My Christmas list has gotten longer each year. I prefer not to sit out gift-giving and instead try to find creative ways to show people I care without putting a huge dent in my wallet.
My first strategyy is to create a theme. Teachers do not receive nearly enough recognition. Around this time of the year, I like to show them how much I appreciate what they do. I chose a peppermint and chocolate theme this year. It is my hope the teachers receive the gift as a token of my appreciation. Each preschool teacher will receive three goodies and a sweet note in her bag.
Twisted Peppermint Hand Sanitizer, Bath and Body Works, $1.50
Twisted Peppermint Handibac, Bath and Body Works, $2.50
Peppermint Soap, Pier 1, $2.50
Peppermint Godiva Truffle Bar, Godiva, $2.99
A trick I use to keep costs down is to take one gift and split it among a few people. I purchased this body wash and body butter set for $14 at Sephora. It was regularly priced $28. I told a sales assistant what I was up to and she let me know they were 50 percent off. There are three gifts in this pack, which comes to $4.70 apiece. Not bad.
My final approach is to add two gifts to make one and then give the same gift to a few people. There is no reason why two people who don’t know each other have to receive different gifts.
After I read The Four Agreements earlier this year, I knew I wanted to give it as a gift. It’s a small book that can have a big effect on a life. A book alone, though, didn’t seem like much of a gift. A few years ago, I purchased three Brighton bookmarks for $20, and the company has the same deal this season. Perfect.
I purchased the books on Amazon along with a toy so that I could get free shipping. The paperback book retails for $12.95 in book stores, but I got them for $7.77 apiece.
I slid on the bookmarks and wrote a sweet note about why I had gifted the book. The cost was about $14.50 per person.
Whew! I am almost finished. How about you? Got any good gift ideas? Share them here.