Quick and Cheap Christmas Basket Ideas

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Many Dollar Stores or craft stores have inexpensive baskets in a wide variety of sizes, over the years I have collected several.

For a young girl: small purse or change purse, a make-up bag could be used as well. A bottle of nail polish, perfume, glitter, makeup, nail file, mirror, earrings, stickers, notepaper, fancy pens or pencils, etc.

A cute basket lined with a new dish towel; inside I placed some very cute shapes for cooking eggs and pancakes in (I found these at a specialty kitchen store for under $5); a bottle or two of flavored pancake syrups, a boxed or bagged pancake mix.

Wine drinkers: small bottle of wine, two wine glasses, box of crackers, small paper plate with cubed cheese and maybe pepperoni or a cheese ball, candles for atmosphere. One can add a wine bottle opener or stopper to this if so desired.

For a couple: two mugs, hot cocoa mix, two spoons, and a light blanket or throw, nice note to cuddle up together on those chilly winter nights.

For your best girl friend a basket full of all kinds of things she would enjoy. I call this one the Pamper your BFF gift basket: A candle or candles, bubble bath, bath soaps, body spray, small box of chocolates, some chamomile or green tea bags or flavoured coffee, some organic body lotion. a loofah or pretty bath sponge, and a little note that says to pamper yourself because you deserve it.

For the serious coffee drinker: 2- 3 small bags of finely ground coffee you can buy from your local grocery store, 2 coffee mugs, & chocolate covered coffee beans.

For the baker: A rolling pin, measuring cups and spoons, a loaf pan, cookie sheet, some cookie cutters and an apron.

For the Writer:
A dictionary, word of the day calendar, pens, and a colourful mug

For the Tea Drinker: A small teapot, 2 mugs, 4-5 different teas, flavoured honey sticks, & a cream and sugar set.

For the Gardener: Mini indoor herb kits are a great idea for the gardener in your life.

When time is running out and you need to get creative:

A few ideas came to mind utilizing some household items that already exist in our homes.

Now a really good idea came to mind using pipe cleaners. Make a tree out of them and then use tea bags as ornaments and give to the tea lover.

Cake in a mug: This is one of my favourites, place a large mug and the directions in the mug and wrap with coloured cellophane plastic wrap with a bow to secure the top.

Cake in a Mug
4 tablespoons flour (cake flour)
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa powder, any kind
1/8 teaspoon baking powder (a pinch!)
1/8 teaspoon salt (a pinch!!)
1 egg, beaten
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
2 -3 drops vanilla (optional)

Directions:
1
In a small bowl, mix the flour, sugar, cocoa, tiny pinch baking powder and tiny pinch salt. (This can also be mixed directly into the large mug).
2
Add egg and mix into dry mixture.
3
Add oil and milk and mix well.
4
Grease a tall, large mug, and pour in this mixture, scraping out with a spatula.
5
Place in microwave on High for 2 1/2 – 3 minutes. Time will vary for this recipe – best to keep an eye on it
in the microwave as mine usually is done in 2 minutes.
6
(Best slightly undercooked, so be careful).

** For those that prefer a white cake or perhaps a gluten free cake there are many variations to this recipe via the internet.

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