Sunday, November 22, 2009

Scaling back the holiday's

Scaling back this holiday season? Lot's of people are.  Atlanta Parent Online  has an article on how to talk to the children about it? Anne over at Easy Coupons has ideas for printable coupons you can make and Christmas gift ideas. Here is some more great ideas for family, friends or neighbors from her site. For our grandmother we pick a Saturday and all of the kids and mates come over. We bring all of the food and refreshments that we will need while we “fall clean" her home. Windows, curtains, oven, carpet, etc all get cleaned. We spend the time with Gram, her house gets cleaned spotless and everyone enjoys being together.

Preschool and Younger gift ideas
• Bath markers
• Bath toys
• Bubbles
• CDs or DVDs
• Colored chalk
• Coloring books
• Crayons
• Finger paints
• Hand or finger puppet
• Magnetic letters and numbers
• Night-light
• Play food and money
• Play-Doh
• Small building sets
• Stickers

Elementary and Middle School age
• Art supplies
• Bike lock
• Bird whistle
• Books
• Camera and film
• Diary or journal
• Earrings
• Flavored lip gloss
• Gift certificates for music or DVDs
• Hair accessories
• Harmonica
• Magnifying glass
• Model kits
• Movie tickets
• Nail polish
• Painting set
• Passes to a theme park
• Pez dispenser
• Silly Putty®
• Sports cards or other collectible cards
• Video games

High School, College, and Beyond
• Address book or address labels
• Calculator
• Coffee mugs
• Colorful Post-it® Notes
• Cosmetics
• Day planner
• Electric toothbrush
• Gift certificates for online or offline merchants
• Jewelry
• Key chain
• Magazine subscription
• Note cards or stationary
• Pens
• Perfume
• Pocketknife
• Scented soaps
• Slippers
• Small picture frames
• Software
• Stamps
• Sunglasses
• Wallet
• Watch

College students taste of home.
Make some homemade bread and combine it in a basket with some homemade jelly from the summer and a jar of peanut butter.

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