Christmas is a special time of year and homemade Christmas gift ideas can add to the excitement of the holiday season. Christmas shopping and gift decisions can make the season a lot less jolly, but making the gifts yourself give can make Christmas more personal and memorable. It can also help you save money too! Getting the children involved with making the gifts can start a cherished yearly tradition.
Here is some money saving homemade Christmas gift ideas to help you show the special people in your life how much you care:
Christmas Candles: purchase plain pillar candles (at least 3” wide) at a discount store and dress them up with ribbon, plastic berries, or gift tags. You can also use fabric or Christmas pushpins. Another idea is to purchase a small votive candle, a small votive holder and a wide glass vase. Partially fill the vase with Christmas decorations – plastic holly, fake poinsettias, red/green/gold glass beads, etc. – and then place the votive in the small holder in the bottom. You can find all kinds of decorations that will work – just use your imagination. You can spend less than $20 at a local dollar store and make up to 10 candle gifts, now that’s how to keep more money in your pocket.
Christmas baskets: purchase a large, plain, wicker basket and any type of Christmas fabric with a small print. You will need to purchase 2 to 3 yards of fabric. You will need fiber fill material and a 2 yard strip of elastic. Place the fiber fill material in the bottom of the basket. Sew the strip of elastic around the edge of the fabric. Place the fabric in the basket so that the edge with the elastic sewn in it is covering the outer edge of the basket.
Christmas tray: purchase a plain wooden tray from a craft supplies store. Decorate it with paints and premade Christmas designs. (You can find all of these items at the craft supplies store.) Another idea is to paint the tray a solid color, then place a photograph in the center of the tray. Cover the photograph and the bottom of the tray with a thin sheet of glass. (This will make it waterproof.)
Christmas ornaments: you have many different options for homemade Christmas ornaments. One of the easiest ways to make homemade ornaments is to buy the plain wooden, ceramic, or glass ornaments from a craft supplies store and then decorate them yourself. You can also make ornaments from paper. Another idea is to get plain glass ornaments and cover them with swirled paint or use decoupage techniques to cover them with decorative paper.
Photo ornaments: purchase scrap booking supplies and several sheets of card stock. You can use premade scrapbooking picture frames and use the card stock as the backing for the ornaments.
Homemade Christmas gift ideas are a great way to let your creativity and thriftiness shine through during a very special season of the year. Making your Christmas gifts by hand will ensure that your gift stands out. The only thing that limits you is your budget and your imagination.