A while back our Young Women at church had a gift swap activity.
I *adore* White Elephants, as it's socially acceptable and even encouraged to be absurd, but this time the party had been pooped on: no funny / silly / non-useful items allowed.
Did I mention a $3 max? Eek.
We needed two gifts (Sierra and I were both participating), which pumped up the challenge, as I didn't want it to be two of the same thing because that's boring and, more importantly, lame.
Although these were supposed to be little gifts, they turned out fun enough that they could also be used as a cheap we-just-paid-$1000-to-treat-termites-and-don't-have-money-for-anything-extra birthday present too. As usual, it's all in the presentation.
TIP: find something and let it inspire a theme.
In this case, it was socks.
Present #1 : Rainbow Brite
socks and candy - Dollar Tree // polka dot pen - Michaels
The rainbow theme continues on to the wrapping because that's how homie plays it.
A simple construction paper bow gives lots of bang for no buck, and it's finished off with a bottle cap scrapbooking embellishment from Target that was sold, at best, in 2002.
I wish I was joking about that.
Present #2: Black & White & Awesome All Over
socks - Dollar Tree // tape dispenser - Hobby Lobby (2.99, but use your 40% off coupon and enjoy the puzzled look of the cashier when you let out a cowboy yee-haw about saving $1.19)(although they really should be used to it by now)
More ancient, completely uncool scrapbook embellishments, a free printable zebra tag from here, some twine, and a leftover piece of ribbon from the scrap jar.
Three bucks never looked so fancy.