Updated 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.

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.

A great idea for the man in your life is these BBQ Hanging Towels by The Silly Pearl.

Another great idea for the boys is this Super Hero Fort Kit from Meg and Andy.  I think my girls would love this too!

Crafty Moods shows you how to make a play tent with a hula hoop and curtains.

Ana White shows you how to build a cute kids tent/reading nook.

Young House Love shows you how to make this Bean Bag Poof, this cute Play Kitchen and an adorable dollhouse.  The dollhouse has a Part 1 and a Part 2.

Little Miss Momma has an adorable circus tent tutorial.  I did have a problem getting this page to load.  It is quite slow, but the tent is adorable.

The Happy Housewife has a pictured filled post on How To Make A Hymnal Angel.  Very cute idea.  She also has a great picture tutorial on how to make these Stenciled Marble Coasters.

If you’re in the market for a new bed, this Farmhouse Bed from Ana White is gorgeous. What a great present for someone needing a bed.  Making a bed is not as hard as it seems.  We made a bookshelf bed for K a few years ago.  It turned out so cute and saved us hundreds of dollars.  I didn’t keep the exact total spent, but I know it was less than $80 finished.

The headboard is made from deck railing posts!  Bought with a Lowes 10% off coupon of course.

Moms Confession has a great idea for a painted or rhinestone canvas tote.  Great idea to put a gift in this and the receiver can use the tote all year long.

Serving Pink Lemonade shows you how to make a Felt Toolbox.  This is such a cute idea.

Connie at Measured By The Heart has pictures and instructions for some very cute crocheted flowers.  I wish I knew how to crochet! or knit!

Blooms and Bugs has a Tiered T-shirt Dress Tutorial.

The Marathon Mom has instructions for a Brown Sugar Vanilla Body Scrub.

Thrifty and Thriving shows you how to Prep a month’s worth of bread machine mixes.  These are great gift ideas for someone who owns a bread machine.  Could be given in a pretty mason jar or another jar.  If you don’t have any jars, you can often get cheap jars at Hobby Lobby using their 40% off coupon if they are not on sale.  I have their iphone app on my phone that pulls the coupon right up.

Food.com shows you how to make Copycat Lipton’s Onion Soup Mix.

How about some homemade gifts from the kitchen from Talk Crafty To Me?  They all look so pretty and delicious.

Speaking of homemade ….. I have been meaning to make these caramels since I tore the recipe out of Food Network magazine a year or two or maybe more ago! This year we are making these Fleur de Sel Caramels.  There is also a recipe with pictures.

Okay I am on a food kick here, but these Cinnamon Rolls from The Pioneer Woman are to die for!  Homemade baked goods are great gifts for people that don’t/can’t bake.  It may seem silly, but they love these gifts more than anything you can buy them.

Speaking of the Pioneer Woman, I think this Berry Butter would be wonderful.

Past Ideas

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 TutorialShirt to Toddler Pants Tutorial by Jackie @ Blessings OverflowingChalkboard 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 BlocksCar 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!

What homemade gifts are you making for Christmas?  

Making a habit out of living frugal…..

2 thoughts on “Updated Homemade Gift Ideas

  1. I have that doll house book marked to make next year for the grand daughters. It’s so much nicer than anything you could buy. Thanks for all the ideas, the super hero gift would be something my grandson would enjoy as well.

    • Thanks Lois! I hope everyone is enjoying them as much as I am finding them! I love homemade items! I’m going to learn to knit or crochet by next Christmas!

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