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DealDash Secret Santa Instructions

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Now that we’re heading into the holiday season many places hold a “Secret Santa” exchange. Here are some simple instructions from DealDash.

A secret Santa activity is very common. It is a good way to save money on Christmas presents and make shopping easier. A secret Santa is when a group of people exchanges gifts. Some people may give gifts to family and friends that you usually don’t give gifts to.  How do you start a secret Santa? Here are some tips for starting a secret Santa, from DealDash.

Write Down Names and Put Them Into a Hat

The first step is to write down the names of participants on a piece of paper. If you are in a group of people that do not know each other that well, it is best to write some interests of that person such as someone that likes to knit or have other hobbies. Then you should cut out the names and put them into a hat. Make sure you fold the names and mix them up.

Set a Price Limit and Draw Names from a Hat

It is important to set a price limit so no one will overspend or underspend. You can discuss the price limit with your group, or the organizers can come up with the limit. Try to choose a price limit that people can afford. It is best to choose an affordable price range than higher or cheaper. Many people choose to make the limit around $20. After you set a price limit, you draw names from the hat.

Set a Deadline to Purchase the Gift

The next step is to choose the date for buying the gifts. It is important to check with the group to see when they will have time to buy their friend and or family members gifts. After you set the time, you choose a gift. You can get something useful and practical such as kitchen supplies, coffee mugs, or a good book. The last thing you do is meet with your group and exchange gifts.

Get Gifts from DealDash for Secret Santa

If you need a secret Santa gift or two, who not get them from DealDash? There are some great choices of gifts for everyone on your secret Santa list. A very popular thing to give as a secret Santa gift is a kitchen gadget. DealDash has many! Just click here and you will be taken to the kitchen and dining category.

Thanks for Reading

Secret Santa is the best way to get closer to your group. Remember to keep the gifts practical.  When you follow these tips your guests will enjoy your secret Santa activity.

Thanks so much for reading this DealDash article on secret Santa. Don’t forget to check back often for new articles here. We love to hear from our readers, tell us what your favorite secret Santa present has been over the years.

Do you need secret Santa gifts? Go check DealDash for home decor, gadgets, and more. DealDash has the gifts you need. Visit DealDash now to see the fun and useful items. Have a great time on DealDash and happy bidding everyone! 

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This sponsored DealDash blog article was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Dawn was compensated for writing this article. This blog is written by real DealDash customers. The opinions and advice shared here represent our customers’ views and not those of the company. Read even more on DealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

Birthdays Are More Fun With DealDash

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Do you have a friend, child, or other loved one that is having a birthday soon? Here are a few tips to make their day great!

A birthday is that one special time per year where you are the star! Make your family and friends feel extra special on their birthday with these simple and fun ideas. You don’t have to spend a lot of time or money to make someone’s birthday extra special.

Everyone likes cake on their birthday, but how about making your loved one a different (or extra!) treat this year? Just because we have a regular birthday cake doesn’t mean that we can also have the birthday person’s favorite dessert as well. This year on her birthday my daughter wanted brownies. So instead of getting a big cake like we usually do, we got a small cake, and baked brownies together as well. Instead of having a big slice of cake we had little slices of cake and little brownie squares. Some other delicious birthday treat ideas include cookies, cheesecake, and apple pie.

Just because your family member is over 12 years old doesn’t mean that they don’t deserve a party hat. Make them a hat out of paper, or buy them a silly hat at the dollar store. You’re allowed to be as silly as you like on your birthday, whether you’re 8 or 88! Other fun hat ideas include princess/prince crown, cowboy hat, or big sombrero.

Don’t forget the card! Now that just about every one of every age has email, I have noticed that receiving paper cards are getting more and more scarce by the year. I don’t know about you, but personally I save paper cards. It’s nice to look back a few years from now and see all of the well-wishes and cute cards that people picked out. You can get a card at the store, make a card with paper and markers, or if you are still stuck on the computer, how about making a card and printing it out? A paper card in the hand just feels so much more special than an email does.

Last but not least, why don’t you get them a little present? You can find some great gift ideas and fun presents on DealDash. DealDash has items for people of all ages and stages of life. Just click right here and you can go browse on DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Sews a Minky Blanket

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Minky is one of the softest fabrics that you can use. Minky is a very common fabric to make into baby blankets, and here is one very easy blanket that you can sew yourself.

I absolutely love to sew. I make anything and everything, from baby bibs to dresses to baby blankets. I love to make patchwork quilts, but they are just too time consuming if you want to whip up a quick baby blanket for a gift at a baby shower. Making a blanket from minky and printed cotton is a quick and easy project that you can complete in a weekend – or less if you don’t have any interruptions!

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  • 1 yard of minky fabric, any color that coordinates with your printed cotton
  • 1 yard of printed cotton that coordinates with your minky fabric
  • 1 yard of batting, your choice of thickness
  • About 200 inches of bias or binding tape – Please note that 1 yard of fabric is always 36 inches long, but the width usually varies between 32 and 60 inches. Most fabrics are available in widths of 45 inches and 60 inches. So depending on the particular fabric that you have selected for your project the width can vary. So please measure your fabric to figure out how much binding that you need.
  • Notions (thread, scissors, pins, fabric chalk or marker, etc.)

Directions:

  1. Lay your printed cotton fabric pattern side down on a clean and clear area of the floor.
  2. Lay your batting on top of the fabric, matching up all of the edges
  3. Lay your minky fabric on top, with the little nubbies face up
  4. Pin all around the edges – I put my pins about 5-6 inches apart
  5. If you would like, you can draw a pattern on the blanket that you can sew, such as swirls or whatever you feel comfortable with doing. If you don’t want to do that extra step, then you can just sew through the blanket from one edge to the other, twice vertically, and twice horizontally. This is just to make sure that the inner batting doesn’t move or get bunched up when you’re using it.
  6. Trim around the edges to even everything up, and then zigzag stitch or serge around all of the edges
  7. Pin your bias tape/ binding all the way around your blanket
  8. Sew the bias tape/binding onto the blanket
  9. All done!

Wasn’t that easy?! I am in the process of making one for my little 7 month old baby, his nursery is nautical patterned, heavy on the whales. I couldn’t find a blanket that I liked that had whales and was soft enough for a baby blanket, so I decided to make my own.

DealDash has great sewing machines up for bid. DealDash has both of the most popular brands, Singer and Brother. Get yourself a new sewing machine on DealDash. Just click this link right here and it will take you to DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Helps: Visiting at the Hospital

If you find yourself visiting someone in the hospital you might want to bring them something to cheer them up. Flowers are nice, but let’s look at other options.

Depending on why the person is in the hospital you might want to bring them some of their favorite food. Everyone complains about the taste of hospital food, so why not cheer up your friend or family member with something that they love to eat? If you get the OK that it’s fine to bring your friend some food be sure to bring something that doesn’t have to be eaten right away. For example, ice cream would be a bad choice. A large portion of time spent in the hospital is spent talking to nurses, doctors, and aides and getting poked, blood drawn, and vitals taken. If you happen to arrive at an inopportune moment you won’t want the delicious treat that you brought melting or otherwise going bad if it can’t be eaten immediately.

If your friend is going to be in the hospital for more than a day or so they would probably appreciate a nice soft bathrobe and slippers. The scratchy johnnies and slipper socks that they give you when you are admitted to the hospital are adequate but a nice fresh soft robe and slippers would bring a smile to your friend’s face. If their illness or injury doesn’t require the doctors and nurses to frequently check their bodies then you might even want to bring them a set of pajamas as well. Try to get the type that is pants and a button up top, it will be easier for the doctors and nurses to check them when they need it.

If you’re visiting a child in the hospital they would appreciate a toy or game, of course, but don’t forget about their parents as well. There are very few things that are worse than your child bring in the hospital so Mom and Dad could use some cheering up as well. Photos or scrapbooks of friends, pets, and family would also be a gesture that would be very much appreciated. If the child is older they will enjoy looking at them if they feel homesick.

VIsiting a friend or family member in the hospital is never a fun occasion (unless they just had a healthy new baby, of course!) but it’s important to be sure to make time in your schedule to go visit your friends or family in the hospital to boost their spirits. If you are looking for a lovely gift to bring when you go visiting be sure to check out DealDash. They have nice gifts as well as gift cards that could be useful for the other family members staying in the hospital with the patient. Check out DealDash and I’m sure that you’ll find something that you love. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!