No need to ditch your frugal lifestyle around the holidays. You can save money, and earn bonus points for thoughtfulness, with a homemade gift.
“Whenever someone gifts me something homemade, I always picture them working on it at their house, thinking of me,” says Emma Chapman, founder and CEO of the lifestyle blog A Beautiful Mess. “To me that’s much more intentional than picturing them just clicking to add something to their online shopping basket.”
Chapman gets the same satisfaction making gifts for loved ones, too. Her favorites: sugar scrubs and bath bombs for her girlfriends, craft kits for kiddos and sweet treats for her mom.
To keep costs (and your sanity) in check, don’t plan a different homemade gift for each person on your list. Instead, pick one or two items to make for each group of gift recipients.
Buying containers like jars, tins and bottles at thrift stores also helps keep the cost down, Johnston says.
DIY gift ideas
Break out the hot glue and flex your frugal-living muscles with these DIY holiday gift ideas.
The cost to buy versus DIY will vary depending on supplies on hand and the materials you buy.