Category Archives: Christmas

Christmas buying tips

As well as crafting gifts throughout the year, my husband and I also do the ‘op shops (he loves them) throughout the year, but we also start shopping after the current Christmas, at the sales. We then supply of gifts for Christmas birthdays etc. – PB, Auckland.

Xmas gifts

With Xmas approaching We concentrate on gifts for all the children/grandchildren etc. The adults enjoy fine wine, nice food and when it is a get together at one person’s home we each bring a dish. Xmas is mainly for children and enjoying the looks on their faces. – Susan Wood, Christchurch

Cheesy tips and Christmas gift ideas

Radio NZ’s Nine to Noon program had an interesting segment last week about making cheese. What will surprise many people is that it’s so simple, and you don’t have to wait a generation for it to mature – it’s one of those situations where good things don’t need to take time! The interview was with Jean […]

Lofty, Kapiti Coast.

We have 4 Adult children and to spread the Xmas budget we have a roster that we work on. Year 1 A buys for B. Yr2 A buys for C. Yr3 A buys for D Yr 4. A buys for E. This roster rotates each year so every 5th year it starts again. A MAX […]

Cost-free Christmas

With Christmas just around the corner, we have ventured into the oily rag archives and dug out some favourite ideas and tips to take the cost out of our special day. The trick of course is to enjoy all of the good things about Christmas and the holiday season, but to do so in a […]

Rosie Dee, Whangarei.

I’m sure regular oily raggers already know this but yesterday I bought two meaty chicken frames from our local mad butcher for $1.98 ($2.50kg) With the addition of some left-over veges, seasoning and a 69c tin crushed tomatoes, 2 cups of mixed dried beans from bin inn – estimated total cost less than $5 I’ve […]

Angela Allan

At Christmas time I always cut circles out of plastic milk bottles and use them as gift tags. They look like bubbles and if you add a little glitter and hole punch and thread ribbon through they are fab! Use a permanent marker for the name.

Egg shells

A reader has asked what can be done with egg shells. We put that question to our oily rag research team and they came up with a surprisingly large number of uses and some interesting facts. An egg shell accounts for about 10% of its weight and is about 95% calcium carbonate? For years scientists […]

Canny Scot, Christchurch

Last year I made pickles and chutney and made nice home made labels for them on my computer. I wrapped each jar in bright red or green new tea towels and tied them with ribbon. My friends seemed well pleased with them and if you make a few extra they come in handy for gifts […]

Ranat, Christchurch.

Christmas sweets. If you make uncooked slices, instead of spreading it flat – roll in balls and coat with coconut – Truffles. For gifts put about 6 in the containers you get from supermarket deli sections. Some supermarkets will sell them for a nominal cost.