Are you the super crafty Pinterest perfect person? Me either. I’m not sure who those women are. They exist, but must be the 1% of our population… the 1% with great photographers? Well, maybe it’s higher than 1%… Pinterest perfect crafty superstar or not, this article will give you great ideas Ever One Will Love! We are in a series on Ways to have Fun and still be Frugal this Christmas. I have to talk about Homemade Gift Ideas because they are now my favorite ways to Gift.
So Far In The Frugal Christmas Series:
People Love Our Homemade Gifts and they will love yours too!
How do I know they don’t just tell me they love them because they are nice? Well, first of all, they are not all nice… 😉 But seriously, they don’t just tell me they love the gifts. They ask for the recipes, directions, links to the ideas, offer to pay me to make them more…
They love these gifts… Maybe not everyone… but most of them I think 😉
But arent Homemade gifts a lot of work? Why do You love making them?
Oh, I am so glad you asked! For years we have struggled to find Christmas Traditions that work well for our family. Read some of that story here ~> How to Make a New Family Christmas Tradition and 10 Frugal Christmas Gifts Kids Can Make.
We stumbled upon a love of crafting in my oldest daughter early on and then we began to fall in love with crafting together as a family. I love the way we can have fun with creating, and the natural way it opens up conversations!
Making Homemade Gifts creates Time – creating opens up communication
Let me just say – kids go deeper into conversations when they are doing something. They will answer questions, share details of their lives and really listen when you share your heart with them. It has been a bonding time like no other for us! I love hearing about what my kids are into and up to. It is also a perfect way to point out God moments in their lives. Win-Win!
Homemade Gifts are very Frugal
When we realized Homemade gifts are far more frugal that gift cards (our standby at Christmas) we wanted to at least try it. We tried several ideas before landing on some I would not be embarrassed to give to friends and family.
Our Top 10 Favorite Frugal Homemade Gifts – easy enough the Kids Can Make – Everyone Loves
Homemade Gift #1 was a Snowman Fingerprint Ornament
We started with homemade ornaments. They were easy and fun to make – though we broke several in the process. They cost about $5 each after you factor in all the supplies. You read that right – $5 each. F.R.U.G.A.L.
- I would swap a plastic ornament for the glass because they really break easily.
- White Paint
- Black and orange sharpies
Homemade Gift #2 was a Cinnamon Ornament
The next year we tried a different ornament. Oh My Goodness, I still love this one. They are Cinnamon and the smell just keeps giving. That was almost 7 years ago and they have not molded – and they still smell amazing! Total Cost for each Ornament was $3.
Some tips –
- Designate a place for them where the kids can’t peak!
- It takes 24-48 hours for them to dry and if they are moved a lot they will crack.
- 1/4 of an inch and they break – bigger than 1/2 inch and they never dry.
- Pick cookie cutter shapes that have a side big enough to poke a straw threw
- Poke the straw threw while still wet – so you have a place to slip a hook in them to hang
- 1 Cup Apple Sauce
- 1 Cup Cinnamon
- 2 Tbsp white glue
- 1 straw
- Christmas themed cookie cutters
- Parchment paper to dry on
Homemade Gift #3 is a Sugar Scrub
For a couple of years, we experimented with sugar scrubs. I love sugar scrubs and they are great for so many things. You can moisturize your hands, use them to scrub your lips… Personally, I use them to shave my legs. I hate shaving my legs. They are always dry and I have eczema so most chemical things cause me irritation. Anyway, When I found that a sugar scrub causes the hair follicles to exfoliate and makes the shave last longer I began trying it out. It is sometimes a month between shaves for me now… TMI I know I know, but I love it and love giving it to others. Total Cost for each jar of Sugar Scrub was $5.
Homemade Sugar Scrub Recipe:
We love to Recycle or Up-cycle and many items we buy come in glass jars. To Up-Cyclejars, simply wash after use and remove the label. There is a shelf in our kitchen full of jars set aside for Christmas!
We created a fun label to use – I’d love to give them to you below!
Homemade Gifts require thought
People often comment – on gifts they don’t like so much – that it’s the thought that counts. But how much thought really goes into most of my shopping? If I’m honest, early on I had a list, I was in a hurry to mark people off of it and I was going into debt to do that. Merry Christmas!
Making a gift by hand means I really am thinking of you while I make it. I am praying over you and your life – and so are my kids!
Now, not everyone enjoys a hand scrub – what do you give the men in your life?
Last year we came up with Fun Bookmarks!
Homemade Gift #4 Origami Bookmarks
Now, the men in your life love to figure things out and prove they are top dog. Several of them – upon receiving these bookmarks – were so impressed they began taking them apart to figure out how to make them! It was hilarious. One gentleman – who shall remain nameless here – even made some himself just to prove he could… Love it!
They are Easy – deep breath – and fun to make together. The Total Cost per bookmark was about $1!
Just a Tip – Origami paper is hard to find – in solid colors – in my area. We tried making these with construction paper but they just weren’t so nice. I ended up ordering Solid Origami Paper from Amazon!
Homemade Gift #5 is a Homemade bracelet
Okay, so this one is on my list this year. Rapt Motherhood shared a link to it in her Post Christmas Gifts to Point to the Gospel. It is a bracelet made out of a Popsicle stick! The bracelet is pretty – I would wear it! Win-Win! The Total Cost is about $2. I would probably pair it with a bookmark to make someone’s day!
I literally have all of that on hand right now #HomeSchoolMomLife ! Fun!
Homemade Gift #6 is a Homemade Mason Jar Gifts
I love this Nativity Christmas Story Trail Mix Mason Jar! A Hundred Afflictions has a printable Story to tie to the jar in her post below and you can change out parts of the mix that you know people may not love. Total Cost for this gift (because we up-cycle our jars) was $5 per jar.
- Hershey’s Kisses (or hugs)
- Hershey’s Kisses
- optionally other chocolate
- Mason Jar (or Up-cycled jar if you plan for it)
I love this because it keeps the focus on Christ and the gospel!
Homemade Gift #7 is Detox Bath Salts in a Jar
Over the past couple of years, my health has been touch and go. One thing that has helped me has been Detox Baths. The Epsom Salt really helps relax my joints and muscles – which are always inflamed with this Hashimoto’s Disease. This year I am giving some of my loved ones this same Detox because it is easy to make in batches and it really is so soothing! Total cost per jar is about $6 (again because I up-cycle jars – add the cost of jars to your budget if you don’t up-cycle.)
Homemade Gift #8 is Deodorizer Balms
This will make all my pet lovers happy. We recently lost our Australian Shepherd – a beloved family member of 15 years. I still remember Bud sneaking him out of my moms’ house when he was 3 weeks old and fit in the pocket of his hoody. Ah, I miss that little rascal.
But I digress.
We love animals but hate the smell of animals. We also try to live chemical free. Talk about a stuck between a rock and a hard place! Anyway, baking soda is a great deodorizer but we went a step farther this year! A failed attempt at creating Bath Balms gave us Deodorizer Balms!!!!!!!!! Total Cost per set of Deodorizer Balms (I give 2 or 4 small ones tied together in a mesh bag) is about $1
1 Aup baking soda
1/3 Cup Water
20 drops Essential Oil (I use a homemade Thieves blend)
Mesh bags (6 for $1 at the Dollar Tree)
Homemade Gift #9 is a Fast Easy Lip Balm
Life with allergies is a rollercoaster ride of learning Y’all. When we discovered my youngest was sensitive to Dye’s I about lost my mind. Not only can she not eat them, but they cause rashes when they are in Body Products. Dye Free and soap, shampoo have entered our world. But when you have a little girl makeup also comes into play. It is so expensive to buy Lip Balm she can use. It is amidst all the Organic Vegan things and is $6 or more a tube! Yikes! We found we could make it ourselves really easy and cheaply. And it works well and others love it too!!!!!!!! Total Cost for Lip Balm is $1 per – if you up-cycle jars and tins.
5 Tbsp Coconut oil
3 Tbsp Beeswax (cheap on Amazon)
12-15 drops Essential Oil Oil of your choice
Homemade Gift #10 is a Hand Lotion
For the same reason, we had to learn to make lip balm we learned to make Hand Lotion. Y’all, I love this stuff so much more than store-bought – alcohol (skin drying) filled – lotions that break out my eczema! This one costs more, but everyone loves it so I thought it was absolutely worth it. Now, to make the Lotion itself I exclude the Magnesium oil (which is also homemade by heating magnesium flakes with distilled water – costs about $1 per cup as opposed to $13 per cup pre-made). Total Cost for Hand Lotion $7 per jar.
These are our Favorite, time-tested Gifts. Everyone Loves them. They literally cost less than $10. Our family loves spending time creating them. We think of the recipient and pray over them through the process. Making Gifts for others is a great time to Laugh, love and learn together!
I’d love to know if there are some you use! Drop me a comment below. We’d love to try them and add to the list of fun!