Let’s face it: not all homemade gifts are created equal. Some people seem to have a real knack for making things from scratch, and we look forward to those kinds of gifts. Other people seem to not have such a knack…and our attics fill up over the years. (Yes, it is the thought that counts and we truly appreciate their efforts; we just can’t seem to make use of them).
Below are a few ideas for homemade gifts that are practical, delicious, cute, and frugal.
- Chinese Takeout Boxes and Chocolate Truffles: Purchase Chinese takeout boxes from Michael’s craft store (don’t forget to use a 40% off coupon from the Sunday paper), and make homemade chocolate truffles. You can put tissue paper in the little boxes, and then fill each with a few truffles. Make a cute tag.
- Herb-infused oil/Dipping oil: You can score great glass bottles from Marshall’s, Ross, TJ Maxx, or other discount department store. Purchase the herbs and oil, and make some beautiful and yummy gifts! You can include a long loaf of French bread, and/or directions for how to use the oil.
- Jams and Jellies: Make a cute label from your kitchen, or from your yard, and tie it around with a festive ribbon.
- Photo Calendar: Gather photos of your family, photos of you, photos of your travels, your favorite recipes, etc. and assemble them into a calendar. You can print these out using services such as shutterfly or vistaprints.
- Wine Cork Bulletin Board: Save your wine corks throughout the year, or ask restaurants to save them for you. Assemble your cork board using particle board or other scraps of wood as backing.
- Brownie and Soup Jars: This is an idea that was popular in the amish community where I grew up. Purchase bulk ingredients, mason jars (can also get these wholesale), and perhaps even a little scoop from a craft store like Michael’s. There are all kinds of neat gift in a jar ideas out there; remember to make a cute tag to wrap around it to dress it up a bit.
- Garden Marker Rocks: For friends and family who enjoy gardening, purchase outdoor paint from Michael’s using a 40% off coupon, and purchase large pebble rocks. If you can’t find the rocks there, I was able to find some at a pet store (look in the reptile aisle). Using the paint, make garden markers for different plants like basil, lettuce, spinach, corn, etc. They look so cute and will decorate any garden!
Do you have ideas? I’d love to hear them!
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