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Gift Boxes | Not Quite Amish

Gift Boxes

Boxes full of Gifts

I love October. I really do. But when I turn that calendar page and my eye scans down to the end of the month, the first thing I think is, “Two months until Christmas.”

Are you groaning or laughing? It seems we jump right over Thanksgiving. Doesn’t it? Yet as a mom who has been on a budget since the day I gave birth to my son twenty-four years ago, I know how important it is to think ahead of time. The truth is, a lot of those years, the budget was TIGHT, and I barely had enough to pay for necessities.

Which is why a gift box helps so much. Throughout the year, when I see things on sale, I purchase them and put them in the box at the top of my closet. (My son is 6’2″ now. Why do I keep this box in the top of the closet? Habits die hard.) It’s fun to keep an eye out for things my family will enjoy. Many times these items are less than $3. It’s amazing what you can find out-of-season. I also put items I make into the box. I don’t always know what I’m going to do with something, but it’s easy enough to figure that out later.

We love our family. We love our friends. We even love our pets and often buy gifts for them. (You can tell from the picture that Butters is just as happy with a bag.) It’s not necessary to go into debt to show our love. Sometimes it just takes a few extra dollars and a box. If you haven’t started a gift box, I hope you’ll give it a try.



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Vannetta Chapman (29 Posts)

Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania. Her first novel, A Simple Amish Christmas, quickly became a bestseller. She now writes Amish fiction for Abingdon Press, Zondervan, and Harvest House. Chapman lives in the Texas hill country with her husband.


  1. marilyn green says:

    that’s a wonderful idea.

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