We made a decision as an extended family to change our gift giving. On my husband’s side of the family, we decided not to exchange gifts and to meet at a restaurant for Christmas Eve luncheon. On my side of the family, we decided to give one gift to each family instead of drawing names for each person. The little kids will still get small gifts from everyone.
I had been considering what family gift would be nice when I walked into my usual grocery store right after Thanksgiving. I notice that the manager was at the front of the store marking down items from a recent promotion. I stopped to look closely and noticed that he was marking large bottles of nice olive oil down to $2.49! Wow. That alone would be a nice gift as this bottle runs easily $12-$15 regular price. However, the manager mentioned that he was marking down everything on this display—pasta ($0.29), boxed breadsticks($0.49), balsamic vinegar ($0.39), lady finger cookies ($0.29), as well as the olive oil. I got an idea. I picked up 6 of every item (and some for my self)! I also picked up 6 jars of pasta sauce that were BOGO.
When I got home, I started assembling an Italian Gift Set for all the families. I used some shrink wrap bags that I have had for 20 years (I used to make gift baskets) and some rolls of pull-tie bows that I already had on hand.
Here are pictures of the items and the finished product:
I am so pleased with the results and I think it will be a great gift for all the families. For around $6 a family I got a wonderful gift worth much more! I find it so much more fun to find nice gifts a a great price.
Have you ever bought gifts at a grocery store?
I would love to hear about your frugal gift giving ideas.