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Creative Holiday Office Gifts

Updated on February 20, 2015
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Here in Louisiana we say, "Let the good times roll!" Holidays are celebrated with crafts, costumes and decorations, to everyone's enjoyment.

Louisiana Sunset on Zazzle

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Gift Ideas for the Office

Before I retired, when I was a hard working school librarian, I used to create a lot of arts and kitchen crafts items to give as gifts to my co-workers for Christmas, Valentine's Day and other holidays. Since I was on a tight budget, I would usually start early, making jelly and other items to put in homemade gift baskets. I would also work on arts and crafts items for those special people at work.

I have included some ideas for gift baskets and some directions for making bath salts from inexpensive materials that are even better than the ones you buy in a store. These baskets will be gifts from the heart.

Today I still do the kitchen crafts and gift baskets for our friends and family, but put most of my craft designs on Zazzle, CafePress or Etsy. Zazzle products can be personalized which makes the gift more special.

Many of the items on Zazzle, CafePress and on Amazon are very economical if you watch for the sales and the free shipping. Here are some economical suggestions for holiday or any time gifts for your co-workers.


Introduction picture: Louisiana Sunset by naturegirl7. Click the link to buy it.

With a little creativity, you can give your co-workers lovely gifts, even if you're on a budget.

Gift Baskets

Such things as homemade jellies, cookies, bread, sweets, tea blends, vinegar, bath salts, soap, etc. arranged in attractive baskets with mugs, holiday towels, pot holders, biscuit or bread mix, candles, etc. were always well received. If you shop for sales, these could be quite economical.

Most of your female co-workers will really appreciate relaxation baskets stocked with bath salts, candles, scented soap, wash cloths, lufa sponge and other supplies to help take away the stress of a hard day at the office.

You can choose from many different mug styles and colors at Zazzle. Personalize the mug by adding your co-workers name in the "customize" feature on Zazzle.

Just visit zazzle.com/naturegirl7* to see the mugs and any of the other Zazzle products designed by me, naturegirl7.

Noisette Rose Mug

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Fairy Rose Mug

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Twinings Tea Blends

There are six boxes of tea in this set. You could make 6 homemade gift baskets by dividing it up and including a couple inexpensive holiday mugs, a potholder or tea towel and some muffin or scone mix in a basket or colorful box.

Rasberry Scone Mix

Scone, muffin, biscuit or bread mix adds some substance to a "tea time" gift basket.

Household Essentials ML-9195 Rectangular-Shaped Woven-Willow Basket, Set of 4
Household Essentials ML-9195 Rectangular-Shaped Woven-Willow Basket, Set of 4

These attractive baskets of different sizes would make good reusable containers for your gift.

 

How to Make Bath Salts

Bath salts are very easy to make. All you need are some epsom salts and/or rough sea salt and some essential oils in your choice of fragrance. We like lavender because it is a soothing fragrance, which promotes relaxation and sleep. You can find the essential oils at many craft shops that sell soap making supplies and also at what we used to call "head shops" in the sixties. The epsom salt and sea salt can be purchased at many grocery stores. Get plain sea salt with NO iodine. Mix the epsom and sea salt (about a 1 to 1 ratio) in a container with a lid, leaving room at the top. Or you can use a glass bowl and stir. Add a few drops of the oil and shake it to mix. Keep adding the oil and shaking until you get the desired scent. I usually leave mine in the jar for a few days, so the scent can completely permeate the salts.

When you're ready to put together the gift basket, pour some into a small container or even a labeled zip-lock craft bag. Add a bar of scented soap and a couple of candles and a pretty washcloth (folded, rolled and flared like a flower, use rubberband on bottom to secure) to the little basket or soap dish and voila, you have a relaxation kit that any woman in the office would enjoy.

Lavender Pure Essential Oil

Plantlife Lavender 100% Pure Essential Oil - Bulgarian - 10 ml
Plantlife Lavender 100% Pure Essential Oil - Bulgarian - 10 ml

Make sure that you purchase pure essential oil. Other types are good for potpourri but may irritate and burn the skin if used in bath salts.

 

Epsom Salt

Epsom Salt 16 Oz
Epsom Salt 16 Oz

Epsom salt is good for soaking tired or sprained muscles. I also add plain sea salt to my bath salt mix.

 

This lavender soap is luxurious and would add to a relaxing bath.

More Relaxation Items

Here are more little gifts to add to the relaxation basket.

If you don't have time to make your own, here is a nice one.

How to Make a Gift Basket: Themes Video

How to Make a Gift Basket More Theme Examples Video

At Zazzle you can personalize your gifts with customization

River Turtles and Fish Tie

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Personalized Items Add That Special Touch

Before Zazzle and CafePress, I would hand paint or applique designs on T-shirts and sweat shirts and /or sweat pants for those who were special friends. Now I put most of my designs on-line along with the ones I've created from photographs. And Zazzle has ties, hats, mousepads, key chains, magnets, cards, posters and more.

Zazzle has very unique designs for many interests whether it be sports, nature, outdoors or the holidays. One of the outstanding features of Zazzle is that each item can be customized by the user with text or pictures. Click on the picture to view the item at Zazzle.com.

You can find other gift items at our three Zazzle Galleries, Naturally Native Creations (zazzle.com/naturegirl7*), Louisiana Lagniappe and Wild & Wonderful Louisiana (zazzle.com/tiger45*) .

Sports Fans

Tiger's Eye LSU Shirt

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Personalized Tiger Shirt by tiger45 & Black & Geauld by lalagniappe

LSU Tigers Apron

Great choice for the tailgater in your office.

Black and Geauld Shirt

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New Orleans Saints Gift Bag

Get a team gift bag to make up a goody bag for the sports fan on your list.

Gifts for Special Friends

Mousepad

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Something Pretty for Those Special Friends on Zazzle.com

You can find other gift items at our three Zazzle Galleries, Naturally Native Creations (zazzle.com/naturegirl7*), Louisiana Lagniappe (zazzle.com/lalagniappe7* and Wild & Wonderful Louisiana (zazzle.com/tiger45*) .

Cypress Pond Original Oil Print

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Gifts for the Office Under $10.00

Shamrock Keychain

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird Magnet

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Dax Kitten Stickers

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Scap Bookers Would Enjoy These Under $10.00 Gifts - Postcards and Stickers

How-to books are always appreciated by friends.

© 2009 Yvonne L. B.

What's your favorite Office gift?

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      boutiqueshops 7 years ago

      OMG this is sooo cool! Added to the Senior Squids Craft Directory! Great work!

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      kimmanleyort 7 years ago

      Excellent ideas for office gifts! I like that you explain how Zazzle can be used to personalize a gift. 5*

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      Yvonne L. B. 7 years ago from Covington, LA

      I'm so glad you enjoyed the lens and greatly appreciate the positive comments. Thanks.

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      Yvonne L. B. 7 years ago from Covington, LA

      @pkmcruk: Oh joy! Thanks so much for the blessing. You just don't know how good this makes me feel.

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      myraggededge 7 years ago

      I really enjoyed looking through your lovely selection. Congats on the Purple Star!

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      pkmcr 7 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Really excellent lens and many congratulations on your Purple Star! Here's a little extra Blessing to go with it :-)

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      Dianne Loomos 7 years ago

      You have some wonderful gift suggestions, especially the homemade gift baskets. I love those!

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      rio1 7 years ago

      I like your gift selections. They almost make me want to go back to work...NOT!