A cute little birdie told me the other day that she has read an awful lot about Trader Joe's scones, and that she might be ready to read about something new. So I think maybe today I'll write about gifts that don't cost a lot, in case anyone out there is trying to figure out a last minute hostess gift. The trick is shopping ahead of time and using a few basics. This does lead to the issue of hoarding (bad) vs. stockpiling (good). I'm constantly wondering where the line is.
Here's the basic philosophy I'm going to cover today:
1. Shop year-round at the dollar spot or wherever else you get good deals (I generally don't keep a gift stockpile, but I do keep a pile of $1 items. Anything more expensive and it just ends up being money spent, sitting in my closet forever).
2. Dress it up a little.
3. Creatively gift wrap and don't blow $5 on a bag for goodness sake.
Here is a birdy ornament I used on the outside of the plain paper sack. Great! You can also see from this photo that I am a hurricane in a craft room. Not great!
stockpile of ribbon I buy for $1 and a bag of funky tissue. The plain black tote needs a little pizazz.
I do love wine, but really know nothing about buying it. Here's what you can do if you have the same problem: ask the guys at the store. Don't be shy. The Wegmans by our house has a wine section. One day I found out they have a wine manager, and I worked up the courage to ask him what inexpensive wine he recommends. I thought he would look down on me. I thought he would be wine snobby. He was so unbelievably cool, and took me through the entire wine section and told me all the fabulous $5 and under wine he loves to drink. The guys at Trader Joe's will also tell you what fabulous cheap wine they have. Not a snob in the bunch.
Mrs. Brookes, I bought this W after I gave you the gift or this baby would be all yours).
Anythingology (go here for a tutorial). Thanks Shannon.
Now I'm off to Trader Joe's.