Tip #2 For Saving On Christmas: Make Homemade Gifts

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by on December 2, 2010

Yesterday, I started my 12 Ways to Save on Christmas. If you missed it, you can read Tip #1: Planning a Holiday Budget. And now for my 2nd tip:

christmas frame Tip #2: Make Homemade Gifts. I’ll admit I’m not the most crafty person, but even for those of us that aren’t as crafty, there are some gifts that are unique and personal, and come from the heart.

This Christmas frame could cost around $10-$15, but since it is homemade, I paid around $3 since I picked up the materials from Michael’s. Here’s how:

Wood Frame $1
Paint $.50
Wooden Tree & Star: $1 each

Put a special photo of a loved one in the frame, and it is a perfect holiday gift! Looking for other homemade Christmas gift ideas? How about some of these:

  • Ornaments – Decorate inexpensive ornaments with paint, or little toys to help remember the past year.
  • Baked goods – Do you have a favorite cookie or muffin recipe? Fresh baked goodies are always a welcome treat for the holidays
  • Crochet, sew, or knit – If you know how, you can make a blanket, hat, mittens, or more.
  • Create a recipe book – Put together some of your favorite family recipes into a book. It can have a holiday theme, or just be the top recipes that you have.
  • Make homemade soap or candles – Add your own scents, and make as many as you need. How-to for these projects are in the Homemade Christmas Gift Guide

What other homemade gift ideas do you have?


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  • Vickie Jones

    I make about 10-20 cheeseballs a year for gifts, I actually do some the week of Thanksgiving, some before XMAS and anyone I missed get’s one for new years eve. It’s different, I’ts something they can use and enjoy, I can make them fat free. I get the cute little ceramic bread pans at Micheals for $1.00 each to make them even nicer looking and add crackers. I’m gotten tons of requests for them every year, and for the reciepe. If you buy cheese on sale in the fall you can make it even cheaper.

  • Wow, Vickie! I’d love to see pictures of those! They sound so interesting and unique! Thanks for sharing.

  • Devorah

    I always make home made gifts for Christmas. It’s amazing how much more appreciative my friends and family are when they receive them. Much better than giving them a gift card. I use one particular Brownie in a Jar recipe for Secret Santa gifts here (http://www.cupcakemommies.com/brownies-in-a-jar/) It saves me a lot of money since I usually have the ingredients in my kitchen. Thanks for the idea for a frame!

  • Love this idea, Devorah! Thanks for leaving the link, too. :)

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  • Kim

    Vickie, would love to have the recipe for your cheeseballs if you’d like to share it. : )

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