The Little Gifts
The best gifts under $30 that are perfect for your children’s teacher, the bus driver, the door man, and Uber driver. Everyone always wants to gift everyone this time of the year and these are great ideas so we don’t bankrupted ourselves.
HOLIDAY STICKERS AND TAGS BY LORI WEINER
Get some stickers and tags and put your families name on it. These are all under $3 and so easy to make!
EVERYONE LOVES A NICE BOTTLE OF WINE!
The silver wine bags you can get on Amazon. To top off the wine with a personalized sticker and ribbon.
CHOCOLATE COVERED PRETZELS
2 bags chocolate chips (dark, milk chocolate or white chocolate)
1 bag pretzels (long works well for this, but you can try any of the medium to thick variety of twist)
Sprinkles for garnish
Melt chocolate in double boiler over medium heat on stove top. Using tongs, or your fingers, quickly dip pretzels in chocolate allowing the excess to run off. Place dipped pretzels on waxed paper lined cookie sheets. Sprinkle with chopped nuts, colored sugars or other toppings. Allow to harden. You may need to refrigerate for a while to help this along. Once hardened, remove from sheets and store in a cool location, with waxed paper between layers.
Package pretzels in clear cellophane bags and add a personalized sticker with a bow.
CHEWY BROWNIE MIX IN A JAR
1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup baking cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Layer ingredients in order listed above in 1-quart jar, pressing firmly after adding each ingredient. Be sure to wipe out inside of jar with paper towel after adding cocoa. Seal with lid and decorate with fabric and ribbon.
Recipe To Attach:
Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Pour brownie mix into large mixer bowl; stir. Add 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) melted butter or margarine, 2 large eggs, 2 tablespoons water and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract; stir well. Spread into prepared baking pan. Bake for 18 to 25 minutes or until wooden picked inserted into center comes out slightly sticky. Cool completely inapt on wire rack. Dust with powder sugar. Makes 2 dozen brownies.
Top off the jar add a custom tag by Lori Weiner!
THE BEST PERSONALIZED GIFTS!
Teachers always lose their pencils! Here are some cute personalized pencils.
If you are a crafty crafter!!
hot glue gun
wooden or foam craft wheel
ribbon and stickers
Lay out the embroidery hoops on your work surface, placing the smaller hoop (without clasp) inside the larger one (with clasp) with an equal distance between all edges. Set the remaining two hoops aside. You won't need them for this craft.
Organize your Crayola Crayons in the order you wish to lay them on to the hoops.
Using a hot glue gun, place a dab of glue on each hoop where you'd like to place your first crayon. Make sure the Crayola logo is facing you (versus the back of the wreath) with the point of the crayon facing out.
Continue gluing the Crayola Crayons onto the hoops. You'll need to place the dabs of glue closer together on the smaller hoop than you will on the larger hoop to get the right effect. For example, you might place the dabs of glue 0.50-1 centimeter apart on the small hoop and 2-3 centimeters apart on the larger hoop.
After completing one full circle, begin a second circle, only this time, face the crayons inwards, again, with the Crayola logo facing upwards. Place one dab of glue on the serpentine closest to the crayon tip and place the second dab of glue on the area of the larger hoop where you plan to place the crayon. Then, carefully place the crayon onto the existing crayons (smaller hoop) and place it on the glue on the larger hoop. You'll notice there won't really be space for the crayon to touch the smaller hoop as close as the crayons are spaced.
Continue placing the crayons around the hoops to form a second complete circle.
To create a hanging loop, tie the ribbon to the clasp on the larger hoop.
MOMMY GAVE ME THE MOON
“Mommy Gave Me The Moon” tells the story of a beautiful girl named Anna who is completely fascinated by the moon. As fall and winter come, the sky gets cloudy and Anna cannot see her favorite moon anymore. Noticing Anna’s disappointment, her mother has an ingenious idea on how to make sure that Anna can enjoy the moonlight every night. This book includes also a dedicated section for parents. The Parents’ Corner talks about the most valuable gifts that we can give to our children. This time we talk about “THE GIFT OF DREAMING BIG!”
MAGGIE LOUIS CONFECTIONS CANDIES
Star the eight nights of celebration and kvell like never before. The shinning Star of David hand crafted in gourmet dark chocolate and a white chocolate “Happy Hanukkah.” Pure delight four bites.
BEAUTY COUNTER GLOW & GO MINI OIL SET
Every purchase they donate a set to patient undergoing cancer treatment at UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center up to 4,000 sets.