Great Gift Ideas

by Daisy on 07/06/2008

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As I mentioned here, we are living in a time when old-fashioned, frugal, and eco have all come together in a strange conflagration of coolness.

These days, anything ‘handcrafted’, ‘natural’, ‘organic’, or ‘recycled’ stands head and shoulders above the brand-spanking-new, overly packaged, mass produced, emitting heaven-knows-what products, that traveled 3000 miles to your discount store shelf.

A simple handmade washcloth pattern, stitched with organic cotton thread, becomes something that would be rather expensive for your recipient to buy themselves–especially if they wanted to get it from a non-sweatshop, fair-trade, eco-responsible source.

So, here you go…

Body and Bath Basket: Any combination of the following simple gifts will bathe your gal-friends in luxury and for those with eco-leanings, the natural fibers and ingredients will make their green day.

  • Homemade Lip Balm with beeswax beats the pants off Burt. Stored in a repurposed pimento jar, this gift will become a permanent purse resident.
  • And while you have the ingredients out, make sure your friends’ tootsies are soft well before sandal season by whipping up a set of easy Homemade Lotion Bars.
  • Or treat them to a daily invigorating facial with an Herbal Sugar Scrub.
  • Top off the set with a handmade Crocheted or Knitted Washcloth


Bread, Butter, and Something Sweet
: Everyone loves a big pile of carbs, but take away the guilt and add a pinch of health by using organic flours, fresh cream, and natural sugars.

Just Desserts:

  • Give the gift of homemade pie, their home that is, with a jar of Homemade Apple Pie Filling and printed recipe card. Though, TL’s recipe is so good they’ll probably just eat it with a spoon.
  • Bake a Lemon Berry Pudding Cake for friends who can appreciate a touch of tart and a picture perfect presentation.
  • Welsh Tarts are so pretty and different that just a few makes a sweet impression on your neighbors and children’s teachers.

Finally, for the cooks in your life, I’d heartily recommend an attractive bottle of Homemade Vanilla Extract or any other of our Homemade Pantry Items.

But, truthfully, if you’re looking for something to send me–I just want one of these.

Ivory



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mom-and-rn October 6, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Ohhhh I just started to read this and did not even finish before I came down to thank you!!!! Single mom not working right now facing christmas!! This is sooo going to help.

Any info on frugal living and HOA’s I am so annoyed they do not like my 84 chevy blazer very well. It still runs, does not leak, get’s us around town. It even has seat belts! They give me grief in the way of notes, vandelism, ect. And, heaven forbid you put up a clothes line or put your bike on the back patio. I wonder if anyone has had problems with this. I am a very clean person and I keep things orderly. I do not have christmas lights up in May, I don’t have funky lawn stuff. I would be interested to find out.

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