Buy some mason jars and paint or modpoge them then put ribbons around and fill with candy peanuts etc.
Buy Terra cotta flower pots, turn upsidedown,top with a dollar store bowl. Paint the flower pot add a ribbon and colorful decoration.
Saw a neat thing on Pinterest melting plastic beads
This is an idea I've been wanting to make for a long time, but have too many other things on my list. The first one uses oven bake clay and the second link is with air dry clay.
I'm adding a video for the air dry clay idea too.
I just found another neat idea for you Kathy.
I made some neat bowls using rolled tubs of paper. It is very sturdy and you can use colorful magazine or catalogue pages to make the tubs. The instructions are on youtube and it is very inexpensive, Just look for paper tube how to and it's even fun.
I like the mason jar suggestion above.
What about Chinese food boxes with metal handels decorated like presents?
I like recycling 2 liter bottles by cutting off the bottom, touching it lightly with a hot iron to allow the edges to curl. Then you can paint, use markers and melted crayons- so many different things to liven up the exterior. You can make several using different bottles and cutting them at different heights, then attaching them together as a set in a decorative fashion.
I used some really pretty votive candle holders I found along with some pretty mismatched holiday tea plates..I glued the pretty clear candle holders to the bottom of the plates instant candy dishes I also did this with clear glass candle holders in various heights for candle holders ..added a touch of greenery and a candle...they can be midge lodged or left plain painted sanded and etched ..hard to explain and I don't have a blog to show steps but this gives you an idea....this year I am looking for pretty bowls and candle sticks or votives to use