Glorious Giving

A Father’s Day Goodie Bag

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A Photo Frame for Father’s Day

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Scripture Coffee Bags: For Coffee & Captivating Communion with our Creator

I love scripture coffee bags. They are so fun to make and look so pretty. How about making some for a friend who loves coffee? That way, when they have a coffee break they can meditate on the Word of God. See the free printable above or email me for a copy. You simply purchase a bag of coffee bags (they often come in packs of 8 for around $NZ4.50). Cut around each square and simply glue onto the small coffee bag tag. Then place in a celephane bag with some ribbon. It makes a presentable and frugal gift. You could always pair it with a coffee mug. The same idea can be applied to tea bags- it would be tea-riffic.


‘The Present Box’ – Organised Chaos


In my mad mission to de-clutter my home this year, I’ve put together a handy ‘present box’ that keeps pre-bought birthday presents for childrens’ birthday parties, plain cards, wrapping paper, gift bags and ribbons (often upcycled). I have a friend who makes wrapping paper simply by stamping plain paper. This looks really effective and saves money. I don’t often carve out time to make cards but by having a pre bought pack of plain cards and a few stickers handy, I can make a simple birthday card for a child’s birthday easily and frugally (I gawp at the price of bought cards). I often buy gifts on special to put in the present box, and prefer items such as books, games, puzzles and stationery items. I try to keep spending on birthday parties to around $10, as aren’t there so many parties that children are invited to these days. And young children like simple things anyway. I’ve found that novelty plasters for example (ie, Disney cars or princesses), are also popular as part of a child’s gift. I don’t expect other people to spend a fortune if their child is invited to one of my children’s parties either.

Stuck for christmas gift ideas? What to get the person who has everything? I love the idea of Tear Fund’s gift for life or giving to another similar charity on behalf of someone, in lieu of a gift. Or what about a ‘Date Night Gift Box’. This would also be a fun gift for a hen’s party, bridal shower or wedding anniversary.

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You’ll need:

A storage box or basket (or you could cover a shoe box with gift wrap).

You can put whatever you like in it, depending on the person and your budget. In this one I added a bottle of wine, a DVD (you could add a movie gift card), some microwaveable popcorn, and ice-cream supplies (waffle cones, chocolate sauce, jaffas, jubes, M & M’s and hundred’s and thousands and chocolate hail in resusable storage containers). Just add ice-cream and enjoy.


Above is a ‘Nappy Cake’. I enjoy creating ‘nappy cakes’ for mums-to-be. This was gifted from a whole group of people to a new mum and includes a magazine for the mum on the base and some emergency chocolate. You could even create a ‘Survival Kit for New Mum’s’ in the nappy cake, and something for the Dad too. Often Dads seem to get forgotten about when there is a new baby, but they need support too.

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  • Here is a ‘Christmas Cookie Mix’ – a gift in a jar that is quick & easy to make and is inexpensive but looks fun & festive. Would make a good gift for teachers etc. Recipe:
    • 1 1/3 cups rolled oat
    • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup white sugar
    • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
    • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
    •  1/3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 3/4 cup red and green M & M’
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • Just add one egg, 1/2 cup butter and 1 tsp vanilla.
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