Christmas can be tight for so many, especially in today’s economy. One of our favorite things to give are gift baskets but buying the supplies can really cost an arm and a leg. Even going to a place like the Dollar Store to buy the tins, bags and boxes for all the gifts/goodies adds up when you’re making several gift baskets, which is what we typically do.
We make baskets for our parents, bosses, co-workers, friends and some widows/older couples at church. It’s always fun and we try to personalize each one (especially if there are health issues involved like diabetes). It takes planning, work and time… and money for all the extras.
This year, I decided one of the links in our Count Down To Christmas Chain was to make gift bags. I’ve had a pack of brown bags laying around for several years (a craft project never completed?) and I thought the kids could have fun painting pictures on the bags. Since we had the bags and paint on hand already, why not use what we already have? It would save us a little time (from shopping) definitely some money instead of going out and buying containers/bags for the gifts and goodies we’ll be making next week. Plus, it gives the kids a chance to be a part of the gift basket giving and adding their own little touch.
All you need is:
and whatever else you’ll want to add to the bags (pipe cleaners, pompoms, stickers, etc)
We haven’t added the glitter to ours as I was waiting for the bags to dry first and then all 4 kids were sick. We’ll be completing them this week now that everyone is on the mend (hopefully).
Do you have a fun craft project that can help save some money this Holiday season? Share in the comments or link up a blog post. 🙂