You have found the perfect gift, met your budget to the penny and are just about to make a purchase that agrees with your paycheck, and then you remember you are going to have to open your wallet one more time just to make the gift presentable. After you buy a card, a gift bag and tissue paper or even just a box, wrapping paper and a bow, you will have easily added another $5 to $10 to your gift.
If you chose a theme for your gift and stick to it, you can incorporate your gift right into the wrapping and avoid the need to spend another dime on wrapping paper and a bow that might be headed straight for the trash anyway.
The sun lover
Need the perfect gift for someone who is ready to relax in the sun or heading on a tropical vacation? You can find a beach towel in a bag at stores like Target or Walmart and fill it with sunny essentials like:
Want to give kids something they will actually use this summer, wrapping and all? Find a big sand pail and fill it with goodies. Try outdoor gifts such as:
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Looking for the perfect treat for newlyweds or an anniversary gift? Purchase a picnic basket and stock it with supplies; here are just a few to pack:
Now's the time to find a gift for that grad they will really use. Dorm supplies are first on everyone's list, so find a small decorative garbage can and fill it with these essentials:
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Perfect to personalize
We all have that hard to buy for person in our life, the one who we end up giving a generic gift to and hoping they don't trade it for cash before we walk out the door. Give them a six pack of their favorite beverage with a treat tied to every can or bottle. Here are a few easy ideas to tie to the top:
The picky gal pal
There is always that girlfriend who has everything, including better taste than our own. Sometimes taking the simple route is the easiest way to impress a choosy friend. Find a pretty ceramic pot or a decorative tin and fill it with her favorites:
Whatever you choose it is, of course, the thought that counts, but ditching the wrapping paper and bow will add more pizzazz to your present and buffer your bank account at the same time!
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