Thrifty DIY Christmas Gift Ideas

Each one of these handmade gifts cost less than $5 to make and have so much more meaning than purchasing something from the store. If you collect jars and scraps; some of these gifts won’t cost you a dime to make! I have made each of these and each of them are easy enough for my children who are 14, 9, & 7, to help me create!   I hope you enjoy making these as much as we did.  I will be continually adding new projects to this list throughout

Super Simple Orange Marmalade

This is SO EASY and tastes GREAT!  You can use this on biscuits, toast, crackers, or anything else you would use preserves on 🙂  This makes a great gift idea and if you live in south Louisiana; you should be able to gather oranges for free!  The oranges fresh off the tree are the best because they have a thin skin.  This is how we made ours: Gather your supplies: 2 oranges (the thinner the skin, the better) 1 cup of sugar 4 Tablespoons water A sprinkle of cinnamon 3

Gift Brownies & Cookie Cutters

Here’s another super easy and fun Christmas craft that can be easily converted into a super cute gift idea!  These are simply brownies poured into cookie cutters, then baked and decorated!  You can give as many as you want!  This is a great way to give someone a new set of cookie cutters 😀  THAT’S IT!  Here’s how we did it: Gather your supplies: 15-30 metal cookie cutters (depending on the size) Prepared brownie mix of your choice Christmas edible decorations of your choice (M&M minis and Christmas sprinkles work

Hot Chocolate Snowman :)

Hot Chocolate Snowman These were so much fun and easy peasy to make! This one will require the use of a hot glue gun. If you don’t have a hot glue gun, you can get one for $5 or less at most retail or craft stores, I use a very small one. Here are the super easy instructions to this fun gift craft: Gather your supplies: 3 ~ 4 oz baby food jars with lids 4 oz hot cocoa mix (I use the pre-packaged kind. They’re on sale everywhere this

Edible Peppermint Serving Tray/Bowl

Edible Peppermint Serving Tray/Bowl This is one of the easiest projects I have done for Christmas. It is very easy! You can make any design you like with the peppermints (you can use other hard candies for other occasions). Line a cookie sheet or pizza pan with parchment paper or non-stick foil and arrange the candies in your preferred design, leaving about 1/4 inch space between each candy to allow for spreading. I love using non-stick foil, plus there were some great coupons out last month! Place the sheet with

Peppermint Sugar Scrub

Peppermint Sugar Scrub You can whip this awesome gift up in a few minutes! We love these at our house and use them for our hands and feet! My girls and I love spa night with our peppermint sugar scrub. These are also great to set on your sink for your guests to use after they wash their hands. It will leave their hands feeling soft and smelling delicious! Gather your supplies: 2 cups of white sugar 1/3 cup coconut oil 1/8 (just a few drops) tsp peppermint essential oil

Amish Friendship Bread

Photo courtesy of Mr. Pete’s Cajun SpicesMr. Pete’s Cajun Spices & Gramma’s In The Kitchen are sharing their Amish Friendship Bread! I decided to follow along! I love this bread, but have never actually made it myself. This is a great gift idea and great for teaching your children about baking 🙂 I will post a reminder each day and instructions to follow for that day. This recipe will make 6 large loaves of bread and take a total of 10 days to make. We will split the starter on the