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 About.com). 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: