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Old 10-12-2012, 11:05 AM   #31
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Re: Cheap Non-Handmade Gifts That Don't Look Cheap

For children I always do crayons and coloring books.

For adults like aunts and uncles or teachers I hit up chocalate stores on sale like Getrude Hawk.

Maybe a small glass dish with candy in it.

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Old 10-12-2012, 12:37 PM   #32
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Re: Cheap Non-Handmade Gifts That Don't Look Cheap

For friends kids this year for all the birthdays we did "tub toys" theme...
$1 expandable washcloth (dollar tree)
$1 pack of glow sticks (awesome in a dark bathroom at night)
$1 can of shaving cream (awesome for the kids to make shapes etc with)
Walmart for the rest: bubble bath, $1 pack of elmo bath color tablets, bathtub crayons or paints etc... We didn't do actual toys though so that most of these were things that would be used up.

Add in a full sized bath towel if budget allows.
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Old 10-12-2012, 02:59 PM   #33
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Not sure how cheap it is... but I love the idea off kitchen themed gifts..
Spaghetti dinner basket: Colander, box of spaghetti, jar of sauce, parm cheese, a wooden spoon or a ladel... everything can go into the colander as the "basket" and a few sheets of tissue paper between the items.

Ooh, another year we got a fresh baked loaf of bread with a purchased box soup mix. Made for an awesome quick dinner! - even if you didn't bake the bread yourself, you could get a fancier type of fresh bread from a local bakery and this whole gift would come in under $10.
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Old 10-12-2012, 05:37 PM   #34
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Another thought. Our dollar trees have Bette Crocker brand kitchen things - measuring spoons and cups, cutting board, kitchen shears, collanders, etc. Great stuff for $1 each that would make an awesome gift.
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Old 10-13-2012, 12:25 PM   #35
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Not exactly the same, but we let DD take her shopping list and go to Dollar Tree and buy each person one item. While the gifts were cheap and looked cheap the stories behind them were hilarious. For instance, she got each of her 20 something year old aunts matching make up mirrors, so that they wouldn't be jealous of each other. She got her grandmama some paper dolls, so that she would have toys to play with when DDs not there. She got her cousins candy because...this kind must be really really good-mom and dad never let me eat it...
Awwww! This made me chuckle
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Love this thread!

I only read the first few replies so far but I dislike the Avon bath paint products. Someone gave them to me and I gave them away after we tried them once.

Agree w/ pretty much everyone about the kichen stuff...while we have too many kitchen items at the moment there are a couple of items that we almost never get around to getting but would be super useful. Finally picked up a set of good quality measuring cups & spoons from Kohls w/ a discount and we love them. Also, a good quality peeler. One of the best gifts ever! We lost our first one but found some nice ones at Ikea...they were $4.99 though so not the cheapest.

My extended family would always love food, homemade or not. Nuts, chocolate, treats etc.

Socks! I love socks or when someone gets my LO's socks... I don't always bother buying socks for myself so my pairs are limited. I have a few pairs from family & friends and I LOVE putting them on. Always remind me of the person who gave me the pair too. Fuzzy socks too.
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I saw this and thought of this thread: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MqgTJsnXes...0/ovenmitt.jpg
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Another thought. Our dollar trees have Bette Crocker brand kitchen things - measuring spoons and cups, cutting board, kitchen shears, collanders, etc. Great stuff for $1 each that would make an awesome gift.
I agree. Found this on pinterest and was thinking of doing it with some of those kitchen tools.

http://pinterest.com/pin/25473554113684846/
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I saw this and thought of this thread: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MqgTJsnXes...0/ovenmitt.jpg
lol Great minds think alike!!
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Grandparents and aunties often like photo calendars. Upload 12 pics of your kids to shutterfly or whatever, pick out a calendar template, order multiple at a time for both a discount and ease of gift giving. It's ok to give multiple grandparents the same calendar gift if they aren't going to be comparing. Like my grandmother on my dad's side has no idea what my grandmother on my mom's side got for Christmas so it doesn't matter that they got the same thing.
I do shutterfly calendars w/pics of the kids every year. This year I am getting them for:

My Mom
My Sister
My Brother
My MIL
My Grandparents
My DH Grandmother
My Best Friend
and myself!
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