Homemade Gift Ideas

Lately I have been highlighting some homemade gift ideas that would be great for Christmas gifts.  One way to save money at Christmas is to make your own gifts.  Many times these gifts are better than anything you could have bought the receiver.  I like to call that meaningful.  Just because I am frugal, does not mean that I buy somebody a gift just because it’s inexpensive.  I like to give and receive gifts that the recipient can use or would get enjoyment from.  We already have enough stuff in our homes, we sure don’t need more stuff that we won’t use getting in the way.

Each week I will be adding things to the list as I find them.  The newest finds are featured at the top.

Do you know someone that sews?  Have a young artist you would like to feature on fabric?  Spoonflower will custom print your fabric for you from your art.  I read about Spoonflower on Soulemama after she turned her daughter’s art work into print.  Sure it’s not exactly frugal, but it is meaningful.

The Happy Housewife has an Upcycled T-shirt Rug Tutorial, Shirt to Toddler Pants Tutorial by Jackie @ Blessings Overflowing, Chalkboard Tags,

Amazing Mae has these adorable Road Trip Pillow Cases

Mom on Dealz has this great Kids Frugal Fun Scrabble Crafts.  I love the photo frame!

Simply kierste transformed a wooden stool.  Adorable!

I Can Teach My Child Shows you how to make Wooden Snap Blocks, Car Mat Backpack and a baby Ribbon Blanket.  My girls loved their ribbon or tag blankets that a good friend of mine made for them.

Pajama pants tutorial from Simply Modern Mom.

The Crafty Cupboard has a Twirly t-shirt dress tutorial.  I am thinking the last princess would love this dress.

Pocket Change Gourmet shows you how to make Stovetop Apple Butter.  This is on my to do list.  This would make a great Christmas gift given in a basket with fresh bread and tea towels.

Comic Book Coasters by Mod Podge Rocks.  I have also seen this done with maps too. Great idea!  It’s not too often that you see homemade gift ideas for men and boys.

How To Make Homemade Yogurt from The Frugal Girl, one of my favorite bloggers. Another favorite blogger, Katy at The Non Consumer Advocate recently tried the yogurt recipe and posted about her results.  It made me remember I want to try making it soon.  I spend quite a bit of money on yogurt around these here parts….. Now I know you can’t exactly put this under the tree, but I assure you that yogurt lovers as well as people that do not have the time to make homemade things would love this.

How To Make A Giant Chalkboard – love this idea.  I’m thinking I may need to add this to my list of things to do.

Maternity Shirt Refashion – this is a great idea if you can sew and have some maternity shirts still hanging around.

Olive Oil Candles – you might need these sometime.

DIY Vintage Window Frame Chalkboards – these are absolutely gorgeous.

Make your own Silhouettes – I am going to have to make these for my own walls.

T-shirt Dress

This is definitely not homemade, but I just love these travel lids for a canning jar from Cuppow.  I don’t earn any money for telling you about them, I just think they are awesome!

If you have made something you would like to be featured here on practicing frugal, why not send me an email.  I would love to link to your blog or feature you as a guest post.  If you don’t have a blog, you could send me pictures and instructions and can be featured as a guest post.

4 thoughts on “Homemade Gift Ideas

  1. Thanks Lois. These are some great ideas to get people started on homemade gift giving, and I will be posting more each week. I can’t wait to get started on some of these great ideas!

  2. I was thrilled to see you bringing some sense to the holiday gift giving. I can’t wait to read more of your posts. I’ve already gone through a couple of your links and will check out the rest. Thank you.

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