Christmas gift ideas for extended family and friends

Christmas is one of the happiest times of the year, but after looking at your multiple page Christmas list, the happiness may turn into panic. With little time to fit shopping into an already busy life, it may be time to trim down that Christmas list. This year, create fun and easy gifts for your extended family and friends that won’t break the bank. Take one afternoon to create these Christmas gift ideas in bulk and have them ready for gift giving time!

Homemade Hot Cocoa Jar

– 6 cups instant dry milk
– 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
– 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
– 1 cup miniature marshmallows
– 1/4 cup powdered creamer

Combine all the ingredients and put them in a tall, tightly sealed container. Decorate the container with Christmas ribbon and a small printout with serving directions (“Add 1/2 cup of mix to 1 cup of boiling water. Enjoy!”). The cocoa mix is also great when added to your favorite cup of coffee. This gift can be made in advance and stored to be given out later. It’s great for extended family and coworkers!

Christmas Candy Wreath

– Green wire wreath from craft store
– Any colorful garland
– Wrapped Christmas candies and candy canes

Wrap the garland around the wire wreath until it is completely covered. Attach candies all over the wreath using twist ties and creative placement. These cute and yummy treats would make good Christmas gift ideas for teachers!

Fleece Christmas Blankets/Throws

– Christmas fabric
– Solid colored fabric

For a blanket, you will want about 2 yards of each fabric. For a couch throw, you will need about half as much. Lay the fabric together and cut 3/4-inch strips about 3 inches long all around the fabric. Use an overhand knot to tie the pieces together. These blankets can be very inexpensive if you shop for discount fabric. Blankets can be made in advance and packaged in a pretty bag for an easy Christmas gift idea. This gift is great for extended family friends and can be given as a family gift!

Bookmarks for Kids

– Heavy card stock
– Printer
– Ribbon
– Hole punch

This gift may take a little more planning, but it’s a money saver that kids will truly love. Use a free online bookmark template and personalize it based on the child’s likes. Add his or her name, and print on the card stock (most printers can handle a thicker paper if you feed it in one paper at a time). Cut out the bookmark, punch a hole at the top, loop in a cute matching ribbon, and laminate for a more sturdy bookmark. Give this Christmas gift idea with an inexpensive Christmas themed book. This gift is great for children of extended family or friends.

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