'Tis the season to go broke. Falalala la la la.
Well, hopefully that won't happen which is why I try and think of thoughtful yet frugal things to give as gifts. This was the case when we discovered we were getting new neighbors! They closed a week before Christmas when my gift giving budget is at its lowest. I wanted to give the new neighbors something to make them feel welcome to the neighborhood all while on a budget.
So, I made a trip to Goodwill. Not necessarily my go to when shopping for gifts but I hoped for some inspiration.
Goodwill generally has a large selection of baskets. Though I initially worried Goodwill would let me down, I spotted this basket for .99 cents! It was the perfect size, big enough to fit a few thoughtful things inside but not too big that I'd go broke trying to fill it up.
Having lucked out with the basket, I decided to see what else they might have. It just so happened, the day I went to Goodwill was the same day they marked down all Christmas items 50% off. Our new neighbors just so happened to be closing the week before Christmas so why not fill their gift basket with some festive finds.
If you're keeping track, the basket was .99 cents, the bough of holly was .99 cents marked down to .50 cents, the believe vase was .99 cents marked down to .50 cents, the gold sleigh was .99 cents marked down to .50 cents, the red ornament was .50 cents marked down to .25 cents and the package of chalkboard tags were .25 cents. I also bought myself a shirt (I couldn't resist browsing for something for me as well!) but that doesn't factor into the $2.99 I invested in the welcome to the neighborhood gift basket I was making.
I also bought a package of cocoa for a few dollars, wrapped some ribbon around a few packets and tucked them into the gold sleigh.
I had some plaid fabric in my 'never seems to dwindle fabric stash' so I quickly sewed up a basket liner and then filled the basket with all my frugal finds.
I might be wrong but I'd like to believe my new neighbors will enjoy their welcome to the neighborhood basket.
With the basket loaded...
*We proudly delivered our gift basket.
All for less than $5.
During this gift giving season, even frugal gifts can have a big impact and be heartfelt.
*In my mind, I had imagined passing the basket along to our new neighbors instantly bonding. In reality, the new neighbors must have decided not to move in prior to Christmas. Grace got sick and I sat by her bedside tending to her every need. This pretty basket sat on my counter being admired by me. I began to worry my festive gift wouldn't get delivered until after Christmas. SO with strict instructions, I told my husband if he had any neighbor spotting to bring them the basket. Such a spotting was made, while my husband was in tattered working in the garage clothes, wearing what he describes as his 'thug' hat. The basket was brought over, while in those same tattered clothes and thug hat and the neighbors ignored his knocking. I suspect they worried he was a random homeless person :) The basket was left just outside their door and eventually retrieved after the "homeless man" left their front porch...but I'm sure we'll be best of friends as soon as they realize the "homeless man" is harmless. Then, as soon as Riley starts incessantly barking at them, I'm sure they'll start to avoid us again :)