Gift closet 2017

Discussion in 'Gifts & Giving' started by luludou, Dec 7, 2016.

  1. Minta

    Minta Active Member

    Stopped back into the local thrift store, they are in their final week before packing up and moving. Everythingi in the store is 75% off. Picked up a couple small gifts and some new Christmas and Winter decorations for me :)

    There was a couple other things that I was debating about so I may go back before they close to see if the other items are still there. Of course after I leave the store i think of the perfect person for those items LOL.
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  2. Ahorsesoul

    Ahorsesoul Santa's Elves

    Since going gluten free, one of the things I cannot duplicate is a glazed and chocolate glazed Krispy Kreme donut.
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  3. jollykelly

    jollykelly Active Member

    I went to the semi annual sale at Bath and Body Works as well. I am now completed with all of the little gifts that I get for family members from my DD! Major accomplishment to be done with that section of the gift list in June! I picked up lotion, shower gel and a body spray for $3 each in the same scents. They bundle together in their cellophane, ribbon and bow for free, so each little bundle was only $9 and looks so cute. I got two sets put together. They also had their 3 wick candles on sale for $11, and I got a vanilla bean and warm vanilla sugar. The vanilla bean I am keeping for myself and the warm vanilla sugar is a gift from DD to her GM
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  4. sweetpumkinpye

    sweetpumkinpye Well-Known Member

    Kelly, the last time I was in BBW was in 2014 and my favourite scent was the warm vanilla sugar. DD and I have run out of it now and it will definitely be on my shopping list for next time I go.
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  5. sweetpumkinpye

    sweetpumkinpye Well-Known Member

    Going through my vanity today and I have found some things that I am not going to use. I will pop them all in a box and when the time comes pop the under the Christmas giving tree. I have already got a few things packed away but I would like to have more before Christmas. DD has heard of a dog rescue group in our suburb so I am thinking that they may be the charity that we support this year.
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  6. tanya

    tanya Well-Known Member


    A while ago you mentioned Twinkledeals.

    Did your stuff arrive yet? What was the quality like? I have seen a dress on the site that I quite like- already thinking ahead to end of year activities and I need something for Luke's graduation. I don't want anything that one of the other Mum's is likely to arrive in.
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  7. missjane

    missjane Well-Known Member

    We used to have KMart about 35 miles from us. Now, the closest one is about 75 miles. I miss KMart!
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  8. missjane

    missjane Well-Known Member

    We do a Christmas club, too. Do you ever consider skipping a month if you find things you want to pick up during the year or reducing it by however much those items cost? I've considered it, but have never done it. It's so ingrained in my structure of getting prepared for Christmas to put that money in there every month...Change is hard!
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  9. Minta

    Minta Active Member


    No I never skip a month in my Christmas club. Sometimes I do pick up gifts through out the year but I try to budget in a small cushion every month for extras. I am afraid if I skip a month I will be short on money come Christmas. If there is money left over after all the gifts are bought then I will either tuck what money is left away to use for the after Christmas sales and/or use it for an unplanned family outing.
  10. missjane

    missjane Well-Known Member

    That's the same reason I don't do it. lol But, I think, "If I've already bought that gift, I won't have to have that money in the CC for that gift." I don't know...I just can't make my mind believe it! Glad to know I'm not the only one who's afraid if I skip a month, I will come up short.:eek:
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  11. sweetpumkinpye

    sweetpumkinpye Well-Known Member

    Tanya. The stuff arrived quite quickly. The quality of the necklace I bought is not fabulous. The teeshirt I bought is nice but time will tell what the quality is like. It is a "lacey" summer type teeshirt so it will be a while before I wear it. It runs a little small so if I ordered again I would need the bigger size.
    The worst thing about the whole experience, and this may be completely co incidental, my email has been full of spam and junk email ever since I signed up to Twinkledeals. Totally annoying.
    The goods I bought were certainly cheap and the free international posting is a plus, but the quality is certainly not there IMO
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  12. sweetpumkinpye

    sweetpumkinpye Well-Known Member

    I still put money in my Christmas Club every fortnight. It actually comes straight out of my bank so I don't miss it.
    We are able to access the money on November 1st giving us plenty of time before Christmas to pick up things. I usually give the kids a gift of money and it comes out of this account. Anything left over I use for the post Christmas sales or to take the family out to dinner before Christmas..
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  13. Lana

    Lana Well-Known Member

    I got some kitchen towels to put back for gifts.

    I was going to go to B&B when in town last night but didn't. :(
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  14. tanya

    tanya Well-Known Member

    Thanks Katrina... I guess I will pass. I like the dress but am not in love with it if you know what I mean. Guess I will keep looking. I just want something I know I will not be sitting next to! if that makes sense.
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  15. Minta

    Minta Active Member

    YUP!! I know to many that are stressed at Christmas because they didn't save enough or didn't save up anything at all and try to figure out how they were going to get their Christmas shopping done. No thanks .. I have enough to worry about without adding that into the mix.
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  16. housewife2

    housewife2 Well-Known Member

    bought one more gift today a candle
  17. sweetpumkinpye

    sweetpumkinpye Well-Known Member

    I have not really put any gifts in the closet for a little while. I have been concentrating on buying cooking products for all the baking we will do around Christmas.
    I have written a list of upcoming release DVDs that will be out later this year. Most of them will be out in late August/September so that will certainly add to the gifts.
    Need to sit down with the kids at some stage and ask of at this stage they have any ideas about what the might want as their gifts.
    DS has a birthday in July so I will need to look at buying a few things for that.
  18. tanya

    tanya Well-Known Member

    We like unusual ice cubes here- just added some Emoji ice cube trays to the stocking stuffers list.

    Also a personalised teacher stamp for me- it says Ms White says Well Done- great gift idea for any teachers you know. Its coming from China so it will take a while but friends have ordered them and they have been really pleased. You can get any wording you like and a variety of pictures to choose from. It was under $7 AUD including free postage.
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  19. Miss JoDee

    Miss JoDee Active Member

    I just found an experience gift for DD27. I am getting her a membership to the Minneapolis/St Paul Film Society. This will allow her to attend festival and screen some film etc.

    DS and family will get a membership to the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls SD It is an Arts, ( movies, theater, symphony, and dance) Science and Education center.

    I just need to find something similar for DD 30 and DS25. I am doing gifts of experiences this year and 1 item under the tree for each. Keeping things simple. Just wanting to be together.
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  20. sweetpumkinpye

    sweetpumkinpye Well-Known Member

    Jody, what great ideas. Is there a zoo or a gardens that you could get a pass to? I love visiting our zoo but find it quite expensive.

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