My true love took me to the mall.
We’d bought a few presents already,
But we hadn’t found them all.
As exciting as Christmas is, it can be stressful trying to find just the right gift for everyone on your list. If you have children, that list gets even longer when you include multiple teachers, daycare workers, Sunday School teachers, and bus drivers. So, how can you cover all the bases without the added stress of spending lots of money? And what can you really buy for just five or ten dollars these days?
Well, if you’re willing to put a little elbow grease with your dollar bills, you can stay within a reasonable budget.
Gifts Under $10
Go to the Dollar Store, Dollar Tree, Walmart, or Target, and buy several mugs. They don’t have to be Christmas mugs unless that’s what you want. They can simply be trendy or oversized. Go to the clearance section and see what’s there. Or look for mug ‘sets’ that you can open and give individually. Then, buy clear plastic bags with Christmas designs. The ones that are 10-12” tall with twist ties. Fill the mug with Christmas miniature chocolates, candy canes, some of those large mint balls, or a solid chocolate Santa (you can usually find them somewhere for $.99). Once filled, slide it down into the sack. Pick up some curling ribbon – cut three or four 8” strips. Tie them around the sack to close it and curl the ends.
Alternatives: You can also fill the mugs with hot chocolate packets. Most grocery stores sell gourmet singles for $.75-$.99. If yours doesn’t, Swiss Miss with marshmallows is always a good choice.. Flavored hot tea bags are also great. If you have time to spend in the kitchen, make some chocolate chip or no-bake cookies. Find a recipe for easy fudge. Make it a family project.
Don’t forget that it’s the thought that counts. The recipient will know you spent time creating the gift and that will mean more than the price tag.
Now, help me welcome Christi Barth, author of Tinsel My Heart.
Becca Huntley’s produced the Lyndale Park Player’s over-the-top Christmas pageant for ten years. The beloved Minneapolis tradition is the theatre’s main fundraiser. But this year’s production is almost canceled when their director disappears into rehab at the last minute. Good thing his directing partner steps in to save the day. Except for the minor fact that he hates everything about Christmas.
Jack Whittaker wiped the Twin Cities off his shoe with his graduation tassel and never looked back. But duty compels him to fulfill Tyler’s promise to direct the show. Even though it means working side-by-side with Becca, the girl he always wanted, lost to Ty, but never forgot.
It’ll take more than a few handfuls of tinsel to soften Jack’s heart toward Becca’s favorite holiday. Steamy kisses that melt the snow right off his boots are a step in the right direction. They’ll both discover that Christmas is about making each other’s dreams come true. But will doing so destroy their chance at a happily-ever-after together?
As part of The 12 Days of Christmas celebration, Christi donated a complete ebook set of her Aisle Bound series to the prize list. Click HERE for this and many more random drawings. To follow the celebration, find a new recipe, pick up a holiday decorating or shopping tip, click HERE.
About the Author
Christi Barth earned a Masters degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage. A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning. Ultimately she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes contemporary romance. Christi is President of the Maryland Romance Writers and lives in Maryland with her husband.