Simple Gifts from the Heart

Gift-giving need not be a chore or another thing on your to-do list. Gifts can be simple, thoughtful, and inexpensive with a little planning and effort.

 

Make It


Handmade gifts are a great way to personalize and let the recipient know you care enough to give the gift of your time and talent. Here are few simple projects you can sew.

Custom Journal

With a simple composition book and a few coordinating sheets of scrapbook paper, you can create a journal or notebook as unique as the individual. View instructions.

 

Backpack Bag


These simple bags use a drawstring from opposing sides which form the straps for a backpack. These work great for a short hike, an overnighter at grandma’s house, or to keep art supplies together. View instructions.

 

Buy It


Let’s face it. We have all been there. We have forgotten a sister-in-law or a teacher on her birthday. We have discovered that a neighbor is having a tough day, and we just want to let her know we are thinking about her. We need something quick, and we need it now. Here are a few ideas of things you can stock up on when you find them at a good price, so that you are always prepared for these surprises.

  • Hand soap (such as the yummy scents from Bath and Body Works)

  • Magnetic notepads

  • Chocolate (You just really can’t go wrong here. Kisses, bars, nuggets, it’s all good!)

  • Candles (You probably have a favorite—buy two more.)

  • Gift bags, greeting cards, and tissue paper (Purchase boxed, assorted greeting cards and easy wrapping supplies to have on hand.)

 

Package It


With a little thought and planning, it is easy and inexpensive to tailor a gift bag or basket to match the interests of the recipient.

 

Baked Goods


Freshly baked cookies or breads are always in style, and when they are packaged in a pretty tin or fun take-out box, they suddenly go from ordinary to gourmet.

 

Gift Baskets


Creating a themed basket is as fun to create as it is to receive! Here are a few ideas to get your creativity started:

  • Movie Night – Raid the $5 bin at your local discount grocery store and find a classic romantic comedy or family favorite. While you are there, pick-up a few boxes of the movie theater-sized candy and some microwave popcorn. Add a few old-style bottles of soda. Dollar stores are a great place to find plastic popcorn tubs to use as the basket. Put some paper fluff in the bottom, and Voila!

  • Mani Pedi – Dollar stores are a great place to find the foam flip-flops that the pedicure salons use as well as the toe-spreaders and foot files. Add some of your favorite bath soaks, lotions, and a few bottles of nail polish for a simple, thoughtful gift that will delight!

Need help wrapping your themed basket of goodies? We've got you covered with clear basket bags!

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