Handmade Gifts on a Budget

Gifts from the Heart are not Cheap and Chintzy but Rather Fun and Creative

Holidays and gift-giving occasions have a way of sneaking up on people. But it's not just time that's an issue, it's also money. Many anxious givers are looking for ways to give from the heart without adding to their debt, or depleting what little is left in the bank account. The good news is that the holiday season and other gift-giving occasions do not have to end in financial frustration or post-gifting depression.

For those who love to give gifts but need low-budget ideas, the following are a few solutions. And there's no need to think cheap and chintzy. Just think fun and creative. Perhaps homemade cookies or candies are just not going to happen this year. That's okay! Or maybe an additional item or two could fit into that basket next to the peanut butter cookies and the chocolate-covered pretzels. No problem! There are endless possibilities for 'personal touch' gifts that let the recipients know they are loved.

For those who enjoy working in the kitchen, gifts like wooden spoons or cookie cutters attached to a color-coordinated hand towel can work great. Hand-written recipes are another way to personalize a gift on a budget. Include recipes of some favorite holiday dishes, like Grandma's famous apple pie, or Aunt Betty's cheese dip. Some recipes may lend themselves to even including the ingredients in a small gift basket or a canning jar with a decorated lid, like cookie recipes, German pancake recipes, soups, and so on. They make a beautiful presentation, with the recipe and instructions attached. Many of these ingredients may be things already stocked in the home. This makes for fast and easy assembly, and it is budget-friendly.

Also, there are a number of handmade gifts that can be created with a little more time and effort. Here are some ideas for fun and beautiful gifts that bring smiles:

Crafty Creations
  • Personal photo with decorated frame
  • Hand-written poem with decorated frame
  • Holiday wreath made with artificial foliage

    Crocheted and Knitted Creations
  • Scarves
  • Winter caps
  • Socks
  • Lap blankets

    Sewing Creations
  • Fleece blankets
  • Scarves
  • Decorative pillows
  • Dinner napkins with napkin rings

    All of these items may not cost much, but the love and effort that goes into making them is priceless. It's not how expensive the gift is, nor how big it is, but how much thought went into putting it together.

    Those who receive a handmade gift will know that it was created just for them. It is personalized according to what they like to do, or their favorite colors. From simple to elaborate, handmade gifts can be treasured for years to come.

  • Written by: Amy Miller