I am a sucker for cheap.  What can I say?  I will buy the same thing, ten times if its cheap – instead of buying something of better quality for more money.  What can I say?  It’s not logical, but it’s my logic.

This year, I was planning to keep our gifting stunts to a minimum, but as I wrote out the list – it grew and grew, and eventually I had a nice long list of people I wanted to gift.  “‘Tis the season!” I rationalized with myself.  I wanted to gift nice things, but I also wouldn’t be against keeping us out of the hole this year either.  And so it began: My effort to gift many people nice things, without breaking the bank.

For this basket, I cheated.  In that, a lot of the things we already had on hand, from years prior.  We are somewhat Christmas hoarders.  Shiny, sparkly, pretty – we have it.

This basket is for a family with four kids – which made it hard, but possible!


1. We usually make an order for soaps this time of year.  With free shipping, and mega sales online – I ordered a few extra for this purpose.  This cost less than $2.

2. Window clings for $1.50

3. Pencils for $1

4. Basket – you guessed it! $1


5. I got these little jars for $1.50 each, and the candy inside came in a big pack for $2.  I will put an even $2 on this set up.


6. I got these little snowman booklets about three years ago – and never got around to gifting them.  They were a bit on the pricey side at $3 each.

7. Candles!  Who doesn’t like candles!  $2 for both

8. Candy canes!


The final product!

I also stuck a pack of peppermint tea in there, since the people we are gifting it to are big tea drinkers.

All in?  We spent around $15.  Considering there are 6 people getting gifts in that basket, I’d say it was a success!

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