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« on: November 10, 2008 03:37:36 PM »

HI all, 

I'm starting on my office gifts for the holidays, and have run into a problem.  For the last 2 years, I've given out mugs with stuff in them, and they've been very much appreciated.  My folks even use the mugs all year round, even though a few of them are holiday-ish. 

So this year I'm hopping through, putting the stuff together and realized, everyone already has two mugs from me.  What can I use this year that won't give them yet another mug to stick into the office kitchenette, which is already overrun with mugs? Huh

Any suggestions would be glomped on and huggled. Grin
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2008 03:58:54 PM »

A little pricier, perhaps, but how about non-BPA water bottles?  Like these or these

Or a reusable shopping bag; you probably don't want to get one with a distinct holiday design on it so they can use it year round, but it could be decorated with ribbons and such to make it more Christmasy at gift-giving time.  Smaller and perhaps less costly would be reusable lunch bags.

Or, a bit closer to your original theme, pencil cups for their desks?  With a few Christmas-themed pencils thrown in. 

Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2008 04:45:51 PM »

I used takeout boxes last year.  Verrrry cheap packs at Dollar Tree! Smiley  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=218438.0

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« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2008 04:52:17 PM »

I always use tins cause then the recipients can re-gift them or store Christmas ornaments in them.

Or votive holders that are a little on the bigger side that are either seasonal or not.
Smallish stockings? Teacups? Teapots? Small vases? Ivy bowls?

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« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2008 08:42:44 AM »

I think it certainly depends on what you are putting in them.  If it's coffee and peppermint candy canes, then yeah, do a mug again (but maybe a commuter mug this time).  If it's some food-ish treat, do popcorn boxes or takeout boxes or a little lunchbox (sweets4ever is dead-one about the dollar store).  If it's soap or candles or that sort of thing, tie a pretty ribbon around a washcloth or some fabric with a similar color to the items inside.  If it's old-fashioned or rustic, use a plain basket or brown paper sacks with stickers or other decorations.  If it's small enough, make Christmas cracker-looking things from toilet paper tubes and wrapping paper.  And if you work at a place with a specific product, then it could be cute to incorporate that somehow.  I work for an electrical contractor, so I plan on wrapping my coworkers' gifts in discarded plans (blueprints). 

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« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2008 08:57:29 AM »

Oh! Mason jars! Duh! I use those all the time! Great for gift holding, soup mix, hot chocolate, drinking out of and for a candle holder! I knew I was forgetting something...

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« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2008 12:29:36 AM »

great topic.

i have the same problem, just a little more problematic.
i don't want to use mugs, but i want the "something i use instead" to be a little present too.

can i give a vase to everyone? the *something* will be filled with homemade gingerbread, i plan to make a lot of little stars or something like that  instead of the big gingerbread men/women

you could use that strange  divisible plastic-balls. i don't know how to call them, i don't even know how to spell them in german.
i post the linke to a page who sells them, you shoud get the idea even if you don't understand german.
i think they make great gifts, because you can turn them into nice tree ornaments AND fill them with something sweet.
but as the people i need presents for are at most 20 jears old, thats not exactly what i need.


(excuse my mistakes, as i told you my regular language is german)

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« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2008 05:40:21 AM »

If you're near a Christmas Tree Shop, check for small containers there. Last xmas I found a bunch of holiday-themed ceramic mini-loaf pans there. Or, you could paint flowerpots and use them. I've done this before, and I noticed that some people used the flowerpots to hold pencils, pens, etc.
« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2008 06:04:23 AM »

If you're near a Christmas Tree Shop, check for small containers there. Last xmas I found a bunch of holiday-themed ceramic mini-loaf pans there. Or, you could paint flowerpots and use them. I've done this before, and I noticed that some people used the flowerpots to hold pencils, pens, etc.

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« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2008 02:56:36 PM »

You could use the 4inch terra cotta flower pots.  maybe paint a simple design on each one, or just the terra cotta finish itself would be good.  Maybe include a packet of flower seeds so that in the spring they could plant a little flower pot.
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