Buying gifts can be hard on your budget, especially if you don’t plan for it.
I always hear Dave Ramsey on the radio saying that Christmas comes the same time every year and we should be planning for it, I need to work on this more because I didn’t plan for it
enough so I could be making myself extra stressed about gifts. However, I have always been good about making homemade gifts whether it’s a personalized pot with a plant, a baked dessert, sewing an apron or a canvas painting, but sometimes I just feel like that isn’t good enough.
This year I plan on focusing on 3 areas for homemade Christmas gifts: food, jars and kids. I hope you will get some ideas from these homemade gifts.
Food- There are tons of homemade gifts that involve food! Fruit baskets, cheese baskets, baked goodies, and gifts in a jar recipes which are adorable! I am planning on making pumpkin bread mini loafs for some of my church family and close neighbors. You could make a dessert found in the free ebook from The Humbled Homemaker, The Purposed Heart, Quick and Easy, Cheap and Healthy or Intentional by Grace which are all delicious.
Jars- On top of the great gifts in a jar recipes like cookies, there are tons of gifts to make where you place the contents in a clear glass jar. You can make homemade seasonings, bath salts, apple butter or pumpkin butter, glass jar picture frames, dried bean soup mix, vanilla extract or even a facial scrub (guest post on Wednesday about this)
Kids- What grandparent does NOT love a gift from their grandkids? Kids can make anything and it would be received with love and laughter. Cards, bookmarks, or even drawings that you could frame are good ideas. This year we are making the grandparents special picture frames. I picked wooden frames up at Hobby Lobby for $2.50 each and we’re going to paint them, then make little Christmas tree hand prints similar to this canvas which we are also going to make for advent.
Easy & Frugal tips:
- get a glass mini loaf, plate or dish from the dollar store to gift your baked good in or on
- for jar gifts, reuse glass jars, buy some at a thrift store or buy the bulk pack
- if you make a gift basket, buy baskets from the goodwill (be sure to clean well)
- take advantage of sales at craft stores
- have a playdate to make these gifts so you and your girlfriends can all chip in on supplies.