$ Saving Tips BY THE SNOOKS
I knew a family
with 6 children and at Christmas this became a problem. The mom
decided to give coupons that said one on one time with mommy
to read a book, or some ideas like hot tea and a snack after
all the other kids are in bed coupon, or stay up a half hour
longer on a school night coupon, things like that meant a lot
to the children seeing as how they almost never had one on one
time with the parents.
Photo Gift - BY DEBBIE H., OREGON
what to give that hard to shop for person in your life? Get a
photo (or take one) of them, have it enlarged to a 5 x 7 or 8
x 10 (print it out yourself if you have a good quality printer),
then frame it with a simple wooden frame. Pictures from their
youth, their relatives or friends are good choices for their
Old Fashioned Tree Trimming
Pop some popcorn
and string up with thread to make an old fashioned tree garland.
You can add colored beads between several popcorn or cranberries.
My children have added small red and green buttons in place of
the beads. Takes time to make but is much fun! Happy Holidays
everyone at Pioneer Thinking!
Homemade Gift Wrap - BY CAROLINE C., -
and the environment by making your own gift wrap. Cut open a
brown paper bag and stamp designs randomly all over the paper,
you can purchase ready made stamps or make your own using a potato
cut in half. Carve your design in the potato then dip into paint,
press onto paper. Get creative, add some green, silver or red
sparkles to the wet paint for a glamorous holiday look. You can
wrap smaller gifts in store bought tea towels then tied with
a wide ribbon. Its like giving two gifts in one!
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