Homemade Christmas Gifts

by Merissa on December 8, 2011

in Frugal Living Tips, Homemade for the Holidays

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I have a couple ideas for some inexpensive homemade gifts and I thought I would post about them today. Sometimes people are just hard to buy for and plus I think a homemade gift can be so much more special. Here's a few ideas for gifts that I had and directions on how to make them or put them together.
Gift Baskets
As couponer we get so much stuff for free or almost free these are so easy to put together and there are so many possiblities. On the right you can see the cute basket I bought at Target yesterday and I think I'm going to fill it with cleaning supplies. Other gift basket fillers could be:
Candles(remember all those Glade candles we've been getting for free??)
Body Products(so many free lotions and chapsticks, ect from Walgreens lately this should be easy!)
Tools(pick up tose extras freebies at Menards for this! This would be a great guy gift.)
There are tons of ideas for theme gift baskets you could also do, be creative!

Body Scrub


Here's a recipe I found the other day for this super easy and inexpensive body scrub.
2 cups Epson Salt or 2 cups Sugar(the large crystal kind)
2 cups Carrier Oil (this can be olive, vegetable, grapeseed, almond, anything really)
8 drops of Essential Oils(find this at your local health foods store or a place like Bath and Body Works)
1 drop food coloring
Mix together and pour into a cute jar. This would be super cute to add to a gift basket!
Seasoning Mixes

You could put together a food gift basket with different seasonings in it. I've already blogged the recipe for Fajita Seasoning. Here's another seasoning recipe.
Taco Seasoning(tip: most Dollar Stores carry a wide variety of spices for $1 or less)
1/4 c. minced onion
2 T chili powder
2 t. paprika
2 t. crushed red pepper flakes
1 1/2 t. dried oregano
1/2 t. marjoram
1 T salt
1/4 t. pepper
2 T. cornstarch
1 T minced garlic
1 t. ground cumin


Mix all ingredients together makes enough for 6 packages of commercial bought mix or 2 T. per 1 lb meat.
Put this mix in a cute little jar or other container(I found the one in the picture at our local dollar store)
Hot Chocolate Mix
I love homemade hot chocolate mixes, they are so much cheaper then those little packets you buy at the store. Here's a good recipe I made this year.
French Vanilla Hot Chocolate Mix
10 1/2 cups nonfat dry milk
4 cup confectioner's sugar
2 8 ounce jars of French vanilla flavored nondairy powdered creamer
3 1/2 cups NesQuick
2 3/4 cup nondairy powdered creamer
Mix all together and pour into containers. Use 3-4 T mix per glass of hot milk or water.
Do you have any ideas for inexpesive homemade gifts? Post them in the comments section or email to me so I can post them!
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1 Amanda Green December 8, 2011 at 1:34 pm

love the body scrub idea!!!


2 Little House on the Prairie Living December 8, 2011 at 1:39 pm

I made those for my sister last year, they smell really good and work well too!


3 Connie December 8, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Awesome!!! I have been wondering how to flavor hot choco mix. I found a recipe with red hots candies.


4 Bobbi December 8, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Great ideas, thanks! πŸ™‚


5 vickie December 18, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Just found your site, loving all your tips, recipes, and just reading about you and your family life, Thanks for sharing.


6 Merissa December 19, 2011 at 11:59 am

Welcome! I’m so glad you found your way here!


7 vickie December 18, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Thanks for sharing tips, recipes and your family live of living.


8 sheree December 23, 2011 at 2:32 pm

We are making this for gifts this year along with candied orange peels.


9 Cindy November 20, 2012 at 8:34 pm

I am enjoying all your tips and recipes! Great Site! (I especially like the Thankful For Jar idea – it would make everyone think, and appreciate!).
Question regarding the taco seasoning recipe: Is the 1/4 c. of minced onion, raw or dried? I think I would be a little wary of using the raw, and then giving it away in a jar – couldn’t it spoil?


10 Merissa November 20, 2012 at 8:38 pm

It’s 1/4 c. of dried minced onions. πŸ™‚


11 Amy November 27, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Love your site!!


12 Claudia July 26, 2014 at 8:55 pm

i read something about couponers you get freebies. where do i sign up for that?


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