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Using Your Stockpile to Make Gift Baskets for Christmas

Shannon at For the Mommas has some great ideas for using your stockpile items to create unique and inexpensive gift baskets. Do any of you repurpose your stockpile items into Christmas gifts?

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  • Allison Johnson says:

    Yes! I have been filling a brown paper bag that we received at church over the weekend. Attached to it is a list of items needed to restock the shelves at a local shelter. I have been pulling items from my shelves to fill the bag and will turn the bag back into church this weekend!!

  • Julie says:

    I always give my brother and sister in law a gift bag full of toiletries for Christmas and they seem to really appreciate it. That stuff can be expensive for people who do not use coupons.

  • shar says:

    I have used all my freebies for stocking stuffers. I did take the full sized coffee sample/travel mug and all other coffee samples to make a coffee gift basket for my mom.

  • Kimberly Rubinstein says:

    I make 12-14 baskets a year from all my CVS stockpile. They say it last them all year and they love it!

  • Maria says:

    always!! Bday, holiday and ad hoc gifts… full of toilettries, candy, etc. They make great gifts!! And.. it looks as if we are spending tons of money!! They are also especially helpful in this economy!!

  • Lara says:

    Yes! I have several nieces that are in the early teens or just about to be there. I have made them Spa-like Gift baskets out of the stockpile of shampoo, deoderants, make-up, nail polish, etc. I even throw in lots of free sample items as fillers. I got some great deals at B&BW on Black Friday ($217 worth for only $65), and will be adding in shower gels and lotions to top them off! I have tried to personalize the baskets to each girl’s taste as much as possible, and think they will really like them! I know I would!

  • Angela says:

    I’m thinking of giving the bachelors in my life a grocery list, having them mark off specifically what they buy on a regular basis and then “shopping” for them with my coupons for a period of time, lets say, three months. Of course, they do live very close to me which makes the delivering much easier!

  • Caroline says:

    I’m giving my husband’s teenage girl cousins each a gift bag with a razor, lotion, deodorant, CVS charms and other fun things I got free. I’ve been planning for a few months so they’ve got some good things!

  • This is a great idea! Why have I never thought of this?

  • YES! I love putting gift baskets and goodies together for family and friends from the stockpile, whether it is for a birthday, Christmas or another celebration. Another great use is for stocking gifts, grab bags at parties, or door prizes especially over the Holidays. Our church has a food pantry and takes donations for multiple charities throughout the year so it is wonderful to have extra to giveaway.

  • Dana says:

    For my bridesmaid’s gifts, I got each one a nice tote, then filled it with shampoo, body wash, shaving cream, etc. from my stash. They all really seemed to like it!

    • Mel says:

      @Dana, This is a GREAT idea. I was recently a bridesmaid at my friends destination wedding. We all stayed on a small island (no stores!) in bed and breakfast style accomodations. The day we arrived, the bride brought us each a bag full of goodies – toiletries, candy and snacks, and info about the island. I thought it was a great idea and was so thankful that the bride thought of doing that for us. It really came in handy!

  • elizabeth says:

    She did a great job with those baskets, and I personally would have enjoyed receiving any one of them. I love getting gifts that can be used up. Imagine being able to have a fun movie night at home complete with snacks when times are tough. Fabulous. I could care less if someone else got it for free, it saves me money either way!

  • FRANK SWAIM says:

    I took care of my mom and grandmother for several years prior to their passing. I had a garage sale over several weekends to consolodate all the stuff (junk) and household items, but for some reason I ended up keeping about 10 different sized and shaped baskets. I have been thinking that since my budget is so tight I would make gift baskets for the few people on my list; most of which are female mothers that dont coupon and their kids; mostly girls. I have had a few ideas for decorating them and have items like Olay body wash, shampoos/conditioners, deoderants, toothpaste and brushes, but as I am male I am sure there are other things I could put in there.

    Sorry so long winded but there is a CVS deal with revlon this week. Any suggestions on when I should get that would work for teens and or 40ish moms? I know nothing about makeup. HELP!!!

    Thanks and I am truly inspired by the network of women that support blogs like this.

    • Bethany says:

      @FRANK SWAIM, If you know nothing about make up I would stick with some sort of nailpolish or lipgloss (not lipstick which is darker). Everyones taste and colors are going to be different but lipgloss is always welcome – just a light pink or neutral. Flavored chapstick or carmex is great also – although that wouldn’t be a Revlon product. Nailpolish is good too because even if they don’t do their nails I bet they do their toes! You are amazing to be doing so great with gifts for women!!

    • Penny Twitchell says:

      @FRANK SWAIM, I read on another blog that the Revlon nail polish is $4.99 each; go to the coupon center at the front of the store and you might get another coupon off Revlon products. Anyways, you might be able to get 2 nail polishes (you can always get clear if you don’t want red or pink), $5 ECBs and $3 off making them $1 each. Frank, I think your gift basket ideas are great.

  • Teresa says:

    This type of gift works great for showers, new home, graduation, and gifts for teachers as well. I love to make sets for college bound kids. They all need items to get them started at school and most are so thankful for it. I have done a breakfast one with bowls, cereal, coffee mugs and coffee samples. This looks great on cheap trays I pick up at yard sales. For less than $5.00 you have a unique gift that gets rid of some of that cheap or free cereal.

  • Holly says:

    I use my glade freebies or cheapies to make my pastor’s wives baskets full of their favorite scent!

  • Precious says:


    Yes I have used stockpile for Christmas gifts. But here is a different gift basket that I made a couple of years ago with clearanced items after each holiday:

  • Melissa Ceccofiglio says:

    Yes!! I plan to I just started couponing in January 2010…and have TONS of stuff! I plan to make a “movie night” or “game night” baskets with pop corn, chips, soda, candy and a corresponding family game or movie…mostly all from these great BF sales!! :O)))

  • ZombieMommy says:

    Are you kidding? All of my shopping has only 3 purposes.
    1)For my family
    2) For the poor
    3)Whatever is left over goes to Christmas gifts. Hot sauce and razors every year!

  • Ginny says:

    LOL at #3 made my day

  • Ginny says:

    On a side note one of my husbands friend is coming over for Christmas he is recently going through a bad break up. So since funds are tight on black Friday I went and got him a towel, wash cloth and hand towel set and will combine it with some stock pile stuff like deodorant, soap and shampoo and razors.

  • Heather says:

    I do stocking stuffers for over 20 people. It used to freak me out & cost tons. Since I started stock piling I just use my extra “loot” and people get things they actually will use.

  • Becky says:

    I did gift baskets last year for everyone and they loved them! I have had people asking and hoping that they would get them again this year!

  • Ashley Bullock says:

    You guys are AWESOME! I’m learning SO much!

  • Boyz Mom says:

    Before couponing ever became a thing for me I did little baskets like this with movie things. I would get a $5 gcard for a local movie store to throw in since picking movies can be crazy. I have started turning in my used ink cartridges at Staples or Officemax for the rewards money and last year I bought all the stocking stuffers with that money. This year I have been so busy that I didn’t get around to recycling ink cartridges but I have been couponing more and sticking up on little free things. One thing that helps me throught the year ( I have 3 children 11,3, 10months, 3 grandkids- 9,5,15 months and 2 due in Feb, plus 2 neices- 3 and 6 wks) each child has there own tote. So throughout the year I throw things I got for free or REALLY cheap in the top tote and around October I get them out and seperate the stack. I put whatever gifts I have already in each childs tote and then come Thanksgiving time I look to see what I all have left to get. This year I got a lot of really cheap gift cards through a promo our newspaper was having. Then stocked up on free items that store were giving out with any purchase. I don’t think I have spent $300 on all of those children and have each tote almost full.

  • Michelle H. says:

    Last year I took all my coffee and tea samples and put them inside a travel mug as a gift for a coffee loving relative. I also use my freebies and stockpile items for stocking stuffers.

    I have a dear friend who made a midlife career change and is going to school full time to be a physical therapist. Needless to say she is a poor college student living off savings right now, so I send her a care package of toiletries several times a year. She hasn’t had to buy toothpaste, shampoo, or feminine hygiene products in over a year. It’s not much, but it sure makes her happy to get the mail!

  • Becky says:

    I also love the Menards free after rebate items! They have had some awesome picture frames recently too, that will make great gifts. The tools and automotive items are great for the guys, and they have had some kitchen items and blankets that work well for gifts too.
    My mom is in a nursing home and likes to give the nurses and aides gifts, so I make bags for them with my rebate and couponing items from my stockpile every year. They all love them. Last year they all got Glade items because I had a huge amount of candles built up.
    Couponing and rebating is just so awesome!! It saves so much money when you look at how many ways you can use the items that you get. I love being able to go to my shelves and getting a gift ready in 5 minutes without having to leave home. I have gift bags, cards, a variety of items, and I don’t have to spend any extra money.

  • Hannah says:

    This year I’m knitting kitchen wash rags (just the price of yarn!) and tying one or two of them together with some of the free Gain dish soap we all scored last month. Easy, inexpensive and practical gift!

  • stephanie says:

    Christmas & mothers/fathers day. I always look for coffee/tea deals all year, then put things together in a great basket for Mother’s days. I also do personal items: shower gel, soaps, razors, hair supplies, candles. ITs always things our relatives use & I try to stock up through out the year.

  • Meredith says:

    Here are three things I do:

    For a neighbor: Take one of your many free bottles of dish soap and pair it with a dish towel from the dollar store. Tie a bow on it. Neighbors LOVE this.

    For a family member that can’t make it this year: (I do this one for my brother and he loves it). I usually have a bunch of free/cheap cookie mixes. Since we always have cookies on Christmas Eve, I usually send him a pack with a pack of disposable Christmas plates from the dollar store. This year, I scored some cheap hot cocoa I can send too. Will all fit in the tiny USPS Flat Rate Box.

    For my husband: I save as many that haven’t expired “man only” coupons. Where you may spend more than a free item, you have cheaply customized your husbands stocking with things just for him. Not things out of the stockpile closet upstairs. (kinda off the topic but thought I’d share).

  • Joy says:

    1) For Christmas, I am giving my 15 year old niece a spa-type basket filled with all kinds of goodies that I have gotten for almost free like Garnier shampoo, deodorant, Oil of Olay body wash, face wash, Target pj’s, NYC lip gloss and nail polish, and a free Cd I won at a Casting Crowns concert. I am really excited about it and I think she will be too. This is the first time I have ever done anything like this.
    2) I am also doing a similar thing for my nephew who is in college. He can always use kind of things too.
    3) I have been able to give a lot of our stockpile to shelters in the area. They are so appreciative and it makes me feel like my couponing/saving serves a dually good purpose.

  • I took my stockpile and divided it up into four large gift bags for international families @ my husband’s school that do not have a lot or the means to buy many gifts (let alone toiletries).

  • Carrie McClelland says:

    In previous years we have made several barbeque/grilling gift baskets – lots of free marinades/bbq sauce from summer (that stuff takes forever to expire) and some grill tools from Lowe’s/Home Depot on massive end of summer clearance. Throw in some free hot sauce and everyone is happy! Could include a grocery store gift card if you wanted to add some value.

    I give my teenage niece a ton of free/cheap nail polish in crazy colors every year. It’s fun for her and her mom and even if I make it late to CVS I can always find the weird colors in stock for the deals.

  • Jessica says:

    We used many stockpiled items for part of a wedding gift for my brother. I included laundry detergent, TP, deodorant, shampoo and cond, body wash, toothpaste, pads, razors, shaving cream, kleenex – they didn’t need to go shopping for that stuff for a while. 🙂

  • Sara says:

    I usually add a pack of cheap or free baby wipes or diapers to baby gifts.

    I don’t know why I haven’t thought about doing this for other occasions. Thank you. =)

  • Angela says:

    At work this time of year, we do Care & Share program to raise $, goods, etc. for a local charity and community services organization. One of the fundraising we do within our 60 person office is a silent auction. Employees bring in something to donate to the silent auction and other coworkers bid on the items, with all proceeds going to the Care & Share program. This year, my donation were two baskets – one was a “wellness basket” or Cold & Flu Basket filled with Nyquil, Dayquil, vick’s cough drops, kleenex, lysol, chapstick, etc. The other was a “His and Her’s toiletry basket” filled with bodywash, shampoo, deoderant, toothpaste, shaving cream, lotion, razors, etc. All items I have gotten for free or severly discounted over the past few months due to my couponing skills and I figured, if my coworkers want some of these staple items, they will bid and the $ will go to a good cause, and if not, all the items in the baskets can be donated to the charity! Its a win win either way!

  • nanasewn says:

    I send most of our stash to the service men and women. they really appreciate anything they get.

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