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Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

Every year crafters begin planning their homemade Christmas gift projects. This is a guide about homemade Christmas gifts.

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September 8, 2006 Flag
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Homemade Christmas gifts? We love them in our family. My aunt always gives homemade dishcloths, etc. My parents, who are in their 70's, loved their gift last year. I went to the store, bought a couple of big boxes of Q-tips, Ivory soap, toothpaste, everything they use in the bathroom, careful to use their usual brands.
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What do you buy the people who have everything? I knitted afghans for everyone, one year. Another year, I made homemade throw pillows. I always include a homemade Christmas tree decoration.

Another gift I do for my parents and did for the siblings and their spouses a couple of years, was go to the grocery store, buy 5 or 6 small packages of different cheeses I know they like and different crackers and turkey kielbasa. They loved it.

This year, I've knitted each recipient 4 dishcloths, and am in the process of finishing four kitchen handtowels that attach to the oven handle for each. I'll include dish soap, dishwasher soap also for the sister and a few other goodies as well as the homemade Christmas tree decoration. One year, my sister went to the dollar store, got a pair of hand towels for everyone and knitted fancy edging and sewed on. Beautiful!

It's not the amount of money, it's the love behind it. Remember Jesus is the reason for the season.

Tanya from Oshawa, ON

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November 28, 2006 Flag
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Santa decorated soap.Make this quickie for a child using, kids' bubble bath or spray foam. For a teacher, use hand soap or hand sanitizer.

Time to Make: 10 minutes
Cost: About $3.

Materials:

  • 1 bottle bubble bath, spray foam, shower gel, or liquid hand soap
  • 1 red hand towel or wash cloth (single hand towels in red are easier to find)
  • 1 white bath mesh sponge
  • 3 rubber bands, red is best
  • ribbon scraps for trim and tag
  • 1 red pom pom
  • 1 scrap red card stock
  • black marker, tape, tacky glue

Instructions:

  1. Attach mesh sponge to front of bottle, about half way down, with rubber band as shown for Santa's "beard."
  2. For his hat, fold hand towel in half and wrap around top of bottle, placing the fringe at the top and leaving about 3 inches below for Santa's face. Secure to bottle with second rubber band as shown in photo.
  3. Gather fringe and secure with third rubber band.
  4. Draw eyes on bottle and attach pom pom for nose with tacky glue.
  5. Attach wide ribbon to cover rubber band on bottom of hat with masking tape.
  6. Cut out a gift tag and punch a whole in the top. Write: "North Pole Brand Santa Soap".
  7. Tie thin ribbon over rubber band on top of hat, leaving 4-inch tails. Attach tag and tie a bow.

By Cindy from Waynesburg, PA

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December 14, 2007 Flag
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A dish towel, spoon, sprinkles, and a purchased (or homemade) cookie or cake mix is just about all you need to make the fun Pocket Pack baking kits for the whole family to enjoy. And there is no sewing or gluing! Cost is less than $5. Nice teacher or hostess gift. Pocket Pack Baking Kits

Approximate Time: 10 minutes

Supplies

  • 1 Christmas dish towel (linen is best)
  • 1 cookie (or cake) mix
  • cookie cutter or foil star cupcake pans
  • wooden spoon or rubber spatula
  • yarn or ribbon
  • sprinkles
  • writing gel
Supplies

Instructions For Cookie Kit

  1. Using a dish towel with a design similar to the one shown, open towel and place cookie mix on the inside.
  2. Fold bottom two-thirds up over mix to meet Rudolph's head to make pocket.
  3. Fold excess neatly and secure along edge of pocket. Tie in Back.
  4. Tie yarn to top of kit around "antlers."
  5. Place cookie cutter, spoon, sprinkles, etc. in pocket.

Instructions For Cupcake Kit

  1. Remove cake mix from box. (Cut instructions from back of box and include in kit).
  2. Tape foil pans to back of cake mix bag, leaving top of cake mix bag free.
  3. Place inside dish towel.
  4. Fold bottom two-thirds up to snowman's middle to form pocket. Secure with yarn and tie in back.
  5. Tie yarn around snowman's neck. Finish with bow.
  6. Place spatula, writing gel, and sprinkles in pockets.
  7. This project would also work well with a Santa applique on the towel and a brownie mix could be used in place of the cake mix.

By Cindy from Waynesburg, PA

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November 24, 2011 Flag
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I just found this site today and I'm hoping someone can help me. We are having really bad money problems this year and I don't know what to do for Christmas gifts for my children. I don't want them to wake up to nothing Christmas morning. I have a 9 year old boy, a 13 year old girl, a 18 year old boy, and a 19 year old boy. I want to make them something that they will enjoy and appreciate and something that will make them forget that we are having a hard time. Please help. Any ideas will be much appreciated. Thank you.

By Nicole

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December 1, 20110 found this helpful

I made initial pillows using the "sewing for dummies" alphabet pattern. I bought batting @ garage sales or thrift stores, then made pillows using material scraps/remnants for 15 g-kids, nieces/nephews...fun, very inexpensive (used a baby crib sheet with tweety bird - $1.00 @ a yard sale for material). I am a beginner at sewing, this project was pretty easy. Good luck to you and yours! Merry Christmas!

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October 16, 2008 Flag
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I am looking for some good ideas for frugal neighbor gifts this year. I figure if anyone can help me, the thrifyfunners can! Thanks.

Kristie from Cleafield, UT

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October 29, 20090 found this helpful

Some friends invited us over a couple weekends ago and we had a blast, which gave me a great frugal gift idea: Dice Games. I'm buying packets of dice and printing out what I found at: http://homepage.ntlworld.com/dice-play/GamesAZ.htm They have games, tricks and interesting history

You could package it up with a bag of pretzels or some other snack and you've got a gift that gives hours of fun for a teeny tiny price!

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November 19, 2010 Flag
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I want to make some homemade Christmas gifts. I don't know what to do and I don't want to spend money. I do not know how to knit or sew. What can I make? Thank you.

By Lindsay

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December 9, 20100 found this helpful

Check out www.thetoymaker.com for beautiful, unique, and FREE paper toys and giftbags you can print out.

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May 21, 2007 Flag
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Start any holiday (Halloween through Christmas) crafting now, especially if you do craft shows or just for gifts. This way you won't be stuck at the last minute trying to finish gifts. At the very least, make a list of crafts and items needed. Some can be probably found at yard sales or clearance sections.

By Carol from Massachusetts

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July 31, 2007 Flag
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For giving cake, cookies or candy at Christmas, to new neighbors or a sick friend, I look a garage sales, Goodwill or sales at retail stores for containers. Today at the General Dollar Store, they had their summer dinnerware on sale for half price. I got eight nice sized, bright colored dinner plates for a total of $2.50. They will make great plates for the rum cakes I give away at Christmas and look so much better than just a paper plate.

By Jane from Piqua, OH

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November 29, 2005 Flag
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Covered book as Christmas gift.In essence, a handmade book covered in beautiful seasonal paper. This book provides a lovely place to record Christmas memories, lists, and recipes. It can be large or small, depending on your needs.

Materials and Equipment:

  • a large garbage bag or several sheets of newspaper
  • craft glue
  • glue spreader or foam brush (choose a larger size if making a larger book)
  • a lid from a used plastic container (such as a yogurt container)
  • ribbon
  • a blank canvas-covered book (available at craft or art supply centers)
  • several pieces of decorative paper (slightly larger than the cover of your book)
  • a piece of corrugated cardboard (slightly larger than the cover of your book)
  • a beautiful Christmas card or embellished placard (smaller than the size of your book)
  • a ruler or straight edge
  • scissors or Xacto knife cutting tool
  • a thick piece of cardboard or plywood as a cutting surface

Instructions:

  1. Before you start, clear the table and cover it with newspaper or a large garbage bag to avoid getting glue on the table.
  2. Place all your supplies on the table in front of you. The first step in this project is to decorate the cover of the book. Before cutting your papers, layer them over the cover to get a sense of which papers you want to use in your cover design. I like to place corrugated cardboard on the cover first to provide a backdrop with three-dimensional visual interest. Next, I layer one or two other lighter pieces of patterned paper over the cardboard. Then I add an embellished placard from a craft store or a pretty Christmas card I received last year and couldn't bear to throw away. (Refer to photo.)
  3. Once you have decided on your design, cut the paper and cardboard (if you are using it) to the sizes you need.
  4. Pour a small puddle of glue onto the plastic container lid.
  5. Spread a thin layer of glue on the back of the piece of paper that will be undermost in your design. Press the paper firmly over the cover of the book, smoothing out any wrinkles as you go. Allow this layer to dry completely.
  6. Repeat step five for each piece of paper you have incorporated into your design.
  7. Glue or stick on the embellishment of your choice. Allow to dry.
  8. Repeat your paper design on the back of the book or simply glue on a sheet of paper that matches one that you used on the front. Allow to dry. You can also opt to leave the back uncovered.
  9. Tie a festive ribbon around the book and start scribbling that holiday gift list!

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November 28, 2005 Flag
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Running short on time and money this weekend, I came up with a craft that I can make and give to many of the women in my life. It comes out beautifully and it is easy to do. Total cost for 32 gifts is $37, including wrapping. (I will probably give 2 to each person, so in my case, it is 16 gifts, but still, that's pretty good!)

Materials:

  • plain glass ball ornament from craft store: 50 cents each. (I bought 32, so $16.)
  • 2 large bags of potpourri in a pretty color (mine were shades of rose): $4.97 for two at Wal Mart
  • glue gun and glue sticks ($3.00 for glue gun and 1.00 for five sticks at Joann Craft store)
  • three spools of narrow ribbon in colors to compliment potpourri (about $1.50 total at Wal Mart)
  • 4 yards of narrow ecru lace at Joann ($1.00 on spool)
  • small paper flowers in shades to compliment potpourri (mine were pink and off white)
    They come about eight to a small card at Wal Mart for 77 cents a card in the craft dept. Total for these: about $4.
  • length of narrow decorative pearl edging, found at Wal-mart in craft dept.
    Three yards at 28 cents a yard, so $1 total.

So, for under $33, enough to make 32 ornaments.

Instructions:

  1. Take top off the glass ball and cut the hanging string off. Replace string with ribbon to hang ornament.
  2. Fill glass ball to top with potpourri. I cut the larger pieces of potpourri with scissors. Cut or tear them unevenly for a natural look.
  3. Place a narrow band of glue on top of ornament and replace top.
  4. Glue lace around the top. I overlapped it a bit to make it look ruffled.
  5. Glue a small length of the pearls or some ribbon all around the top over the lace (along the top of the lace).
  6. Glue some paper flowers on top as well, arranging as desired.

These are easy, but require some time. The finished product is elegant and expensive looking.

To wrap mine, I bought white tissue paper for 97 cents at Wal Mart and gold curling ribbon for 97 cents. I will wrap them in the paper, tie with a ribbon, and place in Kraft style bags with Christmas motifs bought for cents each at Wal Mart. I will give each person two.

Once they are in the bags, I will punch the tops with a hole punch and thread some curling ribbon through. I will finish with gold-edge gift tags attached to the front (40 for 1.97 at Wal Mart) Total for wrapping: about $4

So, there it is. I hope this helps someone. These are an elegant, thoughtful gift.

Kateb from CT

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August 29, 2006 Flag
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I have a very elderly aunt, who is diabetic, and a very strict vegetarian. She also refuses to eat onions or garlic. Christmas was a real stumper for me until I came up with the idea to can some things for her when I did my own canning.

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November 11, 2010 Flag
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I am a very tight budget for Christmas and birthday gifts. I find making something homemade is the best anyway because you put time and effort into it. I am looking for some frugal gift ideas that I could make for loved ones like family and my fiance. Thanks.

By Krystal from Kenora, Ontario

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November 13, 20100 found this helpful

Home made jelly buy the pectin follow the direction for jelly, but instead of fresh juice buy the frozen canned mix and use the amount called for. So for about $20.00 you can get about 24 jars. Everyone like jelly. Cover the lids with some fabric.

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December 21, 2005 Flag
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Fleece blankets are great, but costly if the quality is good. Now the fabric stores have their fleece on sale-mostly 50% off. 4 yards will be a good size and will cover the top (only) of a queen bed. We have one on the bed and with a bedspread or other cover on top, it never has fallen off.

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December 2, 2008 Flag
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A nice Christmas gift is to make a pot of gold usually found at the end of rainbows! This is a good present for people who are difficult to buy for.

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August 24, 2005 Flag
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This Christmas, gifts to friends will be from my kitchen. Homemade jams, home canned spaghetti sauce for my pasta loving friends, and chicken soup to get them through the cold and flu season!

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December 19, 2005 Flag
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Buy several cookie cutters and attach the following poem to them: I made a plate of cookies; And ate just 1 or 2;..

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December 17, 2008 Flag
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Make a cute and easy thread Christmas tree for mom or grandma. Very easy for kids to make. Take cardboard and cut into triangle to look like a tree. Proceed to hot glue/low temp glue thread rolls to cardboard. (You can use Elmers glue, but then you can not remove to use.

small spools of thread used to make a tree shape

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December 24, 2013 Flag
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As money is tight I have made my own Christmas presents for friends and neighbours. I made bird feeders. Some I shaped myself, others, I got the kids to collect pinecones and put the lard over them and rolled in the seeds.

Frugal Christmas Gifts

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December 10, 2005 Flag

I started a tradition 8 years ago for my son's first Christmas. Every year we make a Christmas gift for the grandparents and great-grandparents and aunts and uncles. The first year he was 9 months old and we made handprint pillows.

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November 11, 2005 Flag
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One year I typed all the recipes I had used since my children were little, one recipe per page. I decorated each page to match the theme of the recipe with graphics and borders....

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August 28, 2014 Flag
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This is a guide about homemade Christmas presents for adults. Christmas is a wonderful time to give homemade gifts to children and adults alike.

preparing gingerbread cookies as a gift

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December 27, 2000 Flag
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I took 6 months off to be with my daughter who was going through cancer treatments. My friends invited me for meals. So I cooked dinners mid week for friends who were working.

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