Friday, November 30, 2012

$5 and under Christmas gifts from the supermarket

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You've done all your Christmas shopping, you're feeling pretty smug with yourself, you've stupidly ducked into the supermarket to get a few things with the kids in tow after school pick up and they tell you they need a gift for Tom, Dick or Harry. You know that feeling? Or Mrs Smith from up the road has so thoughtfully given you a gift and you just feel obliged to give her something in return? Or the Mum's group decide on a Secret Santa (Kris Kringle) the day before you're meeting for lunch? Happens to me all the time. I tend to just bake a batch of biscuits or sweets but sometimes you just can't be bothered or have absolutely no time on your hands. Look no further than the supermarket for a cheap gift.

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And at this crazy time of the year, there's always online supermarket shopping and you can throw these extra few things in your order should you need them.


CHILDREN
  • block of chocolate (sometimes they're on special 2 for $6 or less)
  • small box of chocolates/lollies/candy bars/biscuits
  • box of cereal
  • book or cheap toy
  • crazy drinking straws
  • popcorn
  • can of soda or 4 pack of soda/juice
  • box of breakfast bars/roll ups/jellies etc that you don't normally buy
  • stationery
  • kid's magazine
  • licensed character toothbrush and/or toothpaste or shampoo/bubble bath/body wash
  • licensed pocket tissue packets
ADULTS
  • chocolate/candy bars/biscuits/nuts
  • toiletries
  • magazine
  • batteries
  • scented candles
  • gardening products
  • Christmas decorations or packet of greeting cards
  • car care products
  • fruit or vegie basket or 2 for $5 mangoes for example
  • gourmet food products like jars of olives, salad dressings, roasted vegetables, curry pastes etc
  • fruit cake or other Christmas baked product
  • Non perishable cheese and crackers
  • Jam/honey/relish/pickles
  • Packet baking mix
  • Cupcake papers/decorating sprinkles etc
  • Kitchen utensil or tea towel/linen
  • Coffee cup filled with candy
  • Fancy cordials or soft drinks
PETS
  • dog treats
  • bird seed treats
  • whatever cats might be interested (I'm not a cat person, sorry)
  • bird cage toy
  • grooming products
Just look at basic supermarket items in a different light. Everybody uses them. Buy them something that they wouldn't normally buy for themselves. My Nanna used to give us a cake of soap when we were in our mid to late teens. I used to screw my nose up at it and just laugh at her silly ways but now I'd be more than happy with a cake of soap. It's definitely the thought that counts.

11 comments:

  1. These are great ideas! I was just asking my teen what I can give teen boys that is inexpensive. She suggested candy or soda. Teen boys are always hungry!

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  2. We call them happies.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com/2012/11/theme-thursday-whispers.html

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  3. Great ideas! I've been doing the same thing and keeping my eye out for gifts while I shop. Just simple things can be really lovely for people. For ladies another good one is a nice nail polish and a pack of emery boards - instant manicure!

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  4. Super ideas! Oh you can't go wrong with a magazine (all flavors; Home and Garden, Teen Magazine, Comic books and Outdoor life!) Stick a bow on it or a candy bar and you've got a great personalized gift!
    Great idea! Love it.

    via FNF, Pat

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  5. Anne, great ideas! I love how you included everyone on my list...even the dogs! :D

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  6. Excellent post Anne! Lots of great ideas, thanks x

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  7. Heaps of great ideas here Anne! I might have to show My Man the Muso the list for grown ups... he gets too overwhelmed when it comes to picking gifts for me from him and the girls :-/ lol

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    http://redcrowgreencrow.wordpress.com/tag/fall-into-the-holidays/

    Katie @ Horrific Knits

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  9. awesome post! thanks for the ideas xxx

    New follower here

    lots a blog love

    Amanda from Amanda's Mummy Jeans

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  10. This is the nicest post I have ever seen in my entire life. Thanks for sharing such good ideas.

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