DIY Gifts You Can Make on a Budget

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Giving gifts can often be just as fun as getting them. In fact, I’ve found that when I take the attention off myself and try to bless other people, that the whole season is lots more enjoyable.

Yesterday I shared five frugal gift ideas that I have made for friends and family over the years. From now until December 24, we’ll be sharing frugal ideas for gift giving.

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DIY Coupon Book Instructions
Making your own coupon book is a great way to give a custom gift. It can be as extravagant or as budget-friendly as you like. You only need a few paper craft supplies and a list of activities you want to gift.
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Microwave Heat Bags
Sewing your own microwave heat bags is a great way to share cool or warm pain relief with someone you love.
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Gratitude Journal
Transform a composition notebook into a fun and meaningful gratitude journal.
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DIY Spa Gift Basket
Pull together a fun spa gift basket that is custom-made for your giftee.
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How to Make Lavender Milk Bath
It takes just minutes and a few household ingredients to mix up a batch of Lavender Milk BathPerfect for relaxing or giving as a gift, this homemade milk bath is super frugal and a great way to DIY on a dime.
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Muffin Tin Crayons
This easy craft transforms stubs of old crayons into usable toddler crayon pucks.
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Chocolate Money Gift Box Tutorial
Turn an empty chocolate box into a money gift box with this easy tutorial. It's a great way to gift money without resorting to checks or gift cards.
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  1. After I read your post on pampering yourself at Thanksgiving, I decided to give a “spa gift basket” to my sister-in-law and maybe some others in the family. I have recently stumbled upon someone in my town who makes soaps, lotions, lip balms, and more. I love her products. They are pricier than if I bought something generic at Wal-Mart, so I can’t get her much. But in a nice basket, those few things are going to look great. Plus there are the many weeks of nasty ingredient-free cleansing and moisturizing that she will get.