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Save Cash by Making Gifts

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Birthdays, Christmases, and other big celebrations can be a massive source of expense. 

While it’s fun once in a while to spend the cash on people you love, handmade gifts can be the perfect in-between step. 

Handmade gifts are something a bit special. They take time and effort to create and are entirely personalized. Handmade gifts can be as simple or extravagant as you like. 

You can take your time to source the parts slowly and spread the expense over multiple months. Keeping it cost-effective – and cute. 

Thanks to the internet, we have access to a massive range of ingredients and parts. From stunning dried flowers and essential oils to high-quality resin and gems. 


Bath bombs

As the bath bomb slowly floats around the bath releasing essential oils and dried flowers, or glitter and rainbow colours – your giftee will be delighted. 

Homemade bath bombs are complicated to make, and you can choose the type of ingredients you add. 

Rather than just making one, you can make a few different variations – get some feedback, and you know which ones to make next time! 



Vegan candles made with soy wax, or the more traditional wax candles – you can make anything you like. 

Candles are a very thoughtful gift, and they take a little bit of time to perfect. 

You might need to make a few tester candles to make sure you know how strong the scent is when lit, and so that you can ensure the essential oils and wax don’t split when they’re being made. 

Add a handwritten label with a unique fragrance name for an extra special touch. 


Room Spritz

If you are giving a gift to a fragrance fanatic, then a room spritz is perfect. Making a fragrance room spray isn’t too tricky. 

With as little as four items, you can create something that will be used for months. 

You’ll need to choose an essential oil or multiple oils that complement each other, add that to distilled water (add a note to shake before use), and a spray bottle! 

Combine the homemade candle and the room spritz for a complete gift set. 

Great room spritz scents:

  • Lavender
  • Citrus
  • Rosemary 
  • Peppermint 
  • Rose 
  • Jasmine

If you start early enough, you can create multiple combinations and see which one you like best. And, you can give different baskets to multiple people. 


Wooden Utensils

If you will be giving a gift to a home cook, then creating some unique wooden utensils is a great idea. 

You will need to buy the wooden items that you can want to personalize and a wood burner tool. It is highly recommended that you practice first so that you can perfect the art. 

Create patterns, or write a poem or their name. 

The great thing about this gift is that it immediately has an expensive rustic look and feel – with a super friendly price. 

If you find this one a lot of fun, you can use the tool on wooden bowls and chopping boards. Add to a wicker basket with some homemade spice mixes and you have the perfect gift for a happy chef. 



If your giftee has a lot of art on their walls but is very selective, then adding something unique is a great idea. 

If you know a few cities have their heart, then create art with that in mind. 

Find photos of the skyline of the city, and create your own version. Or create your own latitude and longitude art. 

Turn them into a piece of art – even if you aren’t great at drawing. Photoshop has some great preset actions that will turn photos into paintings. Or, if you have an iPad, you can create them in a caricature

Alternatively, find several of their most loved destinations and create word art with maps. 



If you happen to have some plant pots or old planters lying about, create a herb garden. 

The cheapest version of this is to grow the herbs yourself over a few months, so they are mature when gifted. 

If you have a little bit more of a budget, then buy some of the small live herb plants and arrange them in the pot. 


Cookies, Cocoa and Soup

This is an excellent option if you have many people to create gifts for. All you’ll need are some essential ingredients, a recipe, and Kilner jars. 

Dried beans, peas and herbs, and spices keep very well in the jars. Measure each of the ingredients out, and add them to the pot. 

Create some recipe sheets that include information like if the pea or other dried ingredients may need to be soaked (although adding dried goods that don’t need to be soaked is a better idea).

You can follow the same process for cookies; just remember that if you add any chocolate chips, you’ll need to store them in a cool dark place until it’s time to hand them over. 

Coco doesn’t need a jar that is quite so big; this one is ideal for smaller glass bottles. Add the right amount of cocoa powder for a single cup, and then some treats like marshmallows and chocolate chips. This one is a great one for kids. 


Personalized cups and mugs

Plain mugs are reasonably cheap to buy and combined with some ceramic pens; you can create a unique personalized mug! 

Write a quote or draw a doodle to make your giftee laugh every time they use the mug. 

Moscow mule copper cups are super trendy, and you can use a permanent marker designed for use on glass and metal. 

You must add a note to be careful about using the dishwasher! Sometimes this can wash away the personalization. 

If you struggle with freehand art and calligraphy, find a font you like online, print the sheet out, and use it as a template. 

Handmade gifts make everyone feel great. They are small gifts that show someone how much you have been thinking about them and how much you care – without breaking the bank. 

Need some help managing your money and planning your budget? Check out these great budgeting posts!


Disclaimer: MoneyMagpie is not a licensed financial advisor and therefore information found here including opinions, commentary, suggestions or strategies are for informational, entertainment or educational purposes only. This should not be considered as financial advice. Anyone thinking of investing should conduct their own due diligence.


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