Dish Towel & Wash Cloth Neighbor Christmas Gift Idea

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Every year, we do small Christmas gifts for neighbors and friends who live close by. Last year, we saw this cute idea of a dish towel and wash cloth that made us smile and decided to do it as our neighbor Christmas gift. It’s simple to do,thoughtful, and doesn’t cost a lot of money. I picked up the items at a dollar store. Here’s what to do:

 

Holiday Dish Towel

Choose a regular or holiday dish towel from the dollar store.

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DIY Hand Warmers

DIY Hand Warmers with uncooked rice

I made these DIY Hand Warmers as Christmas gifts for family members, and I was told by both my sisters-in-law that the microwave ran non-stop for days because the kids kept heating up the hand warmers. They enjoyed them so much! My children also love these DIY hand warmers. We use them for multiple purposes at our house. We place them in coat pockets to keep hands warm when heading to school or playing outside when it’s cold. My children use the hand warmers like bean bags and throw them back and forth in the air. And when my children’s arms or legs hurt from growing pains, we warm up the hand warmers to place on their aches before bedtime. These DIY Hand Warmers are constantly being used!

If you want an inexpensive yet thoughtful holiday gift to give to friends or family this year, then make these DIY Hand Warmers for them. They are great for both children and adults. The hand warmers are easy to make, and a set of them can be completed in less than 20 minutes.

Here’s what you’ll need:

 

do it yourself hand warmersFirst, pin two pieces of fabric together, wrong side out.

 

diy hand warmers(I love this sewing machine my husband purchased for me.)

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6 Tips How to Give Holiday Gifts Without Spending Too Much

Tips How to Give Holiday Gifts Without Spending Too Much

Trying to find the perfect Christmas presents for your loved ones for the holidays, without spending too much money or going into debt to pay for all of the holiday items, can be difficult. You want to give gifts that are nice and thoughtful, without looking like you are skimping on gifts, and this makes it easy to get caught up in the spending cycle during the holidays. But doing so can easily start to add up financially and take a toll on your budget. You don’t want to start the new year paying off credit card debt from Christmas.

So how do you give during the holidays without spending too much? Here are six tips to help you out:

 

1.  Set Limits and Set a Budget

Before you even begin shopping, start by deciding how much money total you will spend on Christmas gifts for the holiday season. It’s important to set limits on your holiday spending and set a budget of what you can afford. When spending money on your children’s Christmas gifts, set a specific dollar amount for each child or decide that you’ll limit the number of gifts per child.

Make sure to set a budget that is realistic. Don’t just come up with some random number. Look at what you spent last year on the holidays, think through the numbers and determine how much money you will need while trying to find a balance of what you can afford. You also don’t want to make the budget so tight that you get frustrated because there isn’t money for last-minute or unexpected holiday purchases. So give yourself a little wiggle room if your budget allows it.

It’s great to give nice Christmas presents, but if you find a gift that isn’t in your budget, then look for something else or go in on the gift together with another family member or friend. There have been many times when I wanted a specific gift for my mother, but it wasn’t necessarily in the budget. Rather than just purchasing it and going over my budget I asked my siblings to go in on the gift too. We were able to do something nice for my mom because we collaborated together, and we were able to stay within our budget.

Know your limits and don’t just spend money and put everything on the credit card, because come January it will be stressful coming up with the money to pay off the credit card.

 

2. Make a List & Don’t Feel You Have to Give Gifts to Everyone

Make a list of people you want to buy gifts for, but limit the amount of people you give to. Don’t feel that you have to give gifts to everyone.

When making a list, prioritize and first write down the names of those who are the most important people on your list. Then write down those who you would like to give something to if you have enough money left over in your budget. Next to each person’s name write down the dollar amount you can spend on them by dividing up your predetermined budget to all the people on your list. Once you have the dollar amount next to each name, then you can decide what to purchase for them. If you find a gift is on sale and it doesn’t cost as much as the dollar amount you were planning to spend on that specific person, then you can take that extra money and use it toward someone else.

With family, it can be hard not to get something for every sibling and their children, but financially that can be a strain on the budget. In my family and my husband’s family together we have 6 siblings, their 6 spouses and 26 nieces and nephews. Buying something for each of them would be a huge expense. What we do instead is for my side of the family, we each are given a name of one sibling and their family that we purchase a gift for, and we rotate it every year so we have an opportunity to give a gift to a different sibling each year. For my husband’s side of the family, we’ve done white elephant gifts or we get together and do fun inexpensive projects and activities with the kids. The point is that we simplify and communicate that we are keeping it simple and that we don’t expect expensive gifts from each other.

If you have groups of friends or co-workers, then think about giving homemade gifts, goodies or a holiday card to them. You could also suggest friends and co-workers do a Secret Santa, white elephant gift exchange or Yankee swap. It will help on the Christmas budget so you are only purchasing a gift for one person in the group rather than the entire group.

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Peppermint Vanilla Sugar Scrub

Peppermint Vanilla Sugar Scrub

If you are looking for a gift to give friends or neighbors this holiday season, this Peppermint Vanilla Sugar Scrub is an easy and simple gift idea. It is a thoughtful and nice gift, and it is also less expensive than if you purchased a sugar scrub from the store. I also love that the peppermint and vanilla fragrance complement each other and smell good together.

The Peppermint Vanilla Sugar Scrub is only 4 ingredients. Before I made it, I went through my pantry and found that I already had all of the ingredients to make the sugar scrub. And since I do canning every fall, I even had small 8-oz jars, lids and bands downstairs in my basement. It made it nice that I already had everything needed to make a handful of sugar scrubs that I could give to neighbors.

Here is how to make homemade Peppermint Vanilla Sugar Scrub:

homemade peppermint vanilla sugar scrub

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25 No Candy Valentine’s Ideas for Kids

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We still have so much candy in the house from the holidays and my kids don’t need more candy, so I’ve compiled a list of no candy Valentine’s ideas that kids can give to school friends or neighbors or that you can give as fillers in your valentine’s baskets you give your kids. For those of you who want to give non-candy Valentine’s to kids this year, here are 25 ideas with cute sayings you can use.

Amazon - Valentine's Lips Whistles

Valentine’s Lip Whistles

Use the saying, “Blow Me a Kiss, Valentine.”

 

 

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Play-Doh Valentine’s Cans

Use the saying, “Doh you want to be my Valentine?” or

“Valentine, I think you are a-DOH-able”

 

amazon - heart maze puzzles

Heart Maze Puzzles – “You’re a-MAZE-ing! Happy Valentine’s Day!”

 

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Valentine’s Day Slap Bracelets

 

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Glow Sticks

Use the saying, “You Make My Heart Glow.”

 

Amazon - Valentine's shovels

Red, White & Pink Toy Plastic Shovels with I Dig You Stickers

Use the saying, “I Dig You.”

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Cardstore.com: 50% Off Holiday Cards

50% off Holiday Cards! Code: DDCCN4261

If you are planning on sending holiday cards out this year, this is a great deal you’ll want to check out. Through November 30, 2014, Cardstore.com is offering 50% off Holiday Cards when you use the code DDCCN4261 at checkout. And shipping is free on orders of $30 or more. You can also choose the “Mail to Recipient” option and a $0.49 stamp will be added to the price.

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Walmart Pre-Black Friday Deals Start Today!

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Today, Walmart has begun a Pre-Black Friday Deals Event where people can find big deals before the big Black Friday day on everything from toys, electronics, apparel, and more at Walmart.com. Plus, shipping is free on all orders of $50 or more. Walmart is trying to match or beat select Black Friday offers one week early from competitors. This event will run through November 27, 2014.

Some items will include the following:

  • 40-inch LED HDTV
  •  60-inch TVs from LG and Sony
  • PlayStation 4 offer
  • Canon Wireless Printer
  • Keurig K-40
  • KitchenAid Stand Mixer
  • Select Lego sets
  • and more

Head over here to view the full ad and all the deals.

And did you hear that Walmart recently announced they would price match online stores during the holidays including Amazon.com, Target.com and Walmart.com. You can read about that here.

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20 Fall and Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

20 fall and thanksgiving activities for kids

I can’t believe that Halloween is already over and that the holiday season is here. I enjoy doing activities with my children, so here are 20 Fall and Thanksgiving Activities for Kids that would be fun to do with your children this month.

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Check Amazon for Christmas Gifts + Tips to Save $ for Christmas

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I know that Halloween isn’t over yet, but it’s time to start checking Amazon.com for Christmas gifts on your shopping list. I always do a price comparison with multiple stores including Amazon.com to see which store has the lowest deals and if there is a sale on Christmas gifts that I am planning on purchasing.

Keep an eye on Amazon’s Today’s Deals and Lightning Deals regularly because you can find some great deals that are more than 50% off, like the items below. And many of the items are shipped free with Super Saver Shipping Orders of $35 or more.

Columbia Men’s Path To Anywhere li Jacket – $69.99 (53% off)

Green Toys Dump Truck – $13.99 (50% off)


Pyle PSTMH10 Pure Clean Handheld Steamer Birdie Multipurpose Cleaner for Steam Sanitizing, Deodorizing and Disinfecting – $35.99 (71% off)

 

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And be sure to read these 7 Tips to Save Money Now for Christmas.

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Lots of Halloween Costumes, Activities, and Treat Ideas

I love Halloween and get excited when the month of October arrives! Below are posts I’ve compiled about how to Find and Make Inexpensive Halloween Costumes for Kids, 20 Halloween Activities and Games for Children, and 20 Sweet and Healthy Halloween Treats ideas.

 

Halloween CostumesTips to Find and Make Inexpensive Halloween Costumes for Kids

 

Halloween Game and Activities for Children

20 Halloween Activities and Games for Children

 

Sweet & Healthy Halloween Treats

20 Sweet & Healthy Halloween Treats

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