Holiday Money Saving Tips: Ideas For Homemade Christmas Gifts

Creative and easy ways to make inexpensive and unique Christmas gifts at home if you're on a budget.

For gift givers on a budget, making gifts is the perfect solution. Even if you're not counting pennies, there's no gift more rewarding than one that's made from the heart.

Perhaps, you like homemade gifts but feel this isn't something that can be done because you're not handy or creative. You don't have to be an artist or a craftsman to give a gift of yourself. Here is a list of things you can do.

Baked goods: Don't feel you have to be a culinary whiz to make home baked items for those on your gift list. If you can read a recipe, you can bake. Everyone loves baked goods and recipes are getting simpler every day. In some cases, it's just a matter of melting chocolate and dipping cookies, nuts or fruit. Why not make a basket or gift bag and fill it with cookies, cakes, pies, breads, candies and muffins. This is a gift that the recipient is bound to treasure and won't end up in a drawer or closet somewhere.

Cookie or bread mixes: Do you have a prized recipe folks are always begging you to share? Why not package it and give it as a gift? All the dry ingredients can be placed in a canning jar or other attractive see-through container with the instructions attached. All the recipient needs to add are the liquid ingredients. If the ingredients can be layered into the jar, it makes the gift more attractive.

Children's artwork: This is the gift grandparents love! Imagine receiving a beautiful masterpiece created by a child and put in an attractive frame. Chances are it will receive a place of honor in the recipient's home and your child will be left with a sense of pride and the good feeling that comes with the giving of one's self.

Christmas ornaments: There are many ideas for homemade Christmas ornaments. Pinecones or seashells can be collected and painted. A ribbon can be attached for easy hanging. This is a great kid's project.

Coupons: For the elderly or disabled, coupons offering goods and services may be treasured more than something purchased at the store. For instance, coupons entitling someone who doesn't drive to a couple of days of shopping and running errands would be truly appreciated as would the promise of a home-cooked meal or home repairs. For someone who doesn't get to leave the house often, a day of visiting, or a special outing may be just the ticket.

Utilize your skills: Sometimes, your job skills make the perfect gift. If you're a massage therapist, give a massage. If you're a hairdresser, offer a family haircutting day. If you're a writer, write stories or a nostalgic look into your family's past.

When it comes to giving a homemade gift from the heart, the possibilities are endless. All of us have something we can do, and this page offers but a small sampling. For more ideas go to your local library or do a search online. You're bound to find something you can make or give. When you give of yourself, you're not just giving a present, you're making memories that will last a lifetime.

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