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, but we don't have one in Boise (yet). Luckily, we tried Cost Plus World Market and hit the jackpot! They have tons of flavors from all over.
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 (each bottle is about $1.20) And, of course, there is the side perk of sampling the extras! (My favorite - Maine Root, Ben's - Henry Weinhardt)
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