Since we are talking about back to school items and stocking up I wanted to share this idea. Start gathering craft items to put together in a Christmas box or stocking to replenish kids’ craft boxes at home and/or to load their stockings with fillers of creative stuff rather than just candy. They have way more fun stretching their imaginations.
Also, be on the lookout for the sale items for dorm rooms. Get a few items now and stash some items for Christmas, too! Then your students can have a mid year makeover or add to their collections. Maybe they’ll want to see what the other roommates contribute first. Then they can fill in the blanks at Christmas.
I saw something on the web the other day that stated that some retailers are looking at things from a thrifty trend standpoint. It also said that they are possibly looking at keeping school supplies and stuff out on the shelves longer and just putting them out a little bit at a time so they can keep their inventories down, so if there is a particular item you fall in love with you might consider buying it now. If it is something that would be nice but not necessarily a must have item, you might consider waiting them out.
Also, I think I have shared this tip before, but those extra backpacks that go on sale or lunch boxes are great packages to stuff full of little gifts. You could fill them with a few clothes or craft supplies when your child has a birthday party to go to. I hate spending more on the packaging than on the actual gift and it is nice to have the whole gift be something that is usable.
Have a great day! God Bless! Kimber
Note from Jill:
Don’t forget other people besides kids and students on your gift list. People who sew can use the plastic boxes or pencil holders to put all kinds of different things in and for projects. Quilters can use colored pencils to draft their designs. They also use many things like post-it notes, alligator clips and even inexpensive little scissors for snipping.
Think outside of the box. For example, my teenage grandson got a new drafting table for his room to do his drawings on. A great gift for him would be pencils, pencil holders, rulers, erasers, etc.
Anyone would love the cute dry erase boards and calendars that are now available for lockers. They would be great stocking stuffers for almost anyone.
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