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Thinking outside the box this year for Christmas? Midge has a few ideas up her sleeve to share with you!
Hi there! Midge again – I’m giving my newly educated frugal mind a good old fashioned work out this Christmas, as I try to stick to a rather strict budget for our family.
Although the gifts are not the most important thing about our Christmas celebrations, I do like to make sure each of our loved ones has a little something to show how much they mean to us.
With a budget as strict as the one cousin Molly has put me on this year, it means digging deep and getting creative. I thought you might enjoy seeing some of what I have come up with so far for some special friends who love to garden.
Any input is welcome as we put our heads together and think outside the proverbial Christmas box!
For those sweet gardener friends of mine – I thought new gardening kits would be fun. I found this one pre-made.
Fiskars 9424 Garden Bucket Caddy – Under $12 (not including the bucket or tools – just the apron bucket caddy)
I also found this beautiful pink one that I love, but it is double the cost at about $25:
Bond 6930 Pink 5 Piece Garden Tool Bag Gift Set
Other things I came across in my research include this good looking garden hat that could be added to a basket of goodies!
The Womanswork Cotton Rancher hat is $15.98
I found a 3 pack of pretty garden gloves for only $9.47 – which could all be added to one big basket or separated into 3 individual gift packs for friends and loved ones.
For my particularly small budget, I have gathered several pretty baskets from around the house. A couple of them will get a fresh coating of paint to freshen them up. Using things I have, giving them new life with a fresh coat of paint, and creating something new as a creative gift idea is a terrific way to be both frugal and green. So far, I am sure I have Molly’s approval!
My plan is to use homemade shredded paper – from saved colored scrap paper or left over paper grocery bags to fill the base of the up-cycled baskets. I get free shipping from Amazon on all the products I’ve added here with my Amazon Prime membership. You might find other deals locally instead of shopping online. I find it both frugal and convenient to use the Amazon Prime account.
I could divide the 3 pairs of pretty gloves between each basket. I have ordered this 4 pack of Heirloom tomato seeds – from Ferry Morse for only $7.16 and will add a packet of those for sure. Each of my loved ones will appreciate the heirloom seeds because they will be able to reproduce the tasty tomatoes year after year!
I was fortunate enough to find a large pack of vegetable seeds for less than $21 - Ferry Morse Vegetable Garden - It contains 12 different Ferry Morse seed packets.
With the addition of these Peat pots, my plan began to take shape!
My most frugal option, and one I believe my friends will love, came together as follows:
3 baskets from my own gift storage – FREE
Paper filling for gift baskets – FREE
Wooden tongue depressors - $6.56 (I plan to paint and label these to dress them up)
12 packs of Ferry Morse Vegetable Garden seeds - $20.47
4 pack of Heirloom Tomato seeds – $7.16
Set of 15 Peat pots – $4.27
3 of the $5 aprons – $15.00
Total cost = $53.36 or $17.79 for each gift basket
Add the gloves and the total would be $20.94 each
Additionally, I have several mason jars to place in the baskets. They will hold the personalized plant markers and may be used for ice tea or lemonade while working in the garden. I’ve added little garden notebooks for recording planting information.
These were also FREE as I had them on hand. If needed, you can easily find cute notebooks at the dollar store.
If you decide to think outside the box and make a frugal Christmas basket of your own – you could even add a small container of home baked cookies just to push your delighted friends right over the edge!
Comparable gift baskets I came across ran on average between $40 and $124 a piece and were far less personal.
All in all – I believe any garden savvy friend would love to receive one of these as a gift any time of the year, and they sure won’t break the bank.