One yr. I made hot chocolate mix, filled plastic sandwhich bags about 1/2 full beginning in a bottom corner, placed a few marshmellows on top, twisted the bags closed, and then tied them off with curling ribbon. I included instructions to mix with one cup hot water and stir. They looked like little ice-cream cones. Really cute.
Another yr. I purchased little smudge pots from a craft store (20 for $1)....a size just perfect to slip into uniform
pockets.... and filled each one with with my favorite hand lotion/cream. I decorated the little lids with stickers that I purchased at the Dollar Store. I placed these all in a wicker basket to which I attached a Christmas card and an invitation to take one.
One yr. I found myself with co-workers that liked to laugh. I took Dollar Store maxi pads and made little "Pad About" gag slippers. Four pads per pair. I decorated the slippers by hot glueing little sequins and minature baubles onto them. The decorations came from a Dollar Store garland that I had purchased and cut apart. Let me tell ya, these were a hit!!
Another year I found little Holiday/Winter sun catchers at the Dollar Store 4/$1. Well, I bought a box. Those went over well, too.
I've baked fruit breads in miniture bread pans and given those away. You can bake a lot of these for a little bit of $$.
Last year I received a small Holiday bag of the Epsom fragrant salts mentioned above. I used it to soak my feet before giving myself a pedicure. It was so nice!