Here's a solution that is both easy and cheap: make baked goodies! Package them in cellophane bags (available at Hobby Lobby, my go-to store, in the party section), close them with metallic twist ties (in the cake decorating section of Hobby Lobby) and use curling ribbon to finish it off. Attach some homemade labels and you have a super cute, super simple, super cheap gift that you can make in mass batches for last-minute hostess gifts or stocking stuffers.
Here are a few of my favorites that I have made in the past for friends:
|Source: Betty Crocker|
Puppy Chow: always a hit. Perhaps it should be called Reindeer Chow in light of the holiday season...
|Source: Brown Eyed Baker|
Red velvet cake balls. I once made 2 batches for a small get-together and left with empty serving platters!
Tiger butter. This is actually something my old high school friend would make every year. Watch out: it's addicting!