Christmas is just around the corner, a mere 29 shopping days away, but who's counting? If you're anything like me you have a bazillion people on your Christmas list and a bunch of lint in the bottom of your purse. So it's time to get creative. I've been posting a few $5-or-less gift ideas and you can see them here and here.
Today's idea is brilliant and not really my own. My creative friend Barb came up with this cute gift and she was gracious enough to let me share it with you.
Emergency Purse Kit
She started with a soft plastic cassette case ($.20) and trimmed out the two prongs from the inside. Then she designed the title on a sticky address label and attached it the front. To keep it from peeling off and to give it a nice shiny finish she put a piece of clear shipping tape over the label.
Then the fun starts. You could fill it with any small assortment of goodies. Barb was a frugal smarty pants and went to Quizno's and asked if she could have a few sugar and salt packets as well as a few individually wrapped toothpicks. They were happy to oblige. She also went to Hallmark and got some of their free credit card sized calenders. She put the calender in first so it would show through the back and the kits owner could see it without having to open the case.
See! Isn't she a smart one?
Then she added
- a small packet of pain relievers
- a band aid
- a birthday candle
- a match
- a stick of gum
- a mini chocolate
- an Emory board cut in half to fit inside the case
- a match (that could be lit on the Emory board)
- a breath mint
- 3 different sized safety pins
- a paperclip
- a dental pic
- the salt and sugar packets and the toothpick
- this cute little homemade emergency sewing kit
It was a piece of card stock cut with pinking shears. One side has slits. Then she wrapped four different colors of thread in the grooves of the pinking shear cuts and finished off the ends in the slits. She also added two buttons and slipped a needle in there under the thread.
After exclaiming over her genius for a good 15 minutes I asked her how much she thought it cost to make this.
Her answer? Less than a $1.
To account for the fact that you might have to buy everything in your kit I'm going to round it up to $2.
But still....2 bucks for something this cute and practical? I love it!!!
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