Wait! It’s not suppose to install fear in your hearts and mind (nor your wallet)! But, you feel that every looming dark cloud of holiday stress starting to trail your steps, right? I know I do!
Christmas in July – to me that rings the bell that we are to start preparing for the holiday season. And I think if we do start now we have a great chance of having a DEBT FREE Christmas (head on over to Enemy of Debt to join the challenge).
I am determined to stay within my financial boundries! And I have a feeling you want to do the same. There are plenty of lists for frugal Christmas gift ideas, but they lack a personal touch. I wanted to find frugal, fun gifts that:
- instill warm holiday wishes and love
- use items I already have in the house (start asking for paper bags at the grocery store)
- and are easiest enough to accomplish even if one lacks in artistic talent
Without further adieu, I present to you my 2009 Frugal Christmas Gift Ideas (click links for tutorials):
potato stamp + fabric paint + plain pillow cases = A set of Nice pillow cases
potato stamp + plain cards + acrylic paint = Christmas cards
1 yd novelty fabric + little sewing skills + Raffia = 4 Cloth Napkins (full size or cocktail) tied cute
Dollar store frames + cute fabric + pretty satin ribbon = Tres Chic Fabric Frames (would be really cute to give a set of these with one of the frames containing a family picture)
Ceramic Tiles + Paper Napkins + a little pizzaz = Set of Coasters
Dollar store Christmas container + baking skills = Yummy treats
A few 2/$1 Hallmark card(s) (from the $1 store) + Dollar store Christmas tin or homemade box = Holiday/Party Cards to be used throughout the year (I’m always in need of a birthday card last minute!)
Tip: by something small at Michael’s and you receive a ‘40% off regular item’ coupon. Then get the more expensive item and use in the same store trip.
Tip: Look at Michael’s clearance or $1 aisle. You’d be amazed what you can find for stocking stuffers. Wonderful aisle.
If you have any great ideas or tips, please leave a comment with your idea. I would like to compile a big list!