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This year instead of Christmas cards for the neighboors,I'm making up a little pack of herbs to make Dilly dip with the directions attached and also our holiday greetings all tied up with some pretty
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Instead of a card?

posted at 11/16/2010 8:05 PM EST
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This year instead of Christmas cards for the neighboors,I'm making up a little pack of herbs to make Dilly dip with the directions attached and also our holiday greetings all tied up with some pretty curling ribbon and a small ceramic angel ornament.My nieghboors are so special to us,they are also friends and some, like family.We all watch out for each other.I'm very blessed to live on this street with such special people.

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posted at 11/16/2010 8:32 PM EST
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Gale -- that's a lovely idea.  I have two dear neighbors - one on each side of me in the condo - and I now plan on using your idea.  Thanks

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posted at 11/16/2010 11:03 PM EST
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That's a lovely idea, thanks for sharing it!

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posted at 11/16/2010 11:19 PM EST
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Neat idea they will love it

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posted at 11/16/2010 11:26 PM EST
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I like to put flavored tea bags(the ones that are in their own envelope) or hot cho. packs in the cards &  put the cards in the front door (usually do this around midnight) & if they have a dog, I include a dog treat.

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posted at 11/17/2010 6:41 AM EST
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Fran that is also a nice idea,I'm making home made doggie treats for the puppies and I'm going to try and make some kitty treats too for all my furry friends.I've been passing out cocoa packets for Halloween,when they are on sale you can cover a lot of kids for a little money and they really seem to enjoy that.It's nice to come home to a hot cup of cocoa on a cool fall evening.

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posted at 11/17/2010 7:26 AM EST
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Sounds wonderful.  I do that with boy scouts - each year the boys choose a place & delivery...hospital, elder home, etc. tham choose Thanksgiving or christmas.

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posted at 11/17/2010 8:30 AM EST
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Nice idea!  I usually make a big batch of Haystack, package it in little cellophane candy bags, tie with brightly colored ribbon and attach a To: From: card.  I do this for my mailman as well. 

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posted at 11/17/2010 9:19 AM EST
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Glad you decided to use herbs instead of cookies. Excellent idea for those so special.

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posted at 11/17/2010 11:25 AM EST
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A few years a go I made a "gift basket" for my sister for her Christmas present.  I included some coffee and to go with it I took a package of clear plastic spoons, pretty heavy duty ones, and dipped them in a variety of chocolates, dark, milk, white, and I even did butterscotch.  Put a bit of plastic wrap around each tied with a bit of curly ribbon.  Now she could take a spoon and go off to work and flavor her coffee as she liked.  These also work well to boost the flavor of the hot chocolate packets.
The spoons are very inexpensive and the chocolate is always around the house so for the cost of a pack of plastic cutlery you have some great hostess gifts or gifts for teachers.

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posted at 11/17/2010 1:33 PM EST
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These are all such great ideas! Thanks for sharing them!!!

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posted at 11/17/2010 2:37 PM EST
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I got snowman (P---) last year!  It was smashed marshmallows...I loved it and got a kick out of those flat marshmallow floating on my cocoa.

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posted at 2/28/2011 8:16 AM EST
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These ideas are wonderful - people will surely appreciate your efforts.

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posted at 2/28/2011 10:51 AM EST
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I like to make up soup ingredients in a jar instead of giving them a plateful of cookies I think soup is more helpful.  Now if I could just quit eating up all the plates of cookies that were here over all the holidays that I just couldn't bear to trash!  LOL  They didn't go to waste they went to waist...LOL

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posted at 2/28/2011 12:43 PM EST
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I like to make up soup ingredients in a jar instead of giving them a plateful of cookies I think soup is more helpful.  Now if I could just quit eating up all the plates of cookies that were here over all the holidays that I just couldn't bear to trash!  LOL  They didn't go to waste they went to waist...LOL
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Elsa, love that play on words!! Bakery1

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posted at 2/28/2011 3:17 PM EST
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Some GREAT  gift ideas; FOLKS: Please add this one:
Years ago a good friend gave me a jar of
RUSSIAN TEA [ instant tea powder;Tang; sweetener & spices( cloves, , ?; complete w/recipe & directions]; completew/ BIG bow. 

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posted at 2/28/2011 4:58 PM EST
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I have several recipes for "cookies" or "brownies" in a jar.  All you add is butter and eggs.  I've used these for neighbor gifts at Christmas and other times.  Add a pretty bow, along with directions and everyone loves it.

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posted at 2/28/2011 7:15 PM EST
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Love all these great ideas!  Thanks to you all.  I will have to incorporate some of them into the Easter baskets this year.  Usually i fill the baskets with unusual things I find at the ethnic stores around here.  Most of my husband's family live in a small town with limited shopping options and they are always surprised when it's something they have never tried before and really like.  One sister-in-law (a missionary) used to live in Africa and she is a bit more willing to try new things.  Guess I better get busy, Easter will be here before we know it!

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posted at 2/28/2011 7:23 PM EST
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Time does fly by, doesn't it?  I barely get thru getting ready for one holiday & it seems like it is time for another.

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posted at 3/1/2011 6:10 AM EST
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I have always looked for different things to put in occasion or theme baskets.I've made honeymoon survival baskets for newlyweds.Christmas baskets with a variety of foods all homemade or hand assembled.Easter baskets for my son's when they were little,some candy,popcorn and one of their favorites,Ramen noodle soup,You would have thought I gave them a million dollars.I don't know if you all have Marc's stores in your area,but they have spices,very reasonable prices on their spices.They are 3/$200,what a great gift for a wedding shower gift,a basket full of spices and some utensils.An Italian dinner in a basket,tomato sauce and spices,grated cheese,a nice bottle of red wine and a grocery gift card to buy meat and garlic bread to finish it up.The sky is the limit,when you just give it a little thought.
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