Can you believe that Christmas is almost upon us? With the hustle and bustle of the season, making time and having the extra money to buy lots of Christmas gifts can start to become a challenge. Especially for those of us that have large, growing families! This is our go-to list for those times you need a quick, inexpensive or homemade gift for good friends and loved ones.
Give a homemade treat!
We love to give homemade foods for Christmas. Something about knowing that someone spent time in their own kitchen making a delicious treat just for you feels really special!
- Canned Goods– We had a small garden this year that gave us a great harvest! Out of it we were able to can hot pepper jelly, ratatouille, pepper relish, salsa, and mango chutney. These will go to close friends and family. **And you don’t need a garden to can things! You can just as easily can fresh produce from the grocery store in small batches.
- Homemade Cookies– Every year we also love to bake 7 or 8 different Christmas cookies. We put them in beautiful Christmas tins and hand deliver them to friends and family. Everyone always loves them!
- Jarred Yumminess– Last year we made our own apple butter from our mom’s apple tree, and gave those out with our Christmas cookie tins. We are considering trying orange and lemon curd this year as well!
Give something thrifted!
- Books– We highly recommend anything by Marlena De Blasi, “Women Food and God” by Geneen Roth, anything by Francine Rivers, “Simple Abundance” by Sarah Ban Breathnach, and anything from John and Stasi Eldredge. We buy used books on Amazon, Thrift Books, or at Half Price Books, and Goodwill.
- CDs or Music– We have found some great used CDs on Amazon and Ebay! Christmas CDs, like Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, or Michael Buble are always a good bet. Online, you can also buy great music from Europe that you wouldn’t typically be able to find in the States.
- High quality/high thread-count sheets– Okay I have to admit I look for these at Goodwill and Mercies Unlimited (our local thrift store), where I have found some amazing sets. T.J. Maxx and Ollies Bargain Outlet have great deals as well.
- A Teapot and Teacups– Thrift stores, antique shops, Grandma’s hand-me-downs, and Garage sales are all great places to find these. I have several from Goodwill.
- Glass Christmas ornaments– We have found some amazing blown glass ornaments at Goodwill, local thrift stores, Home Goods, and Ollies from anywhere between $.10 – $5.00. The ones made in Eastern Europe, like Poland, are just stunning!
- Crystal or Glass Serving Dishes– You can typically find some lovely serving bowls, dishes, and flower vases from your local thrift shops or Goodwill. They are so nice to have for serving food for the holidays. Not to mention they bring something blingy and beautiful to your table setting!
- For more ideas about how to create hand made and thrifted gifts for Christmas, check out some of our blogs from past Christmases! Frugal Christmas Gifting and Small Business Saturday
Give a frugal little luxury!
- Soaps– Shugar Soapworks soaps are large, indulgent bars of soap are made from coconut and palm oil and are scented with essential oils and naturally derived perfumes. They are made in California. They can be found at the Dollar Tree. For comparison, you would pay at least $4 for a bar of soap of similar size and packaging at TJ Maxx. You can also find Yardley of London Soap at Dollar General. These are smaller bars, but lovely scents, and so cheap!
- Good Tea or Coffee– I am a tea girl. My favorite is Trader Joe’s India Spice Chai $2.99 a box for twenty sachets. We have also found great coffees, like Jacobs, Starbucks, and Cafe Bustelo at our local discount grocery store.
- Essential Oils– Lavender, Patchouli, Rose, and much more. I buy these from Mountain Rose Herbs, an online company that has the best oils for the best prices. There is no middle man to pay, or pyramid scheme to pay into. I also buy Now essential oils for my diffuser from my local health food store. Another great place for essential oils is TJ Maxx and Marshalls. They typically carry marked down Woolzies essential oils, which are great quality for the price.
- Lotions– My favorite lotion is from Shea Moisture. I love the Rose scented body lotion, as well as Frankincense and Myrrh. This line is found at Target, Walgreens, and Walmart in the natural section, and costs between $8.99 to $9.99.
- Chocolate– Aldi carries a brand called Choceur which is made in Austria. The Dark Chocolate bar is absolutely to die for and is only $1.99!
- Candles– You can buy a pack of 100 votive candles from Walmart and Ikea for $3.99. Candlelight creates a romantic mood, whatever the season. Wal-Mart also carries the Mainstay brand of candles that smell amazing. Our favorite is Mulled Cider. They also sometimes discounted Yankee Candles at Wal-Mart and Ollies.
- Check out Starla’s video all about frugal luxury items!