The Holidays have arrived! Like most people, December is my most expensive month of the year. Not only do I have to buy for Christmas, but there are three family birthdays in December as well as mine. With five siblings, four nieces, one nephew, and my own son, I don’t have much left over in my budget for friends, co-workers, and neighbors. I usually start gift buying in October in order to avoid a complete financial breakdown in December. However, this year I have decided to make some homemade Christmas gifts. Not only will it help me save cash, but it is the perfect way to create specialized presents from the heart.
Here are some of the best ideas I have found so far…
Check out Uncommon Designs for instructions on how to create this scrumptious Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub. It makes a great gift for girlfriends, and use any leftovers to treat yourself.
HGTV has lots of ideas for handmade gifts. This beautiful scarf is actually a re-purposed sweater. Use a sweater you haven’t worn in a while and breathe new life into it by making scarf. Maybe it will be the perfect fit for a teacher’s present.
Make these adorable star shaped crayons for the kids’ friends or maybe any extra kiddies that will be over for the holidays. Living Well Spending Less has the recipe for these fantastic stars and plenty more ideas for the season.
I love to create one of kind jewelry, but I often get a mental block that keeps me from coming up with new ideas. However, the blog by Sarah Ortega has so many incredible ideas for jewelry and other crafts. Visit her blog to see how to make these unique birds nest necklaces.
I always have trouble finding stuff for my preteen niece, but at V and Co. I found instructions on how to make this trendy jersey knit bracelet.
At Sunny Vanilla find out how to make this super cute earrings with paperclips! Make them with colors for the season or maybe even the colors of a favorite sports team for a super fan you know.
Make these easy princess, tulle skirts with no sewing required. At Living Well Spending Less get step by step instructions for these beautifully easy skirts.
Get the kids involved in making some of the presents. Have them make this fun sparkle playdoh for their friends. Living Well Spending Less has the recipe for this creative Christmas craft.
Everybody needs pajamas! This quick pattern from Living Well Spending Less makes it a cinch to sew these perfect PJ pants.