Chocolate Kisses Gift Bags & Poem Ideas

This weeks Thrifty Gift Idea: these cute containers or treat bags filled with chocolate kisses with a holiday poem attached.They are the perfect  super easy, no stress gift tfor giving away to teachers, co-workers, neighbors, or sunday school classes. 

Back in August during back to school sales I picked up these small pencil cases for less than 50 cents each, in anticipation of using them for filling with cute holiday treats to give away.

I attached a poem that I have had in my files for years, with a little tweaking of my  own. Feel free to tweak the poem yourself to suit your own needs!

Jan's Tip: Celebrate Chanukah? (or have a friend/co-worker that does?)
Or need a non-religious poem?
see my alternate poems at the bottom of the post for ideas!

Do you want to make a lot of small treats?    
Just use less kisses (one of each color/kind in the poem) in small cellophane treat bags and attach the poem as a package topper:

The color of the Kisses wrappers correspond with the colors in the poem:

The world is in need of “KISSES” the whole year through.  
So here’s a little sampler with notes on what you can do.

The spirit of Christmas is MINT to be shared throughout the year.
CHERRY CORDIAL means this year to be more cheery and cordial to all you meet. 
RED, GOLD, & GREEN are the colors the season rings, which stands for Compassion, Joy, and Charity which we should give no matter what life brings.
Purple is a special color of royalty to remind us to make everyone feel special as we are all Children of God.
Just as the world needs kisses, make sure to share “HUGS” too.
And in this season, remember in your heart and in your mind, of what the Savior did for you and for “Almond”  kind too!



Want to use a different poem?
Here are some really cute ones from There are a TON more than I'm posting here for all kinds of occasions so save that site for future reference!
Chanukah Kisses 
Long ago the little oil burned 
and for eight days there was light 
To commemorate the miracle of oil 
I give you these kisses shiny and bright 
Happy Chanukah! 

Chanukah Kisses 
This little bag, 
Filled with kisses, 
Is given to you, 
With Happy Chanukah wishes! 

Chanukah Kisses 
The Festival of Light, 
A wondrous celebration, 
Of miracles and happiness, 
Of Jewish rededication. 
To help you celebrate, 
This joyous holiday, 
I give you these eight kisses, 
One for every day! 

Rudolph with his nose so bright, 
Sends you these bright kisses, 
To wish you Merry Christmas, 
And many happy wishes!! 

For the elves: 
Santa's little helpers, 
Are busy making toys, 
But send you these sweet kisses, 
For extra holiday joy! 

Grinch Kisses 
The Grinch was mean and stingy 
He never wanted to share 
Til a little Who in Whoville 
Taught him how to care 
Now the Grinch is filled with love 
And sends Grinch Kisses to you 
He hopes you have a Merry Holiday 
And a Happy New Year too! 

Gingerbread man: 
The Gingerbread man is very fast, 
Very fast indeed, 
But he did stop long enough, 
To share some Christmas glee! 
He sends you these sweet kisses, 
In hopes you will enjoy, 
And wishes Merry Christmas, 
To every girl and boy! 

Frosty is full of magic, 
Full of love and joy, 
And wants to share his happiness, 
With every girl and boy. 
He sends out these sweet kisses, 
In hopes that you will find, 
The Christmas Joy this holiday, 
And not be left behind. 

Alternate Frosty version compliments of SallyIndy: 

Frosty is full of magic, 
laughter, giggles and fun 
And wants to share his happiness, 
With just about everyone 
He sends out these sweet kisses, 
In hopes that you will find, 
The Christmas Joy this holiday, 
And not be left behind. 

Angels led the shepards, 
To the promised one, 
Sang to all his glory, 
Gave hope to everyone. 
They send you these sweet kisses, 
Full of Hope and Love, 
To remind you that this season, 
Is about God's only son. 

I saw an angel flying by granting Christmas wishes 
And I thought you could use some of these angel kisses. 
Angel kisses have God's blessing and the special power to 
cheer you up and make you smile when you're feeling blue. 
Just one angel kiss will make your troubles disappear, 
and suddenly everything will become crystal clear. 
Just reach right in the bag to receive your angel kiss, 
and soon you'll feel a sense of warmth and happiness. 

Make Your Own Fire Starters

 Making Fire Starters is a great gift for not only people who have a fireplace in their home, but for hikers and campers, even for putting into your emergency preparedness supplies.

Jan's tip:  I had eucalyptus green colored wax at home already, so being the thrifty person that I am, I used it up for this post, but that color green doesn't translate into pretty pictures! Too late now! So forgive the color. Red or purple would have been a lot prettier! (Keep that in mind when buying your wax!)

There are many kinds of fire starters. I am featuring a few of those ideas.

Fire Starters:

Fire starter Disc's 
these are great for storing in small spaces. They are a great gift for your favorite Hiker or Camping enthusiast. They are inexpensive and you can make a ton of them for a low cost!  These should burn for several minutes.

These are made from round cotton Make-up Pads. They are usually found near the make up and or near the cotton balls/nail polish remover section of the store.

Here's what the pads look like before and after you dip them in wax.

To make these, melt wax (find in the candle section of the craft store) according to package directions. Dip cotton pads in the wax, then set on a non-stick sprayed surface (cookie sheet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray is fine). Once wax has hardened, you can stack and package them in a clear cellophane bag, with a small tag with these instructions:

To use Fire Starters:
Make a small tear in the disc. Light the exposed cotton fibers at the tear.

Herb and Cone Fire Starters

This fire starter is perfect for getting your children involved in the fun!   Go for a walk and gather pine cones, acorns, etc. I also used dried Rosemary which smells amazing! You can add any kind of dried herbs, but I think Rosemary is a perfect one! Ask your herb gardening friend or neighbor for a few sprigs. Gardeners usually are a very giving group of people!

how to make these:
Tear recycled newspaper pages (wouldn't the comics pages be cute?) in half at the fold line.
On one edge of the paper, lay pine cones, acorns, and dried herbs.

Roll up the paper over the cones/herbs and tie off the edges with twine so your fire starters look  like a wrapped candy:

These would make a cute gift for a grandparent or neighbor, tucked in a cute basket.

To use: Light one of the edges of the fire starter.

Egg Carton Fire Starters

Ok, the green wax with the gray
dryer lint= not pretty!
close your eyes and visualize red wax!

Ok, this one is not the most visually appealing fire starter, but they are great for several reasons:
1)  They use recycled egg cartons and use dryer lint (free!)
2) They are easy to stack and store. Just close the lid on the egg carton and store them away with your camping or emergency preparedness gear.
3) The children can help with a few of the steps (except the hot wax pouring part!).

To make these you will need:
cardboard (not styrofoam) egg carton
dyer lint
melted wax

Line a cookie sheet with wax paper sprayed lightly with non stick spay. Place egg carton on the cookie sheet.
Stuff as much dryer lint into each pocket of the egg carton as will fit.  (The kids can do this part!)
Pour melted wax into each pocket till near the top of the dryer lint.
Let set until wax hardens.

Jan's tip: the wax will soak through into the carton a little bit, so plan on needing a little more wax then you think to fill the whole egg carton.

To use:

Tear off one of the lint/wax egg pockets and light the cardboard edge of the fire starter.

I was going to make cute fire starters by putting pine cones into cup cake pans lined with cupcake liners)  and filling with wax till set, but   my area has long, narrow pine cones that aren't quite what you need to make these.
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