Monday, December 13, 2010

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Rootbeer Sampler

At the risk of prematurely releasing present info, we're going to share this cute present idea, which we found (of course) on a blog- Homemade by Jill.

Rootbeer samplers can be purchased online, but it is a lot more fun (and cost-effective) to make one yourself!  Perfect for men or someone who already seems to have everything.
We collected rootbeer varieties from the local grocery stores, and were having a hard time finding unique flavors.  Jill recommended Whole Foods as a rootbeer source, and they do have some wonderful options.  Additional varieties can be found at Cost Plus World Market, some Albertsons (in the refrigerated single drinks section by the cheese and deli), and we found some awesome Idaho root beers at a little store concentrating in locally-produced products and produce.

We ended up with 9 varieties and purchased 6-8 packs of each. We made 6 gifts total and saved on the packaging by recycling cardboard boxes.  A thrift store paper cutter sliced brown grocery bags and newsprint for filling.  Ben cut brands, info blurbs, and pictures off of the rootbeer packs and pasted them to the boxes for color and interest.  While I love how colorful previous bloggers got with Powerpoint and making a sampler guide, I went with a simple and easy Word document, gleaning descriptions online.

We then wrapped in plastic wrap (next time we're going for a more opaque wrap) and tied with twine or a bow (depending on the recipient.


Ta-da!  A fun gift that doesn't break the bank (bottles averaged about $1.20 each)  And, of course, there is the side perk of sampling the extras!  (My favorite - Maine Root, Ben's - Henry Weinhardt)  




10 comments:

Sweet T Makes Three said...

Oh my goodness! My Hubs would LOVE this. He is the root beer king. I'm going to be getting extra brownie points this Christmas. thanks!

Amy with Good Day! said...

This is a great idea. I've made similar gift baskets with bottles of local beer and used peanuts in the shell as packing material---always a crowed pleaser!

Katie said...

Very cute idea!

Emily {WhipperBerry} said...

Great idea, thanks for linking up!

Amy said...

Oh my goodness! I am totally doing this for my husband! This idea is perfect for him since he LOVES root beer! Thank you so much for posting this - you just saved me a lot of time and trouble!

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

This is a great gift idea for my daughter and hubby that loves root beer! It makes me wish I drank soda (almost one year of NO soda!) You "AMAZE ME"! Thank you for linking up to the Monday blog party!!

Christina @ The Tattered Tag said...

What a fun , unique idea! I live in Oklahoma and there is a place along Route 66 called Pops that offers an unbelievable variety of sodas, so I have a good soda source. This actually makes a great gift for many other occasions, as well. Found you via WhipperBerry, glad I did. :)

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Karissa Jade Ferguson said...

That's a great idea!!

Holly said...

This is a totally great idea, and very unique! Thanks so much for linking it to my party :)

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