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Try flipbooks from Walmart photo. The 5x7 paperback ones are under $5 and look pretty cute and professional when finished. They don't have any of the mess of a scrapbook but come with all the reward...and they're reprintable. They can also be made into the $15-20 hardcover version (I think like 9x13) which look AMAZING.
For nearby gifts try easy potted plants or bamboo. Bamboo is GREAT for the office because it requires NO special care, just has to be watered and dosn't need any sunlight.
For birthdays...even for adults a simple "luxary" candybar can go a long way...like Black & Green Organic chocolate (around $5 for a "hershy" size bar). It's GREAT.
If you're sending a car a pop-out card is lots of fun, as well as record yourself musical cards.
For kids (or the young at heart) you can go to AC Moore or Michel's and pick up quite a few "flat" projects made from thin wood or cardbord that could easily fit into a 9x12 envelope. (the wood selection is dinasours, airplanes, etc while the cardboard is "puzzle" type and makes castles) Klutz press offeres a GREAT line of fun activity books for kids and even some that adults would like...everything from face painting to cat's cradle.
Packing a mug with hot chocolate/instant cappichino is great.
If you know that the retired (or child) is looking for things to do a 3-D puzzle is a good small gift.
At christmas time handmaid ornaments are great. There are SO many out there...however I'd recommend getting a book and NOT googling...there are just too many idiots who think they can do oragami on the internet and most times they cannot.
yes to all of this! And don't forget about stores like the dollar tree! They have great kids crafts, but also pretty candles, picture frames, coffee mugs and our local store even has some Catholic artwork that is very pretty.
Gifts don't have to cost a lot or take a lot of time. For my 30th birthday my friend thought of 30 things about me, my love of family, my hobbies etc. and printed them out on her computer. It told a story about me and each sentance held a special thought about me that was printed in a different color. Something like- I use my Creativity
with my cross-stitch to make beautiful gifts for my family and friends.
I know this gift didn't cost much, but she had to take the time to think about me and what I love about my life. Some of the things were so very touching because they were things I do out of love and never thought about getting recognized for them, but she saw it. It was one of the best gifts I have ever been given.
Another thing I have done is the "cookie of the month club"! My DH's grandpa loves sweets, so for his birthday I printed out a certificate for the cookie of the month club and every month, for one year, I baked him cookies!
I make my FIL a cheesecake every year for his birthday. It's his favorite treat!