Every year I hear about people who can’t afford Christmas presents. As much as Christmas isn’t about presents, it’s still hard for those that don’t have the extra to pay for gifts and can be quite depressing. For others though, being Thrifty doesn’t stop during the holidays and many look for ways to save money by making gifts at home. Here are some ideas for you crafty and Thrifty divas.
1. Coupon book
Make coupons that you can give to your loved ones that represent some action that they can use later. For example, wives can give their husband a coupon that says, “good for your favorite meal.” The possibilities are endless for this. Just get creative.
2. Baked goods
Some of us like to give everyone we know a little gift, but this can be quite costly. However, a tin of cookies can be just as welcomed as a gift from Macy’s. I love when neighbors show up at my door with fresh baked banana bread or soft ginger molasses cookies. Homemade hot chocolate mix is another great idea. For just a few dollars you can make several to give as gifts. It’s a gift that warms the heart and the belly.
3. Play dough
So many of us have this popular item on our Christmas list. But you can make it at home for a fraction of the cost. Then when your son or daughter leaves it out and it dries, just make some more.
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
Food coloring by drops
Place contents in a pan and stir. Cook over low heat, stirring until a ball forms.
Add food coloring and mix thoroughly until desired color. Cool on foil. Store in covered container.
If you are a good cook and someone who is always being asked for recipes, then this tip is for you! Surprise those people that love your food so much with a cookbook with all your favorite recipes with it. Even if you type it up and print it yourself, they will love it. Get creative by decorating it and making it personal.
5. Give the gift of yourself
This is especially important to the elderly. My husband’s grandmother has everything she could ever want, but if you were to ask her something she would like for Christmas, her answer would be, “a visit from you.” It’s free, and it’s something you or the person will never forget.
6. Pictures of your kids
This is the gift that every grandparent wants. Most places charge around $.06-$.10 per 4×6 print. This can be a very affordable gift and will make grandma very happy.
7. Homemade laundry soap.
We showed you how to make these a while back. Check out the link here. It’s easy, cheap and people will appreciate you taking the time to make it. Plus you can get really creative with how you present it.
Do you make any homemade gifts? Tell us about them.
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