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Christmas is less than a week away. It is now too late to shop online unless you are willing to shell out for speedy delivery. There is still time to repurpose items into gifts if you can find the time between all the other Christmas events that are packed into the week before the big day, if not don’t fear I made a trip to my local dollar store to help you out.
In our hometown Dollar Tree is our local dollar store but I am assuming you can find similar items at whatever store is in your area.
With items being just $1 a piece plus tax, you can easily make up a basket of items that can suit any gift recipient for under $10 . I wandered around my local Dollar Tree snapping pictures of items and writing down ideas of what type of baskets you can make.
(please note, these pictures are all taken on my older model Tracfone LG smartphone, since I thought taking picture with my cannon rebel while I shopped might draw too much attention to me, so they are not as clean and crisp as my normal photos)
10 Last Minute Gift Basket Ideas Under $10
I got really brave and put together this gift basket while in Dollar Tree then made room to photograph it, because I really wanted you to see what one complete gift basket would look like. Yes people did stare. I mean really how many people do you see while shopping assembling a basket and then make room for it on a shelf and start shooting photos of it? But you are worth it.
This basket is has a total of 8 items. You can make it a complete gift card by putting enough for one Redbox movie in an envelope.
2.Personalized mugs for the whole family
Another great family gift would be these white mugs. Of course you are not going to leave them white. Head over to the office supply area and grab a sharpie and follow one of the many sharpie mug tutorials on Pinterest and make up personalized mugs for the whole family. Place them in a colorful tote and add in hot chocolate and peppermint sticks that they can use to stir. (psst….I think nail polish would also work to decorate mugs)
3. Car Fanatic gift basket
Grab one of the cleaning buckets seen above and fill it with a sponge, car interior cleaner, car tire cleaner, towels, and perhaps a few towels.
4. New home basic tool kit
Grab one of the cleaning buckets, or a tool kit or belt if your dollar store has them and fill it with, basic tools like a hammer, screw drivers, measuring tape, crazy glue, duct tape, all the things that come in handy for a quick fix repairs.
For this one use a either a wire basket or a wicker one and fill it with all the things a new home owner needs in their kitchen. Pot holders, slotted spoons, can openers. Perhaps even a few glasses and dishes depending on how much you want to spend.
6. Craft basket for the little artist
fill a colorful plastic, with coloring books, crayons, craft kits, glitter glue, stickers and journals. You could also fill a cleaning caddy as this makes an excellent container for little artists to keep their supplies organized and portable.
7. Dress up gift bag
Grab one of the giant gift bags and fill it with fairy wings and a wand. Or perhaps a dinosaur hat. A knights armor and shield. There were lots of different items for young dress up fanatics at my dollar store.
8. Hair accessory basket
Whether you want a gift for a teenage girl who loves trying out different hairstyles or for a little girl with a love of hair bows, the dollar store has a tonne of great items you can make a basket out of. Fill a colorful wire basket with a selection or brushes, and hair accessories that suit your recipient. You can also add shampoo, conditioner and hair styling products if you wish.
9. Journal basket
Know someone who is always jotting things down in a notebook. The dollar store is a great place to grab them a gift. Mine had several blank journals to choose from as well as one that had a blank cover so you could add in colorful pens and stickers for them to personalize it with. There are also pens and highlighters. Place these things in small reusable book bag, to complete the gift.
10. Don’t forget the family pet
The dollar store I went to had dog bowls that you could fill with dog treats and dog toys that you could give to your four legged friend to keep him or her busy while the family opens up their presents Christmas morning.
Hopefully this post assures you that even if you are out there this week shopping last minute you can still get some great gifts on a small budget.
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