GIFTS THAT WON'T BREAK THE BANK

If you have a giving heart then these gifts are for you. They will allow you to show your appreciation and give a thoughtful, creative, gift without spending a ton of money (or buying a gift card). Each homemade gift you'll find here has to meet 5 stipulations in order to maximize your money and make it easy for a busy mom to do:

  1. Easy to obtain supplies –  Supplies you might already have on hand or can easily be found the same day you want to make it.
  2. Easy to make –  Supplies are easy to work with so you could do the craft with your kids.
  3. Quick to make –  Can be made in 30 minutes or less so it’s possible to make this gift in the middle of the night to give tomorrow.
  4. Cheap to make – You should be able to make each project without spending more than $10.
  5. Substantial – Each gift is “big” enough that you’ll feel confident giving it alone and not having to add a gift card to it.
How To Make Vintage Glass Cake Stands For The Greatest Gift

How To Make Vintage Glass Cake Stands For The Greatest Gift

There's just something about some vintage glass cake stands that I absolutely love. Glass is timeless and there are so many uses to cake stands that go way beyond just holding a cake. But who wouldn't want a big, beautiful chocolate cake on a vintage glass cake stand...

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Painting Plates To Make The Best Celebration Gift

Painting Plates To Make The Best Celebration Gift

Painting plates is not as hard as you think it is. You don't even need an art degree to make these Celebration Plates! I've found a great way to make some simple painted plates that don't take a lot of time or talent to do. You can produce these easy painted plates in...

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How To Make The Best DIY Tile Serving Tray

How To Make The Best DIY Tile Serving Tray

Are you excited to learn how to make a super easy and fabulous DIY Tile Serving Tray? Now I know what you are thinking...a serving tray? Yes! Not only are they incredibly functional as a real tray, but they are great items for organizing and super helpful at keeping...

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How To Turn Blank Tea Towels Into The Ultimate Gift

How To Turn Blank Tea Towels Into The Ultimate Gift

Blank tea towels are so versatile. They not only look fresh and clean, but they wash up and hold up well too. But the best thing about them is you can customize them to make great gifts! Who doesn't love a customized gift?! I know I sure do! Originally used in the...

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How To Make Vanilla Extract And Other Extract Flavors For Gifts

How To Make Vanilla Extract And Other Extract Flavors For Gifts

It may sound kinda crazy, but vanilla extract makes a wonderful gift. Expecially for someone who has it all. It's one of the easiest things to make and it can be given any time of year. But what's so great about it, is that the process for making the homemade vanilla...

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How To Make The Best Etched Pyrex Baking Dishes

How To Make The Best Etched Pyrex Baking Dishes

Don't you just love Pyrex baking dishes? Not only are they so easy to use and to clean up, but they can make great gifts too! Did you know that you can glass etch them? You can! That's why I decided to make this DIY etched casserole dish for a gift this year! And this...

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How To Make Cute Drinking Glasses – The Best Mason Jar Craft

How To Make Cute Drinking Glasses – The Best Mason Jar Craft

What would we do without our mason jar craft ideas?!! I don't know about you, but I love mason jars! They are just so useful for so many purposes including on the go drinks! I love having a drink with me wherever I go so that I save money! Recently I needed a gift for...

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How To Make The Best Cutting Board For Gifts This Year

How To Make The Best Cutting Board For Gifts This Year

The best cutting boards are the ones you use for ages. The one my mother still has to this day is the one I used to chop veggies on when I was a kid. How is it that a piece of aged and worn wood brings some comfort and memories to you each time you grab to use it? I...

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The Best Homemade Flavored Salt Recipes You'll Love To Make

The Best Homemade Flavored Salt Recipes You'll Love To Make

Last year my husband James was given some of the best flavored salts for Christmas and I knew they were super expensive so I learned how to create some homemade flavored salt recipes to include in my gift giving this year. The thought of licorice salt sounded...

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How To Make A Climbing Plant Into A Topiary Gift

How To Make A Climbing Plant Into A Topiary Gift

Don't you just love a pretty topiary? I'm always reminded of the story of The Secret Garden when I see a topiary. While I don't think there was actually any topiaries in the story, I guess it's the fairy tale look and the dreamy tendrils of the plant that reminds me...

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How To Make Really Pretty (& Inexpensive) Seashell Wind Chimes

How To Make Really Pretty (& Inexpensive) Seashell Wind Chimes

Don't you just love wind chimes? I sure do! Every time I hear the soft clanking noise my mind drifts off to a relaxing day at the beach. Because, not only do they look great but they sound wonderful too! You see, these easy DIY wind chimes not only make great gifts,...

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How To Make The Cutest Monogrammed Welcome Mat

How To Make The Cutest Monogrammed Welcome Mat

Do you know of someone you love with a worn out welcome mat? No, I'm not talking about their attitude...I'm talking about making some great gifts this year! Welcome mats are the first thing that make people feel welcome into your home.  So let's make a great DIY...

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How To Make An Inexpensive DIY Rustic Coat Rack With Hooks

How To Make An Inexpensive DIY Rustic Coat Rack With Hooks

Looking for a DIY Rustic Coat Rack for your walls or to make for a useful gift this year? Well, I've got you covered! This DIY Rustic Coat Rack is the best thing to keep things off the ground so you don't trip over them. Who doesn't love to be more organized?!!  I...

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How To Make Handmade Traveler's Notebooks For Great Gifts

How To Make Handmade Traveler's Notebooks For Great Gifts

With all the traveling my friends and family do, I knew I needed to make some handmade traveler's notebooks for them for gifts. I have made a simple travel notebook before, and I loved the way they turned out. It's so much fun to add all of the great things you find...

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How To Make Surprisingly Easy Tea Light Holders

How To Make Surprisingly Easy Tea Light Holders

Don't you just love the light that comes from tea light holders? Candlelight is magical. But getting a candle as a gift makes it even more special - especially one like this that keeps on giving! These DIY holders are such a great gift. Not only can you customize it...

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How To Make The Best Swarovski Crystal Sun Catcher Gifts

How To Make The Best Swarovski Crystal Sun Catcher Gifts

I love Swarovski crystal sun catchers, don't you?! They just bring in so much light and magic to a room, that it makes my heart skip a beat. Do you have a sun catcher memory? Mine goes back to my grandmothers living room. She had beautiful crystal sun catchers in...

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How To Make Simple Aprons Without Sewing

How To Make Simple Aprons Without Sewing

There is nothing like a bunch of us girls in the kitchen with our aprons on working on our holiday baking list. And of course we're listening to Christmas music and there's always a bit of silly dancing happening too. It's such a special time together. I always say,...

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