Savings on Festive Family Gifts

Xmas Gift

Christmas is such an expensive time of year for families with not only your own family to buy for but extended members and friends too.  If you are not careful you can start the year with an extremely tight budget and all for the sake of that one day.  If you don’t save it throughout the year, there are a few ways you can still save some money at Christmas.  Home made gifts are thoughtful and a fantastic way to save  money whilst still allowing you to be able to show you care.

 

Home made Gifts

I love to get my hands dirty and make my own presents, whether it is for anniversaries, birthdays, or Christmas itself.  Nothing says it better than something which has been crafted by your own fair hands.  Here are a few favourites:

 

-Home made body scrub – it will last for 6 months and you can decorate the jar as you like to give a personal touch:

Small black square   1 cup brown sugar

Small black square   1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Small black square   ½ teaspoon ground all spice

Small black square   ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Small black square   1/3 cup oil (sweet almond, olive or walnut oil)

Small black square   Empty glass jars

Place dry ingredients in a bowl, add the water and stir to combine.

 

-Home made moisturizer – coconut oil is super natural so it helps with anything from mildly irritated skin to eczema.  It is great as a hand, foot or body cream too so you can label it as you see fit for your chosen recipient.

Small black square   1 tablespoon of coconut oil

Small black square   2 tablespoons of shea butter

Small black square   small tins (for lip balm) or plastic/glass jars (for body cream)

Combine these in a glass pitcher and heat in a pan half filled with water.  Once melted, pour into your chosen containers and leave to set.

 

 

-Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments – a lovely keepsake for whomever you give them to, or keep them for your own tree.

Small black square   1 cup of flour

Small black square   ½ cup of salt

Small black square   ½ cup of warm water

Small black square   Food coloring of your choice

Combine the dry ingredients and slowly add the water and food coloring. Kneed for 10 minutes and rest for 40. (To give a

personal touch, add a handprint by simply adding a little more water to make the dough softer.   Once the shape/pattern

is complete sprinkle over some glitter.  Add a hole at the top whilst the dough is soft and add a ribbon through it once set.

 

-Home made bath salts – this is an ideal way to make the bath a special moment for a tired mom after a hard day of Christmas cooking:

Small black square   4 cups of sea salt

Small black square   4/5 drops of aromatic oils such as lavender

Small black square   dried plants or petals for aesthetic quality

Small black square   Empty glass jars

Sprinkle a few spoons of the salts in to the bath – give the gift of relaxation and silky smooth skin!

 

-Home made cookies – easy to shape into any form, from stars to Santa!

 Mix:

Small black square   2 cups of caster sugar

Small black square   2 cups of butter

Add:

Small black square   1 egg

Gradually add:

Small black square   4 cups of plain flour

Add

2 vanilla extract to taste

Cover in saran wrap and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.  Roll out, shape and bake at around 325 degrees until golden.

The decoration is the fun part so get as creative as you like.  These are the simplest, cheapest cookies to make and will look great!

 

All these gift ideas are simple, thoughtful and quick to make.  Our loved ones don’t expect us to spend a fortune on them at Christmas, but if we can give them something homemade it shows our love better than a generic, expensive gift ever could.  Another lovely reason for homemade gifts is that your kids can help you make them – great for an afternoon of festive, family bonding time.

 

Or if in doubt…

Give the gift of time

Whether it’s helping a friend move house, cooking a meal for your loved ones, getting involved with your partner’s hobby just to make them happy (round of golf together? Trip to the boat show? Taking a run together?) or spending the day making festive memories with your little one getting crafty, sometimes our time is the most precious thing we can give, so don’t overlook it.

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