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Old 01-30-2004, 03:07 PM
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Frugal Gift Ideas For Under $10

1. Gourmet coffees with a personal coffee cup
2. A pound of pistachios
3. Child's artwork, framed
4. Journal with special inscription inside
5. Teacup with box of herbal tea
6. Deck of cards and book of card game rules
7. Homemade cocoa mix in a pretty jar
8. Collage of special photos
9. Gel pens and pretty stationary
10. Bottle of sparkling cider
11. Home baked bread, include recipe
12. Disposable camera or rolls of film
13. Basket filled with deli cheese and fruit
14. Craft supplies
15. Holiday serving bowl or platter
16. Pretty basket filled with special jams or mustards
17. Decorative napkins and napkin rings
18. Fancy chocolate bars tied with a ribbon
19. Gardening gloves with a plant or flower seeds
20. Photo album, hand decorated is even better
21. Makeup tote
22. Prepaid photo developing envelopes
23. Homemade cookie mix with instructions for baking
24. Variety of bread mixes
25. Special coffee cup filled with candy
26. Fancy magazines tied together with a pretty ribbon
27. Gourmet popcorn and flavored oil
28. Locally made barbeque or steak sauce with basting brush
29. Pancake or waffle mix and a bottle of real maple syrup
30. Movie theater gift certificates
31. Board games
32. Jar of sourwood or pure honey with biscuit mix
33. Note cards and book of stamps
34. Picture frames, buy them on sale!
35. Specialty cookbook
36. Pretty glass jar filled with candy
37. Collectible sports cards
38. Muffin mixes with muffin pan
39. Books, there are still a few for under $10
40. Set of dish towels and dish cloths
41. Nail polish kit
42. Pretty night shirt
43. Basket filled with kitchen gadgets
44. Video rental gift certificates
45. Pepper mill and fresh peppercorns
46. Handwritten copies of your favorite recipes
47. For the pets, gourmet dog biscuits or cat treats
48. Baking pans and supplies
49. Prepaid long distance phone cards
50. Small clock or radio
51. Pretty box for keepsakes
52. Colorful Post-It notepads
53. Address book
54. Christmas ornaments
55. Puzzles
56. Blank video or cassette tapes
57. Sewing supplies
58. Flashlight with batteries
59. Favorite quote embroidered on a nice handkerchief
60. Makeup brush set
61. Expensive socks, still under $10
62. Special soaps and bath puff
63. and don't forget my absolute favorite... home baked cookies!
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Old 02-03-2004, 12:47 PM
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Pirates Jar

The Pirate jar is a game, sort of like the "I Spy" books. It's a quart jar, full of various little items, and topped off with bird seed (see the poem to find out why). The jar is sealed, and the recipient must turn and roll and shake the jar to discover the contents. You need to let the seed settle a few days (play with it) to know if you need to add more. You want the seed to move when you shake and turn it, but if you have too little the game is too easy. I plan to personalize each jar in some way, haven't nailed that down yet.

Some jar suggestions:
rubber band, bead, toothpick, stickers, gold ribbon, red cardboard heart, safety pin, button, penny, pencil top eraser, bandaid, burnt matchstick, birthday candle, jelly bean, miniature clothespin, paper clip, Q-tip, crayon, twist tie, spiral macaroni, flower, glass stone, golf tee, balloon, google eye, screw, washer, decorative tack, nut, play jewelry, just about anything from your junk drawer. Just be sure to keep track of how many items you put in, so you can edit the poem to fit.

The poem can go on a slip of paper or card. I'm thinking maybe to really make it look like a treasure map, with torn edges, and aged in tea.

Some pirates got it all mixed up
And did things the wrong way 'round.
They put their treasure in the jar,
And buried the map in the ground.
Their treasure was some silly stuff,
Like nuts and screws and beads.
Then dear old Polly Parrot
Added all her extra seeds.
So find the 40 items here,
No two are quite the same.
Don't open up the jar, though,
As that would spoil the game.
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Old 07-20-2008, 10:11 PM
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Anna, I'm just now seeing this Pirate jar idea! This is really cute!
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Old 07-21-2008, 05:53 AM
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Tami

After making those up, we had taken them to our store and dh accidentally dropped one... OH MY!!! bird seed everywhere and of course glass. I would strongly suggest using a plastic peanut butter jar instead.

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Old 07-21-2008, 08:58 AM
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Cute idea. I really like the priate jar.

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Old 07-25-2008, 03:12 PM
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This idea could be used for a school fete. The lids should be super glued on. Plastic jars would seem a safer idea.
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Old 07-25-2008, 06:25 PM
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Absolutely I agree, use plastic jars after my dh breaking one and there being glass and seed all over our store and forgot to mention in my earlier posts, he cut his finger trying to clean it up too.

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I love the Pirate Jar game. I did this for a Elementary Class game and used a plastic gallon jar with rice instead of bird seed. I made a list of all the items hidden and the kids were put into groups and each group had ten minutes to find all they could. The group with the longest list of things got a prize such as a sucker, pencil or extra candy.

Right now Walmarts carries a set of bath towels & washclothes for only $5.00.
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Old 10-07-2010, 07:08 PM
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VicRae

That sounds like alot of fun... I have a friend who is a school teacher, I'll have to try to remember to pass that on to her.

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Old 10-08-2010, 08:39 AM
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OSI,

I forgot to mention I made a master list of things that went into the jar. Then you can check to make sure they didn't have extra things on their list that weren't in the jar.

Manicuring sets with a bottle of nail polish & remover.
Homemade playdough, made or give the dry mix in a jar with directions to make, along with a few cookie cutters from the thrift store or Dollar store.
Puzzles
Color sheets printed off the computer made into a book with a small box of colors.

If you have a color printer you can print up some stationary and plain envelopes with a pretty pen from the dollar store. Or buy the pads with the same design on the pens.

Combine needed school supplies in one package wrapped in a plastic school box.
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