I love to save a dollar or 20, but who doesn’t?! Which is why I wanted to give you over 50 money-saving gift ideas!
Christmas is a tough time. Often, consumerism consumes us, and we feel like we are less than if we don’t buy all of our loved ones the newest gadget or article of clothing, spending a bazillion dollars that we usually don’t have.
(Think Flintstones movie, the one with John Goodman… so good!… but no, don’t, seriously. Don’t charge anything. Cut those suckers up right now).
Christmas is a tough time, right?
Don’t get suckered into that bull of buy, buy, buy, spend, spend, spend.
You can give awesome gifts from things you probably already have on hand.
Let me prove it to you!
I’ve broken the gift-giving ideas into categories to make it a little easier.
50+ Money-Saving Gift Ideas That You Can Make
- Food: cookies, cakes, pies, candies, cinnamon buns, jerky, cheese, pre-made meals or mixes, bread, brownies, hot and ready home cooked meals, jellies, jams, butter
- Jewelry: (rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets) wire-wrap, leather, macramé, beaded
- Key Chains
- Crocheted or Knitted Items: washcloths, blankets, scarves, hats, mittens
- Personal Products: deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, soap, body wash, toothpaste, lip balm, salves, lotions, sugar scrubs, salt scrubs, bath bombs, make-up
- Home Products: laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent, cleaning products
- Services: babysitting, pet sitting, lawn-care like raking leaves, mowing, weeding, or weed eating
- Grow mini herb gardens or plants like aloe, Christmas cactus, etc.
Any of the items listed above can easily and cheaply be packaged, too. (Think vessels from the Dollar Tree, terracotta pots, mason jars, homemade labels, gift certificates, or pouches, burlap, etc.)
I have made plenty of gifts myself.
One year I bought picture frames at the Dollar Tree, spray-painted them, framed my own pictures (I dabble in photography- something I plan to also share with my readers), added a homemade candle and packaged it all up together in a cute little sack, tied with hemp string.
Another year I made bath and body products and crocheted wash cloths, bought baskets at the Dollar Tree, and packaged it all up together.
Last year I made all the women in my life homemade wire-wrap necklaces and earrings with beautiful beads and I gave all the men in my life a basket of homemade trail mixes, jerky, and cookies.
None of these gifts were expensive, I promise!
And everyone loved them!
The gifts were practical. They got used (or eaten). They meant something.
I’d much rather spend my time making, cooking, or growing something than driving to a store (which is like 45 minutes from my house one-way, yes, I live in the sticks), fighting crowds (eww, germs), and wasting my money on things that the person I am buying for might not even like.
So give it a try! If I can do it, so can you!
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