Oh yes, I am totally planning Christmas already. Why? Cause it’s expensive.
For pretty much everyone, Christmas can put a dent in your budget. Luckily, I have found that one of the best ways to save money is to make your Christmas gifts. Not only does a homemade gift save you money, it adds a personal touch that no store-bought gift can replicate. If you are crafty, and even if you aren’t, here are some great homemade gift ideas for both adults and kids.
- Food. Seriously, who doesn’t like homemade food? Package up some homemade truffles or cookies. Get glass jars and make your own salsa using veggies from your garden, or from a local farmer’s market.
- Recipe book. If you love to cook, put together a list of your best recipes to share with your family and friends. Print them out and put them in a nicely decorated book. Go the extra mile and include a sample or two from your book.
- Heat pad. These are great for warming up beds, or soothing aches and pains. Sew cotton fabric into a sleeve and fill with buckwheat or rice. Here is a good tutorial from Martha Stewart.
- Clothing. If you can sew, knit or crochet, you can make socks, mittens, hats or sweaters to give as gifts.
- Bath salts. These are perfect for that long soothing bath at the end of the day. Add your own dried herbs or essential oils for an added aromatherapy benefit.
- Tote bags. For me, nothing is easier to make than a tote bag. They are simple to sew (trust me, my sewing skills aren’t great) and can be used for so many different things. This reversible bag is one of my favorites to make. Want to make a foldable shopping bag instead? Use this tutorial. If you want to add more to your gift, include a matching zippered pouch to hold makeup or coupons.
- Gift basket. This is a super easy, and super personal, gift. Put together a relaxation basket with lavender soap, shampoo and conditioner, loofa and manicure kit for your favorite ladies who may need time to themselves. For a great family gift, put a movie basket together. Include a family movie, microwave popcorn and a few other theater type treats.
- Super hero cape. What little super hero doesn’t want his or her own personalized cape? I actually made these last year using this tutorial and they were a hit.
- Dinosaur tail. I will admit I haven’t made this one yet, but I want to! Maybe in a year when my son is a little older. If you have a dino-loving kid, this gift is perfect! Try this tutorial.
- Felt food. Kids love to pretend and felt food is a great gift for imaginative play. Start off easy with some felt cookies and branch out from there if you are feeling brave.
- Crayons. If your kids are like mine, you have a bunch of little pieces of crayons left over. Use them to make new, crazy colored crayons! All you need is a muffin pan (tip: silicone ones come is some pretty cool shapes) and those old broken pieces.
- Felt board. A felt covered board can be used for so many different things. Use more felt to cut out numbers, letters or entire scenes (farm, school, train station, underwater, etc.) and have the kids put the pieces on how ever they wish! It’s great for growing imaginations.
The holidays are fast approaching and it’s a good time to start thinking about gifts. Homemade gifts are personal and can save you a bunch of money.
Do you like to make your own Christmas gifts? What is your favorite thing to give?