Every Christmas it is a struggle to come up with a gift idea for my nieces (I have 5 of them) 2 of the girls are older… 12 and 11 respectively… and then they range from 6-8. Of course the 12 & 11 yearolds are getting into teen things; make-up, hair, nail polish… the stereotypical girl things for this age and you want to know what the rest are in to? being like the 12 & 11 yearolds. So I run into this problem every year, I want everyone to get something that they want, while also staying age appropriate. The solution? Gift Baskets!
I found some great containers at Micheal’s… they look like paint cans but have a clear plastic body and a tin lid. They regularly go for $10 each; however if you go over a few days you can use your 50% off coupon to get them for $5. I also added a little silver ‘grass’ in the bottom to decorate the inside a little.
Next I had to assemble the insides…
I started this project in September, so that when I would find something on sale I would buy it and stick it in a box… this was an incredibly effective way to collect a bunch of small items the girls would like for a good price.
The older girls ended up with:
- A small make-up case
- Sheer glitter eyeshadow
- Sephora lip balm
- Sephora blush in a light coral
- Sephora sheer eyeshadow in a light pink
- Glitter body lotion
- Mabelline Lip gloss
- Clear mascara
- Blush & Eyeshadow Brushes
- Bath bomb
- Goody hair elastics (that double as bracelets)
The total for all of this came to $40! All because I wasn’t in a rush to buy anything and was able to only buy stuff on sale.
For the younger girls I tried to keep it similar to the older girls, but a little more age appropreate
- Small make-up bag
- 3 different lip balms (Mabelline, Rimmel, Body Shop)
- Nail polish
- Nail art pen
- Nail art stickers
- Head Bands
- Hair ties
- 2 sets of earrings
- Glitter body lotion
- Hair Clips
- Bath Bomb
These baskets came in a little cheaper (mainly due to the lack of Sephora items) but they still looked just as full (if not fuller) and really wow’d the girls.
I would definitely say that these baskets were a great hit for both the girls and the parents… and I was happy that I was able to get everyone (almost) the same thing (so there were no fights and unhappy faces) without having to break the bank!