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Birthdays, graduations, bridal showers, Mother’s Day, anniversaries…no matter what month it is, you always seem to need gifts.
If your gift budget is maxed out, it’s time to consider a semi-homemade gift…no craft skills required, I promise!
Each of these semi-homemade gifts is clever, thoughtful and frugal and they won’t scream “cheap”…what more could you want?
40 Hersheys Kisses for 40 Years – Ideal for someone celebrating a 40th anniversary! This idea could be adapted for just about any milestone birthday or anniversary. How about 20 lottery tickets for a 20th birthday gift or 40 beers for 40 years?
Create a Cookbook – Thanks to modern technology, you can create a cookbook from your favorite recipes for less than $20, and what a wonderful gift to give a college grad or bride to be! This project doesn’t fall into the “quick” category, but once you’ve typed your recipes and saved them on your computer, you’ll be able to print copies each year when graduations and bridal showers roll around! Simply print, insert the recipes in page protectors and organize them in a 3-ring binder. Instructions for Creating a Cookbook and ideas for recipe binders.
Photo Book – Everyone loves taking pictures, but how many people actually take the time to make a photo book? Did you have a big family reunion this summer or did you go on a family vacation with the whole gang? Why don’t you find pictures of your high school grad from the past 18 years and turn those into a photo book? It’s a gift that will be treasured for years to come, and photo books start at just $12.99!
Vinyl Record Bowl – A record bowl made from an old vinyl album is one of my favorite gifts for friends celebrating milestone birthdays! Visit thrift stores or Goodwill to find an old album that will bring back memories. Can you believe stores charge $30 for vinyl record bowls, and you can make one for less than $2 in just a matter of minutes! How to Make a Vinyl Record Bowl super-easy instructions.
Free Flowers – Get in the habit of saving pretty glass bottles, and you’ll always have a free gift ready to go! Just take a quick walk around your yard or park and snip a few flowers to add to your recycled glass bottle vase.
Free Printables – If you haven’t discovered the world of free printables, this just might be your new favorite gift! A free printable is simply a graphic design that you can print at home (free of charge) and then put it in a frame. I’m always picking up great looking frames (less than $2) at thrift stores to have on hand for free printables. Check out my Pinterest Board of free printables…I’m sure you’ll find the perfect gift!
Please leave a comment to share your favorite semi-homemade gifts.
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