Christmas is the time of gift giving. If you are a working mother with several kids in school, the list of your recipients can be endless. Shopping for simple, inexpensive and great gifts can be tasking. No matter how much time you spend in shopping malls and bargain stores, you will not be able to find gifts that fall in the above categories and will merit appreciation from the recipients.
When November comes and you rush to buy all the presents that you need, you'd likely rely on impulse buying and end up spending loads of money for some useless gifts. Joining the Christmas rush makes you promise that you will start with your Christmas shopping earlier for next year. It's an annual promise that you fail to fulfill.
- This year, consider giving away handmade gifts. Personalized gifts are ideal since they are usually inexpensive, and recipients appreciate them more. The key to making handmade gifts is having the proper packaging.
- The first thing you see notice when you receive a gift is the packaging. A poorly wrapped gift does not excite you the same way as a gift with elaborate packaging. The same is true for everyone. The next time you intend to send a gift, spend time on its packaging.
- Personalized gifts do not require a lot of money, but would require careful a lot of thinking and a lot of time. Schedule ahead and allocate ample time for each project. The list of personalized gifts can be endless. Pick from handcrafted scarves, home baked goodies or even decorative items. You can even go extra mile by making personalized calendars or scrapbooks. While the choices may be endless, your time is not. So limit your choices to about two or three gifts that can be given as general gifts.
- One of the favorite holiday gifts is a jar of homemade oatmeal cookies. Oatmeal cookies are great gifts since they are so easy to make and relatively inexpensive. However, since oatmeal cookies are rather famous, one household usually receives more than enough supply of oatmeal cookies for the next three months.
- Consider making oatmeal mixes rather than baked oatmeal cookies. The beauty about oatmeal mix is that you can store it for a long period of time. The only thing you need to do is to think of a nice jar to hold your oatmeal mix.
- Find a jar that can be used in other ways apart from holding the oatmeal mix. You can find a nice cookie jar made from glass in discount stores. There are a lot of cute cookie jars to choose from. Choose various designs for different recipients.
- Once you have enough cookie jars, prepare the following supplies: one-fourth cup of white sugar, three-fourths cup of flour, half a cup of brown sugar, half a teaspoon of baking soda, a quarter teaspoon of salt and cinnamon, cup and a half quick-cook oatmeal, half a cup of raisins.
- Know the exact quantity of recipients so you can shop the ingredients all at once. Layer the ingredients onto the jar in the order stated above. Do not forget to include a brief instruction saying they need to add half a cup of softened butter, an egg, and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Also include baking instructions of 12-15 minutes on a preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Add colorful ribbons and gift tags to your jars!