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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Halloween Gifting Kits

I just put together 3 "Fall/Halloween Gifting Kits" and will have them listed in my shop tomorrow morning!  Included in each kit are the following:
-3 Cookie-Mix Jar Gifts
-4 Cake-In-A-Jar Gifts
-Fabric & Materials to make 4 Potholder Gifts (2 per gift, 8 Potholders Total)
=11 Holiday Gifts Total (for about $3 each!)

Why Halloween Gifts!?!  There are so many times we want to give an appreciation gift, a teacher gift, or a hostess gift, yet it starts to feel like we keep exchanging the same bottle of wine with our friends or we are roaming the aisles of the grocery store trying to pick up a quick candle that "looks nice enough" to gift.  Tell me it isn't just me!!!

By planning ahead you are able to save money (YAY) and give thoughtful, fun gifts to the special people in your life.  Would you run to the store to buy a little thank you gift for the parent who covered your carpool obligations?  Would you run to the store to buy your child's teacher a little thank you gift for having extra patience with you child on a rough day?  Would you run to the store to buy your child's violin or gymnastics teacher a gift?  The answer, probably not!  But, wouldn't you like to be able to give them a totally unexpected yet thoughtful gift!?!

Before my family moved to Utah this past December I was a private violin teacher.  I never expected any gifts for holidays, I was getting paid, yet some families always did the "extra" little things that made me feel so special and appreciated.  Gift cards are always lovely, but I received so many fun gifts, specifically a lot of cookie mixes in a jar, and I absolutely loved putting them in my pantry!  When company came over with really short notice I was able to pull an adorable jar of delicious treats out, add butter and eggs, and voila, domestic goddess!  ;-)  OK, probably not so domestic or goddess, but you get my point! 

I have always enjoyed having holiday hot pads - it is such a small thing but it always puts me in such a happy mood when I bake.  This kit comes with the fabric and batting to make 8 hot pads, and I usually tie two together with ribbon to take as a little hostess gift when we go to dinner at a friend's house.  You never have to worry about food allergies or home decor, hot pads go in a drawer so it doesn't matter a bit if it "coordinates" at all, and they are fun!  I also love having them made up and ready to go so that it saves me the quick trip to the store to "buy another candle" or bottle of wine.  Don't get me wrong, I love wine and candles, but with a little bit of planning you can gift something thoughtful and unique, love it!!!

Trying to take pictures without natural light is so frustrating, so here is a sneak peek, and tomorrow I will take "good" pictures!  Enjoy!!!
 I'm also making Christmas Gifting Kits too!!!
More soon!!!

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