Emergency Essentials Gift DIY


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And give the hard-to-gift people on your list this DIY emergency essentials kit.  Everyone will love you and your clever ingenuity!

I really love the holidays!  Everyone’s kinder, the treats are out in full force and we get to give awesome gifts to our loved ones and see their sweet faces light up!  (Unless your kid is getting coal, and in that case, all I gotta say is: solidarity, moms and dads).  But there’s always someone (or a few someones) on your list that you’re pulling up blanks for gift ideas.  This quick little DIY has got you covered!  Teachers, postal workers, hair stylists, babysitters…they’d all love this, trust me.

You know those random things that are always rolling around the bottom of your purse? Those bizarre items that seem pointless but you’d DIE if they weren’t there? The chapstick, the tampon, the granola bar (albeit a smooshed one), the pen, the safety pin…you get my drift.  What if you packaged all of those necessary random essentials into one cute little bag?  Then your recipient would just throw it into her (or his, sans tampon, obviously) backpack, purse, diaper bag and know that they’re always covered for any emergency! Scroll down to see what I like to include in mine.

And when you’re ready to ship your gift to loved ones this season, head to The UPS Store!  There are over 5,000 locations across North America, and my closest one is less than a mile from my house. I’m there pretty much every single week to either mail something or drop off a return.  They’re super convenient and mine NEVER has a line (unlike the ridiculous post office that you couldn’t pay me to go to in December).  I love that they have Certified Packing Experts so if I’m nervous about shipping something, I have them package it to put my mind at ease (like when I sold & shipped my $600 camera lens to someone on eBay.  Eeek!). The even offer extended holiday hours to accomodate all the extra gift shipping we have to do this month.

I especially love that they use this time of year to give back.  The UPS Store is the exclusive sponsor of the Toys for Tots Literacy Program, an initiative that helps less fortunate children gain reading skills necessary to communicate effectively and succeed in life!  Until December 31, The UPS Store is accepting donations to help purchase new books for this drive; it’s a great and easy way to teach kids more about giving to those in need during the holidays.  So check shipping gifts AND charitable giving off your list with one stop this year at The UPS Store!

So, you ready for the easiest DIY gift ever??

A couple of notes about these little pouches:

  1. You can obviously go with as many or as few of these things as you like.  Depends on the size of your bag and how much effort/money you want to put in.  But the more stuff, the better.
  2. Be sure to check your local dollar store for these items. I bought enough stuff to make about 4 pouches and it cost me less than $20!  That doesn’t count the pouches themselves which I found at Target for $1.99 each. That’s still only about $7 per gift!
  3. This is a really easy gift to make multiples of, so consider giving an emergency essentials kit to lots of people this year!  Or make a dozen of them and stockpile them for birthdays throughout the year.
  4. You can also customize it to a recipient’s hobby or occupation.  For example, you could add an energy drink for a nurse who works nights or for a friend who lives at the gym, include some cheap earbuds.  I also like the idea of doing one for a sick friend with cough drops and ibuprofen…get creative!


What you’ll need:

Safety pin
emery board
bobby pins
hair tie &/or headband
tampon (&/or wrapped menstrual pad)
gum or breath mints
cheap comb
hand sanitizer
facial tissues
(optional) travel sized dry shampoo, deoderant, baby wipes, cheap nail clippers, etc.
(optional) $20 bill!  This is a fun surprise and also functions in an emergency if you’re stranded without cash or cards.
Cute travel bag to hold everything (storebought or handmade)

Shove it all in, wrap it pretty and voila!  Simplest (and most affordable!) gift they’ll love.

**Be sure to follow The UPS Store on Facebook and Instagram.  They’re giving away lots of cool prizes this month on those social platforms!

What other little goodies would you pack in your emergency essentials kit?

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