Christmas is the season of giving. However, when you have many loved ones you want to spoil with gifts of gratitude, it can get pretty expensive. Setting a present budget is a good way to make sure you don’t spend more than you have this holiday. Another good option is crafting and/or baking. If you have children, you can involve them in the gift creation process. Grandparents love when they get homemade items from the kids. Here is a list of inexpensive presents that you can make at home on a budget.
Christmas Cookies – Baked goods are always a big hit for the holidays. This gift is ideal for your friends and coworkers. You can decide if you’ll go all out and create an assortment of cookies and candies or if you choose a recipe you are famous for. Their tummies will thank you.
DIY Christmas Cookie Mix Jar – Instead of slaving over a hot oven all day, you can assemble the cookie mix and leave the baking to the recipient. There are plenty of different mix recipes online and you can make them look cute with some Christmas patterned fabric or ribbons and a mason jar.
The Night Before Christmas Gift Set – A popular Christmas tradition is sending Christmas pajamas along with a Christmas story or movie to enjoy on the night before Christmas. The excitement of opening a gift before Christmas makes it even more special.
Knitted/Crocheted Items – Yes, this option does take time, but everyone knows it does and it’s the thought of the gift that truly makes it special. They will know you were thinking about them the entire time you were creating their beanie, scarf or mittens. You can teach the kids this skill and have them join in. The more hands, the more items you can produce. It can be a family activity.
Bath Bombs, Lip Balm, Foot Scrubs and Sugar Scrubs – These are the great gifts for friends and family members. The great thing about these DIY gifts is that they all require very little ingredients and time. If you package it right, it can look like it was store bought. You can even combine the bunch for a mini pampering basket.
DIY Hot Cocoa Mix – Similar to the DIY cookie mix, you can create a comparable gift with hot cocoa and add-ins. You can use mini mason jars for the mix-ins and cocoa mix or you can find a hallow ornament and fill it with hot cocoa mix on the bottom, marshmallows and crushed candy canes.
Decorated Wine Glass – You can use acrylic paint or Sharpie paint pens to decorate plain wine glasses. If you use sharpies, make sure you bake them at 200 degrees for an hour to set the paint. The great thing about this gift is that you can design the glass to the recipient’s personality. They will be sure to love it. If it’s in the budget, add a bottle of wine as well.
What will you create this holiday season?
– By Samantha Rivers, Editor @sassySammyBee