Martha Stewart Has Nothing On Me

I’m not going to lie, money is tight. Two kids in daycare full time pretty much eats up my full salary.  I’d stay home, but I’m lucky – I’m contributing to a pension through my job (not to mention vacation time, compressed days, benefits etc..).  So when it comes to Christmas gifts I have to get creative.  We have no money.   Between my 2 daughters there are six caregivers for us to give Christmas gifts to.  I also have 3 co-workers in my department.  That makes for 9 people to give gifts to.  A $20 gift for each of them translates to $180!  YIKES!  I still have 13 family members to buy for…. 

So this year I decided to make gifts for my co-workers and the care givers at the daycare centre.  I racked my brain out for weeks trying to figure out what to make them.  Then I spotted this book on my friend’s coffee table while visiting:


Aha!  That’s it!  Sherlock, I think she’s got it!  We’ll make everyone gift jars!  Chocolate chip cookies for everyone! 

So I set out to find Mason jars – did you know these are hard to find?  And if you do find them they’re like $4/jar?  So I bought 9 jars, a box of candy canes and a roll of curling ribbon at the Dollar Store ($12.43).  Unfortunately they didn’t say how big the jars are, so I filled a measuring cup with water and poured one cup at a time into the jars to figure out their capacity: 3 cups.  My next step was to find a chocolate chip cookie recipe that would fit in a jar with a 3 cup capacity.  Let me just say that I absolutely love google ’cause I found exactly what I was looking for without having to buy a book or drive to my friend’s place to borrow hers.  (Thank you  Yesterday I went to Bulk Barn and bought all of the ingredients ($18.41), then went to Fabricland and bought a square of Christmas fabric ($5.62).  Last night Sierra and I washed out the jars, cut squares of fabric, measured out the ingredients, tied the fabric squares on top with the ribbon and voila!  For $36.46 we have 9 awesome gifts:


I still have to print out the directions for baking the cookies and paste it onto some green Christmas scrapbooking paper that I have, but other than that we’re finished!  Oy!  I’m even better than Martha Stewart!

PS – now I even feel like I’ve earned the award my mom bestowed up on me:

13 thoughts on “Martha Stewart Has Nothing On Me

  1. Very creative.
    It is tough, isn’t it? I recently found out that 13 of my employees are banding together to get me something, which means I have to get all 13 of them something in return… gah!
    I also can’t wait until all my siblings and step-siblings have children so that I can propose a “children only” gift rule.
    Christmas should just be for kids if you ask me. The joy in it for the rest of us is time off with our family and watching the kiddies open their gifts!

  2. Looks great! Two years ago I bought the cute little gift boxes at the dollar store and some little baggies. I placed the ingredients for the cookies in the bag (tied with ribbon). Then added a recipe. People love it. This year, I bought the same boxes and Owen and I spent a little while melting chocolate and adding goodies to make a variety of Chocolate Bark. Yummy!
    This year I talked to a few friends and said lets exchange cookies, or have a movie night and skip the gifts. They were all very happy to do that. Thank goodness…mat leave = zero money.

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  3. Fantastic! You did a great job! I think a lot of people are happy to receive a hand made gift at Christmas. It shows that you put a lot of time and effort (not to mention creativity) into their gift.

    We could get together and make some purse party favour holders for the girls` BD Party this year. I found this while blog surfing last night.

    Mom on the Run’s Mom aka Omas last blog post..And another nomination:

  4. Neat idea! I`m sure the recipients will be happy with your homemade gift. It shows you put some time, effort and creativity into their gift.

    Found this while blog surfing the other night. It would be a neat party favour holder for little girls. Let me know if you want to do this some Saturday. Sierra and Brooke could help by decorating them with stickers:

    Mom on the Run’s Mom aka Omas last blog post..And another nomination:

  5. Quick, easy, cheap, pretty … and it’s not about the cost. These are more personal, because you can say “Well I thought of you when I was making this, and was trying to think of what you might like. Great gift idea.

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