Cut out the crossword puzzle, and find the page that has the solution on it. Staple, glue, tape, or otherwise fasten the puzzle and the solution back-to-back so each puzzle has its answers right with it. Collect as many puzzles as you'd like to give. You could one from every newspaper for a year and give it for Christmas or a birthday.
Add a pen, a cheap clipboard or other hard surface, and whatever else you think would go with a bunch of crossword puzzles. Put it in a box and wrap it with (what else?) the Sunday comics.
If your friend gets the same paper you do, ask a neighbor who gets a different paper, or gather old crossword books and cut out the used ones and their solutions.
If they really like a challenge, don't attach the solutions. Either put them in, loose (and they have to sort them out) or don't include them at all.
And when they're done with the puzzles, they can be thrown in the recycling bin (minus the staple or tape.)
Source: I got this idea because I usually keep the section of our newspaper that has the comics, but I kept the whole section. I have slowly been going through them and cutting out the comics I wanted to keep, and any undone crossword puzzles, and of course, I want the solutions, so I attach those, too. So I have this folder of thirty or so crossword puzzles.
By Saber from Omaha, NE
Great idea! Same can be done w/sudoku.
This is a fun idea! When I was younger, I made a "Garfield" book for my mom. I had my grandma save her paper each week (dailies used to be black&white) & put it together when she was @ work. She was so surprised! :)
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By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario
What cute ideas! I love them - thanks for sharing!
Ideas for frugal gardening or yard gift ideas as suggested by the ThriftyFun community. I am thinking something you can attach to a stake for a garden ornament. Check out the dollar stores and see if they have something you can improve.
Whatever you create, keep in mind that it is truly the thought that counts. Even if your end product doesn't look like it came off the department store shelf, it won't matter. What does matter the most is that your gift will be a one of a kind gift packed full of love.
I've made my mother a variety of seasonal sweatshirts from her grandchildren. I used handprints and footprints (works best with SMALL children) to make reindeer and labeled it "Grandma's little deers." Each child places a footprint, heel down, and each handprint at the toes, fingers out and spread wide. The footprint is the deer's face and the handprints are its antlers. I decorated the antlers with a string of tiny bells. Another gift included a handprint Christmas tree (the largest child's handprints at the bottom, heel to heel, up to the smallest's topping the tree) and multi-colored fingerprints all over the tree, reading "Grammy's De-lights." I made "Grandma's little angels" with two handprints. one open and facing down for the body and robes, the other halfway down the palm, closed and at a 45 degree angle for the wing. Then I painted on a head and face, sleeves and hands and feet. Don't forget the halo!
My favorite: find something bland/ugly but useful (at the dollar store)and decorate it with paint, sequins, paper(seal it with mod podge), fabric .....anything will do with the right adhesive. I found lovely white plastic bins/trashbasket that I will decorate and give. There are hundreds of possibilities, I saw some laundry baskets that would look great with some sequins!
Thanks for all the other ideas!
Holiday Gift Idea. For an inexpensive holiday gift, for a teacher or neighbor. Get a whisk and fill the inside with kisses. Cover the outside with plastic wrap and and decorate with a ribbon.
I am needing ideas for nice, inexpensive gifts for my sister, sister-in-law, and brothers-in-law.
By Maria from Canada
I like gift cards. I'm in 7th heaven whenever I get one to Barnes and Noble. But gift cards to a favorite restaurant or store would also be nice. Tickets to a move or event that they would be interested in would also be nice. Or you could give them a household type gift, like a set of sheets or towels or something.
Gift cards, good luck.
You should really consider what they like, what their interests are. For example, my sisiter likes to feed hummingbirds in the summer time. She has a feeder but always has trouble cleaning it. I found a hummingbird feeder cleaning set. My brother is very earth friendly/conscious so I got him a subscription to Mother Earth News.
These gifts didn't cost much and showed them I was really thinking about them and what thier interests were. Even making a card with markers means more than buying one. I do that for my kids.
A cake and/or dinner delivered on their birthdays?
Pictures in frames?
Hobby tools & equipment?
A pampering basket?
Homemade Cd of favorite songs?
If they live far away or otherwise don't get to see you much, perhaps a small photo album full of pics of your family and theirs? Last Christmas I found lots of silly song lyrics I thought my friend would enjoy and put them in an inexpensive binder. I hadn't thought about the format, but recently learned it was perfect. She has very little function in her hands and must have all print material like this.
Hubby and are also in the "when in doubt, buy gift cards" ranks. And with today's gas prices, gas gift cards should be very popular.
For cute holiday gifts that don't cost a lot use the cake decorating bags used for frosting cakes and fill with ingredients for your favorite recipes. Just tie the recipes to the bag and add cooking directions.
For a frugal and fast gift bag, use a brown paper lunch sack. Take a bag and fold it down about 1 - 2 inches from the top. Take a hole punch and put 2 holes in the center of the flap you just made...
When it comes to birthdays and holidays, sometimes people are strapped for cash. In those instances, my family gives "services" for gifts.
Here is an idea that helps when you accidently have forgotten a special occasion and need a gift. These can be kept in a pantry or closet area or where ever you can find some space. . .