Fun, Cheap&Special Christmas Gifts
Gena - posted on 10/14/2014
Maybe you could mke goodie baskets for eatch child. For example,if you have a teen girl.. You could fill her basket with nail polish,nail polish remover,some nail stickers,a face mask,a special body scrub,some treats like chocolate bars,lip gloss,a set of tweezers and nail clippers,a bath fizzie,some bath salt or even shower jelly. Those are just some items i can think of,most of them really dont cost alot and the shower jelly,bath salt/fizzie you could even make your self and wrap it nicely. I use to get gift boxes like that and i loved them! Its just an idea.
Shelly - posted on 10/12/2014
What are their ages and gender? If they're over 21, I would suggest checking out Taster's Club - my older son loves it. However, my daughter an I recently started making soap together - it's actually a lot of fun and I actually really like the soaps we've been making. We're doing a lot of "experimenting", but so far I've made shave soap for my husband and I've been making this really nice cocounut milk base soap that's great for my skin!
We get all of our supplies from Chelsea's Soap Garden
Dove - posted on 10/12/2014
I've let all of my kids create Amazon wish lists.... since the youngest is 6. It has been VERY helpful in finding things I know they want at prices I'm willing to pay.
Granted, that probably won't work if your kids are under 5... but for older kids? It's fabulous.
Chet - posted on 10/12/2014
What I've found very useful is to always be on the look out of for good deals, and to watch the kids and take note of simple things that they really enjoy. I cruise the dollar stores, discount book bins, clearance toys, etc and pick things up when I see them. I pay attention when the kids admire things, or are particularly engaged by something in at a friends house or in a waiting room and I try to find one online for a good price. Then I have a stash to draw from at Christmas and birthdays.
Little kids are easy. Play doh, Hot Wheels cars, small dolls and animal figures, simple jigsaw puzzles, markers, crayons, colouring books, balloons, harmonicas, eggs shakers, blocks, cheap doll strollers or shopping carts, puppets, dress up clothes, balls, play food, etc. Most of the favourite toys at our house have been quite inexpensive. IKEA toys are usually inexpensive, but with a huge amount of play value.
Older kids are harder, but it's still possible to have memorable gifts without spending a lot. Board games are a great suggestion. What makes them special is the fun you have playing a good board game together. A book can be very special, especially a really good novel that you read together. Really tricky brain teasers and puzzles that the whole family struggles with together can be very memorable. Our kids love to look at pictures, and I've been meaning to make each of them a photo album for Christmas.
Some not too expensive toys that have been hugely enjoyed by our entire family:
Perplexus puzzle balls:
Fisher Price Stack-n-roll Cups:
** Despite being a baby toy this is so open ended our school age children are still finding things to do with it
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