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12 Frugal Christmas Gift Ideas for Everyone On Your List
The holidays can be expensive. There’s all those decorations, the traveling and of course the gifts. Here are 12 great gifts you can give this holiday season that will delight those on your gift list without breaking the bank.
The Gift of Food
Who doesn’t like free food? So make a meal, a batch of cookies or a dessert for someone (or everyone!) on your holiday gift list.
Monogram Wall Art
With a quick search online, you’ll find several ideas for making a custom piece of monogrammed wall art. For a simple project, buy a wood or metal letter from a craft store and paint it. Then secure it inside a frame from a dollar store, resale shop or make one yourself.
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Here’s an inexpensive gift you can make in about an hour—drink coasters. Find some old Scrabble letters (check a resale shop) and place them four-across, four-down so they spell (appropriate!) words. Next, glue them on a piece of cork board and trim the board so it’s flush with the letters. Coat with a satin finish spray to seal.
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Give Your Time
It won’t cost you anything to give the gift of your time. So offer to babysit a friend’s kids for an afternoon or evening so they can have some free time, or offer to do yard work for a neighbor.
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Homemade Body Scrub
Grab some glass jars and make some homemade body scrub. For a basic recipe, combine 1/4 to 1 cup of coconut oil, 2 cups of raw sugar and 10-15 drops of essential oil (try lemon or lavender). And put the mixture in jars and tie a ribbon around the top for a simple homemade gift.
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Make a Spice Rack
The home chef in your life will surely like a DIY spice rack. And with just a few materials, you can create a spice rack that will hold 18 jars and fits in a standard-size kitchen cabinet.
Car Wash Kit
For the car lover, give some sponges, towels and car-care products to help keep their car sparkling clean. And you can even give them a coupon for one free car wash, courtesy of you!
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Make a Birdhouse
Who doesn’t enjoy watching the birds in the backyard? And this wren house takes just a few minutes to build and you may already have many of the materials in your garage or workshop.