Celebrating Christmas on a budget can be difficult but it’s not impossible. Homemade Christmas gifts are fun and can save you a lot of money which means that the holiday can be more enjoyable than you ever imagined. There thousands of ways to save money at Christmas and making gifts can go a long way in your efforts. You can manage to get everyone on your list something if you’re careful with your choices. Knowing what you enjoy doing will help to give you an idea of what to make. When you know what your family and friends like you can give them all something that you made and they’ll enjoy.
Coupon BooksYou can give coupon books to the people on your list. Babysitting, or a weekend in the park with the family. It just depends on who you give the coupon book to. Kids can make coupon books with markers, tape and construction paper. This works well for small children buying Christmas with their allowances. (The kids can customize each book to the person they are giving it to.)CandlesWhile you might be able to find candles on clearance rather inexpensively you can make them for less. Whether you use a kit or scraps from old candles you can personalize them. Even when you use scraps to make the candles you can melt them down to make whatever color combinations that you want. There is nothing that says each candle has to be one color, you can make them any color that you want when you melt them down. They can be layered, swirled or have decorations placed in them or on them. The most expensive part of the candle is the wicks. You can purchase a few packs of wicks that make a couple dozen candles rather inexpensively.StationaryAll you need for making stationary is a computer and a printer. Simply pick a design that you like and customize it to the person that you wish to give the gift to this Christmas. There are thousands of designs available, all you have to do is put the name or initials of the person you want to give it to anywhere you’d like on the paper. Decorating a few envelopes to match will help to make a complete set. You can even design a letter head for them.Food
You can bake a cake, cookies or virtually any type of bread and give it as a gift this Christmas. Put them in clear wrap and tie a bow on them. Just don’t bake them too long before you give them. Jams or jellies can be canned and tied with a bow to give at Christmas. These can be made a few weeks in advance if there is a need for them to be. ScrapbooksIf you are in the habit of scrap booking already chances are that you’ll have most of what you need already. Take some of your favorite pictures and organize them into small scrapbooks so that the people on your list can enjoy the memories for years to come.There are a million ideas for inexpensive homemade Christmas gifts that don’t take much time. They just take thought. When you’re trying to make the budget stretch they can do you a world of good. Use your imagine and skill to have a colorful Christmas on even the tightest budget.