I try to keep these best holiday gift ideas on hand, so I always have a present when I need one. I designate a storage tote just for these generic (but very nice) gifts, gift bags and paper.
When I'm invited spur of the moment to a party or when I'm just too busy to select a personalized gift or when I've been procrastinating and now we have an hour until its time to go, I can go to my bin and have a gift ready in five minutes.
Keep this list in your purse or wallet and pull it out when you are at a discount or dollar store or when you visit garage sales. Stock up with a few special items that stand out to you. While you're at the dollar store, pick up a couple cute gift bags and some colored tissue paper. You'll be ready for the unexpected !
Really good chocolates
Movie Tickets or Rental Certificates
Wine or Sparkling Juice
Stationery or Notecards
Extra Nice Socks
I keep my eyes open for pretty serving dishes and keep a small stack of them in one of my less used cabinets. That way when I am going to a holiday party, I can take food in one of these dishes and then leave it as a hostess gift. - Jenine in Wichita
My mother-in-law used to always give delicious home canned preserves and pickles when she needed a quick gift. I don't really do any canning any more, but I always keep my eyes open for the clearanced food items at Wal-Mart. Often I find interesting, more expensive foods for very low prices. - no name
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