If you’re anything like me, the holidays are exhausting (even as much as they are thrilling for me). I have learned over the years that it really helps if I give little gifts to random strangers. Enter my Holiday Survival Kit.
I first received one of these when I was a Mary Kay consultant, and right then I decided to translate it to everyday life. I’m not a pushy salesperson, so I didn’t want the people I gave the little bags to, to feel like they were being sold to or obligated to set up a visit.
You know how that goes.
So I rewrote the poem, and created a neat little bag of goodies to pass out during the holiday season, especially to people who seemed to be having a tough time.
And I realize that with the pandemic, handing them out randomly might not be a thing we should be doing, but we certainly can give them to the people we have been safely in contact with. Just use your best judgement, and if this isn’t the year for you to do this, bookmark it for next year.
I must have rewritten this poem a hundred times, and finally have it perfected. All of these things can be purchased in bulk at places like Dollar Tree and Target, and probably Walmart and any other dollar or 99-cent store. I personally favor going to Dollar Tree and Target, but they’re probably my favorite places to shop most of the time. If amazon is your thing, grab them there.
I have created a printable PDF for you. It has 3 different sized mockups of the poem, so you can print it for any size bag or envelope you decide to use. Click here (or on the picture below) to download your copy.
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I usually get the cellophane goodie bags, because you can get 25/$1. I typically make 50-100 bags to start with. I end up making more if I start giving them away after Halloween, however if I wait for Thanksgiving week, I only use 100-150. This year, I will not be handing them out to anyone random while I shop; only as kitschy additions to gifts I’m giving, or food I’m delivering. I suspect the holidays will look very different to most of us this year.
Also, for some unknown reason, I have no pictures of these goodie bags yet. I can’t find them at all, which is weird, since I’ve been handing them out for a decade. I’ll add pictures as soon as I do a few for this year.
Sometimes the holidays can feel like a zoo –
so I made a little survival kit designed just for you!
INSIDE YOU’LL FIND
Mints for when your tummy is stressed (I buy individually wrapped mints)
A Napkin to help you clean up a mess (I like to get something absorbent)
A Bandage to fix what’s not working right (The fun bandages always make me smile)
A candle to remind you to shine your light (I buy an extra for me)
A compass to keep you from losing your way (I get these cheesy little birthday packs of “compass” rings)
Tea to relax you at the end of the day (Bigelow Chamomile is my fave)
A match for when you’re feeling burned out. (Use strike on box so it won’t randomly light just anywhere, or little hands can’t use it)
Kisses to remind you you’re cared about (I often wait for after Halloween because then the holiday kisses will be out, but any kiss is a festive kiss)
Confetti to help you have fun (I usually go with mylar whispies and silver stars, but you choose the confetti you like)
A Marble for when you’ve lost your last one (I never did learn how to play marbles)
A string to tie up any loose ends (I like using pretty baking twine)
And love to share with your family and friends
I know, I know. It’s cheesy. It’s also kinda silly, and people love getting the random bag of stuff that comes with it, ESPECIALLY the chocolate and mints.
I wonder what ways we’ll celebrate differently now and in the coming years. How are your holidays going to change? Who will you be giving a holiday survival kit to?