Easy Frugal Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

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Easy Homemade Christmas Gifts! Homemade gifts from Scrubs to Soaps to Cookies and More!

Are you behind in your Christmas planning?

Wanting to tighten your budget and avoid spending too much on last-minute gifts?

I’ve got a great list of homemade gifts that take little time to pull together.  Because there’s only one week left….Eek!

Quite truthfully, we aren’t doing that much traditional hustle-bustle Christmas stuff this year.

My adrenal fatigue doesn’t do well when there is too much stress and frankly, I don’t care much for all the Christmas season chaos.

(You can see in Slowing Down for Christmas how we try not to do too much.)

But I do like DIY gifts–both since they are homemade and frugal.

I love the homemade touch and my wallet loves the frugal part :-).

This list is a keeper.  Use it now or refer back to it anytime you need a homemade gift for someone special.

Homemade Food Gifts

Homemade Christmas Cookies – Look no further than my posts:

Tasting Spoons

I think this is a sweet idea!  For cooks who need to do a lot of tasting!

Decorative Soap Balls

I’ve been thinking about soap making for a long time now!

Nourishing Sugar Scrub

I just LOVE this scrub.  Super simple and it works great!

This Nourishing Sugar Scrub is great for making your skin silky smooth. It's super simple, and frugal, and you can add your own fragrant essential oils as you like. Makes a great easy-to-make gift!

Nourishing Lip Scrub

This lip scrub really helps continually dry lips.

Got dry, chapped lips? This Nourishing Lip Scrub will smooth and soften them to near perfection. Sooo good for you--you could eat it :)!Canning Jar Pincushions

I just got a sewing machine for my birthday – I think these are such a cute gift for someone who sews!

Coconut Oil Lotion Bar

These bars are all the rage right now.

Citrus Salt and Sugar Scrub

This scrub looks wonderful and has epsom added for more health benefits.

Eczema Salve

Lydia, the owner of Divine Health, says this smells divine!

How to Make Naturally Tinted Lip Balm

I’d be a little concerned about getting the tint right, but I love this idea!

Twine-Wrapped Ornaments

Who doesn’t love getting and receiving ornaments at Christmastime?  I love that our tree is all mis-matched with memorable ornaments!

FOOD GIFTS:

30 Healthy Christmas Cookies

gluten free cookies

20 Healthy Christmas Cookies

In case 30 weren’t enough for you :-).

healthy cookie recipes

Homemade Taco Seasoning

We use this regularly and it makes a plain rice and beans meal taste super special!
Put some of this in a little mason jar with a cute ribbon and you’re all set.

Homemade Taco Seasoning! Ditch the overpriced teensy packets with all kinds of chemical nasties--whip up this simple yummy seasoning instead!

Surprisingly Good Seasoned Popcorn Topping

This really is super addictive.  I get asked for this recipe everywhere we take it.

Put this in a little jar with a cute label and gift it with some popcorn kernels!

This popcorn seasoning recipe is all natural and totally addictive. Everywhere we take it someone asks us for the recipe - so glad I made the mistake I did to come up with this best popcorn recipe!

Mild Curry Powder

We are curry lovers in our household.  We use it in My Most Requested Recipe – Pakistani Beef Curry.
Our favorite curry power used to be a popular gourmet-ish brand, but once I figured out how to replicate it almost perfectly with this recipe (it is sooooo much cheaper), we have never gone back!

Curry Recipes | How to Make Curry

Homemade Curry Powder

Ever since I saw this post by Jessica, I have wanted to try her curry powder.  It sounds great!!

Italian Dressing Dry Mix

This is a great base for Italian Dressing or Veggie Dip!

Chai Tea Mix in a Jar

I love chai.  Really–who doesn’t?

Granola Gifts in a Jar

Loads of great ideas to choose from here!

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Butter

We love anything pumpkin! This would be a great gift.  For me :-).

AND…for wrapping it all up…

Printable Gift Tags

Got another great last minute DIY gift to share?
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  1. Adrienne- I just thought you should know how much I love your blog, not only because it is always so darn informative, but because of the heart you’ve put behind it in every post. The amount of time you’ve put behind everything you share with us really shows and I just wanted to let you know that this reader appreciates all of your hard work! And all the ideas you’ve posted here today are just awesome! Thank you so, so much!

    Have a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

  2. Good ideas! I will have to keep some of these in mind for next year. :)

  3. Adrienne,
    This is a fantastic collection of gift ideas. I love it that there are non-food gifts, and seasonings. I’m saving your post to refer to for next year. Thanks for collecting and sharing!
    –Eileen

  4. Great list of ideas. I’m always looking for ideas like these. I especially like the mason jar pin cushions. thanks

  5. You had me at frugal!

  6. Stopping by from Fellowship Fridays. I struggle with Adrenal Fatigue, too – so I know what you mean about stress. These look like some great gift ideas. I love the tasting spoons. So original! Blessings from Croatia: A Little R & R: http://www.littlerandr.org

    • Welcome!!! And from Croatia – how wonderful! Are you from there originally? I just skimmed your post on Christmas. You are right on. I have no extended family here and was sick on Thanksgiving. It was a real bummer but I am trying to focus on what is important. Blessings!

  7. I love all these ideas Adrienne. Especially all the scrubs. Those are a must make. Thanks for the great ideas. Merry Christmas Adrienne.

  8. Some really good ideas there.

  9. What wonderful ideas – I am struggling to pick a favourite! I do love food gifts, and those canning jar pin cushions are seriously pretty…but I pretty much like them all!