(Secret) Santa

Christmas-time is here. Tis the season for office parties, and club parties, and small group parties, and….and…and… Fill in the blank! Bring on the secret santas, gift exchanges, and name drawing. How in the world is one supposed to buy personal gifts for so many people? Is it possible to do without breaking the bank?

Yes! And I’m here to help. Here is a list of some great sites to get the creative juices flowing. This doesn’t have to be complicated or stressful! Promise.

Lulu Belle put together two great lists: 50+ Stocking Stuffers for Men and 50+ Stocking Stuffers for Women. The lists are both filled with small gift ideas for a man or woman that you may not know very well (or maybe you do and just need some new ideas!)

If you’re really on a budget, Today’s Fabulous Finds has a list of 15 gift ideas under $2, complete with captions for each one!

For you DIYers out there:

dm designs has a photographic list of 101 different gift ideas that you can make.

If 101 ideas isn’t satisfactory, check out Tip Junkie’s list of 400 homemade gift ideas.

If you want a shorter list, check out The 36th Avenue. Desirée has a great list of 25 gifts that you can make for under $5. And no, you don’t have to be particularly crafty to make some of them. Check out her list!

I wanna know: Do you have any great stocking stuffer/party gift ideas? Do you do handmade Christmas presents, or prefer to buy?

Farmer’s Market-ing it up

I just love the farmer’s market in this county. It’s small, yes. But the prices are reasonable and it’s all locally grown produce. I’m not so much of a fan of “farmer’s markets” that sell bananas in October in MI. Because, obviously, bananas don’t grow in MI. Ever. Let alone in October. My one exception for this rule is the Soulard in St. Louis. A small piece of my soul resides there, I’m pretty sure.

I digress. I gave myself a $10 limit today, just to see how much loot I could get for under that amount. I spent $9.65 and got:

  • a pound of tomatoes…getting to the tail end of tomato season 😦 Until next year, fresh tomatoes!
  • 4 bell peppers…2 green, 1 red, 1 yellow
  • a 1/4 peck of gala apples (apples are back! apples are back! apples are back!)
  • 3 ears of sweet corn
  • an acorn squash
  • an eggplant (it’s so cute!)
  • a pound of green beans

Not so shabby, eh?

In other news, it’s chilly outside! As in high of 66 degrees today. Bring on the fall. I’m trying to embrace the coming season and all of the things that I love about it (apples, cinnamon, pumpkin, spice cookies, cider, crisp air, cooler running temps….) as opposed to focusing on the impending winter.  Because….well. I’m just not ready for snow quite yet. I’ll get there, though. I will.

What do you like about fall? Ready or not….it’s coming!