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Gift Baskets (Homemade)

From Peggy Tenn.

Gift Baskets can be fun and easy once a theme is picked out. They can be a
great idea if a group of people want to contribute for a shower or birthday gift.

Sewing Basket – Fill a sewing box or basket with needles, thread, thimble, buttons, finish by tying with a tape measure.

Baking Basket – Fill a Bundt pan or a candy clay basket with mixing spoons, collected recipe cards from each participant, spatula, measuring cups, and a cookie cutter. To make it even more special paint a set of pot holders or apron.

Pasta Basket – Fill a large colander, lined with a kitchen towel, with dried pasta, spices, sauces, a bottle of wine, and some bread sticks.

Children’s Craft Can – Fill a white paint bucket with paints, paper, stickers, brushes, pencils, and markers. Finish by painting the child’s name on the bucket and top with curling ribbon on the handles.

Bath Basket – Line a basket with an elegant towel, add soaps, a candle, sponges, bubble baths, bath beads, oils, and pampering spa
products all in the same color family. Finish it with a large piece of tulle tied in a bow with a silk flower.

The Grill Master Basket – Line a basket with an apron add a cookbook, marinades, rubs, grilling tools, and potholders.

A Pancake Breakfast Set could include Syrups, Pancake Mix, syrup pitcher, cloth napkin as a liner, jams, and so forth.

Picnic Basket – In a wicket basket lined with a blanket add a bottle of wine, 2 glasses, cheeses, corkscrew, crackers, a cheese board and knife. Include a disposable camera to capture the fun times.

Movie Basket – To an empty popcorn tub add microwave popcorn, candy, canned sodas, videos, CD’s, or tickets to the movies.

New Car Bucket – To a bucket add car soaps, wax, chamois cloths, sponges, key chain and special auto scent products.

Bon Voyage Basket – Line a basket with a crinkled map and add a travel journal, pen, small photo album, stamps, prepaid phone card, travel pillow, and simple stationery.

Fisherman’s Basket – Inside a creel add lures, line, bobbers, bait, hooks, sinkers, and tie it all up with a tape measure.

Beer Basket – Fill a cooler with an assortment of beers, pretzels, favorite snacks and an opener for a big hit.

Get Well Basket – Fill a cherry basket with chicken noodle soup, Aspirin or Tylenol, a thermometer, current magazines, a crossword
puzzle book, pencil, paper back books, fresh fruit, and a Get Well Bear.

Tool Basket – Inside a Tool Bag add a hammer, screw driver, tape measure, pencil, level, assorted nails, screws and a ‘how-to’ book.

Computer Basket – Fill a basket with discs, CD’s, a mouse pad, post it notes, paper, and paper CD sleeves.

Over the Hill Basket – In a black basket add Geritol, Preparation H, Magnifying Glass, and Ben Gay.

Gardener’s Basket – Inside a large pot add seeds, gloves, hand rakes, trowels, seeds, bulbs, and a decorative item for the garden.
To add a crafty touch paint the garden gloves and pot.


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A Homemade Frugal Christmas Gift

Make a Homemade Family Cookbook for Christmas. (This is a gift that will keep giving for years to come.) A few years ago when I was trying to think of a frugal Christmas gift that I could make for my family. I came up with this idea and little did I know it was to turn out to be the best gift I had ever gave them. And it is a gift that keeps growing every year.

(1.) What I did was I asked each of my family members to send me two of their favorite recipes. So if it was a family of three, they gave me six recipes.

(2.) I then typed each recipe on a separate sheet of paper (card stock worked great)

(3.) I then placed their two recipes back to back and inserted them into a sheet protector. Then I inserted that page into a binder that I purchased for a few dollars at the Dollar store.


(4.) I even had the smaller children tell me a recipe that they knew how to make. Like peanut & jelly sandwiches, toast and chocolate Milk.


(5.) I then made chapter pages for each individual family, which I put their name and picture on. (If you have time you can add their pictures to the chapter page, or just their last name in a pretty font.)


(6.) Next I made a intro page where I typed what the cookbook meant to me and why I wanted to make one for everyone in my family. This was the first page in the book.

(7.) Next I also made one whole page with everyone’s birthday on it as the second page in the book. (I also printed a extra copy of the birthday page for each of them to put on their refrigerator.)

January Jan. 8, 1955 – Tammy Jones Birthday

February Feb. 21, 1946 – Sammy Stutts Birthday ECT>

Now Each year I get more recipes from them and type and print them out to send them to add to their Family Cookbook.

It is a gift that will keep giving for years to come.

This year I am printing more recipes for them. And I am also doing a equivalent measurements chart for them, which I plan to give each family two copies of it. One to put in their Family Cookbook and the other one to tape to the inside of their cabinet door. That way it will be easy and quick to find when they need to know how many teaspoons are in a cup.

Find more Frugal Gift Idea’s on my web site.

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Eatable Infused Oil or Vinegar Jars.

Here is an idea for making a gift for either male or female.

A jar full of veggies, herbs or flowers.

If you know the persons kitchen colors, it’s nice to use like colors in your jar. Here is a few items that look great that you can use to fill your jars. Chili peppers, cherry tomatoes, lavender flowers, carrots, celery stalks with tops, chive flowers, rosemary, chives, onions, shallots, garlic cloves, yellow peppers, dandelions, or lemon zest.

I find most of my bottles at yard sales or dollar stores. I watch for any size decorative clear glass bottles with tight fitting lids. Before using them I always wash them well as soon as I get them home. But to sterilize the bottles right before I plan to fill them, I boil them in a pan of water on the stove for several minutes. Then I allow them to cool for about 1 hour.

While my bottle is cooling I wash and rinse the veggies, or flowers and them let them air dry on a clean towel. To fill the bottles I put fresh herbs, flowers or spices into the bottle first. If I’m trying to fill a small-mouthed bottle, a wooden skewer or wooded spoon handle helps me reach the bottom of the bottle. I arrange the flowers in the bottle evenly.
I use a funnel to add light olive oil or white vinegar to the bottle very slowly. Once its full I put the lid on and it’s done.

These oils and vinegars can be used for cooking or on salads and will keep at room temperature for up to a month. If they are just used for a decoration they will last several years before the colors begin to fade. It’s a good idea to write the date it was made on the bottom of the jar.

Here is a small jar of little hot pepper I made for my husband, I bought the jar for a dime and grew the peppers in my garden.
Pepper Jar

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