Tuesday, January 29, 2013

One Final Christmas Post

Okay, I know you're probably as tired of Christmas as I am. In fact, I have considered saving this post for next year, but honestly, by then I probably won't remember it. So bear with me. Who knows, maybe you could adapt this idea for Valentine's Day.

As I've told you before, we spend Christmas Eve at my mother-in-law's home with all of Patrick's siblings and their families. We used to all draw names, but a few years ago, the men opted out of the gift exchange. The sisters and sisters-in-law still draw names and exchange a gift. Our kids also draw names and exchange gifts. And everyone buys gifts for all the little ones.

I  have an alter-ego named Elvira Elf who gives gifts to all the women who are there for Christmas Eve. It's always something very small, never more than $5. I don't have to do it, but it's something I really enjoy doing. It's fun to look for or make just the right gift at a price I can afford. This year's gift was such a hit, I thought I would share it with you.

This year's gift was nail polish and pedicure toe separators.

My original idea was to wrap the nail polish in a tube (I used empty toilet paper rolls). However, when I added the toe separators, I couldn't fit both pieces into one tube. So I ended up splitting two tubes and nesting them together to make one wider roll.

I then wrapped them with two layers of tissue paper and tied yarn on both ends so they looked like Christmas Crackers. The final touch was a tag labeled "For Your Twinkle Toes."

Here is what each gift cracker included:
  • Pure Ice nail polish - $1.99 each at Wal-Mart
  • Glittery toe separators - 99 cents each from Big Lots
  • Glittered tissue in red and green - $1 from Dollar Tree
  • Empty toilet paper rolls - FREE
  • Yarn which was left over from another project - FREE
If you haven't tried Pure Ice nail polish, I highly recommend it. It's very inexpensive and, if you use a base coat and a top coat, it holds up very well. It also comes in all the latest colors. 

This idea was inspired by several things I saw on Pinterest. They all used "For Your Mistle Toes" instead of "For your Twinkle Toes."

I'm working in second grade the rest of this week and Our Little Princesses will be here for the weekend. I'll be back with new posts next week.


  1. Actually, this idea can be used any time of year, not just Christmas :-) Thanks for sharing!

  2. what a fun idea, and thanks for stopping by my blog. It's good to meet another grandma blogger.