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This reader created affordable gifts by taking advantage of coupons.
Holiday gift-giving can quickly become expensive. One way to cut down on costs is to take advantage of coupons, rewards, and special offers.
This week’s Happy Friday reader, Abby, scooped up some affordable cleaning supplies and ribbon by cashing in on some current deals. She combined these supplies to create thoughtful gifts for those in her life who are always caring for others.
Here’s how Abby did it!
It’s that time of year where I want to emphasize giving back especially in ways that incorporate my kids learning that Christmas is about more than how many presents are under the tree. I’m so grateful for the many people who invest in our family.
From school bus drivers to Sunday school teachers, preschool staff, library program workers, educators, speech therapist, and community sports league volunteers ,we benefit every week from others giving of their time, talents, and resources. So I decided this year we would make useful and frugal gift bundles of household supplies to show our appreciation.
While I pulled many items from my stockpile, I also used a Meijer’s coupon of $10 off $30 in Kleenex and Clorox to purchase the Kleenex Perfect Fit size (These are so handy in vehicles as they fit in the cup holders) and Clorox wipes. Amazon has also been running a $10 off $50 household purchase and a deal on Scotch gift wrapping supplies including double-sided tape. I grabbed up 2 and 2.5 inch ribbon at our Dollar General for $2 a roll.
I found sets of 5 items worked just right to bundle without being too large for my kids to handle. We did combinations of paper towels, all purpose spray, hand sanitizer, dish soap, disinfectant wipes, and hand soap. After arranging in the best format, I circled the items twice about 2/3 of the way from the top with double sided tape. Then cut the ribbon to go around on top the tape and used a small bead of hot glue to hold it down on the end. Using extra bows left over from prior years, I hot glued one on the top of the Kleenex box where the tissues come out.
Finally, my 4 year old helped “write” on the tags along with the message: “Thank you for taking care of me. Please use this to take care of you.”
Each bundle came out to be between $7-10 my cost. Plus, it was so easy to have everything either on hand, curbside pickup using online coupons or shipped to me free from a promotion. While the gift costs were minimal, the fun memories and lessons learned by my kids are priceless.”
What a thoughtful gift, Abby! 🎁
This is such a neat idea! Some of the best gifts are ones that are practical, useful, and thoughtful. We love that you were able to scoop up so many household essentials at a discount! Everyone needs these items so receiving them as a gift is sure to be helpful to the recipient. 🥰
Want to create an affordable gift like Abby?
There is still time to create some last minute gifts for those who make a difference in your life. If you’d like to recreate Abby’s gift idea, one place to find cheap cleaning supplies is at Dollar Tree. They have a line of affordable and extremely effective cleaning supplies called L.A.’s Totally Awesome cleaners and you can scoop them up for just $1.25. These products are so popular that we wrote an entire post on them.
You can also check our Home Tips & Coupons section to find the latest deals on household essentials.
Once you’ve gathered up your supplies, it’s time to wrap them up! Check out our FREE Printables section where you can find freebies like printable Christmas gift tags and delivery driver thank you signs.
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Thanks again, Abby! 💕
It was so sweet of you to want to take care of those that take care of you. Thanks for writing in to tell us how you combined offers to create affordable and practical presents! With Christmas just a few days away, your clever gift idea is sure to help some other readers.
Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday and a wonderful new year! 🎉
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