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Last Minute Meaningful Gifts on a Budget

Last Minute Meaningful Gifts on a Budget perfect for Christmas, Holiday Gift Exchanges and more! These are great DIY Gift Ideas people will love receiving!

Last Minute Meaningful Gifts on a Budget perfect for Christmas, Holiday Gift Exchanges and more!  These are great DIY Gift Ideas people will love receiving!

If you aren’t finished with your list at this point, the panic may be setting in.  Even more so if you’ve already busted your budget on other gifts.  Thankfully there are many frugal gifts that are both lovely and budget friendly.

1)  Make a Recipe Jar.  Find your favourite recipe for a cookie, muffin, bean soup, etc…  that you are sure the recipient will love.  Layer the dry ingredients into a mason jar carefully.  Use Ribbon to decorate and write the recipe on a pretty card.

2) Jam, Sauces and Chutney.  Throughout the year if you are making homemade condiments like peach jam, consider jarring small jars as well for gifting.  Need some now?  You can make cranberry sauce, Tomato Salsa or chutney for just a few dollars and they do not take long to make!

3) Make a Donation.  Donating to charity as a gift is a great idea to give to someone who seems to have everything.  Even just a $20 donation helps.

4) Personalised Key-chains: Make these from old credit cards cut into thin rectangles. Mod Podge photos, patterned paper and other personalised touches. Then just hole punch.

5) Decorative Lyric Plate: Write lyrics, poetry or a message on a dollar store plate with a vitrea pen.

6)  Faux Gilded Votives:  Use a metallic sharpie and a doily to create cheap and beautiful one-of-a kind votives!

7)  Hand Decorated Mugs:  Use a metallic sharpie to create gorgeous patterns on a dollar store mug or try this cute set of His & Her Mugs!

8)  Bath Salts or Scrubs:  There are plenty of great recipes out there for Bath Salts and Scrabs.  Try out this one for Candy Cane Bath Salts or this one for Cinnamon Vanilla Sugar Scrub and a Sweet N’ Spicy Brown Sugar ScrubGingerbread Cookie Scrub and Gingerbread Body Butter make for a great duo that recipients will fall in love with!

9)  CoastersYou can make easy designer looking coasters with tiles and scrapbook paper.

10)  Printed Candles – With a stamp and some plain old candles you can create something right out of a French Boutique!  

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Cheryl Grandy

Friday 23rd of August 2013

Great projects! I'm not a craft person and have never used Mod Podge, but these ideas have peaked my interest. I think even I could do some of these and make them look good. Thanks for the ideas.


Monday 5th of August 2013

I didn't know a sharpie worked on mugs! Is it dishwasher-safe?


Monday 5th of August 2013

I haven't tested with the dishwasher, but I would hand-wash only.


Friday 26th of July 2013

These are some really great ideas. Thanks for sharing with us. I'm always looking for ideas for the extended family's gifts.

Jen P

Monday 22nd of April 2013

love the sugar scrubs! definitely on my list, for gifts and for myself :)

Maddie Klingaman

Sunday 14th of April 2013

The credit card/key chain idea is super cute.