Homemade gifts are special anytime.
During these increasingly difficult financial hard times, homemade gifts may be a life-saver.
To start off this series of possible gifts for almost everyone on your gift-giving list, I am recalling some of my previous posts. Just checking them out---- even if they don't specifically meet your needs--- may get your creative juices flowing with ideas for adapting an idea or as a springboard to another idea.
I always look at gift catalogs and ads for inspiration on recreating their ideas myself. Usually the prices are outrageous and often the quality isn't that great. I have learned to read the "small-print" which brings to light any attempt to deceive (especially sizes in "kits" and cleverly packaged food gifts).
Too many times, what catalogs or ads identify as stocking-stuffers cost as much as what we can afford for our main gifts.
With a little forethought, no matter what we can do---sew, cook, bake, craft, draw (even if we don't feel we are particularly good at any of it)---we can create simple and meaningful gifts for others.
Getting started -- miscellaneous overview
Gifts for Children:
Two Barrette Holders
Three Art Kits
Craft Kits -- sewing, sponge painting, and rubber stamping
Simple mitten-type "My Family" Hand Puppets
Doorway Puppet Theater
Simple Toys for tots and toddlers --- rattles, counting lids, photo book
The Good News Bear!
Gifts for Grandparents
A priceless T-Shirt for Grandma
And a Necktie for Grandpa---(will be included in my next post)
Gifts for Anyone
Fingerprint note cards
Fabric scraps make lasting memories
Good News Bear for a teacher gift
A Cooling "Necktie"
Safe Olive Oil Lights
Lightweight Food Gifts for mailing ('cause postage is so expensive)
Gifts of Self --- Not "Stuff"
Giving a future gift now
Coupons for those who live far away
Ideas, plus how to make a coupon booklet
On Friday I will continue to provide the posts for my other DIY gifts---including a variety of copy-cat candies and other treats --- all for much, much less than their commercial counterparts
because I am . . .
Simply, Gail the Creative Cheapskate
a "been-there" mom of six offers encouragement
to wives, young mothers, and those not so young,
and simple common-sense approaches to
the "ings" of life:
child-rearing (hints and helps), homemaking (all areas),
cooking (simple, cheap, and do-it-yourself)
making (toys and gifts), preparing (for the unexpected),
maintaining (sanity and peace in this increasingly crazy world) and more---
all aspects of making the most of making do on little---
and having fun in the process.