Looking for a great last minute gift idea?

I dislike shopping; crowds, traffic, and confusion, however I love to be creative. So when I got this idea for a gift, my heart leapt for joy!   This year, on one side of our family, we are doing a minimal gift exchange for $25. It is so hard to come up with a good idea, that doesn’t turn out to be next year’s white elephant gift for them to give. This gave me ideas for other gifts in the coming year.

basketNew Year’s Eve Celebration Basket: While strolling around Home Goods, looking for a Chotchky, which is Yiddish for trinket, or something of little value. I thought, wouldn’t it be cool if we could put together a New Year’s Eve date basket, for my brother and his wife (I hope they don’t read this article). We found a cool basket at Home Goods for $7.99 and headed off to The World Market to fill it.  I’m glad we got the basket at Home Goods because it was nicer and costs less than what saw at World Market. We filled the basked with a bottle of Champagne, cheddar cheese wedges, Carr’s Entertainment Crackers, Ghirardelli chocolate sampler square,s and a old-fashioned wooden pop gun to announce the coming of the new year. Total cost came to a tad over $30. All high quality items, and probably cheaper than buying a pre-assembled basket.

Here is a picture of it, although my wife Laura has yet to pretty it up with ribbons and paper. Laura found a holiday-ish napkin, and we might toss in a piece or two of fruit. Fun to do this, and glad that store was conquered. Happy New Year!

 

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