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      I love to give a gift and nothing starts out the year better than a little something special for your kiddos teacher. Do I do it every year, no. Truth be told some years I’ve remembered ahead of time and planned accordingly, some years I’ve scrambled to pull something together at the last minute, and other years we’ve been lucky just to get school supplies in time, lol!

This year was one of those years I planned in advance because I knew it was something I wanted to share.

I’m a big believer in taking a little extra time and thought when it come to packaging what you’re giving. The devil is in the details and in my opinion it never goes unnoticed by your recipient.  I can’t tell you how many people have so often commented on the packaging more than it’s contents. In fact I think it adds an extra layer to your gift, the generosity of your love and time.

I also love to use it as a time to look around the house and repurpose things you’ve already got on hand. For example, I always have mason jars on hand. I love to use them for pickling, and storing food items, but they also come in handy for gift giving. They serve double duty for treats or flowers, and then they can be used by your recipient for whatever purposes they see fit.

This is also a great way to give for the holidays too. After all, somebody needs to use all those $1 buckets that flood the seasonal aisles of so many stores. For less than $5 you can fill one with stuffing/filler, pop in some candy and throw in your typical holiday gift card and just like that you’ve taken your gift from ordinary to extraordinary. To me it’s not about the gift but the thought that goes into the gift that really matters!

Here’s some things I always keep on hand for gift giving…

  1. Gift Tags
  2. Filler
  3. Ribbon, twine, and raffia
  4. Jars and containers to put flowers or goodies in.
  5. Cellephane treat bags
xo Alex

My Go-To Trail Mix

Prep Time1 min
Total Time5 mins
Servings: 2 cups


  • 2/3 c raw almonds
  • 1/3 c banana chips
  • 1/3 c dried cherries
  • 1/3 c semi sweet chocolate chunks I LOVE using Enjoy Life Foods Chocolates!!
  • 2 tbsp shelled pistachios


  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl and store in an airtight container


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