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« on: November 06, 2006 04:40:45 PM »

OK...I have so many x-mas gifts every year to give, I try to come up with one thing and mass produce.  Everyone gets the same thing.  It has to be cheap...say under 10 bucks this includes packaging.  I need ideas this year!

One year I did soap pops...but they looked like candy so people tryed to eat them LOL.

One year I did canned stuff, salsa and peach/chipotle BBQ sauce.

I tried crotcheting hats one year..UGH...waaaay to much work! Tongue

I love the idea of food mixes in jars...there are a ton of sites with recipes...some quite frightening indeed.  But the problem with these is alot of people (like guys) don't cook.

So does anyone else do this?  If so, what have you done or...any ideas?
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« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2006 05:10:27 PM »

you could do some jar-food that's simple enough that the men could (gasp) cook it themselves - i think i've seen some sort of soup or chili or something that just calls for water...

you could use thrifted jars for this and make pretty labels on the computer?

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« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2006 07:20:56 PM »

If I may post an idea from MS Crafts and Keepsakes for the Holidays...homemade hot chocolate gift set. It has a bowl, recipe, mexican hot chocolate pieces, cinnamon sticks, vanilla beans and mini-marshmallows. i was thinking of putting this together for my co-workers as a holiday gift..and keeping one for myself  Wink


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« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2006 07:46:00 PM »

I want to share with you what I am planning to do because I have a lot of people to buy for too. I am going to make some candy/buy candy, popcorn, a gift cert.for a movie rental, this way each family can have a movie night together. I am doing this because I think that my husbands family might get their families together to spend time together.

I hope that helps!

« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2006 07:06:44 AM »

Love the movie rental thing...and the hot chocolate sounds cute too...maybe get some mini bottles of khalua for those...or peppermint schnapps to make hot girls scout cookies...yum.

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« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2006 08:35:12 AM »

I found ice cream bowls that look brand new at goodwill and I looked up ice cream toppings (martha Holiday has some recipes, too) and so I am going to do sauces and toppings for one family and do the movie thing for another..
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2006 01:16:23 PM »

Do you sew at all?  I saw Martha Stewart make these polar fleece hats a few years ago on her old show.  http://www.marthastewart.com/page.jhtml?type=content&id=tvs3949&contentGroup=TV&site=living&rsc=ns2006_m2
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« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2006 06:55:36 AM »

Oooh! For those family nights, you could include some mixed cds for holiday music and maybe some board games for a Game Night?

I'm doing some of those food gifts too. For the guys, I'm putting together a meat seasoning because the only thing my guys do is bbq. And pairing it with some spicy chili cashews that I'm making.

For my coworkers, I"m making cupcakes and packaging them up nicely.

I bought some glass ornaments on sale awhile ago and I'm planning on doing some etching to personalize them for family members.

I wish I sewed! Fleece hats would be awesome for all the kids!


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« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2006 06:58:47 AM »

Usually I buy things, but this year I would like to challange myself to see if I can make them all! (thankfully my family is smallish)

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« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2006 09:29:34 AM »

i hope a similar question hasn't already been asked but if it was, kindly indulge me...does anyone have ideas for gifts that you can make a lot of and then give out that are kind of universal?  for example, last year i made coffee-scented candles in coffee mugs, alcohol-theme scented candles in shotglasses and soaps in different crazy molds and gave those out.  oh, and inexpensive is the name of the game - i'm saving up for cosmetology school and it is not cheap, so every penny counts right now.  i can sew, knit and am generally crafty, so any ideas would be great!  thank you! 
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