Whether your budget is small or you don't know the person you are getting a gift for very well (often the case with co-workers), a small gift bag is a way to give someone a thoughtful Christmas gift without spending a sleigh-load of money. Tweak the bag's contents to reflect what you know about the recipient's tastes and interests.
Sweet Treats Bag
Stuff the bag to bursting with delicious Christmas treats, such as traditional holiday cookies (sugar, spritz and gingerbread), thick artisan candy canes, homemade chocolate mint truffles, and single-serving packets of gourmet hot chocolate. Buy and bake the goodies in bulk and wrap individual servings in colorful cellophane if you are making multiple Christmas gift bags.
No-Stress Gift Bag
Fill the gift bag with travel-size items that will help the recipient relax and forget the stresses that can sometimes accompany the Christmas season. Possible items include a CD of relaxing music, aromatherapy oils or soaps, bath beads, a deck of yoga pose cards, a sachet of lavender (lavender is often said to be a soothing scent), hand lotion, a gel eye mask and a holiday-scented candle. Color-coordinate the items to create a unified appearance.
Classic Christmas Stocking Bag
Give the recipient a miniature stocking filled with small but thoughtful gifts that will help make the recipient's Christmas special, such as a miniature book of cookie recipes, a tiny potted poinsetta seedling, or a copy of a classic children's holiday book, such as "The Velveteen Rabbit" or "The Polar Express." If you'd rather not purchase a stocking, make a decorative stocking bag from brown paper cut out in a large stocking shape and stitched together around the sides with red yarn.
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