Homemade and Inexpensive Gift Ideas for a Tight Budget

Save Money While Giving Thoughtful Gifts to Everyone on Your List

Short on funds and in need of a great gift? There are plenty of options for everyone on your list. You will have as much fun with these budget-friendly gifts as they will have when they receive them.

One of the best ways to save money and give a memorable gift is to make it yourself. Many of the suggestions in this list are homemade and that makes them even more special.

You will have to plan ahead and make sure to leave yourself enough time to get everything done. Yet, if you are strategic, as most frugal people are, this shouldn't be a problem!

Homemade Gifts

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There is a homemade gift idea here for everyone. Whether you want to sew a patchwork quilt from old jeans or create your own popsicle soap, a fun DIY gift awaits!

Crafters know the value of giving away what they do best (and it's a great excuse to keep crafting). Knitters and crocheters can always come up with a quick scarf or holiday-themed project that brightens up the season. Sewers, stitchers, beaders and woodworkers are no different.

If you haven't found your craft of choice yet, gift giving is a perfect reason to begin a new hobby. More

Homemade Gift Ideas for Guys

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Let's face it, men can be a little challenging when it comes to finding the perfect gift. There are, however, many things that almost every guy wants or needs and quite a few of these can be homemade.

A comfy pair of knit socks or a bag of homemade beef jerky are always appreciated. Of course, if your guy has a 'big boy toy' there is always a DIY cover that can keep his bike, mower or grill safe from the elements. More

Homemade Gift Ideas for the Ladies

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Women, on the other hand, often appreciate the sentiment and thought that goes into a gift and will appreciate even the simplest things

You just don't grow out of some things and every girl likes a little pampering. Grown women and little girls alike enjoy homemade lip balms, soaps and bubble baths and these are easy to make at home.

Also, look at the 'Gifts from the Kitchen' below because every woman loves gifts that help make cooking easier! More

Homemade Gifts for Kids

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Homemade crayons, playdough and sidewalk chalk will get any kids' attention. Not only is it an exciting (and cheap) gift, but it gives the kids hours of creative fun away from electronic devices!

Young boys might enjoy an ooey-gooey homemade slime or a wicked cool marshmallow gun. It is ideas like this that may even make their friends jealous!

Teenagers are a little trickier though a well-thought out gift can (eventually) become part of their treasured memories. Vintage everything is all the rage, so making a wallet out of that old stash of cassette tapes may just be considered really cool. More

Homemade Wines, Beers and Liqueurs

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 A good plan with plenty of time to prepare and experiment is required if you want to give homemade booze to people on your gift list. From blackberry wine to rhubarb liqueur, many of these recipes are easy and require more time than skill or equipment.

Beer may the exception, but a good idea if you're already dabbling with homebrews.

Homemade alcohol is also a great way to use up the fruits of your garden! It's just one more bonus on top of enjoying great drinks and saving money. More

Gifts from the Kitchen

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Many people are too busy to make their own ingredients and homemade gifts from the kitchen are always appreciated.

While canning jams and jellies is a natural option, that may not be your thing. There are plenty of easy projects that anyone can do.

Make your own vanilla extract or candied pecans. Bottle up a custom butterscotch or caramel sauce for ice cream nights or take the prep out of cooking and give a bean soup or brownie mix in a jar. It can even be as simple as making a batch of caramel corn from scratch More

The Gift Card is Always a Win-Win

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You can also save money by giving a single Christmas gift that the whole family can enjoy. This might be a membership to the zoo, a set of movie tickets or a board game. They will enjoy the fact that you care about their family time and think about you during the experience.

Of course, if all else fails, you can fall back on the reliable gift card. Did you know that there are ways to save money on those as well? More

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