For years, I have shared how smart it is to shop for the holidays AFTER the holiday!
75-90% off items, add in a few coupons, and it’s a GREAT way to stretch the budget.
I spent under $200 on everything you will see below…and, have finished my 2014 Christmas Shopping. I simply need to do holiday baking and make the family calendars.
What kinds of things did I get:
Kraft boxes, LOTS of Scotch tape, cookie cutters, lip gloss, nutcracker ornament kits, cupcaker wrapers, mason jar toppers, bread baking liners, small portion cups, Smencils, pencils, holiday toewls, cake mixes, cookies, paper napkins…
Shortbread baking pans, hand sanitizer, clothes, garland…
Red Charger Plates, Candy Molds, ornaments, nail files, nail polish, fun bath stuff (fizzies, etc), stickers, candle lights, cookie stamps, treat snacks, soaps, marshmallows, candy bars, baby new born outfits…
Mini Pie tins, insulated cups, paper plates, gift wrap…
Miniatures for the new doll house…
snowman gum, cupcake mix-ins, wired ribbon, elf couture, advent calendar, cross for my cross wall, elf activity book, holiday books, 20 bags cookie mix…
I honestly think I got it all in the pictures!
Here is the thing — you have to look at things for the ENTIRE upcoming year, not just the next holiday.
- Tape. I have a 7 year old who likes to craft. Enough said.
- I have items for the next cookie exchange party.
- I have a lot of great smaller items for Operation Shoe Box…and just need to add the discounted school supplies from my stash…with a few small toys. We can easily do 10 boxes.
- I found the cutest “12 days of Christmas” thing for a friend … and am now stocked to do it for my BFF next year.
- Snowflake shortbread. I live in Wisconsin so these will be “in season” for at least 6 months of the year. (sigh) But, imagine plates of that, gifted out with kCup cocoas!
- The clothes are size 10 — so to be wrapped and tucked away for Miss Sarah for next year.
- I have 6 of the 12 items for the “12 days of Christmas” for the hubster… the rest will be baked goods.
- New Born items are for her American Girl Doll – preemies are good for Bitty Babies.
- Some items are for my girl scout Brownie troop – like the colored garland will be cut apart and put inside clear ornaments (super cute!)
- Red Chargers? Hello Valentine’s Day!
- Nutcracker Stuff – for Miss Sarah’s elf to bring her next year (she dances in it)
- The candle lights will become doll house lamps — and the mini’s will work in it too!
- Insulated cups – filled with goodies make for a great “friend” gift
- Mini pie plate pans — make it easy to make exactly that: lots of mini pies. Think fruit, meat, veggie…and in the freezer.
- I picked a LOT of wrapping paper that could be used for birthdays … only 2 have “holiday” decor.
- Cookie mixes will make a LOT of cookies that will go to the homeless group I am active with. They were 50% off and I used $0.75/2 coupons.
- The mix-ins are red or green — perfect for Valentine’s Day and then St Patty’s!
Add in things I already have “in stock” like a few toys, new jammies and a kid’s baking kit…I have all of my gifties for Valentine’s Day, Easter Basket, Birthdays, Elf Visits and Christmas of 2014.
Now, off to start wrapping things and pop them into my storage totes.
How did you do?
Do NOT worry — there are still TONS of great clearance deals out there, 75-90% off! Just go get them.