I am very stressed out when it comes to the holidays. I like to keep things cheap and simple and still try to have fun. One of my favorite stores year-round is The Dollar Tree. When it comes to Christmas shopping, it gets even more exciting because it’s the best place for miscellaneous craft supplies, inspiration, and gift giving cheer.
Every year we make ornaments and I always try to include the kids as much as possible in this process. Last year we made reindeer fingerprint ornaments with supplies I already had on hand. This year I decided to revisit salt dough (1 cup flour, 1/2 cup each of salt and water). I used the kids fingerprints all over the little trees we made. Since the indentations didn’t take as much as I would have liked, Gaia and I decided to doctor them with glitter. The Dollar Tree has several colors of glitter for all your crafting needs. We went with the traditional holiday colors. And we got glitter everywhere… Because it wouldn’t be fun without a little mess!
After the kids went to bed I couldn’t help but to make my own little ornaments. I used tealights I purchased from The Dollar Tree, oversized googly eyes, and some black glitter from my own stash to create these adorable snowmen ornaments. I fashioned little hats from felt scraps.
As I mentioned, The Dollar Tree is my go-to place for gift wrapping. They always have the best deals on labels, wrapping paper, bags, and other packaging material. This is the third year in a row that my favorite wrapping paper has been a Dollar Tree find. And what better way to send off yummy baked good than with adorable treat boxes!
Gaia also colored our Christmas cards this year. I wish there were more styles, but I enjoyed that we could collaborate on the front and that the insides were blank for me to write personal messages to our recipients.
I also wanted to give something to the teachers I’ve been working with as part of my education program. I’m doing observation hours right now and have been working in the fourth grade halls with three lovely, dedicated ladies. I was originally going to make fudge for everyone, but I just didn’t have that kind of time this year. Instead I got coffee/cocoa mugs, Extra gum, and cellophane bags all from The Dollar Tree.
I got this idea from Lindsey at So Easy Being Green. She has an awesome print out for you to recreate this same idea for the Extra special teachers in your life. Using The Dollar Tree, each gift cost less than $3!
I always make a special trip alone to get stocking stuffers, too. There’s a lot of hidden gems around each Dollar Tree store. I frequent two different ones because they both have very awesome selections. You can visit a store near you to find out what last minute gift ideas you come up with.
Right now you can enter to win $10 gift cards to The Dollar Tree by simply playing the Santa Challenge games. Don’t skip the bonus rounds! The key to winning is in putting together simple puzzles, matching gingerbread houses, and catching toys fall from the sky!
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