Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

… from my friend and gift-giving “mentor” ~ Amy (previously known as “Frappuccino Fun with Amy” on this blog).  I re-post her ideas each year because I love being reminded of how simple it is to make others feel loved and blessed by tiny acts of kindness and thoughtfulness.  If you’re in a bind this week and need a few last minute gift ideas, here are Amy’s five gifts under five dollars that you can put together in five minutes or less.

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Around the Holidays, my husband, Richard, says that I was an elf in a former life! I love to give to any and everyone. There are so many people that deserve some sort of acknowledgement at Christmas (the mail carrier, neighbors, teachers, garbage collector, Sunday school teacher, you get the idea).

That list could cause the average “non-elf-like” person a great deal of stress! I find that at Christmas it’s the small details that can send you over the edge and contribute to a “holiday breakdown”. Once again, the answer lies within the planning.

HOWEVER… If you’re in a bind and need a few last minute inexpensive gift ideas, here is a list of FIVE gift ideas that you can buy for less than FIVE dollars and put together in under FIVE minutes!

1. Peppermint Packets – One envelope Deluxe Mint Hot Cocoa Packet (Wal-Mart – $.44); one Ghirardelli chocolate peppermint coffee (Target “One Spot” – $1); Add a few candy cane Hershey Kisses. Place all items in a clear cellophane bag and tie a ribbon on top. Stick a candy cane through the bow.

2. Fuzzy Socks – (Dollar Tree – $1); Add a foot soak packet (Wal-Mart – $.99); this is a cute gift for anyone. One year I gave them to Sunday School teachers with a note attached that said, “How Beautiful are the feet of those who spread “Good News”. (Romans 10:15)

3. A Bath & Body mini Lotion or Anti-Bacterial Gel – Wrap in Tulle. I stockpile these all year long. Most of the time I buy them for $1 each. (Pictured below: Bath and Body Works Spicy Gingerbread Lotion and a $1 Gingerbread ornament hanging from the bow.)

4. A Blockbuster (or Redbox) Gift Card attached to a pack of Microwave Popcorn – A great “guy gift’!

5. Gift Card Stockings – Remember all of those gift cards you’ve been buying? (If you don’t know what I am talking about please see my first Frappucino Post) – Put a gift card in a mini-stocking (I bought the one pictured at Dollar Tree 2 for $1).

Through the years I have been told countless times, “this is the only gift I have ever received” (Especially by those who are behind the scenes and make our lives a lot easier). A gift says you are thought of, you are appreciated and I value the job you do!

Most of the gifts I give are purchased all year long. I seem to always have Christmas in the back of my mind. This week I’ve had so much fun wrapping gifts I haven’t seem since July! Now all I have to do when I need a small or spur of the moment gift is grab and go!

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