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.
Homemade and handmade items often use things you or someone you know already owns. If not, you can often find the things you need on sale or at yard sales and thrift shops.
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I found a few new gift ideas this week:
Kids Play Ideas tells you how to make a Lego table out of an old nightstand. These are for sale at garage sales and thrift stores all the time for cheap.
Sarah Ortega shows you how to make gorgeous Bird Nest Necklaces.
Nestled shows you how to make this really cute Washer and Ribbon Necklace.
The Previous Posts:
In case you are just joining us or missed the earlier posts in the series, you can read through the list below. As you’re looking through the list think about birthdays and anniversaries that are coming as well as Christmas 2013. If you started now you could have so many things made by that time.
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.
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!
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I made this Homemade Field Bag last year for my girls. They absolutely love it. They tell me it’s the best gift ever! Not only do they love the bag, but they love the usefulness. They love that it was made for them. That’s why most people like homemade items.
Christmas Your Way has this adorable Fabric Scrap Wreath. I think this would be cute in different fabrics for different seasons. Really pretty and a great gift for someone who loves pretty decorations or just doesn’t have the time.
Betty Crocker has some great edible gift ideas like these Brazilian Chocolate Truffles Blogger Paula Kittelson from Blogging Foods . There is also a recipe Homemade Cookie Butter by Stephanie Wise from Girl Versus Dough. This stuff is to die for. If you can find it, it’s not very cheap to buy in stores either. It’s absolutely fab with animal crackers! Not that I would know or anything!
I love these colorful Watercolor Candle holders from Joann. There is a down-loadable PDF on the site that you can save to your computer.
This safety pin bead bracelet from Melissa at Redfly Creations is just too cute! I’m thinking I need to make some of these for some special girls in my life! It doesn’t even look like it was made from safety pins!
I found this Gathering Apron tutorial at Reformation Acres. Great for gathering the produce from your garden or eggs from your chickens!
I found this beautiful Vintage Sheet Music “Joy” Sign at An Oregon Cottage.
Good Life Eats has this All Natural Moisturizing Kitchen Hand Scrub. I know I would love this. I love a citrus scrub for my hands. It always smells so good.
Floral Showers shows you how to make a really cute Ruffle Pillow from a t-shirt.
Amy Loves It made these gorgeous Faith In-scripted Hurricane Candle Holders.
I love this idea for a Terracotta Jewelry Stand from Show Me Cute. I love the colors they painted it with too!
Seven Thirty Three has a tutorial for an adorable doll carrier.
Living Well Spending Less has 4 Homemade Spa Recipes.
The train to crazy shows you how to make this Easy Merry Pillow. Great idea for a hostess gift or gift for someone who likes to decorate but just doesn’t have the budget or time.
Spoonful has this yummy looking Hot Cocoa Candle. Very nice!
Now for a few presents for your home:
Dittle Dattle has a tutorial for making your very own Fresh Cedar Monogram Wreath. I just love this idea. Not only is is super cute, it’s pretty frugal too. I love using “nature” in my decorating.
I absolutely love these Anthropolgie Inspired Christmas Tree Jars from It’s Just Laine.
It’s Just Laine shows you how to make Embroidery Hoop State Love Art. Just one more thing on that to do list! This is such a cute idea. May be a good project for my 9 year old that is learning to sew.
What have you made this year or what do you plan on making? Leave a comment telling us about it. I hope you have enjoyed this series of handmade homemade gift ideas. I know I have had a blast putting it together! I will keep featuring great DIY projects I make or come across, but most likely not this many at one time! Happy crafting my dear friends!
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