Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The $20 Gift Challenge

Hello friends! I have been on a shopping adventure today! I have a Christmas party coming up and it includes a gift exchange with gifts worth no more than $20. Now this got my little head spinning. I knew I could do your usual mug and Starbucks gift card. Or do a pair of sparkly earrings or a bracelet. Or even get some cute home item for $20. But you all know I'm a thrifty shopper. I knew I could make that $20 go a long way, and make it look like a whole lot more for whatever girl would be the recipient. I know I love to get a pretty present I actually enjoy, so I wanted to do the same for someone else.

Where else to start but my bargain-hunting headquarters, TJ Maxx! I had a rough idea of what I'd do in my mind, so I went in to find just the thing. Target and the Dollar Tree also came in handy. Here's what I ended up with.

Some pretty good loot, huh? Here's the cost breakdown:

- apothecary jar: $10 at TJ Maxx
- distressed frame: $4 at TJ Maxx
- silver glass ornaments: $3 at Dollar Tree (3 boxes of 7 for $1/box)
- silver tray: $1 at Dollar Tree
- white pillar candle: $1 at Target (well, it rang up $2.99 but the shelf was marked as $1 and they gave it to me for that price)
- mercury glass votive holder: $1 at Target

Aaaand here's the finished product...

I didn't count the wrapping in the cost, but it was 50 cents for the celo bag and $1 for the sparkly silver ribbon, both from Dollar Tree.

So there you go! The $20 gift challenge conquered! Would you like to get this gift at a party? I sure hope so! : )

{live beautifully}

I'm linking up to the Tuesday's Treasures party at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia.


  1. What a GREAT idea! I actually have a $20 gift exchange next week and this is perfect! :)


  2. Ohh, I love this! :)

  3. Anonymous12/09/2010

    Excellent work, bestie! It looks so upscale and beautiful!!!

    I sure love you!!

  4. That is a beautiful gift, definitely a collection anyone would love!! I love shopping at Target and Dollar Tree! I will have to check Target for those candle holders, they are so cute!

  5. Fabulous!!
    Looks more like a $50 gift, I love it!
    PS THanks for linking, I'll be featuring it on Tuesday :)

  6. Thanks everyone! It was such a fun project to work on. Kristin, thanks so much for being willing to feature it! I may or may not have screamed at the top of my lungs when I read that : )
    Happy Christmas everyone!


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