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    Christmas on a Budget

    I figure we're all a broke lot, so let's discuss doing Christmas (or Yuletide, if that's yo thing) on a budget.

    I won't be going home for Christmas (because I never do), so I have to come up with some cheap but thoughtful gifts to mail home to close friends and family.

    My usuals are:
    - A metric ton of cookies. Gingersnap, thumbprint, shortbread, etc.
    - This year my mom mailed me some bulk beeswax. So I am going to do a batch of drip candles.
    - I am about 1/100000th the way through a complex cross-stitch for friends. This may not end up being a Christmas present if I don't get it finished in time.
    - infused liquors

    What do you guys do? (aka plz give me suggestions, haha)
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    Re: Christmas on a Budget

    The kids get gifts, usually gift cards now a days. For adults and coworkers, I do a mug from the dollar store. I get a good box of cocoa and slip the packets between people. Cookies, pumpkin roll. This year they all get homemade vanilla extract.

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    Re: Christmas on a Budget

    I'm also a fan of making things. I usually spend the couple of weeks leading up to christmas sewing or crocheting. This year, it will be quilted pot holders. Quilted pot holders for everyone!

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    Re: Christmas on a Budget

    As you said 8m pretty broke this year, and last year, and the year before .. lol. Anyway, last year I made everyone a set of 4 seasonally scented candles: cinnamon, pine, cranberry, and peppermint. This year, I'm going to make a little basket of muffins, cookies, and a handmade ornament. I've got the top from an old glass table that I'm going to smash, grind down the sharp edges on the hand sized pieces, then paint things like snowflakes and pinecones on the glass.
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    Re: Christmas on a Budget

    I'm not too broke, but I like making gifts (and saving money. Don't really feel like going broke).
    Our families will be getting stuff for the kitchen mostly - we got a lot of gifts certificates for various kitchen stores after the wedding that we really don't know what to use for. I did buy something for my sis in law, but I'm also making her boxes of bertie blotts every flavour beans and chocolate frogs, candy is cheap and I found free templates online, perfect for geeks and kids.
    A few of my friends are getting homemade jewelry, I'm making some wire wrap tree of life pendants, bought wire cheap, have lots of beads and stuff lying around. I made some earings too
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    Re: Christmas on a Budget

    I Love making the infused liquors. Thats one we haven't done in a while. So lets see.

    -jams and jellies in cute little jars.
    -dry mix of cookies in jars
    -photo collage on canvas. you can get canvas super cheap at a craft store and then print out pics on reg paper and mog pog them bad boys and gloss.
    -candle light supper. so my family is LARGE and gifts are hard to buy for everyone so we look for funny cheap things. One year my aunt bought a ton of cheap candles and holders, and then easy one pot food like instant ramen and gave those to the adults. I found it hilarious, and loved it.

    I need to think some more. Mom makes scarves, hats pot holders.
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    Re: Christmas on a Budget

    Quote Originally Posted by kalynraye View Post
    I Love making the infused liquors. Thats one we haven't done in a while. So lets see.

    -jams and jellies in cute little jars.
    -dry mix of cookies in jars
    -photo collage on canvas. you can get canvas super cheap at a craft store and then print out pics on reg paper and mog pog them bad boys and gloss.
    -candle light supper. so my family is LARGE and gifts are hard to buy for everyone so we look for funny cheap things. One year my aunt bought a ton of cheap candles and holders, and then easy one pot food like instant ramen and gave those to the adults. I found it hilarious, and loved it.

    I need to think some more. Mom makes scarves, hats pot holders.
    Oh, dry mix cookies in a jar! I totally forgot about that one. It looks great when done right!

    ...and I'm now going to steal your candlelit dinner idea. All my best friends are going to get tealights and ramen, haha!

    What kind of infused liquors do you make? I've made a few, but my favourites were cherry bourbon and apple pie vodka.
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    Re: Christmas on a Budget

    Oh oh oh ornaments for the tree are always fun. I like the peppermint candy ones like this

    http://www.reynoldskitchens.com/easy...int-ornamints/

    or gingerbread ornaments. they smell great too.

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    Oh, dry mix cookies in a jar! I totally forgot about that one. It looks great when done right!

    ...and I'm now going to steal your candlelit dinner idea. All my best friends are going to get tealights and ramen, haha!

    What kind of infused liquors do you make? I've made a few, but my favourites were cherry bourbon and apple pie vodka.
    Lets see we did a black pepper vodka(good for bloody marys)
    papaya vodka
    carrot vodka
    oolong tea vodka
    lemongrass vodka
    opal basil vodka
    kaffir lime vodka
    peach vodka
    pear gin
    bacon bourbon( that was for my pastry chef)

    the fruit ones we tried with dried fruits instead of fresh fruits. The pineapple wasn't as strong as I wanted so if I make them again I would probably try frest pineapple maybe just the core. I really like carrot juice and with pineapple its freakin amazing which is where I got the idea for carrot vodka.

    The cherry bourbon sounds great and I love apple pie, how did you make that one?
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    Re: Christmas on a Budget

    Depending on how young the kids are, you can find stuff at the dollar store. Or, take them and tell them they can pick out five things (so, five dollars). A lot of younger kids would probably love that.
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