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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Fun and Inexpensive Christmas Gifts for Friends and Neighbors

by Julie Coulter Bellon

There is only one more week until Christmas. Can you believe it? We have been busy at our house finishing up Christmas cards and wrapping friend gifts, teacher gifts, and neighbor gifts. Of course it’s nothing fancy, just a remembrance really, but it is so fun to sit on the couch with my kids while we wrap their gifts for their friends and teachers. With so many people in our life that we love and admire and want to get gifts for, we’ve had to put our thinking caps on in order to be able to have something inexpensive, yet thoughtful for everyone. I love the cleverness of some of the gifts we’ve seen, received, thought up ourselves, or just found on the internet, and I wanted to share my favorites with you today.

A plate of cookies: Merry Christmas from your “crummy” neighbors

A juice pitcher filled with candy canes: We “pitcher” you raising a little “cane” this holiday season. Merry Christmas!

A box of light bulbs: Wishing you a bright and radiant Christmas

Box of Whoppers: Hope you have a whopper of a Christmas!

A pack of bubble gum: May your holidays “bubble” over with fun!

Chocolate Mousse Mix: Merry Christmousse!

A Chocolate Orange: “Orange” you glad it’s Christmas?

Cookie Dough: Here’s a little extra “dough” for Christmas

Hershey’s kisses in a wire whisk: We “whisk” you a Merry Christmas.

An eggbeater: We wish you an eggstra special holiday

Jolly Ranchers: Hope you have a jolly Christmas season!

Measuring cups or tape measure: Wishing you joy beyond measure!

Paper Towels: Blot out your troubles and absorb the Christmas spirit!

A Jar of Jam: Hope your holidays are “jam” packed with cheer!

Pencil and Notepad: Merry Christmas from our pad to yours!

Snickers chocolate bar: Don’t snicker, just be glad you got something

A Candle: May your days be happy, your heart be light, your Christmas merry and the New Year bright!

Sprite: May your Christmas be merry and sprite!

Feather Duster: You’re “dust” the finest neighbors we know!

100 Grand Chocolate bars: You’re worth a “hundred grand!” Merry Christmas!

Cheese ball and crackers: We don't mean to sound "cheesy", but we hope you have a "ball" this Holiday Season!

Strainer: We couldn’t “restrain” ourselves from wishing you a Merry Christmas!

Chex Party Mix: Remember Santa “Chex” his list twice to see who's been naughty or nice . . . so be good for goodness sake! Merry Christmas!

Sparkling White Toothpaste: You make my life “sparkle.” Merry Christmas!

Hot Cocoa: Warm wishes this holiday season.

Cheese grater: Hope you have a “grate” holiday!

I know, I know, some of them are cheesy, but what can I say? I love that. So tell me, what is your favorite gift to give your neighbors and friends?


At 12/18/2008 1:33 PM, Blogger Jon Spell said...

That's all well and good, but I need to find a nice present for my wife. Any suggestions for that? =) (And since she edits for Covenant, I don't think a nice book by one of my favorite authors around here is going to work.)

At 12/18/2008 2:37 PM, Blogger Julie Coulter Bellon said...

Jon, if books are totally out, I would suggest chocolate, or a nice pair of earrings, or a self-made coupon for breakfast in bed or doing the dishes for a week or something extra nice that you follow through on, of course. If you have a song as a couple you could get that CD and write down what it means to you and how you felt when you first knew you were in love with her. Or you could get an ornament that would represent the two of you as a couple and the love you feel as a family, or what it means to spend Christmas with the woman you love. You could write her a love poem. Give her a spa day at a real spa, or just a basket of spa items like bubble bath, massage stuff, manicure/pedicure sets, etc. I don't know, those are just a few thoughts I had not knowing your wife or your budget. I bet she will love whatever you get her. :-)

Merry Christmas!

At 12/19/2008 1:33 AM, Blogger Stephanie Black said...

Cute gift ideas, Julie! Thanks!

At 12/19/2008 10:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All cute suggestions, as I still have neighbor gifts to do, I'm copy/pasting this one.

At 12/26/2008 6:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found a Wonderful site on Isaiah!
The site has free lessons on every chapter.
Very well done and in the author’s own voice.
Every Isaiah Chapter has the Analytical Commentary of Isaiah. Enjoy this personable verse-by-verse commentary of Isaiah by well-known Hebrew scholar Avraham Gileadi.

“Dr. Gileadi is the only LDS scholar I know of who is thoroughly competent to teach the words of Isaiah”—Professor Hugh Nibley, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. (1. 6. 2003)

“It is my testimony that this man has been brought forward and trained at this time to help those inside the Church into Isaiah, and those outside the Church, Jew and Gentile, through Isaiah into the Church” —Arthur Henry King, author, former BYU professor and London
Temple President.

“Dr. Gileadi has achieved a major breakthrough in the investigation of a book of such complexity and importance as the Book of Isaiah”—Professor David Noel Freedman, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

“Dr. Gileadi’s work will render obsolete almost all the speculations of Isaiah scholars over the last one hundred years . . . enabling scholarship to proceed along an entirely new line . . . opening new avenues of approach for others to follow”—Professor Roland K. Harrison, Wycliffe College, Toronto, Canada.

“Only one who is truly at home not only with the Hebrew but with the ancient manner of biblical thought could have produced such an insightful and ground-breaking book”—Professor S. Douglas Waterhouse, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan.

“Avraham Gileadi’s unsealing of the Book of Isaiah will forever change people’s
understanding of Judeo-Christian religion, lifting it to heights hitherto known only to prophets and saints”—Arie Noot, corporate executive, Edmond, Oklahoma.

“Isaiah Decoded is a huge breakthrough for the seeker of truth—Jew, Christian, Moslem, and agnostic. From an ancient writing, Gileadi has brought to light eternal truths about the nature of God and our relationship to him that have lain buried for centuries in the dust of time”—Guy Wins, fifth-generation Jewish diamond dealer from Antwerp, Belgium.

“Gileadi is the only scholar I know who has been able to express the Jewish expectation of the Messiah in relation to the life and mission of Jesus of Nazareth”—Daniel Rona, Israeli tour guide, Jerusalem, Israel.

“Dr. Gileadi has clearly demonstrated his mastery of the Book of Isaiah and of the scholarly literature dealing with it”—Professor Ronald Youngblood, Bethel Theological Seminary, San Diego, California.

“Avraham Gileadi’s books and tapes take the casual observer of Isaiah’s words and transform him into an enlightened and lifelong student of the Word of God”—Allan and Nancy Pratt, LDS mission president, Toulouse, France.

“Dr. Gileadi has awakened a whole new depth of my understanding of Isaiah’s prophetic message. His books and tapes illuminate the urgent relevance of Isaiah’s writings to our own day”—Becky Douglas, supervisor and sponsor of three orphanages in India, Atlanta, Georgia.

“Dr. Gileadi’s translation [of the Book of Isaiah] is clear and smooth, allowing the reader to appreciate the power and beauty of Isaiah as conveyed in the Hebrew original”—Professor Herbert M. Wolf, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois.

“Gileadi has uncovered an amazing message written in a divine code by the prophet–poet Isaiah. This will give comfort, hope, and joy to masses of people as they cope with the perplexing events now unfolding before their eyes”—Fenton Tobler, thirty years elementary school principle, Las Vegas, Nevada.


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