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The best way to stay frugal with your money at Christmas time is giving homemade gifts. Christmas will be here soon so we must start thinking about who we are buying gifts for and who gets the special ones. If you want to do handmade gifts then you must start on them soon. Parties and family gatherings will start and there will be no time to work on handmade gifts because all you will be is tired. I understand sometimes making things is not always an option because you may not be crafty or creative. If you can’t think of ideas, there is always Pinterest to give you some help. Family and friends love homemade and handmade gifts because they come from the heart of the one who gave the gift.
1. Handmade wash clothes or pot holders–this can be done by crocheting with yarn or making them with looms. I can remember when I was a young kid, that I made some those loom pot holders for my neighbor and grandmother.
2. Cookies in a Jar Mix–Get a quart jar and layer the dry ingredients in the jar. Should be packed firmly. Attach the recipe on a cute recipe card. The jar should have lid and look cute with some fabric and ribbon.
3. Cross-stitch pictures or sweatshirts– One of my gifts to me one year was counted cross stitch sweatshirt that my mother gave me. Small cross stitch picture kits can be bought with all the necessary items (thread, material, frame).
4. Cookie and bread tray–buy a dollar cookie from the dollar store and arrange some cookies and breads that you have made yourself. Maybe put a few mints or hard candies on there as well. I personally do cookie and bread for my hair stylist, and a few neighbors as well. My mom started me doing this idea because she does as well for various close friends. Everyone has their favorite Christmas cookies that they only make at Christmas time.
5. Handmade ornaments–There are various types of handmade ornaments such as salt dough, ceramic, or glass.
6. Photo gift or Photo book–One could make this cheaply by using a sale or a special code for Shutterfly .
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