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Money-Saving Homemade Gift Ideas

Times of political and economic uncertainty can take the joy right out of gift buying. When every birthday or holiday gift you buy has a detrimental impact on your grocery budget, you're obliged to be frugal. Not being able to buy loved ones the gifts you feel they deserve can feel depressing for people with a giving nature. So, I've put together some money saving homemade gift ideas. If you are feeling the pinch financially, perhaps you should consider the possibility of making your own gifts. That way, the only expense you will have is the cost of the kits and materials required to make the gifts. Of course, you also need to spend time creating the presents. However, making gifts for others can save you so much money. This is money that could be put to better use when you're struggling with your finances.

Handmade gifts last life times

The idea of making gifts for people instead of buying them may seem cheap and miserly. It might also appear to be more trouble than it's worth. Both of these perceptions are skeptical and untrue. The blood sweat and tears that goes into handmade creations make them worth more then anything you could purchase. Giving homemade gifts is a practical way of showing a lot of love. It's really is not difficult to make simple, thoughtful, classy gifts that everybody will really appreciate for years down the road.

Soap kit

Soap & Toiletries

People spend a vast amount of money on personal hygiene every year. Yet those with the time and inclination can make their own soap, shampoo, conditioner and other toiletries. These products can be used at home or given away to others as gifts. You can buy all sorts of toiletry making equipment on the internet. You can purchase the bases and concentrates for toiletries and soaps online. You can also buy colors and sparkles, exfoliants, extracts, infusions, hydroxides, alkalis, minerals and clays to add to your toiletries and make them more appealing or useful to your gift recipients.

Making Your Toiletries

If you're not sure how to make the toiletries once you have the equipment and supplies, you can turn to the internet once again. There are plenty of online recipes and tutorials for making soaps and toiletries.

Wrap ideas


If you want your soap and other toiletries to look chic and well-presented, you can also buy decorative bottles, paper, bows and all manner of other decorative items from various web-based suppliers.

With a little practice, there's no reason why the quality of the gifts you make can't surpass that of anything you'd buy from a luxury store. In fact, if you put the effort in when making them, soaps and toiletry gifts can truly delight those that receive them.

Candle Kit


If you like home decor, you could try your hand at making small, decorative items. Candles are probably the most simple and practical decorative gift you can give to someone. Once again, the internet is your friend when it comes to buying the supplies and finding out how to make candles if you're not sure of the method. There you can buy wicks, soy wax, candle glass jars, fragrance oils, pouring spoons and everything else you might need in terms of equipment and supplies. You will also find many step-by-step tutorials to help you create your candles and make creations that are as unique as the people who will receive them.

Yarn kit

Knitting or Crochet creations

Handcrafted items make an excellent winter holiday or birthday gifts, most patters these days will state the skill level needed, if your just starting out stick with beginner levels. Although it can take considerable practice before you become skilled at it, it's a lifetime skill you can pass on to others. There are some gorgeous wool products and patterns available, Needle Work News offers free patterns on each of my pages.

Start Simple

When you see some of the creations that you can potentially make, you may be tempted to begin an ambitious projects. Do yourself a favor and don't do this unless you are already an experienced. Nothing is more frustrating then having a picture in your head and not being able to get there. If you want to start giving people knitted clothing items as gifts, start with simple projects that involve manageable patterns. If you're not sure where to start, there are a ton of easy to follow video tutorials online.

Exploding candy kit

Candy & Confectionery

You can use the internet to buy almost anything, so if cooking is your thing and you'd like to try making candy and confectionery gifts, you can. It is relatively easy to make whatever candy you want including chocolates, hard candy, soft mints and more.

You'll find an assortment of candy and/or chocolate making kits, recipes and tutorials online. You can also find all the ingredients you'll need to make the candy of your choice either via the internet or in local grocery stores. It's just as easy to find bows, boxes and other materials to make candy gifts more aesthetically pleasing. Be Careful, it's hard to find a person that doesn't like candy. Yet it isn't a suitable gift for people who suffer from certain health conditions such as diabetes. Nor is it a wise choice for someone who follows a sugar-free diet in order to lose weight. You'll need to bear all of this in mind when considering chocolate and candy as homemade gifts for the people you care about.

Jewelry kit


If you're good at doing the kind of work that requires nimble and dexterous fingers, you might wish to try your hand at jewelry. As with all the other gift ideas mentioned in this article, the internet can supply you with all you will need to get started and well as the practical know-how. Jewelry making is not for everyone, however. If you tend to be a bit clumsy with your hands or impatient, making jewelry as gifts will probably be frustrating.

Worth the Outlay

The kits and supplies for making these gifts are relatively inexpensive to purchase compared to buying the gifts ready-made from a store. What's more, once you've paid for the equipment to make your gifts, it will soon pay for itself via the money you save on buying store-bought presents in years to come.

The Right Choices

There are many ideas for homemade gifts that you can try your hand at. However, you will need to tailor your gifts to the individual needs and personalities of the recipients. For instance, a fourteen-year-old boy might enjoy some candy or an item of jewelry. He would be unlikely to favor glittery soap or a candle.

Thought & Effort

If you put thought and effort into your homemade gifts, they will be extremely well-received by most of the people you give them to. Indeed, some people much prefer gifts that are homemade because they understand that you put a little piece of your love into everything you make for them. After all, it doesn't take much time or effort to buy a ready-made product in a store and give it as a gift. You only need money to buy things in a store. Love is a more valuable currency than money ever could be. Decent, grateful people know this already.

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