The Gift Pantry: Christmas in March

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It’s March 9th and you know what that means. Time to start thinking about Christmas! No, seriously, now really is a good time. At Living A la Mode, we like a good deal as much as thinking up the perfect gift. Here are a few items I stumbled upon while lurking on the clearance sections of some favorite retailers. It has been a while since I last lurked, I forgot how fun it can be. So knock out some Christmas shopping way early because there is so much more to the holiday than spending and driving yourself crazy. There is all that eating to do after all.

Kindly reminder: when it comes to purchasing gifts for the gift pantry, don’t purchase anything you would not want to be given yourself.  You want to stay in budget and elevate a simple gesture into an elegant gift. Not give gifts that scream, I got it on sale. Oh gift pantry, I do love you so.

For great gift deals, read on!

Obviously, since the items are on clearance there is a good chance that they will be sold out shortly. Perhaps only hours after this post. So if you miss these deals never fear, I am going to be on the lookout for everyone’s gift pantry and will occasionally post smart and inexpensive finds.

  • For the myriad holiday parties, or really any dinner party, a Red Gem Wine Coaster from Pier 1 Imports makes a great addition to the standard bottle of wine for your hosts. Double your gifts impact for half the price.
  •  Another fun idea for gifting wine is adding an ornament to the bow. CB2 has some cute  Jimmy Doll ornaments at the spectacularly awesome price of .25 cents each.
  • Unless you plan on ending some friendships this year, Bed Bath and Beyond has monogrammed gifts that will stand out. Wrap a friend’s gift in a monogrammed stocking, at $1.99 they are cheaper and more festive than any  wrapping paper or gift bag. Or present the hostess at your next holiday party with a set of monogrammed napkin rings.

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