Regular readers of my blog will know that every Mother’s Day and Christmas Olivia likes to gift what we now call our ‘aunties bags’. This is a tradition that Olivia started when she was around 3/4 I think and was started from an innocent question from a then baby Olivia. She was cute back then I have to admit!
I have to say, these days the pressure is on. I remember that first time we gifted them, my sister’s absolutely loved them. They were small perfume sized gift bags filled with sweets and a small single gerbera flower. Cheap and cheerful but they were such a big hit. These days, they are the most anticipated gift with my sister’s and they all can’t wait to see what is in them. As I said, the pressure is on (personally I think they love the sweets more than anything else!)
These days, the aunties gift bags get bigger and bigger and our self-imposed rules seem to go out of the window more often than not!
Especially this year as they actually form part of their present as opposed to a small side gift! I tell you one day, I will run out of ideas. Last years were pretty epic gift bags so the bar has been raised somewhat this year.
So let’s refresh our memories on our ‘gift bag guidelines’ and see what we have broken this year! These bags also make really great, cheap, last-minute gifts too for those who leave everything to the last minute.
- Bags need to be small perfume size
- 1 personalised present for each sister (no more than £5 per gift)
- More Sweets
- Small gifts (matching of course, because… sisters!)
- Fill with marshmallows and Rainbow Drops
- Then hand them out!
The Final Bag.
Usually, the bags come in at around £10 each. I make them all pretty much identical as this really helps to keep the cost down. Buying multi packs of sweets/gifts and splitting them is perfect. Even better if I can get what I need in multiples of 3. I have to admit, this year they all have their main gifts matching and the personalised gifts are smaller novelty items that I know they will love.
The beauty of these bags is that you can adapt them in any way to any budget. The bag could even be the gift itself, as I demonstrated last year. This year, for Olivia’s second Christmas in secondary school we gifted similar bags to 8 of her friends. They were a big hit at school too again. We did keep these to perfume sized bags and they were mostly filled with sweets too!
The possiblities are endless but for us, we like to keep them small with token items generally. I know this Christmas we broke our own rules – I take full responsibility for wanting to buy the unicorn bags, but on the whole, the gift bags are small but full of a whole range of goodies.
Do you gift people bags like this? Or would youl ike to receive something like this? If so what would you like in your bag?