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    Monday, November 20, 2006

    Creative Gift Giving : Freebie Style

    Have you ever been afraid you may accidentally forget someone at a gifting time or discover a last minute gifting need and no funds from time to time?

    In today's economy, where we are all trying to stretch our buying dollar and still have gifts that really show we care, common gifts are not the answer. A "spa" gift basket of travel size soaps, lotions, perfume, and fine teas with a bath pouffe and tea mug would be a welcome suprise for anyone no matter what the occasion.

    Sample size items are seriously the way to go.

    How about for the techie or businessperson in your life? The homeschooler? Anything can be given as a gift or added to a gift basket if you are creative! Save some cash and worry this year by having the supplies on hand to create something unique instead of big expensive presents that can be purchased anywhere.

    Samples are also a great topper to any gift. It's an extra suprise instead of a bow, just surround a wrapped sample with a bit of curled ribbon!

    Health and Beauty

    Free sample of GlucoBurst, of fast-acting glucose gel.

    Sample of Vanilla Swirl body mist from Calgon.

    Olay Definity Age defying beauty cream sample.

    Try Old Spice's OS Signature or Stetson's Shania scents.

    Mail for a sample of Next To Nature natural laxative.

    Sample Olay's Total Effects Daily Cleansing Cloths

    Claim your free sample of shaving goodies from King of Shaves.

    Try Celine Dion Belong perfume for Free!

    Degree Ultra Clear Deodorant sample.

    Sample of lactaid dietary suppliment and their free recipe book.

    Fight dirty with a Noxzema® Triple Clean Blackhead Cleanser sample.

    Get a free sample of Sensodyne toothpaste for sensitive teeth.

    Johnson's Baby Soothing Naturals sample.

    Grocery and Food Goodies

    Fine tea samples from Traditional Medicinals.

    Free sweets from The Candy Store.

    Recieve a free sample of Celestial Seasonings tea.

    Free sample of Reynolds® Parchment Paper.

    Coupon for a FreeChick-Fil-A Breakfast Sandwich (up to $4.75 value)

    Natural Health
    Free Bragg Health Facts Info Package with a sample of Bragg Liquid Aminos or a sample of the Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar drink

    Get a Free Sample of Delicious Tasting Coromega along with their comprehensive Omega-3 brochure!

    Sample of Holistic Pet Care. Food, treats, and other all-natural pet care products. Pick your sample!

    Get a free sample of California's finest Fresh raw organic Bee Pollen.

    Cleaning and Household Care
    Bar Keeper's Friend is offering a sample of their Powder or Liquid.

    Try new Cheer True Fit with a free 1.4-ounce trial-size sample.

    OxiClean Free Sample

    Office Supplies
    Free 1 gig USB drive from a place that does advertising imprinting. These are their printing "mess ups", but the drives are still great. Give the emails of three friends and get upgraded from 500-some megs to 1 gig of space on your drive. They get to recycle their "trash" and you and your friends get free goodies! What a treat!

    Free sample pack of 3M™ Print to Last Paper.

    Free Sample Pack of 3M™ Transparency Film.

    Sample of KODAK Inkjet Photo Paper.

    Post it brand Sortable cards sample and many other products as well.

    Educational Goodies
    Free sample lesson from Failure Free Reading.

    Free sample chapters of 101 must-have CSS tips, tricks and hacks for modern day Web designers.

    Online sample questions for the ACT test. (make it into a coupon)

    Scholastic Magazines offer a free sample issue of any of their classroom magazines, you decide which one.

    Just for fun
    Want a gigle? Get your free sample of dehydrated water.

    While some of these won't get to you in time for the major winter holidays, it's always nice to have some backup on hand for other gifting occasions. *smile* And remember, just because you are a tightwad, doesn't mean you can't show you care with a little time and ingeneuity.



    Jessica said...

    Free stuff is such a great way to start the week. Especially with Black Friday on the horizon. Many thank yous!!! May you have a fabulous Thanksgiving and Christmas season!!

    Michelle W. said...

    Thanks! I signed up for several of these.

    Shaunee said...

    Thanks alot I signed up for quite a few myself.

    Stacy said...

    EXCELLENT post!! This is exactly what i've been doing for my brothers for the past two years and they always have a great time digging through their basketfuls of stuff!! I haven't been as diligent about collecting freebies for them this year so they'll be getting skimpy baskets!Thanks for the list of freebies:)

    Sonia said...

    Great Freebies! Thanks!!!

    marilyn said...

    Thanks!!!! :) I've signed up for lots of these and do it year round. I don't use them as giftst though as we volunteer in our town's food pantry (no funding, donations and food drives) and people LOVE the sample things - it gives them a chance to try things that they can't afford to buy.
    I'm making gifts like a nut this year :) And making gift baskets with the things I make, so it's the same idea.

    Getting the freebies though, it's FUN to get the mail now! LOL

    Anonymous said...

    You are my new best friend. lol
    Thanks for the freebie list!