December 21, 2014

We put it out there to our community of savvy mums and they have come back with some brilliant low cost gift ideas for Christmas.

Here are the top picks to save a little cash this Christmas:

  1. Cake or Cookies in a jarPlace all the dry ingredients in a jar in layers and add a gift tag with the baking instructions. Then usually the only thing the recipient has to buy is the eggs or milk (if required).
  2. Homemade body scrubsUse ingredients including coconut oil, sugar, mint oil, herbs (like parsley and oregano) and pop in a jar with a bow.
  3. Voucher book: Kids can fill a voucher book with a variety of jobs and activities they can do for the recipient, including doing the dishes, vacuuming, cleaning the car or even free cuddles.
  4. Christmas decorationsHave the kids make handmade Christmas decorations that you can give to family, friends and teachers.
  5. Handprint canvases: Get the kids to make their very own canvas paintings using their handprints and footprints. It makes a great gift for grandparents.
  6. Plant cutoffs or seedlings: The gift that keeps on giving, pop a plant cutoff or seedlings in a cellophane bag and tie with a festive ribbon.
  7. Personalised placemats or calendars: Find your favourite photos or artwork from the year gone by, have them laminated and give them to friends and family to be used as placemats or calendars.
  8. Homemade play dough and paint: Make your own play dough and paint sets at home for the perfect gift for kids.
  9. Christmas ShortbreadMake your very favourite biscuit recipe (buttery shortbread is our favourite) and pop into individual bags with a gift tag.
  10. Personalised DVD: Pick your favourite photos, pair with a meaningful song and add beautiful messages for the recipient to watch and enjoy.
Do you have any ideas to add to this list? Share your low cost Christmas ideas in the comments below. 
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  • Thes are great ideas. This year I made apricot & mango jam, mixed berry jam, ginger honey biscuits and chocolate chip biscuits. Well received by the recipients

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  • There are some lovely idea’s here. I’ll keep them in mind for next year :)

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  • Flavoured oils are another nice gift to give or decorated wine bottles

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  • I LOVE these ideas especially the plant ideas.

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  • I love all the ideas, and trying to make the homemade body scrub for myself first.

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  • Some lovely ideas here ! Nice to get the kids involved in these as well :-)

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  • There are some lovely idea’s in here. I love the kids art work ideas such as handprints.

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  • With my daughter we made place mats a couple of years ago, using old Christmas cards we received, and laminating them.

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  • Some great ideas to consider, thanks.

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  • These are fantastic ideas. I love homemade gifts

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  • For my parents I made them a basket with all of their favourite useful things such as deoderant, perfume, nuts, a cheap movie etc.

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  • I love the idea of homemade Christmas decorations. Each year my kids add another one each to our tree. Very special and a great reminder of each year. They grow up so quick!

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  • Home made cake and cookies are a great Christmas gift and so many recipes here!

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  • Such cute and unique ideas straight from the heart.

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  • LOVELY IDEAS! WE ARE ON A TIGHT BUDGET & THEse are really affordable!

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