She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. Proverbs 31

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Lovely & Frugal Christmas Gift Idea

As our extended family has continued to grow with our nieces marrying and having children of their own, we felt a need to change the way we gift at Christmas so we began to focus our gift budget primarily on the little ones. Yet, we still wanted to remember everyone with a little token of our love.

In past years, I've made hand mixes cocoas in mugs and homemade stockings filled with fruit and nuts. This Christmas, I decided to make gifts around a soup theme. Throughout the year, I've shopped for pretty baskets and mugs to fill.

In each basket or mug, I put a box of Lipton instant soups, a bag of oyster crackers tied with pretty curly ribbon, several little single size candy bars and some peppermint sticks as well as a little Christmas figurine which I purchased at last year's after Christmas sales.

Finally, I wrapped each gift all up in pretty cellophane paper and tied them with colorful ribbon.

I think they turned out so pretty. And though frugal, it is a gift that I'm pleased to share with friends and family knowing that some cold afternoon this winter, they'll enjoy a nice simple lunch and know that we love them.

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I know so many have left me nice notes and awards, but I haven't been able to get over to visit. My son's lap top is in the repair shop for 3 weeks and my table top is malfunctioning and shutting down every few minutes! Please know that I appreciate your thoughts and I'll be by to catch up as soon as I can.

Christmas blessings,


basketsnprims said...

Lea, those turned out so well and I know they will be much appreciated as it is from the heart. I love to put together little gift baskets, too, different themes for different rooms of the house or for different seasons. May you and your family have a blessed and very Merry Christmas.


Dani said...

Lovely gifts and so thoughtful....I am sure they will be appreciated...

We are wishing you and your family a very blessed and happy Christmas also..God bless you all richly in the coming year too!

Anonymous said...

Great gift idea Lea. I know I just Love soups :0) Thanks for sharing. Sending many warm wishes to you and your family for a very Merry Christmas!

Karen said...

Hi Lea,
I just love your idea of the gift baskets and especially the theme and idea behind them! I'd love to receive a gift like that....your family is very luck. You have given it thought all year long so it's really meant for them.

Merry Christmas Lea....I want to thank you for always coming to my Blog and leaving such cute and nice comments.


Living Life with a Joyful Heart said...

Lea, everything turned out so cute, who doesn't like a warm cup of soup on a chilley day.

Blessing to you and your family,

Colleen said...

Such a thoughtful "special something." Those are the best gives to get and they are so much fun to give, too.

It looks like you've all been enjoying the simple and memorable Christmastime traditions.

Merry Christmas!

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

what nice little gifts..nice touch...I like doing this for the neighbors too...have a great rest of the weekend...")

Julie said...

Oh, Lea!
I just think those are the sweetest, prettiest gifts! You wrapped them so lovely, too!
I saw cookies in your next post... must. go. see...
Merry Christmas,

carolyn at cranberry crossings: said...

Lea, I do something very similar, but each basket is a different theme. We have a few major coffee drinkers, so tey get coffee related items, and then the soup eaters, and there are some cheese fans, well, you ge tthe idea.
I'm sure that your family members will enjoy your thoughtful gift baskets & mugs.
Have a wonderful Christmas!

Wendy said...

Lea you always come up with such great ideas!! I love this one!!:0) I hope you have a wonderful restful Sunday my friend!!~hugs~Wendy

tam said...

That is a terrific gift idea-they are festive and pretty! How fun is that!?!? I think your family will really enjoy them!

lindanuts said...

I think it's a beautiful idea from a beautiful heart. And they are lovely. Thanks for the loving comment about my boys. I am so excited about the upcoming year!
Merry Christmas to you and yours.
:) Big hugs!!!

Cora from Hidden Riches said...

Nothing better than a gift basket that someone put together like that --- especially one that warms the heart like SOUP!!!! Just perfect, Lea!!!!

I'm wishing you the best of Christmases for you and your family!

Big hugs!!!!


KKJD1 said...

I love your little gifts so cute! Merry Christmas, karen

Kim~HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs said...

What a great gift idea!

Catherine said...

Your baskets are beautiful. Frugal, thoughtful yet Grand!

Merry Christmas from our desert homestead,

Mandie said...

Happy Happy Holidays!

Wishing you and your family a very happy holiday and bright new year!


Nancy M. said...

Your gifts look so cute! I've never thought about making a soup basket or cup. How smart you are! I'll have to remember this for next year.

I'm sorry you're having computer problems. I hope they are fixed soon!

Northwest Dweller... said...

Hey Lea! Merry Christmas!! Your Christmas gift ideas sound really neat. Thanks for posting such cool ideas on your blog. BTW, how are the weather conditions in Tennessee? When I last talked to Mrs. Campbell, she said something about snow?? Do you guys even get snow over there? It was so hot last summer that I cannot even imagine it being cold.
Here in Washington, we are officialy snow bound with two feet of snow. Even my dad's truck can't make it out of the drive way, much to his dismay. To be honest, it's a little disturbing for all of us. (Cabin fever is setting in..) :)

Anyway, have a jolly Christmas and a fun New Year!!!

Soli deo Gloria, ~Brooke Parsons

Screen Door said...

Who could help but smile at soup!!!! Great idea--- We've really been dreiving the point at our's not the $$$ that count, it's the thought put into it....

amber waves of grain said...

First of all, thanks for your congrats! I like how you worded it: "it was the beginning of this wonderful life." What a great perspective to look from. Thank you! :)
Secondly, your gift idea is great! I think I am going to get a head start on next Christmas and work on those baskets/mugs for everyone.
God Bless,

Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

Hey Lea,
Those are so pretty!
How smart to give soups!
I've never done that before. I have the cocoa's and hot drinks, but soups are a great idea. MMMMm
Hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!

Katy said...

I love your gift baskets! They look fantastic and I know the recipients will just love and truly appreciate them! :) Merry Christmas Lea!!! xoxo