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« Reply #90 on: August 31, 2007 09:45:13 AM »

you could make candles in a cup.
Just get some beautiful china cups and saucers at the flee-market or garage-sale and fill them with melted wax. Add a wick in the middle and let cool

Thanks for this idea! I am totally doing this with all the christmas mugs I've been given over the years. And I found at Hobby Lobby they have cappuccino and spiced apple (as in spiced cider...) scents that I will do (won't that be cool, a cappuccino or spiced cider scented candle in mug?) Any ideas of a little extra something to include? I'm thinking some baked goods or candy...
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« Reply #91 on: September 01, 2007 06:48:46 AM »

I'm sure you may have already thought of this, but what about jars filled with hard rock candy?  Our kids love rock candy at Christmas.  Also, we make what are called "Dipped Ritz".  You take Ritz crackers and put peanut butter between them, then dip in melted chocolate or almond bark.  They are soooo good.  You could make up tins of them.  They are cheap and easy to make.
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« Reply #92 on: September 17, 2007 08:00:49 PM »

I'm sure you may have already thought of this, but what about jars filled with hard rock candy?  Our kids love rock candy at Christmas.  Also, we make what are called "Dipped Ritz".  You take Ritz crackers and put peanut butter between them, then dip in melted chocolate or almond bark.  They are soooo good.  You could make up tins of them.  They are cheap and easy to make.



mmmm dipped ritz's, I forgot we use to make those.
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« Reply #93 on: September 27, 2007 02:55:38 PM »

I merged both of the "assembly line" and "production line" gift threads.  Lots of ideas!  Let's keep 'em together... Smiley

Here's what I made for the last two holidays...
2005 for my boyfriend's department http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=69356.0
2006 for my fiance's department http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=140952.0
2007 for my hubby's department... still to come! Cheesy
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« Reply #94 on: September 28, 2007 06:18:42 PM »

I'm sure you may have already thought of this, but what about jars filled with hard rock candy?  Our kids love rock candy at Christmas.  Also, we make what are called "Dipped Ritz".  You take Ritz crackers and put peanut butter between them, then dip in melted chocolate or almond bark.  They are soooo good.  You could make up tins of them.  They are cheap and easy to make.

That's so strange.  I had never heard of anyone makng "dipped ritz".  Except, I made them about a month ago.  You're right.  The kids LOVED them.  They were gone in about three hours.
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« Reply #95 on: September 30, 2007 04:35:37 AM »

This is a great thread - keep the ideas coming!

I just had kind of a different idea - I have several ederly neighbors that I would like to do something for, as well as some younger ones, too.  For the elderly ones especially, I thought I would pick up some second hand crock pots for cheap, clean them up really well, make some homemade soup or chili, then freeze the soup right in the crock pot liner.  I thought it would be neat to leave the crock pots by their doors super early on Christmas morning.  That way, if they don't find them right away, the soup would still be frozen, or thawed just a bit, so there are no issues with food poisoning.  I'd leave a note explaining the gift (ingredients, type of soup, heating instructions, etc.).

I thought of this because I think at least one of my neighbors is diabetic, so sweet baked goods are off the list for him, and I don't know what other health issues some of the other ones have.

Does anyone see any flaws in this plan? 
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« Reply #96 on: September 30, 2007 09:04:11 AM »

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I just had kind of a different idea - I have several ederly neighbors that I would like to do something for, as well as some younger ones, too.  For the elderly ones especially, I thought I would pick up some second hand crock pots for cheap, clean them up really well, make some homemade soup or chili, then freeze the soup right in the crock pot liner.  I thought it would be neat to leave the crock pots by their doors super early on Christmas morning.  That way, if they don't find them right away, the soup would still be frozen, or thawed just a bit, so there are no issues with food poisoning.  I'd leave a note explaining the gift (ingredients, type of soup, heating instructions, etc.).

I thought of this because I think at least one of my neighbors is diabetic, so sweet baked goods are off the list for him, and I don't know what other health issues some of the other ones have.

Does anyone see any flaws in this plan? 

That is very sweet, but I think you should give them a heads up that you are going to do this.  What if they're not around on the holiday?  The food would just be sitting out there.  Or, bleary-eyed in the morning, someone could trip over the pot.  It's possible that if you leave food outside, animals or insects might get to it.  What might be a good alternative is bringing them over a hot dish for them to eat immediately plus some additional frozen dishes for them to use later.

Great idea and your neighbors are lucky to have you!
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« Reply #97 on: September 30, 2007 10:33:48 AM »

I, too, like the concept, but see some of the things Box mentioned being a problem.

I think people would be hesitant to eat a crock of food found on their porch without your face there presenting it, too (I know I would Cheesy).
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« Reply #98 on: October 11, 2007 10:59:40 PM »

im not sure if anyone said this already butttt.... HOMEMADE LIPGLOSS!!
you can get the plastic containers here:
http://www.sunburstbottle.com/plastic-jars/lip-balm-and-tubes
for very very cheap and you can find tons of recipes to make it online.
I know im gonna make like 20 of these to give out as small gifts or attach to the tops of others gifts for my mom, sisters, etc.
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« Reply #99 on: October 14, 2007 06:20:56 PM »

Last year all my generic small gifts were pretty chinese take out boxes. For kids I had jelly belly ornaments with candy, small goldfish cracker packages, small pringles, some chocolates, and small toys. For the girls, I kept some of the food but added small lotions, lip glosses, coffees and candles. For the boys I did food, beef jerky, coffee, and some small thing I can't think of? Cards? They went over fairly well.
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