Reader Question: How Can I Use My Stockpile For a Holiday Gift?

Jessica emailed me and said:

” Hi Shannon. We are in a very tight financial situation this holiday season.  I am wondering if you think it would be inappropriate to use my stockpile to give gifts to a few people, just as a token of our love?”

First, Jessica I believe that gifts are secondary to spending the holidays with your family and loved ones. So first and foremost, your time is a precious gift. However, I do understand you feel the need to give them some sort of gift.

I think using your stockpile is an awesome idea! I am by no means crafty or artsy, so please be kind. I didn’t wrap the baskets because I was just using it to show you some ideas.. Anyway here are a few ideas for you…..

1. Make a “pampering basket”.  I used a $1.00 store basket and filled it with things from my stockpile – most were free. Add some cellophane and a bow to make it pretty. Some items I included:

  • Nivea Body Wash
  • Hand Lotion
  • Bath & Bodyworks Lotion & Hand Soap
  • Ghiradelli Chocolates
  • Glade Candle
  • Loofah

2. Use items like coffee, teas, creamer to create a “Coffee/Tea Lovers Basket”   Just find out what they like and add it to the basket.

  • Coffee
  • Tea Bags
  • Instant Coffee
  • Coffee Scoop
  • Sweetner
  • Creamer
  • Coffee Filters

3. Movie Night basket – I used free candy from Rite Aid, some popcorn I got cheap. I bought a few items to add from the dollar store.  Find a classic movie that everyone can enjoy (they are much cheaper than the new movies – I found Christmas Vacation earlier this year for $1.99).

  • Skittles
  • Nerds
  • Boxes of Orville and Smart Pop
  • Cheap DVD
  • Pop Corn Seasoning

Jessica, have fun with your holiday gifts and don’t let the lack of financial means get you stressed out.  We can only give what we have and thats the end of it. Always remember that your time and love is much more valuable than anything you could ever buy anyway!

What ideas do you have for Jessica?


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