Downloadable treats from All You magazine.

The winner of the two subscriptions to All You magazine has been chosen, so if you didn’t hear from me it wasn’t you.

The response to the giveaway was so enthusiastic that I plan to do it again at some point — and in the meantime, the magazine is providing a little holiday consolation prize.

Until Dec. 30, All You is making printable holiday gift tags and a recipe card from The Celebration Shoppe available for free. Celebration Shoppe creator Kim Byers suggests making the No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies and giving them along with the recipe, which you can print out as a colorful card.

The “no-bake” concept fits right in with my current holiday schedule. Yours, too, I bet.

If you want the recipe and/or the gift cards, look for the link at the end of “Stick to your holiday budget: Gifts” at All You online.

Note the author of the first tip. [[blushes, looks down modestly]]

Byers wrote the last suggestion, about making inexpensive but stylish gift bags for your treats. You can see an example if you follow the free tags/recipes link at the end of the All You article.

Finally, I must share a shining moment that will go down in the annals of Frugal Mom-dom. My niece has a wonderful wooden Advent calendar that she bought some years ago — deeply discounted, of course, after the holidays. But first, a little backstory: She is one of those Mean Moms who put the kids’ trick-or-treating spoils up in the tallest kitchen cupboard. They forgot the candy existed, but my niece didn’t.

You guessed it: This year’s Advent calendar is full of Halloween candy. And nope, the kids don’t know that it’s “old.” They just like opening the little wooden drawers and finding treats.

Fiendishly clever, no? As they used to say on “Hee-Haw”: Saaaa-LUTE!

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  1. It would be nice if you posted on your blog who the winners were. (and no, I didn’t enter this giveaway)

    • Donna Freedman

      Marci: Each Tuesday morning I post the week’s winner on my Facebook page. Hope you’ll come back and enter the weekly giveaways.
      Thanks for reading, and for leaving a comment.

  2. Ha,Ha I also have a wooden Advent box that “magically” filled with candy from Halloween.My children are much older now so I need to purchase the halloween candies.
    The “elves” would write letters about the children and they would find them in the box. In the bottom of my advent box is a drawer that larger one time items would arrive in for all to share ( a movie for a weekend day).
    Every child visiting our house wished for an advent box, bravo for your neice on finding it discounted, I saw the design in an old LL.Bean catalouge and had a crafts person at a craft sale create mine for me.

    • Donna Freedman

      @Teresa: She worked at a grocery store and found the calendar in the clearance bin. If I had an Advent calendar I’d want one like this; it’s almost like a small piece of furniture. I like your idea of the elves writing letters and the one-time items, too.
      Thanks for reading, and for leaving a comment.

  3. Oh, that’s BRILLIANT. I throw away the leftover Halloween candy when we start making Christmas candy, but putting it in an Advent calendar is even better.

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