The holidays are once again upon us which means… time to stress about the gift giving! At least, if you watch enough TV commercials, they will have you believe that. But we’re practical moms (and dads). We know that the thought is far more important than the gift (no, really).
Over the last year, I’ve become enamored of all these various box services, a monthly mish mash of goodies for me (and even my dog). As I thought about what to get my close friends and the family members I tolerate each holiday (just kidding), I thought about how much I love the surprises of these boxes each month and eureka, Lisa’s Jingleboxes were born.
Step 1: Make out your list of names. This will help you determine what types of items should go in each box.
Step 2: Find boxes. This actually turned out to be the hardest part for me. They shouldn’t be too big as most items (at least for mine) will be small, and if they are larger, you’ll feel obligated to fill them to the max. (I ended up using paper cookie boxes, which you can find at most dollar stores this time of year.)
Step 3: Make a list of potential items to include in each box. I opted for warm and snuggly slipper socks and a couple of packets of hot cocoa, mainly because those are items I love to enjoy every Christmas Eve. Other items might include lip balm and hand moisturizer for the dry winter skin blues, a yearly planner (if they haven’t already received a dozen or so from insurance or financial providers), bath salts, or other small pampering items. I reached out to a friend that does makeup for a very pink organization to see if she had samples I could use in my boxes. I don’t wear makeup, but many of my gal pals do, and as much as they’ll appreciate the pretty colors, my friend will appreciate having her business card in the box if they decide they want more.
Step 4: Start the assembly line. Line up the boxes with a card or post it note to help you keep track of which box is for which person. Set each set of items in a pile, then start assembling.
Step 5: Finish off each box with a handwritten note, thanking them for their friendship and sending good wishes for the New Year. This will probably be the most remembered and cherished part of your box.
Remember that the holidays are for time with family. Your kids would rather make memories with you than watch you turn into Edwina Scissorhands wrapping gifts at 90 mph all the way through Christmas Eve to be sure no one was forgotten. If you’ve taken the time to make those you love and treasure feel valued all year long, the gifts are unimportant.