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September 30th, 2005 at 08:03 am

Hello everyone. The holidays are coming and I am freaking out about what to do for gifts. My new job consists of about 15 acquaintances all who are very earthy and into cultural awareness...and then I have 3 close co-workers, 1 who is my boss-who are very formal. What to do what to do????

I dont have much cash this year so I figured it would be a good idea to plan early. I also absolutely hate providing gifts that people dont use. Therefore, I have decided to become an expert in canning and give out jarred applesauce, jams, and dill pickles as little "gift baskets". I have the HUGE advantage that my boyfriend's family owns an Orchard/Farm with apple picking currently in the prime. I could probably get most the fruit for almost nothing. I figure my acquaintances will get one jam, sauce, or pickle-and then my closer network of co-workers will get a more personalized basket of jams, applesauce, and maybe a gift certificate.....

What do you all think? Am i too cheap this year?


  1. Anonymous Says:

    I think it's a wonderful idea. I personally would rather get something like that than a knickknack I felt pressured to display and hold on to. Are you new to canning? Jams and applesauce are easy; I don't know about pickles, though (I've never tried them). Do you have all of your supplies? Because it could be a more expensive undertaking than you think if you have to buy everything.

    Good luck!

  2. Anonymous Says:

    I have a lot of fun canning, but I strictly do waterbath canning, so that means fruit and/or adding vinegar to stuff. Another item that I like to make that is very very easy and doesn't require canning is mustard. Put enough interesting ingredients and it becomes quite formal. Check out The Fancy Pantry...its one of my favorites.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    You say this is your new job. Is this your first Christmas there? You might want to check with a couple of your friends to see if giving gifts to everybody is expected or if they do a draw a name or ignore the whole gift giving thing. I never have given gifts to that many co-workers at Christmas. Seems excessive and even cheap gifts would end up costing a lot.

    Ah the joys of now longing working out--no more gift exchanges, office collections, etc.


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