Small Christmas Gift Ideas

December 17, 2008

I am looking for mass gift giving ideas, on a budget. I am planning on going to the hospital on Base to visit veterans for Christmas. I want to take small gifts to give to those we visit. I need ideas for a lot of gifts to be given to the Veterans there.


Navy Wiffle from Las Vegas, NV


December 17, 20080 found this helpful

Get in touch with some veteran organizations by phone and explain to them that you would like to give the vets a small gift when you visit them in the hospital. I believe they will be able to financially help you in your endeavors.

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December 20, 20080 found this helpful

Some time ago, my husband (who is a vet of the Korean Conflict) was approached by a stranger while in our local Wal-mart. The gentleman shook my husband's hand and thanked him for his service to our great country. The man then handed my husband a tiny American flag pin. It's almost like a lapel pin, with a "frog" for a fastener. My husband treasures this small item that couldn't have cost this gentleman more than a few pennies.
Perhaps your local Veterans' Affairs office or American Legion will know how to obtain these items.

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December 20, 20080 found this helpful

God Bless you! I loved the idea of the flag pin! And I would think even candy bars, homemade cards of thanks for service, and even hugs would mean so much to any veteran! It's more the gift of time and the thought of thanking them that matters!

Please let us know what you decided and please share your experience with the veterans with us :-)

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By Jan (Guest Post)
December 21, 20080 found this helpful

Go to a walmart, k-mart or other chain store and get puzzle books, there are all kinds. t will give them something to do. My husband likes the word ones.

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December 22, 20080 found this helpful

How about going to a Christian bookstore and purchasing some bookmarks. These would be inexpensive & you might get a discount by buying in bulk. These would be truly a God sent gift & such a help in time of need, both for their books, magazines, and for their souls, and uplifting of their spirits. What a great job you're going to be doing, my hat off to you! May God bless you for your efforts.

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November 11, 20090 found this helpful

I love the ideas so far. I don't have any idea how much they cost but for all that reading a magnified glass could be nice.

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I'm a newspaper carrier and get many tips and gifts at Christmas time. I like to put some little handmade gift in the thank you notes but I've run out of ideas. This year I gave candy cane horses. I have between 550 and 600 customers. I need to get started right away! I need some ideas!

M. Donna from Dayton, OH


By jojo (Guest Post)
January 8, 20070 found this helpful

A bookmark?
A small calendar card (approx credit card size)? These are handy to keep in a wallet or purse.

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January 8, 20070 found this helpful

How about making some personalized wraps that you wrap around miniature hershey candy bars? There is a site called that has free printables that you can use; there are even bookmarks that you could print off if you would like to go with bookmarks like Jojo suggested. You could buy clear shelf lining paper and "laminate" your bookmarks. Maybe you could get personalized pencils, I had some made at and they were pretty reasonable; they even have some shaped liked candy canes.

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January 12, 20070 found this helpful

people love magnets! i printed them with graphics and sayings combinations or just sayings. also bookmarks printed on heavy weight cardstock about 2"x8" also ribbon bookmarks..they are so cool!! if you want to check with the administrator of this wonderful site I could email you my crafts (on word documents)

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January 26, 20070 found this helpful

You know, you really DON'T have to BACK gifts, because the gifts they gave to YOU are for what you have ALREADY DONE FOR THEM. A nice little card will suffice in my opinion, otherwise you'll be crafting until Easter! lol You must be doing an
excellent job, so just learn to accept graciously because you must be worth it. Keep up the good work. God bless and keep you. : )

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November 7, 2004

I need to make 20-60 small gifts for my families for Christmas. Any inexpensive ideas? It's all for ages 10 and up. Can anyone give me any ideas?



July 27, 20170 found this helpful

I would check out the Dollar Tree for lots of cute, inexpensive ideas. If you like to cook, fudge wrapped in festive paper makes a nice gift.

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I need to make 20-60 small gifts for my families for Christmas. Any inexpensive ideas? It's all for ages 10 and up. Can anyone give me any ideas? Kristen

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