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Neighbor Gifts

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Does anyone else do little “neighbor gifts” for neighbors or good family friends? We don’t really, but it’s something I’ve wanted to do. We have about 3 neighbor/families that we really like and get together with semi-frequently. Although we obviously don’t have it in the budget to do gifts for neighbors (heck, our own kids are getting very little this year), we wanted to do something as a little token of our love and appreciation for our closest family friends.

One of my Christmas traditions from growing up was holiday baking. My personal favorite is homemade caramel. God bless my momma for doing that every-single-year. Anyone who has made homemade caramels knows its a long, sticky/messy, and pain-staking project. And caramel is pretty unforgiving, so you have to watch it like a hawk and basically babysit the entire time it’s cooking. In short….not for me. (Though I still reap the benefits of my mom’s homemade caramel when we go to visit!!!)

I’ve implemented a couple of holiday “baking” traditions with my own girls (psssst: none of the stuff I make is actually even baked!!!! #WINNING!). So I wanted to link to some of my favorites and maybe pass along the idea for others:

Reindeer Bait  (recipe and image source)

Oreo Truffles (recipe and image source)

Muddy Buddies (recipe and image source)

In another shout-out to what is, I guess (unintentionally), my favorite holiday store , Dollar Tree! I got these little Christmas tins from there for a buck, filled each with the above treats and voila! 3 easy, cheap, and no-bake holiday treats that are perfect for neighbor gifts (or snacking with one’s own family)!

Do you do inexpensive neighbor gifts? Do you have any favorite holiday treats?


Cheap Christmas Decorations

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When I think about Christmas time growing up, one of the things I think about the most is just the appearance and festivity of all the beautiful decorations. The twinkling lights, holiday music, and all the handmade decorations. My grandfather took up carpentry in his retirement and hand-made a ton of the decor used in my parents’ home.

I inherited one piece of handmade Christmas decor (tree below), but most of what we own we’ve had to acquire slowly across time.

Our house was pretty sparse for many years, as we’ve accumulated very slowly. And although our house still isn’t “decked out” like many others, I think its quite lovely. The best part? Most of what we’ve acquired has been extremely inexpensive!

We have relied on Dollar Tree for lots of cheap holiday decor. I was laughing the other day at our totally “decked out” towel rack. Check out all those holiday towels!!!

Most of our towels have either been gifted to us (my MIL likes to gift holiday towels) or have been purchased for a buck at Dollar Tree. Even though they’re cheaper material, they last because we only use them seasonally. Once Christmas time is over, I take the towels and put them up with the Christmas decorations. We don’t wear them out all year long, so they last for several years.

Even our hearth is Dollar-Tree made (note – this is not a sponsored post or anything; I just love DT!). All of our stockings are the classic red/white trim, a buck a piece from Dollar Tree. And we have some beautiful garland that looks $$$ but only cost $15 from Costco a couple years ago. Hubs inherited some nice pieces from his parents, including a vintage nutcracker and a ton of Christmas ornaments.

I love passing on some of the fun and “feeling” of Christmas to our kids. Everything is so magical to them at this age and it really makes holidays the best!!!

Does anyone else love Dollar Tree holiday decor? Any other cheap holiday decoration tips?

 


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