The giveaway has ended. Congrats and Happy Holidays to the winner, Diana P.!
This post is sponsored by merci. As always all opinions are my own.
The 12 Days of Christmas continues with some ideas for Holiday Gifting with Clear Glass Ornaments.
Welcome to Day 5 of the 12 Days of Christmas here on IBC. For those of you who are new to the series: I’m sharing 12 festive ideas along with 12 fabulous giveaways over the span of 12 days. Check out the end of this post for links to all of the merriment!
Today, I’m teaming up with my friends at merci® (and their delicious chocolate) to give you some holiday gift ideas for the people in your life who you’re especially grateful for. By giving merci (“thank you” in French) you are truly saying “thanks”! #givemerci
In case you haven’t heard of merci, they’ve been making rich, European chocolate from the finest ingredients since 1965. Their slim, stylish boxes (featured below) contain eight unique, individually-wrapped flavors: Milk Chocolate, Coffee and Cream. Hazelnut-Almond. Hazelnut-Créme, Marizpan, Dark Cream, Dark Mousse, and Praline-Créme. Yum!
merci has made gift giving easy this year by providing a merci List that easily allows you to check off people on your holiday gift list. merci also offers custom holiday inserts for stylish and custom gift giving. Who doesn’t love a free printable!? Visit givemerci.com to download them. (There are coupons there as well. Win-win!)
Inspired by merci, I immediately thought about those individuals in my life who provide a service – the mailman, the girl who cuts my hair, the server at my favorite restaurant, etc. I so appreciate their excellent service throughout the year. During the holidays, I’m always looking for different ways to thank them rather than just handing them cash in a card. I prefer something a bit more personal.
That’s why today, I’m sharing six clever and cost-effective ideas for creating a unique gift using a clear glass ornament. There’s no doubt that the recipient will feel appreciated with your extra effort and creativity. Paired with a box of merci, your gift truly says thank you. Let me show you what you might do.
We’ll begin with the basics. What goes better with chocolate than more sweet treats? Try filling up an ornament with small candies. Your recipients will think of you every time they shake out a little snack.
Need a small gift for the baker in your life? Then fill an ornament with sprinkles. Folks who enjoy baking can’t get enough of them. Trust me, I know.
For an added festive touch, tie on a seasonal cookie cutter!
Sidenote: To get your goodies into the ornament, use a funnel. It makes things a breeze. Also, these clear ornaments are available in glass or plastic. Use what works best for your application.
If your recipient leads a busy life or has a stressful job, these next ideas are for you.
Pick up some of your favorite bath salts (or make your own) and add them to an ornament. Pair it with a small sponge-on-a-rope and chocolates, and you’ve given the gift of relaxation!
Looking for another gift for someone who needs to unwind? Try filling the ornament with loose leaf tea. Tied up with a mesh tea ball, the recipient can enjoy your gift cozied up on the couch with chocolate and a Christmas movie. Who wouldn’t love that?
And for those hard-to-buy-for people on your list – lottery tickets.
To get them in an ornament, roll them up and tie them with a piece of twine. Tuck a few inside, add tinsel, and you’re set!
Last but not least, double the chocolaty goodness by giving the gift of hot cocoa!
Funnel a few servings into an ornament, top with marshmallows, and your gift is ready! (If you’re looking for delicious homemade hot cocoa recipes, click here.)
Pretty, fun, and unique ideas, right?
I hope you’re feeling inspired to recreate one, two, or all six of these ornaments this holiday season to thank those special people on your holiday list.
For more information about merci or to grab the free printables visit givemerci.com
To help your gift giving efforts even more, I have another giveaway!
Whether you have a specific gift in mind or want to pick up supplies to create these filled glass ornaments, I thought a $200 Amazon gift card could come in handy. Plus, in the spirit of giving, I’m throwing in some delicious merci chocolates.
That’s right, one lucky IBC reader will win a $200 Amazon Gift Card and an assortment of merci chocolates.
To enter to win, use the entry form below. (Those viewing this on a blog reader may need to visit the actual post by clicking here.)
Wishing you all the best of luck and a delicious holiday.
IBC’s 12 Days of Christmas continues tomorrow with more holiday fun!