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Monday, November 24, 2014

Secret Santa Shopping Tips

I don't know about y'all, but Secret Santa is a big deal at my work place.  While entirely optional, those who participate come prepared!  Last year, my best friend's boss had me, and they got me good!  (I spent the entire week completely convinced that it was someone else.)  Giving gifts is one of my favorite things to do, so I wanted to share some of my Secret Santa shopping tips with you!

The dollar store/dollar aisles/coupons/Black Friday are your friends.  Our budget is $5 a day with a $20 splurge on Friday.  As soon as we draw names, I check in the dollar aisles every time I go to Target or Michaels.  I also get coupons in my email about Bath & Body Works sales, because holiday scented goodies make great gifts! 

Want to avoid looking like you just threw a bunch of dollar items together?  Theme your days.  This year I'll be doing the following themes: Holiday Spirit, Treat Yo Self, Organization, and Get Crafty.  (I'll have a breakdown of ideas for these themes later on in the post!)

Look for free things.  I collect (hoard) note cards.  Why not use some left over spray paint to make a $1 frame a funky color and pop in a cute note card that you lost the envelope to?  Or use your artistic talents to paint a canvas?  One of my favorite gifts to do for my sorority sisters for their 21st birthday is get a rhinestone letter at Hobby Lobby and a $1 oversized wine glass at the Dollar Store.  Cover the base with rhinestones that were just hanging around in your craft box.

Play with quality and quantity.  Some days during the week I'll do a bunch of little items.  Other days, I'll do one item that's a little more expensive.

Write nothing, print everything!  Sometimes people will leave notes to their secret pal or have someone else do it for them to throw them off!  My advice is to type it all out and then print it! 

Here are some ideas for the themes that I discussed earlier:
(P.S. - Most of the items are under $5!)

 | Wallflowers:  'Tis The Season, Winter, Fresh Balsam |
| Mini-Lotions:  A Thousand Wishes, Vanilla Bean Noel, Winter Candy Apple |
| Holiday Candy:  Life SaversHershey's Candy Cane Chocolate, Pop Rocks |

 | Nail Polish - Wet n Wild, Sally Hansen, L.A. Colors |
| Manicure Set | Dry Shampoo | Soothing Eye Mask |
| e.l.f. - Moisturizing Lipstick, Matte Lip Color |
| Dr. Teal's Epsom Salt Soaking Solution  c/o |
(^^ P.s. this is a 3 lb bag... Buy some Mason Jars & distribute it among multiple people!)

| Pastel Mechanical Pencils | Pink Paper Clips | Page Flags | Binder | Pencil Cup |
P.S. - For the best (& cheapest) finds, try the dollar aisles at Target and Michaels :)

| Chalkboard Paint | Chalkboard Easel (only .49!) | Brush Assortment |
| Acryclic Paint Set | Mini canvases | Hot Glue Sticks |
P.S. - Another time when the dollar aisle at Michaels comes in handy!

| Ear Buds | Picture Frame | Golf Tees + Sharpie | Bottle Opener |
| Shotglass Set | Airplane bottles | Coozie | Croakies |

What do you think?  Will you use any of these tips during your Secret Santa shopping?



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  1. This organization section gave me plenty of ideas for our secret santa at work, cute office desk accessories are always a favorite.

    1. They are definitely one of my favorite gifts to give & receive! Be sure to check out Michaels... I was in there this evening and they have lots of cute office supplies (including bedazzled pens & pencils) in the dollar bins!

  2. Not only do these make great Secret Santa gifts, but also great stocking stuffers!

    xoxo, SS