I have this done so I am going to post it a bit early tonight. Our storm is intensifying but not to worry this area while we see tornadoes they rarely do much damage, a home or two but nothing like the mid-west sees. Thank you all for your wishes of safety. I live in a very solid building so I will be fine, although possibly without power. :-)
I’m back with more gift ideas today. I hope you are well on your way to completing your shopping, or at least your gift list and setting your budget. If you are having trouble staying under budget I believe the following ideas may help you. First up:
For a Loved One
When I first saw this I thought, “What a great idea for a spouse/partner but then I realized this would be an ideal gift for a parent to give to a child or child to the parent. Basically, this could be given to anyone you care for. This idea comes from Shannon Brown who is brilliant!
You wouldn’t have to use a basket and envelopes you could fold pieces of paper in a jar and select one at random. Think of the things you could include, movie and popcorn at home on Friday night, walk through the woods after a snowfall, Special breakfast just for the two of you. An afternoon baking favorite cookies or teaching your loved one something they would enjoy such as learning to use a sewing machine. The ideas are endless.
For a loved one who isn’t close by
Do you have a child attending college away from home? Or maybe you have a son or daughter in the military. This would be the best gift, in my opinion, they could ever receive. Write a series of letters telling them how much you love them, how proud you are, what’s going on at the moment, etc. Then label each envelope “Open when…” fill in the blank, homesick, scared, lonely, challenged, having a bad day…..
Are you really tight on money?
Thrifty Dee picked up a sweater at a thrift shop and created several items out of that one item. The ideas included a cowl collar, cup cozy, mittens, an iPad cover, and finally a small bag. From this post you can click to find the instructions for each item. I don’t know about you, but I have a thrift shop that charges $.25 per item of clothing. Just think pennies per gift. :-)
This gift will use up all those craft scraps you have lying around. Collect buttons, fabric, trim, whatever you have on hand. Include a jar of glue and print out the pattern (you can choose from 6 doll templates or animal templates. Just think of all the afternoons of imaginative play when the weather is too nasty to be outside. See the instructions and links for the downloads here.
Do you have leftover yarn?
If you have small amounts of yarn and can crochet or knit here is a great idea for those who still insist on using swiffers to clean floors. Those disposable pads are not only bad for the environment and costly they bring more chemicals into the home. This pattern was available on Etsy, but it has been discontinued so you will need to get the measurements, take a measuring tape with you next time you go to a store and copy them down. :-) You can use up your scraps while giving a useful present.
Do you have someone on your list that enjoys spending time in the kitchen baking?
Go through your closet and look for a shirt hubby no longer wears, then cut it, add trim and give the gift of an apron. Check out this site for more pictures of aprons made from mens shirts. If all else fails pick one up at the thrift shop.
Looking for a new book for a voracious reader?
Look no further than fellow blogger best known as Thrifty Mom in Boise, Dana who has released her novel this month.
Diane is a shy, introverted, young woman grappling with the pressures of being a college student and living away from home for the very first time. While struggling to keep up with her studies her life is further complicated with self esteem issues, complex family situations and her lifelong desire to eventually fall in love.
In a short period of time two remarkable events take place that dramatically change the course of her life forever altering the way she sees herself and the world she lives in. Enter William, a handsome, charismatic and somewhat mysterious young man who quickly captures her heart. At long last she finally has a boyfriend, but something seems amiss, peculiar even. Traumatic childhood events are brought to the forefront as she learns about his highly improbable and nefarious past.
Together they learn to deal with the demons of their pasts while building a future together. Along the way they further discover that world events, ever changing family dynamics and the complicated lives of their friends can make their own problems seem rather trivial and mundane. That is, until an uninvited visitor from William’s past threatens everything.
What about that person you know who is always losing their remote?
Make them a pillow with pockets to hold those remotes close at hand. All you need is an old pair of jeans,, better make a list before you head to your local thrift shop. :-) This was available on Etsy, but has been sold out. You can check out what else is available here from this store.
Need a Gift for Grandparents?
If you have small children consider posing for a family photo, if I were to receive this the more humorous the better. Then upload the photo and convert to a coloring page. Then let the little ones color it in, frame it with an inexpensive frame and gift away. Get all the details here.including how to do this free of charge. I’m thinking this would be a wonderful gift for the grandchildren to give to mom and dad this year.
Have someone on your list that loves jewelry?
The latest crazy is to modge podge scrapbook paper or other decorative papers to a hardware store washer. This particular one can be purchased here.
For the Gardener we Love
In my view anyone who gardens does so because they love it. We tend our gardens with love and would enjoy receiving a handmade gift that would be used in our garden. All you need to do is collect some rocks, okay you’ll also need some paint and a steady hand. If you have property like mine there is an endless supply just waiting.
There’s my weekly selection from the Frugal Christmas series. Hope you found some inspiration this week. Remember, it’s the thought that counts.