Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Day 5...63 gift ideas under $10

I am not sure where I got this list from, but it's been a great help to me since I found it! I find myself pulling it up throughout the year to get my creative juices flowing!

We are lucky that we have a craft & farmer market close by, so I can get a bunch of locally made stuff that are good additions to any gift basket. Our market has everything wood carvers, ostrich farmer, candle & soap makers, sewers, wines, spices & mixes, fudge, coffee (locally roasted, yum), flags, bird feeders, bead work, maple syrup (local of course)... I could go on & on. So if you are lucky enough to have one of these great resources near by visit them often, I am always amazed at what they have for sale each time I go! It sure beats going to Wal**** for my gifts. I still do, of course they are the only mass merchandiser we have anymore. But, I think that for my gift giving $ local shopping is usually the best bet. People truly appreciate bits of your local culture and if you are careful you can get a great deal.

So here's the list!
63 Gift Ideas for Under $10
1. Gourmet coffees with a personal coffee cup
2. A pound of pistachios
3. Child's artwork, framed
4. Journal with special inscription inside
5. Teacup with box of herbal tea
6. Deck of cards and book of card game rules
7. Homemade cocoa mix in a pretty jar
8. Collage of special photos
9. Gel pens and pretty stationary
10. Bottle of sparkling cider
11. Home baked bread, include recipe
12. Disposable camera or rolls of film
13. Basket filled with deli cheese and fruit
14. Craft supplies
15. Holiday serving bowl or platter
16. Pretty basket filled with special jams or mustards
17. Decorative napkins and napkin rings
18. Fancy chocolate bars tied with a ribbon
19. Gardening gloves with a plant or flower seeds
20. Photo album, hand decorated is even better
21. Makeup tote
22. Prepaid photo developing envelopes
23. Homemade cookie mix with instructions for baking
24. Variety of bread mixes
25. Special coffee cup filled with candy
26. Fancy magazines tied together with a pretty ribbon
27. Gourmet popcorn and flavored oil
28. Locally made barbeque or steak sauce with basting brush
29. Pancake or waffle mix and a bottle of real maple syrup
30. Movie theater gift certificates
31. Board games (I just scored Checkers for $2.49, yes to outlet stores!!!)
32. Jar of sourwood or pure honey with biscuit mix
33. Note cards and book of stamps
34. Picture frames, buy them on sale!
35. Specialty cookbook
36. Pretty glass jar filled with candy
37. Collectible sports cards
38. Muffin mixes with muffin pan
39. Books, there are still a few for under $10
40. Set of dish towels and dish cloths
41. Nail polish kit
42. Pretty night shirt
43. Basket filled with kitchen gadgets
44. Video rental gift certificates
45. Pepper mill and fresh peppercorns
46. Handwritten copies of your favorite recipes
47. For the pets, gourmet dog biscuits or cat treats
48. Baking pans and supplies
49. Prepaid long distance phone cards
50. Small clock or radio
51. Pretty box for keepsakes
52. Colorful Post-It notepads
53. Address book
54. Christmas ornaments
55. Puzzles
56. Blank video or cassette tapes
57. Sewing supplies
58. Flashlight with batteries
59. Favorite quote embroidered on a nice handkerchief
60. Makeup brush set
61. Expensive socks, still under $10 (the new slipper socks are great, I wear mine out over the year so give them to me again & again, I'd love it!)
62. Special soaps and bath puff
63. and don't forget my absolute favorite... home baked cookies!

I also should add homemade candy. I make "to-die-for" Truffles that are super easy, my Aunt-in-law makes chocolate covered nuts clustered in the tiny muffin cups then gives them in holiday tins. It is so easy all you need are chocolate chips & something to cover it them! WIth the variety of flavored chips you can get as creative as you want. One year I made raspberry truffles with raspeberry flavored chocolat chips, mint is another good one. This year my truffles are going to be dipped in dark chocolate, I can't wait!!!

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