My name is Stacie and I'm addicted to the Dollar Tree . I believe my highest love language towards others is gifts . I lllllllllooooooooovvvvvveeeeee sending someone a surprise piece of mail or showing up unannounced with a little prize whether it be home made , purchased or a little of both . This will quiet possibly be the 100th time you've read this , but my gift giving motto's are " It doesn't have to cost much to be worth much " and " It's the thought that counts not the cost " , so when I give a gift both of those sentences run through my mind . A few others are........
Breaking it Down : When giving a gift I also consider things like , 1. How well do I know the person ? Obviously the better you know a person the easier it is to pick out something for them . 2 . Am I giving out of obligation or for the joy of giving ? If it is out of obligation perhaps a nice card will be best . I don't know about you , but I feel like I can tell when an act of "kindness" is forced . 3 . Is trying to figure out what to give becoming a struggle ? Giving is suppose to be a joy not a weight on our shoulders . 2 Cor. 9:7 - " Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, [so let him give]; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver " . I am sure you have heard that verse used in every tithing sermon you've ever heard , but one of the reasons it's so frequently used , is because it's true . 4 . What could this person really need that God could possibly use me to provide for them through this gift ? When considering what someone might need it isn't always something tangible . There have been times I have sent something as simple as a fun pen , tube of lip gloss , or even just a sincere note and it turned out to be worth more than if I had sent something that cost $100.00 to the one receiving it . Philippians 4:19 - " But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus " . Though , lets just be real for a second , I mean........who wouldn't love $100.00 showing up in their mailbox unexpectedly ?! Feel free to use these questions the next time you are invited to a birthday party , baby or wedding shower . You may find that it helps you a great deal in deciding how to celebrate your friends / family via gift giving .
|These jars at one time contained jelly , pickles or |
even mayo . But once the product was gone I gave them a
thorough soaking and cleaning prior to repurposing them .
Wedding Gifts , it seems that it is the season for wedding showers , baby showers , and bachelorette parties . I literally feel like every week I am getting a new text message or phone call that someone is engaged or pregnant . In the last 3 weeks and in the next 2 I will have had 3 friends give birth . Three of the little ones are girls !! If there is something in the water I refuse to drink it . LOL !! With all these new little one's coming into the world at the same time Auntie Stacie has had to get resourceful with her gift giving . In this post I made some jars to hold all those little things you need to keep by the changing table . To go along with that gift I also made a fun little picture frame , using the word laugh as a focal point and a comic strip as a boarder . I figure there are gonna be late nights and early morning when a worn out parent made need a little reminder to find the humor in it all . I imagine a half asleep father putting the diaper on backward or something like that . I'd laugh . With this gift I also added to the basket a few items that I have only come across at the Dollar Tree , a box of disposable bibs and a box of disposable diaper bags (for the dirty diapers) . These items in this gift they have become a staple in my baby shower gift giving . I figure the disposable bibs will come in handy once you have a toddler on your hands and are eating out . I would think put the disposable bib on them , let them make their mess and leave the bib in the trash with your tray at the end of the meal . The diaper bags I am told are really handy also for when you are out and about . No one WANTS to leave a stinky diaper in someone's trash can so , these bags help to keep the stink and mess to a minimum . One friend of mine actually uses doggie bags . You know , the bags people carry to pick up pup pooh when walking their dog . I thought that was a great idea too !!
|Final product . Basket , disposable bibs & diaper bags came|
from the Dollar Tree . Everything else I had already on hand
just waiting to be used for something like this .
|All items pictured are from |
the Dollar Tree .
pediatric electrolyte fluid , does it remind you of anything you've maybe purchased elsewhere ?! The Dollar Tree also sells name brand items such as Yardleys , Zest , and Irish Spring and that's just in the soap isle !! I don't know about where you are located , but the Dollar Tree is the only place in town to create a balloon bouquet . Well , one that doesn't cost $25 for 4 balloons anyway . Just recently I purchased a inflated helium balloon at one of the local grocery's and it cost just over $5 !!!! I was so mad at myself for not taking the time to have stopped by the dollar tree and gotten more balloons for that same amount !! Sorry , that was a soap box moment .
To say that the Dollar Tree has become my go - to for shower gifts , care package supplies and little treats for myself now and then would be an understatement . When sending a care package of my own making , I like to toss in some fun candy , confetti or something unexpected to top it off . So that when the receiver opens it they know 1 . They are loved . 2 . They are thought of and care went into this and 3 . This is a fun gift they are about to go through . Since realizing the Dollar Tree is like a treasure chest of nothing but goodness I have also started getting my care package candy there . Just recently I picked up some of these butter cream mints and double bubble , of course !! No care package is really complete with out some double bubble chewing gum . They sell other name brand candies such as Twix , Lindt (yes , Lindt) and Tootsie Pop , just to name a few .
|The buttercream mints say "Happy Birthday" . They|
are also sold with "Thank You" , "It's a boy" and "It's a Girl"
printed on their packaging . Such a fun addition to a birthday or baby gift !!
|I'm unsure if you can tell how cute this reuse bag is|
because of the pattern behind it . It is a black and white
flower shaped trellis pattern with purple trim and handles .
Those are candies laying on top :-)
|To close my Dollar Tree section of this post I'll show |
you my "Just for Me" purchase from today . You know
that it may be Summer outside house , but at the Faith Journals it is
Fall inside the house . I have already set up my Fall table décor .
I couldn't wait any longer and these fun glittery pumpkins
are the perfect addition .
Shutterfly Freebie code + shipping, handling , taxes - address labels = $3.27
A sheet of 10 stamps from the Post office = $4.90
A pack of note cards from the dollar tree = $1.00 (pls tx)
= $9 . 17 ish
I don't know about you , but I think that is a great gift for someone working on a budget !
Well, I hope that this " Breaking it Down " post has inspired some gift giving and care package ideas for you , that are not only easy on the wallet , but easy to create . I also hope that it has enlightened you a bit to the amazing finds that the Dollar Tree has to offer . I doubt it will be my last Dollar Tree rant . Yes , I do purchase gifts, care package items , and candy at other places , but now that I know all that can be found in this inexpensive treasure trove I will for sure make an effort to make it my first stop if possible when getting supplies for gifts and care packages . Honestly , I think that even if I had an unlimited amount of money I would still use the Dollar Tree as a resource . I mean , why wouldn't you save a buck if and where you can ?!! For me it is all about being responsible and accountable to His Provision for me and sharing that Love with others !
Happy Gift Giving !!! What are some fun baby shower gifts you have given ? Where do you go to find great bargains and deals ?! Please feel free to share with us in the comment section . Also , you can click on any highlighted item through this post to find links , past posts , etc. on the items or stores mentioned .