec 10, 2009 5:24 am

make some homemade jam, bread, cookies, muffins or any other specialty you have and wrap in cellophane($ store) on a tray ($ store) total: $5 max

Coffee lovers' basket:
coffee mug- $ store
(chocolate dipped) canes: walmart- 88
semi-sweet chocolate for canes- walmart $1
mini bags of coffee-cost plus world market-$2 or regular size gevalia 3 for $3 (then cancel)
total: $6 max
* melt chocolate in microwave for about 10 seconds or until melted then dip canes into chocolate and let harden then tie nicely. you can do spoons as well.

A no-sew fleece blanket total: $10-$15 max(depends on size)

Kitchen hand towel and scissor holder set: minimal sewing, could do by hand
one hand towel and 2 pot holders theme-walmart $2
2 magnets-$1
hot glue one pot holder diagonally to make a scissor holder or pen and the hook on top.(like a funnel)put magnet on back for frig.
get hand towel and open completely. go to middle and sew middle of hand towel to middle of pot holder. scrunch the hand towel like a curtain on a window. then fold pot holder up and glue to ends together and hook on top. then glue magnet on back.


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Post by Deedee on Thu Dec 10, 2009 5:42 am

also, you made me that cool towel that has the magnet on it...it was a towel, a potholder to match and a heavy duty magnet. Fold the potholder in half and sew the kitchen towel INTO it, and apply the magnet onto the back. it is really decorative and it is HANDY too!
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Post by Deedee on Thu Dec 10, 2009 5:47 am

I also know that there are a few people on here who use a food benefits card....and a great, cheap christmas present is a coffee mug full of instant hot chocolate or latte along with a box of christmas cookies. You buy the coffee mug at the $ store and the drink mixes and cookies you can buy with your food benefits card.
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Post by Laura on Thu Dec 10, 2009 5:57 am

oh and heating pads too.
you can get any nice fabric and make it into a cool shape or regular and sew it with just a little opening and fill with rice. then sew closed.

you can make cool non-slip slipper socks for kids.
get a cool pair of socks, then add whatever designs on the bottom with puffy paint.
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Post by Deedee on Thu Dec 10, 2009 6:22 am

yay sounds cool Laura!!!
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Post by Patty432 on Thu Dec 10, 2009 9:43 am

Awesome ideas!!! There are always some great finds at the $ store. Although, I have found some really awesome things at the .98 cent store. But those arent everywhere anymore.

Im making all of the neighbors and my sons teacher christmas wreaths. lol Leftover HP things always make a great gift to someone!!!

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Post by Laura on Thu Dec 10, 2009 3:38 pm

that is a great idea too! im not sure how you are dong yours BUT i have an idea for anyone who wants to make a very cheap nice one.
get 2 boxes of sandwhich bags(no zipper), a wire hanger, fake red poinsenettas.total:$3

shape hanger into a circle, tie bags all the way around until it is completely full. then add poinsenettas. looks great when done too. here is a pic from online BUT they did with trash bags, it looks better with baggies.
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Post by Patty432 on Thu Dec 10, 2009 4:04 pm

So cute!!! Im using the ones I got from my UL HP. They sent me a ton of wreaths and ribbon. I ran out of ornaments, but you can get a big package of small ornaments at the $ store. So I went over there and got 2 more packs.
Its also really cute to make wreaths out of scrap fabrics. You get one of those straw wreaths, and a ton of leftover or sample fabric. Cut the fabric into 2 inch squares. Then you take scissors and place it in the center of the fabric pushing it into the wreath. Just do that all over, and it turns out real cute. See below.



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Post by Laura on Thu Dec 10, 2009 4:22 pm

oh ya! my mo does that one and it does turn out great!
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Post by flameworker on Thu Dec 10, 2009 6:09 pm

These are some of the coolest ideas......you guys are so crafty. The socks one is my favorite I think I'll make those for sure.
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Post by jersma on Thu Dec 10, 2009 7:14 pm

all great ideas! i used to do the mug thing - bought them at big lots then added coffee, tea or cocoa, throw in a few hersey kisses wrap in colored cellophane (big lots again!) and tie with a bow down. i used to have 10 employees so this helped keep the cost down and everyone basically got the same thing. for my managers i would do the gift basket with a nice kitchen towel to line it, then add my baked goodies and homemade candy. wrap it in the colored cellophane add a bow down and wait for the applause lol
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Post by Laura on Thu Dec 10, 2009 7:25 pm

lol yep i usually will do a coffee mug w/ hershey kisses and cellophane for the garbage man and mailman BUT now i have to think of something else for mailman since the box is a cubby not very big....errrr
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Post by flameworker on Thu Dec 10, 2009 7:30 pm

mmmmmm coffee and chocolate gift baskets
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Post by Deedee on Thu Dec 10, 2009 8:14 pm

just so you guys know...i will help you keep it real simple this year...for me this year...just send MONEY!!! lol
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Post by Laura on Thu Dec 10, 2009 8:37 pm

lol send ME her money and i will fwd it to her.....ummm i have something to add to it....ya thats it.
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Post by Deedee on Thu Dec 10, 2009 8:42 pm

lol...yeah YOUR CUT!!!!! rofl
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Post by flameworker on Fri Dec 11, 2009 5:06 am

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Post by Laura on Fri Dec 11, 2009 5:15 am

SO WHAT! MAYBE I DO WANT A CUT, IS THAT SO WRONG! LOL

AWESOME STUFF AT OLD NAVY THANKS!!!
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Post by Deedee on Fri Dec 11, 2009 5:38 am

lol
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Post by Laura on Sat Dec 12, 2009 6:26 am

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Post by Deedee on Sun Dec 13, 2009 10:01 pm

Hey guys, I just thought of the ultimate Cheap (free) Christmas gift...and it is one that keeps giving.

Okay here is what you have to do...
1. Decide who it is for, (I will walk you through this using my daughter Amanda in Montana as a "reference") So..it is for AMANDA
2. Make a email account for that person, that you can get into...it is real easy with gmail...so let's pretend I made AMANDA@gmail (this isn't the one i made for her, so don't worry) But you need the email for your person so that YOU can confirm the emails for these things.
3. Start at the very last page of our freebies and work your way up, signing up for each and every one of the freebies we have in here....using your person's name and address and the email you made for them.
4. Send them a card that tells them what you did and they should be expecting freebies to start coming in the mail any day now, and that they will continue to come for about 2-3 months from now.
5. Make sure in the card you write down the URL to this site, so they know where to come for MORE freebies.

You are likely to get them all excited about getting freebies after getting so much cool stuff in the mail. How do you think I got Allese all involved in it?
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Post by Deedee on Sun Dec 13, 2009 10:04 pm

I JUST LOOKED AND THERE ARE OVER 500 FREEBIES LISTED HERE...THE MODS ARE REALLY GOOD ABOUT PULLING THE DEAD ONES, SO MOST OF THOSE WILL COME.....THAT WOULD BE AN AWESOME GIFT I THINK!!
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