The Thanksgiving holiday may be over, but winter holiday merriment remains in full swing! With both family and friends in the Bay Area, I find that the weekends leading up to Christmas are always jam-packed with social get-togethers and holiday events. Despite the chaos of running around, I love this time of year, because of the emphasis that it has on reconnecting with those that are special to you.
Per usual, our holiday calendar is already scheduled from now until the New Year, and while all the commitments that we’ve made seem a bit overwhelming, I am definitely excited. Besides trying to get holiday shopping done early, I also decided to take a peek at my calendar and try to get a head start on hostess gifts. I did not get around to making a “stockpile” as some organization gurus recommend, but I certainly took some time to figure out what I needed to get, for who and when. It definitely alleviated a bit of stress.
My typical go-to gift is a nice bottle of wine. It’s easy to carry, you can buy something within your budget and you know that it will definitely get good use (if not now, sometime in the future). However, this year, I wanted to explore a few other ideas.
This morning I was running my normal errands and dropped by our local Whole Foods. While we wish that we could shop at Whole Foods a bit more frequently, I often times find it a bit outside our of comfort budget zone. That being said, we like to pop in for an occasional item or two. After roaming the items, I found myself in the chocolate and sweets aisle (a dangerous place to be). Whole Foods has an amazing range of specialty chocolates (many of which are fair trade certified) with interesting flavors and chocolate combinations. Being a chocolate lover, I am never disappointed when it comes in any gift I receive.
After examining the selection, I settled on four bars from Theo Chocolate. I liked the unique flavors that they blended with their chocolate—including cherry, coconut, chili and almond. Even better these bars (regularly priced at $4) were on sale for $2.
At home, I gathered my wrapping supplies, including some adorable white polka dot brown wrapping paper (found at Target on clearance for $0.50). I took the time to wrap each individual bar (because I loved the look of the alternating wrapping papers) and then finished the ensemble with a recycled gold satin ribbon.
This entire gift turned out to not just be a major home run for my hostess gifting, but also for my holiday budget. The bars (on sale) cost under $10 and I was able to use wrapping pieces that were new, recycled and majorly discounted.
Do you have a creative budget-friendly holiday gift? If so, we would love to hear from you.