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:
- Easy to obtain supplies – Supplies you might already have on hand or can easily be found the same day you want to make it.
- Easy to make – Supplies are easy to work with so you could do the craft with your kids.
- 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.
- Cheap to make – You should be able to make each project without spending more than $10.
- Substantial – Each gift is “big” enough that you’ll feel confident giving it alone and not having to add a gift card to it.
Don't you just love a warm custom fleece blanket in the winter? I know I do! It's so great to snuggle underneath it watching a movie with your family. Ahh, and the roaring fire crackling...Oh, wait. That part only happens in my dreams living in Florida....read more
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...read more
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...read more
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,...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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,...read more
What's warm and cozy and looks great...a Custom Scarf! Scarves sure have come back into style as not only something to keep you warm and cozy, but as a great fashion piece too. From infinity to blanket scarves, they just look so great and can be useful too. But this...read more
What makes the best heating pad? Besides one that works, one that is handmade, of course! I still have several my grandmother made me a long time ago. Not only do they still work great, but they are a great memory of my lovely grandmother each time I use them. Since...read more
Did you know you could make a DIY heat transfer vinyl t-shirt yourself without a fancy cutting machine? You can! I didn't know either until recently. And now my custom t-shirt making possibilities just blew wide open! And since my family loves Disney, this is the best...read more
I'm convinced that personalized makeup bags might just be the best thing ever. They have SO many uses. Little zippered bags are such great organizers and keep all the small things you need contained. To make this DIY no-sew makeup bag you'll use something you probably...read more
If you like to make custom items as gifts for your friends and family, then you'll love making the cutest cross body bag this year for them, OR yourself! I love using a cross body bag becuase it allows me to have my hands free to hold children's hands while running...read more
Have you ever wished you had a waterproof tote bag? Believe it or not, but the Sunshine State where I live has a LOT of rain. It never fails that I head somewhere with my tote bag full of either library books or snacks and I need to sit it down and it gets all soaken...read more
Everyone should learn how to make earrings at some point in their life. Since so many people wear earrings, that makes them an easy gift to give. But no one wants just plain earrings. That's why I'm going to teach you how to make earrings out of air dry clay with this...read more
I've always loved a personalized jewelry box ever since I was little. I was given one when I was little and I had it for the longest time. But what makes a personalized jewelry box so special? The thought that it was handmade and painted just for you? Or the time that...read more
Raise your hand if you're in need of a trinket tray! You know, the tray that you put everything into as you walk in the door so it doesn't grow legs and walk off? Yup, that kind of trinket tray. While I don't personally need one at the moment, I know of several people...read more
If you love a custom bracelet, then I've got just the DIY project for you! Recently, I was purchasing something for my husband online when this ad popped up for these beautiful stone bracelets. I couldn't believe how pretty they were and then I checked the price. WOW,...read more