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Cheap & Easy No-Bake Gift Ideas {Lots of Chocolate}

Dear Friends,
   Last year I had a Christmas baking fail.  Our favorite cookie dough balls were so delicious that we (I?) ate them all rather than sharing with neighbors or friends or teachers.   The mistake?  Making them on a Friday which was asking for trouble.

We give the kids’ teachers a nice present (gift cards!) but it is also important to give a little something to coaches,  Sunday School teachers, and other people in our lives that are meaningful but not an everyday presence.   Back in the day, I would dip candy and bake up a storm but last year I decided that store-bought was the way to go.

Here are some proven winners that won’t hurt your wallet!

1. Godiva dark chocolate pretzels 
 Less than $5 at Bed, Bath, & Beyond
2. Godiva or Lindt chocolate bar 
(many flavors- I like the dark chocolate with sea salt. )
Michael’s, Bed, Bath & Beyond, World Market
3. Trader Joe’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups
4. Trader Joe’s dark chocolate almonds with sea salt
5. Starbuck’s insulated cup filled with goodies or a gift card
6. Initial Cup from Tervis  filled with goodies

7. Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans  
Trader Joe’s or World Market
8. Godiva Dark Chocolate Ornament 
 some department stores,  Godiva store or stand
9. Moravian Sugar Cookies 
Fresh Market, some grocery stores, some mall stands
10. Godiva mini box of chocolates  
“Gold Favor” 2 or 4 count; some department stores, mall stands, or the Godiva store.

So much about gift-giving is the presentation.  Wrap baker’s twine around your item and attach a cute little card, a sleigh bell, or a cheap ornament.

I know some of you are saying that people don’t want more chocolate at Christmas. My opinion is that anyone would love a 2-count box of delicious, quality chocolate much more than a 36- count of off-brand yucko chocolate.   Can you tell I’m a bit of an elitist when it comes to chocolate?  Brand name matters.  This is NOT home decor.  Chocolate is a delicacy and should be treated as such.  And it will keep longer than homemade treats.

Go.  Eat chocolate.  I know you want to.

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