A Homemade Christmas Gift: Statement Tote Bag

I think today’s homemade gift idea would be a fun way to gift wrap a few new books! Learn how to make this statement tote bag over at Knobz.


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A Homemade Christmas Gift: DIY Picnic Basket

I happen to think this DIY picnic basket is not only a great Christmas gift, but a perfect wedding present! Learn how to put this DIY picnic basket together over at Lovely Indeed.


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A Homemade Christmas Gift: Chalkboard Cheese Stone

Oooh, I know a couple of people that would love this gift! It looks expensive, but it’s really not! It’s easy to do too!

Learn how to make an inexpensive chalkboard cheese stone over at Frankie Hearts Fashion.


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A Homemade Christmas Gift: No Sew Rope Coil Basket

This looks way more complicated than it is to make! Perfect gift idea for the organizing enthusiast. Learn how to create this DIY No-Sew Rope Coil Basket over at Alice and Lois.


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Easy DIY: Gift Card Envelope

How to Make a Gift Card Envelope Final

Robin from Frugal Family Times sent along the link to her tutorial explaining how to sew a simple gift card envelope!  So cute!

For those of you that give gift cards, how do you like to present them?  Any unique wrapping ideas you can share with us?

Homemade Salt Dough Ornaments

Looking for a frugal Christmas craft to do with the kids? Try making Homemade Salt Dough Ornaments! I think these could even make great gifts for the grandparents. 🙂

A Homemade Christmas Gift: Snowman Donuts

Now this is a cute last minute gift idea! An edible so it’s sure to be appreciated. Learn how to put together these snowman donuts over at I Heart Arts and Crafts.


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Scented Candy Cane Play Dough


This is such a simple gift idea that is inexpensive and a great way for kids to use their imaginations rather than grabbing for the electronics.  Today I would love to share my Play Dough Gift idea…Candy Cane Play Dough!

You can make the Candy Cane Play Dough and give that as a gift… or you can fill a jar with the dry ingredients and let your recipients make the play dough themselves at home. Either way, I think it’s a fun and unique gift idea for kids.

Here’s how to make Candy Cane Play Dough:

2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup salt
5-6 drops of peppermint essential oil (or 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract)
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
3/4 cup cold water
Red washable paint/watercolor
White glitter

1.  In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and salt.

2.  Add the extract, oil and water and mix until well incorporated.


3.  Remove dough from bowl and place on a flat, lightly floured surface. Knead until a soft play dough forms (this takes about 3-4 minutes).

4.   Separate the play dough in half. Set aside one half and place the other in a medium mixing bowl.


5.  Add the red paint/watercolor to the play dough in the bowl and mix until your desired color is achieved. I added about 2 Tablespoons of paint to get a rich red color.


6.  Lay both colors of play dough out on your play surface and sprinkle with glitter. Enjoy making candy canes, peppermint “candies”, etc!


There you have it! A fun and frugal gift idea that kids are sure to enjoy! I’m excited to give it to my daughter, maybe we’ll get to enjoy drinking hot coffee on Christmas morning!

A Homemade Christmas Gift: Beard Balm


Have you got a bearded man in your life? If so, he’s sure to enjoy this homemade beard balm! With only four ingredients, it’s a breeze to put together! Check it out at Heartful Habits.


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A Homemade Christmas Gift: Yard Yahtzee

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I think this idea is so great!  And a perfect family gift idea!

Head over to Momtastic to learn how to make your own DIY Yard Yahtzee!