Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Easy Christmas Gifts Part 2

M&M's — "Have a merry and most wonderful Holiday Season!"

Soup or soup mix — Wishing you a "Souper" Holiday Season!

Frozen or ready to bake pizza — "Warm up to a wonderful Holiday Season "topped" with Christmas cheer!"

Apples and Hershey's Hugs — A teacher can't live by apples alone ... She needs "hugs" too!

Popcorn balls — Hoping you have a "Ball" this Holiday Season!

Loaf of bread — For being there when you were "kneaded", for "rising" to the occasion, large or small. For never "loafing" on the job, for helping others to "heel" with TLC. No matter how you "slice it", you do a terrific job loving others. Merry Christmas!

Jolly Ranchers — Have a Holly "Jolly" Christmas!

Root beer — We're "root—ing" for you to have a happy Holiday Season and a wonderful New Year!

Chex party mix — Remember Santa "Chex" his list twice to see who's been naughty or nice ... so be good for goodness sake! Merry Christmas!

Box of Hostess Ho—Ho's — Hope a merry "HO — HO — H0" fills your heart the whole year through! (Put a Santa sticker on the label)

Wire whisk — (Filled with chocolate kisses) "We "whisk" a Merry KISSmas!"

Jar of jelly — Jelly is like love — you can't spread it around without getting some on yourself! Merry Christmas!

Christmas Tray — We "tray"sure your friendship! Merry Christmas!

Bell — With each chime of this festive bell, may a Christmas wish come true. And bring you peace and happiness to last the whole year through! Merry Christmas!

Yule log — "We send you warm greetings this Christmas Season!"

Potpourri — "May this sweet scent bring back thoughts of warm Christmases long ago!" Merry Christmas!

Cleaners — "You add sparkle and make our life brighter!" Merry Christmas!

Nuts — "We're nuts about you!" Merry Christmas!

Lifesavers — " You've been a life saver!" Have a great Christmas!

A juice pitcher filled with candy canes— "We pitcher you raising a little "cane" during the holidays!" Have a Merry Christmas!

Broom — You're "Dust" the finest neighbors we know! Merry Christmas!

Paper towels — "Blot out your troubles; absorb the Christmas Spirit!"

Measuring cup or glass measure — "Wishing you joy beyond measure!

Bananas — If we could choose our friends, and we searched the whole world through, we'd go bananas trying to find a better bunch than you!"

Any star ornament — "Remember the reason for the season!"

Chocolate mousse mix — "Merry Christmousse" to our "Deer" Friends!

Wooden spoon — Whether stirring up cakes, cookies, soups or souffles; You'll find this spoon useful in so many ways. But whatever it's use, it says, "Merry Merry Christmas from us to you!"

Flower — "If friends were flowers, we'd pick you! Happy Holidays! Or "You make friendship bloom all year round!"

Heart Christmas ornament — "May the joy and love you give away, come back to you on Christmas day!"

Cinnamon sprinkles — (Cinnamon & Sugar, or cookie sprinkles) "May your Christmas be sprinkled with laughter and love!" Merry Christmas!

Hershey's Hugs — "A friend always knows when you need a little hug!"

Christmas music ... CD or tape — "May the sweet song of Christmas make your heart rejoice!" Or "May the merry sounds of Christmas bring a Joyful Melody to your holiday season" Merry Christmas!

Filled basket — "Wishing you a basket full of Christmas blessings"

Salsa — "Add a little spice to your holidays!" Merry Christmas!

Stocking or filled Jar — "Have a fun filled Christmas this year!"

Lamb — "Have "eweself" a Merry little Christmas!"

Candle — "May your days be happy, your heart be light, your Christmas merry and the New Year Bright!

Holly — "Happy Holly—days!"

Calendar — "Keep Christmas in your heart the whole year through!"

Shaped sugar cookies — "Rolling out a batch of Christmas cheer, for someone we think is very dear!"

Cherry 7—up — "Just a Little Christmas cheer from happy hearts this time of year! Merry Christmas!"

Sparkling cider — "Wishing you a sparkling holiday season!"

Warm casserole or bread — "Bundled up with warm wishes!"

Popcorn or carmel corn — "Just "popping" by with a Holiday Hi!" Or "May your holidays be poppin'!"

Seasoning mix — "Seasoned with love" Merry Christmas!

Eggbeater — "Have an "Eggstra" special holiday!"

Hershey's hugs and kisses — "Christmas hugs and kisses to you " Or "Holiday hugs and kisses to you!"

Apple pie of apple crisp — "Wishing you a scrumptious Christmas!"

Fruit Basket — "May your New Year be Festive and Fruitful!"

Any Sweet Treat — "Wishing you a season filled with sweetness!"

Oranges — " Orange" you glad we're Friends!?" Merry Christmas!

Chocolate orange — "Orange" you glad it's Christmas? Hope your Christmas is a sweet one!

Sprite — "May your Christmas be merry and Sprite!"

Ice cream snowballs and hot fudge — " Here's some packaged "snowball" treats — Just drizzle hot fudge and it's ready to eat! ... Enjoy!"

Snickers bar — "Don't "Snicker", just be glad you got something!"

Mints — "Friends like you are worth a mint! Merry Christmas!

Matches — "No one matches you as neighbors!" Merry Christmas!

Strainer — (With a Christmas bow) " We couldn't restrain ourselves from wishing you a very Merry Christmas!"

Box of light bulbs — "Have a bright and radiant Christmas"

Bubble gum or Bubble bath — "May your holidays "bubble" over with fun!

Pencil and notepad — "Merry Christmas from our pad to yours!" or Merry Christmas to a "noteworthy" friend!"

Jar of Pickles — "Just in brine, Our wish for a merry Christmas!"

Grater and cheese — "To a grate neighbor! Merry Christmas!"

Ice cream — "Have a "cool" Yule!"

Bear-shaped honey — "Have a Bear Sweet Christmas!"

Santa — "Ho — Ho — Hoping your Christmas is heavenly!"

Angel — "Hoping you have a heavenly Christmas!"

Eggnog — "Have an "udderly moovalous" Christmas!"

Gingerbread house — "Nibble, nibble like a mouse, We hope you'll nibble at this house!" Merry Christmas!

Mugs with hot chocolate mix — "To our special friends who are so Dear, We wish you all a cup of Cheer!" (One Mug would be a special gift for a teacher. "To a special teacher, wishing you a "cup of cheer"!"

Cocoa mix — "Wishing you a warm and wonderful Christmas!"

Muffins or muffin mix — " You're getting "muffin" for Christmas!"

Gum — "By gum, you're a great neighbor! "Have a Merry Christmas"

Veggies and dip — "Dip into a wonderful Holiday season and a healthy New Year!"

Christmas-shaped pasta — (Or any pasta and a bottle of sauce) "Have a Pasta—tively Happy Holiday!"

Jar of jam — "Hoping you have a holiday "jam" packed with fun!" "Have a "berry" nice holiday season!" Or "Hoping your Christmas is "jam-packed" with Christmas cheer!"

Cookie dough — "Here's a little extra "dough" for Christmas! Or "Everyone needs a little extra "dough" for Christmas!"

Homemade frozen rolls — "Here's a little holiday treat. Rise and bake, it can't be beat! Warm fresh rolls just for you. Top with butter that's all you do! Warm Holiday greetings to you"

Brownie mix — (Or any Mix) "Whip up this mix for a wonderful holiday fix! Wishing you a "rich" Holiday Season!" (Be sure to attach the recipe!)

Homemade caramels — Hoping you have a "rich" and "wonderful" Holiday!"

Pie — "Just a "Holiday Hi" and a tasty pie! Happy Holidays!"

Divinity — "May your Christmas be "divine" and your holidays so fine! Sweet Christmas wishes!"

Rice Krispie treats — "Snap, crackle, pop" We think you're really tops! "

Toffee or brittle — "Any way you break it, We think you're the greatest!"

Fudge — "Fudge" a little on the calories and enjoy the holiday season!"

Cheese ball and crackers — "We don't mean to sound "cheesy", we just hope you have a "ball" this Holiday Season! Or "Spread a little Christmas Cheer this Holiday Season!"

Apple anything — (Pie, Cobbler, crisp, muffins etc.) "Sending you a "bushel" of love this Holiday Season!" Or "You are the apple of my eye, teacher!"

Banana bread — "Banana bread just for you, because you have so much to do ... We also love you a whole "bunch" too! Merry Christmas!"

Cinnamon rolls — "Here's a sweet treat "rolled" up with warm Holiday Wishes! Merry Christmas!"

Homemade chocolates — "You're so sweet ... having you as neighbors is really a treat! Have a heavenly Holiday Season!"

Cake or cupcakes — "You take the "Cake" neighbor, We think you're first rate! Happy Holidays to you!"

Cornbread or mix — "We're not trying to be "corny" we just want you to have Merry Christmas!"

Carrot cake — "I really "carrot" a lot about you! Merry Christmas"

Spiced drink mixes — "Hoping your holidays are "spiced" just right!"

Homemade ice cream of a frozen treat — "Here's the scoop ... Hoping your holidays are a "blizzard" of fun!"

Recipe — "Just like you friend ... it's tried and true, just for you! Happy Holiday baking or Merry Christmas cooking!"

Pizza — "Hope your holiday has a touch of "Pizza—zz!" Merry Christmas!"

Candle — "You light up my life!" Thanks for your friendship! May your Christmas be merry and bright!"

Crayons and coloring book — Hope your holidays are colorful!

Plant — " The kindness you show makes our friendship grow and grow! Hope you have a Happy Holiday!"

Soda pop — "I'd "Soda" like to wish you a Merry Christmas!

Stuffed animal — (Beanie Baby) "Pawsing" to wish you a Merry Christmas!"

Donuts — "Donut" you know we love you? Have a Happy Holiday

Monday, November 2, 2009

Easy Christmas Gifts Part 1

Sometimes I feel like I need to give a little something to the neighbors during the holidays. Here's a list that I've collected over the years. I'd love for you to add any ideas you have, too!

*Nestle’s Crunch bars: "When you feel the season “crunch” you
And you might feel just a bit blue
Just nibble on this chocolate –
And soon you’ll feel like new!"

*Doughnuts: “Do-Nut” feel great when the holidays are here?
Hope that the feeling can last throughout the year!

*Strawberry jam: Have a Berry Merry Christmas!

*Jolly Ranchers candy: Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!

*Hershey’s kisses: Merry Kiss-mas!

Mounds candy bars: Have Mounds of fun this Holiday Season!

*Spiced apple cider mix, potpourri, or Holiday Fragrance: This little gift comes with lots of love for a dear friend who is “scent” from above!

*Mints/mint truffles: This is “mint” for someone dear...
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

*Whisk filled with kisses: We “whisk” you a Merry Kiss-mas!

*Box of Hostess Ho Ho’s: Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas!

*Reisen’s candy: I have lots of “Reisens” to wish you a Merry Christmas!

*Jar of homemade soup mix: Hope your Holiday season is “soup-er”!

*Jar of salsa: To spice up your holidays
And make them real hot...
Just open this salsa
And enjoy it a lot!

*Package/book of Lifesavers: Merry Christmas to a real Lifesaver!

*Bag of popcorn balls: Just having a “ball” this holiday season!
Hope this gives you a very good reason to have one, too!

*Banana bread: This wonderful loaf of homemade bread comes to you today
With the very warmest of wishes for the holiday!

*Miscellaneous items: The magic of the snowman will melt and depart
But the magic of Christmas can always be in your heart!

*Anything cheesy: Cheeze-ons Greetings!

*Basket of oranges or orange slices or orange soda: “Orange” you thrilled the holidays are here –
That St. Nick is coming – that Christmas is near?

*Homemade jelly: Nothing’s more pleasant than the sweet taste of jelly
Or the sight of dear old Santa and his jolly old belly...

*Teddy bear, Gummi bears or teddy grahams: Hope your Christmas is “beary” nice.

*Bag of Jelly Beans: Thanks for “bean” such a wonderful neighbor. Merry Christmas!

*Can of nuts: Hope the holidays don’t drive you NUTS!!! Merry Christmas!

*Hot chocolate mix (see recipe): Wishing you a warm and wonderful winter.

*Anything hand made: I’m “sew” glad we are friends. Merry Christmas!

*Bag of caramel corn: Just poppin’ by with a warm Christmas “Hi”!

*Any baked goodie: Hope your holidays are delicious!

*Mag of M&Ms: Have a Merry & Most wonderful Christmas!

*Cookie Dough: It seems as though this time of year
We all run short of DOUGH. . .
And so we want to help you out
Ho! Ho! Ho! Ho! Ho!

*Bag of Whoppers or Raisenettes: We were awakened when we heard Santa call
“Dash away, Dash away, Dash away all!”
But soon we discovered, out on our lawn,
Santa and his reindeer were all gone.

With our little shovel we started to scoop,
All of the droppings, YUCK reindeer poop.
But then we so generously filled up your sack.
Hope you have a Merry Christmas and enjoy your snack!!!

*Bag of mini-marshmallows or white whoppers:
Heard you’ve been naughty so here’s the SCOOP,
all you’ll get is . . . SNOWMAN POOP!

*2-liter bottle of Sprite: May your days be Merry and Sprite!

*Bag of Hershey’s Hugs: You can’t put Love in a box . . . but you can wrap a person in a HUG!

*Anything Yummy: Season’s Eatings!

*2-liter bottle of Sprite and a package of microwave popcorn:
Pop! Pop! Fizz! Fizz! Oh what a good neighbor you is!

*Golf balls or tees: Merry Christmas to a real swinger!

*Hershey’s Hugs & Kisses: We hope this isn’t too sentimental or too gushy or too sweet –
But we think you’re really terrific, and just knowing you is a treat.
So here’s a bunch of hugs and kisses sent with our love your way –
Thanks for always being so sweet – and have a Merry Christmas holiday.

*Popcorn bowl filled with treats: Your Christmas shopping is finally done
The presents are wrapped under the tree
Now it’s time to enjoy the holidays –
You deserve the rest, we agree.

So here’s a family entertainment center
Built for your enjoyment and fun –
Watch a movie and eat a treat or two,
Enjoy the season ‘til it’s over and done.

*Bubble bath or bath salts The holiday an be a strain
On our body and our brain –
So when you feel stressed
A hot bath is the best
It truly will help keep you sane!
Merry Christmas!

*Dishcloths tied as pants: Now don’t get excited and don’t be mislead
These aren’t for you but for your dishes instead.
Pull out the bows, take out the stitches.
You’ve gained to dishcloths, but lost your britches!

*Garbage bags: I’m not saying you’re trashy. In fact you’re squeaky clean
But Christmas generates garbage if you know what I mean –
There’s wrapping paper and ribbon, and baking remnants galore
Craft clippings, empty boxes and litter by the score!

You’re gathering debris from over here and there –
And sweeping up muddy footprints is a sight none too rare.
Well, don’t get discouraged – don’t let your spirits lag.
When you use this present, you’ve got Christmas IN THE BAG!!

*Other gift ideas:
Girls socks with beads crocheted to the edges
Holiday napkins surged around the edges (18" for each napkin)
Popcorn bowl with name written in paint-pen on the outside and popcorn inside
Decorative bottles containing flavored vinegar
Sweatshirt with child’s handprints in shape of a Christmas tree (footprint could be tree trunk)
Reindeer pin made out of a Christmas light bulb
Basket filled with favorites
Twelve Days of Christmas Stories (choose 12 favorite Christmas stories to make into a book)
Bag of Reindeer Food (glitter or confetti mixed with oats) with a note to sprinkle it on the front lawn on Christmas Eve
Jar mixes
Homemade notecards (I use fabric scraps and fusible interfacing-brand name Heat & Bond)
People feeder (chicken feeder and mason jar wfilled with candy
Foot heater (pillow filled with rice – heat in the microwave)
Holiday pillowcase
Hooded towel (can be made for infants, toddlers & adults)
Brownie sundae kit (brownie mix, ice cream and fudge - see recipes)
Candy wreath