In high school I started a holiday tradition of making handmade gifts for my stepmom’s relatives. I, of course, didn’t have a lot of money, but I loved crafts. By making gifts I was able to do something thoughtful for my loved ones and it fit within my budget.
Some projects I have made over the years have included: ornaments made from Styrofoam balls, wooden Christmas trees, ribbon sachets, and stenciled notecards. As a married woman I have continued the tradition for my family and friends by making: picture frames with sculpey clay decorations, caramels, hot cocoa mix, hand-stamped personalized notecards, handmade soaps, wooden painted picture frames, a perpetual birthday calendar, and a standing picture holder. I have even made gifts for the kids like word and picture magnets.
Here are some great sources for ideas to make your own homemade/handmade gifts:
Amazon – Do a search for jar mixes, homemade gifts OR gifts from the kitchen. If you don’t want to buy, look for some at your local library.
“Guerrilla Guide to the Holidays: 8 DIY Holiday Gifts” from LearnVest.