ThriftyFun News December 18, 2004 - Christmas Gift Ideas and Tips

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Christmas Gift Ideas and Tips

Volume Six, Number 49 December 18, 2004


Today we have Christmas gift ideas and tips. We hope everyone has a relaxing and rewarding holiday. We are taking Christmas off so our next TF News will be in two weeks.


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This newsletter contains:

  • Saving Money on Wrapping Paper
  • Clothing for a Sports Fan
  • Christmas Gifts for The Elderly
  • Scavenger Hunt for Large Gifts
  • Creative Gift Wrapping - Hiding Gifts in the Pantry
  • Homemade Playdough Gift
  • Giving a Pet for Christmas
  • Removing Packaging From Toys Before Wrapping Them
  • Christmas Decorations As Gifts For Young Adults
  • Give the Heartfelt Gift of a Poem
  • A Little Extra Sleep on Christmas Morning

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Christmas Gift Ideas and Tips

Saving Money on Wrapping Paper

Tips for saving money on wrapping paper. Post your ideas.

Colorful Advertising In Gift Bags

Since gift bags are so popular, and usually the gift is hidden in layers of tissue or shredded materials, I have found that instead of buying shredded material for these bags, just take all the colored advertising inserts from your newspaper, and run them through the shredder. Once shredded, you only see the many colors. Or instead of discarding the wrapping paper from your gifts this year, run it all through the shredder and store with your Christmas decorations to use in gift bags next year.

By Harlean from Arkansas

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Clothing for a Sports Fan

Gifts for sports fans... Rather than buying expensive official merchandise you can buy shirts, hats, scarves, etc. that have the same colors as their favorite sports team.


By fletcher

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Christmas Gifts for The Elderly

Knickknacks, dusting powder, candy (they usually are on some type of diet restriction) more clothing - don't bother.

2 items that elderly people really appreciate receiving are:

1) a gift certificate to a supermarket (hey, we all have to eat)

2) a book of stamps

By joesgirl

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Scavenger Hunt for Large Gifts

When our kids got older, the gifts got bigger. One year we gave a TV to our daughter. I hate to waste wrapping paper and the TV was large. So I hid it under the quilt rack and gave her an envelope that started her on a scavenger hunt. It took her all over our yard,back into the house onto the computer and finally right back to where she was sitting to find the TV. The girls enjoy the now traditional scavenger hunt for their gifts.

By Lois

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Creative Gift Wrapping - Hiding Gifts in the Pantry

For anyone wanting to hide gifts and save on wrapping paper, use boxes out of your pantry. When I start collecting gifts I hide them in my pantry in empty food boxes, they would not look into. I glue the boxes shut. Oatmeal, cake mix, even canned vegetables. Use the can opener that cuts the outside of the can rim and creates a cap. I put the gift inside and glue it shut.

On Christmas day they are given a grocery bag and a shopping list to go shopping for their gifts. They have to get the can opener to open the cans. Some cans have the pull tabs that make it easy.

I always make sure there is only one of the food items in the pantry so there is no confusion. It is time consuming but they look forward to their shopping trip.

By Lois

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Homemade Playdough Gift

For a quick and cheap child's gift make a batch of the koolaid playdough, put some various colors in old frosting tubs, add some different cookie cutters, and a thick dowel cut to be a rolling pin (or an actual small rolling pin if you can find them). Kids love it...

By Melanie

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Giving a Pet for Christmas

If you wish to give the gift of a cat or dog for Christmas, give a gift coupon you make attached to a stuffed animal or an animal toy. Wait until after the holidays to get the new pet, and consider shelter or rescue animals FIRST.

By Linda

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Removing Packaging From Toys Before Wrapping Them

One tip I have for toys under the tree is to remove them from their packaging before wrapping them. Toys these days have so much plastic and twist ties that it can take forever to get a toy out of their packaging.

It also saves space under the tree and allows us to put in batteries and check for missing/broken parts which eliminates Christmas morning disappointments. If the toy is an awkward shape once it's out of the box, I either wrap it in a gift bag, put it back in it's original box (minus all the plastic and cardboard inserts), or put it in a storage box that I plan to use for permanent storage of the toy after Christmas (like a photo storage box, plastic basket, a bucket, or whatever else I currently use to store toys.)

Make sure you keep the instructions and warranties/receipts in a safe place, but if you test out the toys beforehand you probably don't need to keep the boxes. Just make sure you throw them out or store them before the kids find them!

One other big benefit I've had from this is that second-hand or homemade gifts don't stand out and won't be rejected by kids who turn their noses up at something because it's not new or store bought.

Oh, and I must admit I also don't mind putting together and testing (i.e. playing) with the toys beforehand just to make sure they're in good working order!

By Trix

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Christmas Decorations As Gifts For Young Adults

I have some nieces and nephews that are young adults and starting out in their apartments for their 1st Christmas celebration. Being limited with money they don't have a lot to spend on decorations. Seeing that over the years I have accumulated an overabundance of decorations I will this year give them a box of my decorations. Some of them can't be purchased anymore as they no longer make them. And the quality is outstanding. Sharing them with my loved ones is my way of saying I LOVE YOU.

By Joesgirl

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Give the Heartfelt Gift of a Poem

One year I couldn't afford gifts for giving. So I wrote poems for each of my individual loved ones and put them in picture frames. My dad wept when I read the poem aloud and presented it to him. He proudly pointed it out for years to whoever would come and visit him. I think this was the best gift I ever gave him and it really didn't cost me anything but the time to give him a true message from my heart!

By Denise DiFalco

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A Little Extra Sleep on Christmas Morning

My kids get so excited Christmas morning, so to help me get more sleep and to get them to calm down a little, I place their stockings outside their bedroom doors. Then they can sit on their beds and open them on Christmas morning and I can get 30-40 minutes more sleep.

By Scaryone

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Buying a Wedding Ring With Bad Credit

I want to propose to my girlfriend but I don't have the money to buy a ring right this moment, so are there any sites out there that you can buy now and pay later without good credit? and you can receive the ring before you get finish paying it off!


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