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18 wonderful ways to have a frugal heart-felt Christmas

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Are you looking for beautiful, frugal gifts for less than $15? You have come to the right place!! 

All of these 18 lovely gifts are easy and inexpensive to make, so you can afford to be generous to everyone without overspending on your budget!

The best way to enjoy Christmas to the fullest is to plan out your holiday spending and stick to that plan, so you don’t have to spend a couple of months of the new year trying to catch up on the bills. 

So, how do you stick to a Christmas spending plan and where do you start? 

I hear you. 

Enter homemade gifts. Homemade gifts are the best way to cut down on excessive holiday spending and are fun to make. Giving should be from the heart and not based on how much the price tag said.

Photo credit: contributions by Purdue Avenue, Around My Family Table, See Vanessa Craft, As Cute as a Bug's Ear, and A Proverbs 31 Wife. Used with permission. 

I collaborated with several amazing bloggers and these gifts ideas are amazing!! 

You will find 

  • Spa kits and creams.
  • Hot chocolate on a stick, holiday baked goods mix in a jar, and homemade vanilla.
  • Simple and tasteful decorating ideas, cinnamon ornaments, gift card holders, a wreath and place settings.
  • Kid-made gifts, notepads and teraniums.
  • Adorable snowman illuminaries.
  • Constellation flashlight (with printables)
  • Personalized silhouettes. 
  • Lovely frosted glass mugs. 
  • Bird seed suet mugs. 
  • Sweet hair bows. 

All the gifts are broken down into categories of how much they cost to make, $15, $10, and $5! Who says Christmas presents need to be expensive??

Make all of these fabulous gifts, or just a few, and you will look like you spent quite a bit more money than you actually did, which will be a huge relief on your budget!! 

Let's get started!! Up first, the gifts less than $15!! Just click the Read More button. 

About the Author

Hi! I'm Charissa. I was able to pay off all my debt, pay cash for my husband's education, and build up my savings-all because of using a budget. I love to share all the budgeting tips I've learned with you so you can have a successful budget too! Read more...

Erin
2015-10-26 09:02:07
Thanks so much for the featuring my projects!! It was such a great post - so many inspiring ideas!!
Alexandra
2015-10-26 09:21:31
Fun! I love the hot chocolate sticks!
Angi @ SchneiderPeeps
2015-10-28 05:12:59
What great ideas! Thanks so much for including our projects. I really love the constellation flash light idea. I think I'm going to do that for my little one and my nieces and nephews this year to go along with their matching pajamas. Have fun!
Charissa
2015-10-28 16:46:25
Erin, Thank you so much for contributing to this project! I loved the constellation flashlight idea!
Charissa
2015-10-28 16:47:15
Talk about gourmet hot chocolate and they are fun to use! Thanks for stopping by Alexandra.
Kathleen
2015-10-28 16:50:46
Thank you so much for featuring my moisturizer. This is a very helpful and interesting post, great ideas collection. I am thinking I will make the terrariums for some young ones I want gifts for. Excellent Charissa, Kathleen
Charissa
2015-10-28 16:52:53
Angi, I'm glad you liked the ideas! I had so much fun seeing all the different ideas which were contributed. I'm thinking about making the constellation flashlight for my niece as well. Love the matching pajamas ideas! Thank you for submitting a couple as well especially the amazing spa gift basket!
Charissa
2015-10-31 09:13:58
Thank you Kathleen for submitting your moisturizer! I love homemade lotions, they make my skin feel great! I will have to try your recipe. There are a lot of fun ideas to choose from for gifts.
Valerie
2015-11-01 22:00:09
I'm making notes of several gift ideas that will work great for me to make this year. I know these ideas will save me money this year! Thanks for the inspiration!
Charissa
2015-11-02 20:27:05
Awesome! I am thrilled these ideas will be useful to you as you save money over Christmas!
Charissa
2015-11-11 17:18:48
Hi Jenn, isn't the terrarium a great idea? And how much fun for your son to make it and give the gift! Thanks for stopping by!
Jenn
2015-11-10 13:48:48
I really like the terrarium idea! My father-in-law loves plants and has a great green thumb. I think he would love to receive a little succulent with bright colored sand or gravel. They have cacti and plants all over their home, so I bet they would love that as a gift from our son!
Charissa
2015-12-06 14:40:02
Thank you Heather! I love the frosted mugs too and want to make them for myself.
Heather @ Simply Save
2015-12-06 11:00:51
This is a great list! Those frosted monogramed mugs are beautiful! Thanks for sharing on the Small Victories Sunday Linkup!
Lisa @ Fun Money Mom
2015-12-12 14:42:31
Wow...these are all such cute gifts! I love the snowman luminary and the hot chocolate on a stick! Thanks so much for joining us at Share The Wealth Sunday and I hope you'll come back again for an all new party! xoxo Lisa
Charissa
2015-12-16 22:22:10
There are so many creative ideas for cute gifts and you don't always have to spend a lot of money. Thanks for stopping by Lisa!
Winnie
2016-02-14 12:26:08
Now is the time to start the vanilla project. 10 months is the perfect length of time to let the beans soak. Also Easter is coming up so be on the lookout for cute baskets on sale that can be used for gift baskets at Christmas. A couple of jars of jam in a basket lined with a vintage doily or napkin, and a glass bowl and jam spoon is fun. I only make freezer jam but it is so easy anybody can do it. I look for the jam bowl and doilies at garage sales. If you make a list now you can be on the lookout for things on sale like cute jars at harvest time. Put it on your calendar so you don't miss the sales.
Charissa
2016-02-18 19:19:53
I love your ideas Winnie! It is always such a treat to get homemade jam as a gift. Thank you for sharing the ideas about when to stock on on cute baskets and jars.