The Very Best Ever DIY Holiday Gift for Under $5

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The holiday season is upon us, and when you're a festive lover-of-everything-about-the-holidays-aside-from-the-weather person like me, that means celebrating!

I don't mean the buying of material goods and commercialized celebrations (although I do find that element fun, too), I mean the spreading of joy and cheer to all of those around you.

It is the season of giving, and I make it my goal to give to as many people in my life as possible.

Not one with a hefty budget, I had to get creative with my gifting this year.

I made each of my neighbors a tasty and festive holiday gift for under $5 a piece, and you can, too!

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Step 1

Go to Target and snag yourself some of these lovely $3 jars. They are right up front in that section you can never just wander past without stopping. Even if you only came in to get dog food and toilet paper. Even if you only brought cash. Even if you swore you wouldn't go back out to your car and dig a dollar or two in coins from your back seat. 

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Step 2

While you're there, snag yourself all of the ingredients to make some mad-tasty candied-up popcorn for your hood mates. This isn't the recipe I used for this particular treat, but it's a good one, and it works: Cinnamon Roll Caramel Corn.

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Step 3

Spend all day in your kitchen popping up popcorn and licking chocolatey spoons with your kids. Or, if you're enterprising, spend all day in your kitchen popping up popcorn and licking chocolatey spoons alone while your kids are at school because MORE CHOCOLATE. 

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Step 4

Shove all of the popcorn you didn't eat into the cute jars.

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Step 5

Enlist your little humans in the card-making element, because if the cards are gonna look like a 6-year-old made them anyway, you might as well let the 6-year-old make them anyway. (Yes, drawing is SO not my jam.) 

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Step 6

Deliver the popcorn-filled jars to your neighbors' doors with a smile and a carol. Or, for intrigue and excitement, leave it there, ring the bell, and run away. If you're fast enough, you can watch them from your window across the street as they open their door and smile joyfully at the gift. If you're like me, you can have an excuse to buy a new pair of jeans because you ripped a hole in yours, diving behind the bushes in their front yard. 

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The Very Best Ever DIY Holiday Gift for Under $5

Amanda has been wowing the Internet since 2008 when she launched her pretty-much-useless guide for parents, parenting BY dummies. As it turns out, her parenting advice is not generally useful for more than a good laugh, but sometimes that’s exactly what you need! Amanda spends her offline time (which is embarrassingly limited) running a photography business, working as a social media director for a local magazine, writing freelance articles about stuff she loves, wrangling her 3 little Dudes ... More

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