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Stockings bulging with gifts and tables laden with food, Christmas brings with it many reasons to celebrate. The X-mas tree all decked up with Christmas decorations and families dressed in their best, completely transform the look of every little street! Holiday budgets often go haywire especially during Christmas time. It’s the time when you have to plan gifts, as shopping at the last-minute is definitely not advisable. Filling up stockings with appropriate gifts every year for Christmas can surely be quite a task. Thinking about inexpensive stocking stuffers that are different from what you gave last year is not really an easy job! Take a look at some ideas compiled below.
For Children
Kids always love the thought of opening up the stockings hence it’s necessary you give the child something that will bring a big smile on the face. In case of children, it is easier to figure out which kind of stuffers one should opt for. For younger kids, you can opt for toys. Educational toys would be a better option. You can look for mini sized games or coloring books, art and craft books and materials etc. These are easily available and do not really burn a hole in the wallet. For young girls, the options are aplenty. You can choose from glittering personalized bracelets, earrings, dolls or doll accessories, perfumes, etc. Kids will also love movie passes or tickets to the amusement park in their stockings. Teenagers can be given posters of their favorite movie stars or a voucher for their favorite eat-outs or malls. If you wish to fill the stockings with loads of goodies, you can opt for a pack of magic tricks, camping items, cute stationery materials, chocolate and candies, bandanas, creative mugs, key chains, stickers, etc. All these items are easily available in price ranges that will suit your budget as well as everyone will love them.
For Adults
Adults also love to hang their stocking by the fireplace. Bubble bath items or aromatic candles can be slipped into the stockings very easily! You can also opt for personalized mugs (get a photograph printed on it), books, candy treats (who says adults don’t like these!), photo frames, colognes (mini sized ones are easily available that can be stored in the stocking), cosmetics, fashion accessories, potpourris, flavored coffee, etc. You can even write a poem or a letter on a beautiful sheet of paper and talk about how much the person means to you. Expressing your feelings for a person need not always cost you money and a letter will have a deeper meaning as compared to other gifts. Kids and adults appreciate tiny stuffed toys as well and these won’t pinch your pocket! If you need to come up with an idea for older adults, you can get a nice hand massager, which is a useful gift item and relives the person from stress. Creative desk accessories and diaries are great for the professional kinds. You can also opt for interesting and inexpensive home accessories such as chimes or showpieces that look beautiful as a gift.
To pick up the right kind of stocking stuffers, you need to always think about the interests and hobbies of the person. There are many ideas you can come up with to make inexpensive Christmas gifts that can be used as stuffers! Thus you see, finding stuffing’s for stockings is not really a difficult task. Be creative in your approach and bring about glowing smiles on Christmas morning!
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Christmas Food Gift Ideas

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These gifts look attractive, presentable, elegant, and undoubtedly perfect. No matter whom you are searching a gift for, any of these gifts can do the trick.

‘Turkey’ Soup in a Jar

Ingredients

  • Onion, minced and dried, 2 tablespoons
  • Chicken bouillon granules, 1½ tablespoons
  • Dill weed, dried, ½ teaspoon
  • Celery seeds, ⅛ teaspoon
  • Garlic powder, ⅛ teaspoon
  • Egg noodles, uncooked, 1 cup
  • Red lentils, ¼ cup
  • Bay leaf, 1

Directions

You will require 1 pint glass jar to combine the ingredients in. Layer in this order – red lentils, minced onion, chicken bouillon, dill weed, celery seeds, garlic powder, bay leaf, and then the egg noodles. Place the cover on the jar and seal it properly. To cook, add the jar contents of the jar in 8 cups water and boil in a pan. After 15 minutes of cooking, remove the bay leaf and add cooked diced turkey meat, about 2 cups. Again cook for 5 minutes and enjoy. Write the directions of this soup recipe on a card and gift it.

Caffeine in a Jar

Ingredients

  • Powdered creamer, non-dairy, 1 cup
  • Powdered chocolate drink mix, 1 cup
  • White sugar, ½ cup
  • Instant coffee granules, ⅔ cup
  • Cinnamon, ground, ¾ teaspoon
  • Nutmeg, ground, ⅜ teaspoon

Directions

You will require two 12 oz. glass jars to place the mixture in. To prepare, blend the instant coffee into a fine powder. In a big bowl, mix chocolate mix, instant coffee, sugar, creamer, cinnamon, and nutmeg together. Pour inside the jars and tie a ribbon on top. Write on a note to mix 3 tablespoons of this cappuccino powder in 6 oz. hot water. You can prepare these gifts for your boyfriend, girlfriend, mom, dad, or siblings. Trust me, you will never go wrong with this gift.

‘Chocolate Chip’ Cookies in a Jar

Ingredients

  • All-purpose flour, 1¾ cups
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1 cup
  • Pecans, chopped, ½ cup
  • White sugar, ½ cup
  • Cocoa powder, ¼ cup
  • Dark brown sugar, ¾ cup
  • Baking soda, 1 teaspoon
  • Baking powder, 1 teaspoon
  • Salt, ¼ teaspoon

Directions

You will need 1 quart wide-mouthed glass jar to put all the ingredients in. Take a bowl to mix flour, baking soda and powder, and salt. Layer in this order – flour mixture, dark brown sugar, white sugar, cocoa, pecans, and in the end chocolate chips. Although your mom may not require a recipe card, but to complete this unique homemade gift look, we’ll require a card. At the time of preparation, add ¾ cup butter, 1 egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla with the jar mixture. Make small walnut-size balls and place on a greased baking sheet. Bake the cookies for 13-15 minutes in a 350ºF oven. Once the cookies are ready, enjoy them as a family with cool milk.

Brownie in a Jar

Ingredients

  • All-purpose flour, 2 cups
  • Brown sugar, 2 cups
  • Coconut flakes, ½ cup
  • Pecans, chopped, ¾ cup
  • Baking powder, 1½ tablespoons
  • Salt, ¼ teaspoon

Directions

You will require 1 liter glass jar to place the mixture in. Take a bowl to mix flour, baking soda and powder, and salt. Layer in this manner – flour mixture, coconut, pecans, and then brown sugar. Close the jar and seal it properly. On the note, write how to prepare this brownie recipe. Mix ¾ cup butter, 2 eggs, and 2 teaspoons vanilla extra with the brownie mix. Once the batter is ready, you need to spread it over a greased baking pan and bake in a 375ºF oven for 25 minutes. Once the brownies are ready, let them cool a bit, cut them in pieces, and enjoy with a glass of cold milk.

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Affordable Christmas Gifts

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Have you been searching for some good, affordable Christmas gifts for your family members and friends for a long time now? You are really tensed, since Christmas is soon to come and you are absolutely empty-handed without a single gift at your end. Then what? To worsen, you don’t have much of cash to spend this time around as you had the previous year. So, the bottom line is, you are in a big fix. Do not worry, the article given below will help you go about it in an easy manner and help choose the right kind of gift as well. Make your choice from the list of inexpensive ideas given below.

Chocolate Gift Baskets

Well, this is the best family idea for this occasion. What you could do is make homemade chocolates, wrap them with different-colored aluminum foils, and place them in cute baskets. You can buy the gift baskets from nearby stores. They aren’t expensive. For making chocolates, you would need dry fruits, and ready-made cocoa powder, that’s it! Chocolates would be loved by kids and adults alike, so go ahead with this idea. Alternatively, you could make some delicious Christmas cookies or cupcakes to replace the chocolates.

Christmas Cards

Another idea is to make Christmas cards at home itself. Now, for this, you would need to buy the decorative material and paper from the stores along with color chalks and sketch pens. If you are artistic and love drawing or painting, then explore your skills and go ahead with this. Along with the greeting, you could write a letter for the person you are making the card for, and this is sure to make their day special.

Memory Albums

What better could it be, than to pile up some best captured moments all together in an album! For this, buy a journal or a big notebook album, choose some best photographs, say with family or friends or a special someone, and stick them up in the album as per your wish. You could also write some quotes or experiences, which you remember very evidently. Alternatively, you could also make an album of the fun times during the previous Christmas years in a year wise format. This is, in my opinion, the best creative present you could gift anyone.

Winter Clothing

If you know how to knit or sew, then you could make a muffler, a cape, or a scarf for your siblings, friends, or your parents. However, remember, you would need to start off pretty early so that you complete it on time. Instead of buying expensive winter coats, hand-stitched thermals would be appreciated more, and would prove to be useful, and certainly the best gifts for men and women alike.

Instead of shelling out too much of cash, it would be better to make use these homemade ideas and surprise one and all. Along with this, plan a nice cozy dinner with your family and friends by making some unique Christmas recipes. Merry Christmas!

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