Now that we here in the US have celebrated Thanksgiving we are officially in the season of mad shopping. If you do not live in the US, I need to share with you that our retailers took Black Friday to an extreme this year. Wednesday (day before Thanksgiving) many retailers held pre-Black Friday sales followed by sales on Thanksgiving! The reasoning was this would prevent the huge crowds on just one day. I see this as being even more greedy than in earlier years, another way to grab an extra dollar, but that’s just my opinion.
If you are like me you are trying to avoid shopping and working hard to eliminate products manufactured in less than humane ways in distant countries.With 23 more days until Christmas there is still time to make a few gifts. So today I am going to share gifts from as many different mediums as I can.
The first idea I have for you I mentioned to Sue in a comment. Sue asked to see this and being an artist with a young grandchild at that pre-reading stage could easily make this. These story stones come in a set of 12 for a cost of $42 here, but you could also create your own. This is a fantastic way to encourage children to organize their thoughts and is a first step towards building solid reading skills
Tablets are all the rage today, many are using their tablets in place of a cookbook when cooking or baking. If you know someone who does just that why not make them a kitchen tablet holder? The tutorial here uses 3 things: a cutting board, a piece of wood, and a scrabble tile holder. Pottery Barn sells a similar tablet holder for $34.50. Thrift shopping or shopping your own house you could make this for less than $5.
For those of you who have changed out your old incandescent light bulbs, you could make a tiny terrarium in them, I love this idea so much I am looking for old bulbs to make my own. Complete tutorial will walk you through this with no problem.
A little child would love to receive an upcycled Altoid container if it looked like this. You can purchase the pdf tutorial here for $8.
Nicole created the ultimate in frugal gifts that have meaning. This would be perfect for your significant other or a special friend.
What about a wind chime? I love wind chimes and while I only own one I still seek them out and have to listen to each to hear their melody when I find them. There are plenty of things you can make wind chimes out of from twigs to old keys but if you have a child who has outgrown their xylophone why not repurpose it. Here is a tutorial which gives you all the details you can’t see.
This rain chain I found on pinterest, I try to give credit and link to the tutorials where I can. This comes from Elderberry Street but after a long search I was unable to find the post. I did find a lot of lovely crafting ideas though which slowed my search. :-) While this would be a gift that would need to be saved for spring in my part of the states, that isn’t the case everywhere.
This is such a cool idea for little ones. Instead of a board game that involves sitting in one place to play why not have the game board be your house. This game from Toddler approved will show you how to do just that. You create the cards, then tape them around the house. With a large die you work your way through the game, when you “land” on a card you have to perform the activity designated. You will want to read this post to see what creative ideas they came up with.
Need another use for sweaters? Why not make slippers? These look so warm and comfortable and are less expensive than brand new, no one will care that it was made from that sweater you hated. :-)
If you crochet or knit chances are you have a friend or relative on your gift list that also knits or crochets. This yarn basket would be a welcome gift to keep yarn and all the various needles/hooks organized in one place. While there isn’t an actual tutorial here, this involves simply sewing a muslin liner and adding pockets then lining an inexpensive wicker basket with it. I know you can do this without a tutorial. :-)
Buying this next item, a kindle sleeve isn’t exactly what I would call frugal, it is useful and lovely. I thought it would spark your creative juices to make your own.
Room sprays are an easy thing to make and cost very little. There are only 3 ingredients, witch hazel, distilled water and essential oil of your choice. You can even use old bottles you have cleaned out saving yourself even more. StephanieLynn shows you how to make these here.
I will end this weeks installment of frugal gifts for this Christmas but will have more for you next Monday.