I am planning on having my first cookies exchange on December 1st. I need to come up with some ideas as "gifts" for the following categories. First to RSVP and actually show up; Most festively dressed; and Best cookie display. Does anyone have any suggestion for prizes? Thanks!
Hi B, Christmas Ceramic Platters, candles, nice holiday serving pieces... when the seasonal items become available in stores in October, you won't have a problem selecting gifts...
Re: Mass Gift ideas... As I always give parting gifts to all of my guests, I usually buy my bulk holiday themed gifts after the season is over and everything is 50% off. I also get a lot of inspiration and ideas walking though Michaels Craft store. This year I went crazy at the summer semi annual sale at my favorite store, Bath and Body Works.
One year I found some cookie themed To Do Lists (the ones with the magnets that go on the fridge) at Michael's. They were really cute and only $1. Another year I found some really great cookie cutters at Williams-Sonoma for 9 cents each which was a great bargin. I attached a cookie recipe to each one and put them in a large basket for guests to take as they left.
Paula Deen has a holiday magazine out that has some great gift ideas. I think I am going to use one of the ideas (dry ingredients for a dip) as gifts. I am going to start looking for containers now.
I always buy her magazine at Michael's using my 40% off coupon. Actually I try to get a lot of my Christmas magazines there with the coupon (well the ones they actually sell).
Post by jennifers399 on Oct 17, 2007 19:09:08 GMT -5
This will be my fifth exchange and the prizes are pretty much the same every year! I spent a fortune on the really cool coloured spatulas--yellow (golden), red (ruby) and blue (sapphire). I tie ribbons around them and make them lok pretty! Everyone wants the coveted golden spatula! It's fun!
I'm an AVON lady so my favors this year are going to be a gift bags for each guest filled with holiday sale lip balm, holiday soaps, and a holiday lotion. I may include some great local tapers but it depends on the cost.
Last year for my "grand prizes" for Most Delicious Cookie and Most Creative Cookie, I gave away aprons that had the "title" embroidered on, and a gingerbread house embroidered on them as well. They were really cute and the winners loved them!
I am having 2 grand prizes, for Best Tasting Cookie, and Most Festive Cookie.
The prizes are two large glass jars, that I am using as cookie jars, a cookie magazine from the grocery store, cookie scoops, a set of mini cookie cutters, and these measuring cups from Target in the shape of Santa heads. These cost me about $20-$25 a piece.
I am doing three games, and those prizes consist of a full size lotion from Bath and Body works, a pair of their really soft socks, and then a box of bath confetti. With the coupons I had, each prize bag cost about $12.
After Christmas last year I bought about 10 little candle holders with Christmas themes from Yankee Candle the day after Christmas, each was $3 or $4 each, many of them 70% off. I was so tired of Christmas by the time they arrived, I didn't open them. I dug them out today and they are adorable, will make great prizes. I will stick a votive or tea light in each one, maybe add some hot chocolate mix to the bag, and I have prizes!