December 22, 2008

Gifts that Go Well with Salty Office Gossip

I was a busy little elf this weekend, wrapping up the last minute details and gifts for Christmas. Despite Mr. Geek being kind of a grinch at Christmas, I insist that he gives a bit of cheer to his co-workers, who have to put up with him all year long (love you sweetie). One year I made felt ornaments, and other years I've made snack mix. Last year's Firecracker Mix was a little too spicy for the PA Dutchie taste buds, so this year I switched to Zesty Snack Mix, which I found at the Taste of Home website.
It is similar to Chex Mix and very tasty. I did forget to add the Cheerios, but I don't think anyone would notice.

I packaged the mix in Chinese takeout boxes, which were left over from a craft project from a few years back. I got a box of 100 quart sized ones at ULINE for $18 at the time, and since there's a warehouse nearby, I picked them up myself and didn't have to pay shipping. They've really come in handy over the years for making nice gift packages. However, I do wince at their environmental impact.
I cut out some labels from Christmas scrapbook paper and taped it to the top. I also added a little tag on the side from the scraps of the scraps and tied on a ribbon. I would have liked to have tucked in a candy cane, but I forgot to pick some up at the store. I thought the peppermint would be a nice palette cleanser after eating all that salty zest. As usual, please forgive the awful photo quality.Simple yet elegant! I hope everyone at the office is jealous of Mr. Geek's wife. Now that's the Christmas spirit, eh?

13 comments:

  1. OMG--those are adorable! I love the boxes--great idea to give out Chex mix instead of something sweet!

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  2. I definitely think you are a great wife for doing that for hubs!
    Above and beyond the call of duty, babe!
    And that zesty looks tasty. I love salt. Wrap me up a salt lick in one of those fancy boxes of yours.

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  3. That is so unique! I love that! That is so sweet of you to do that for your grinch.

    Now, I heard mention of scrapbook paper....do you scrapbook? I adore scrapbooking!

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  4. Looks quite yummy and I feel quite sure that other wives will be duly shamed. Hey, can you help it?

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  6. Those are super cute and I am sure everyone loves them!

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  7. I though I commented, but obviously not. These are the most clever packaging ideas! I love homemade Chex mix and the packaging is so cute. Fell free to send any extras here. It will go nicely with the butter cookies I ate for breakfast as I still have no water or clean dishes. *sigh*

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  8. Hope Mr. Geek appreciates what a gem you are! Quite Creative!!

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  9. You are awesome!
    It's all in the packaging! :o)

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  10. Love the Chinese takeout boxes and my husband would definitely like the zesty mix. Merry Christmas!

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  11. What a great idea. I love it. I may have to copy this at some point.

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  12. I'm sure they are quite jealous ;) I used to make cookies and goodies and send them to his old job's office. But I've been told that any sort of thing I do at his current job wouldn't go over as well. The "ladies" that work in the office are caddy and it wouldn't fly with them. I guess they are the only ones allowed to offer snacks during the holidays. So sad.

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