With the holiday season just right around the corner, it is time to start thinking about buying or getting gifts for your family. With the current economy, it may be difficult for some to buy expensive gifts like before. It always means a lot to make gifts for your family members that wouldn’t break your budget and come across as a thoughtful gift. Here are some tips and tricks to present your husband with homemade gifts and inexpensive gifts that look good as well as make hearts warm
1. Handmade coasters: For this, you need some colored felt papers or cloths, a white or black backed one side adhesive foam papers. Cut out small coasters of size 10 cm X 10 cm. Cut out strips of felt of different colors and stick these in form of collage on the adhesive on the foam paper making a coaster. Make a pack of 6 coasters, tie it with a ribbon and present as a gift for your man to use it every day. It would definitely remind him of you! Jazz it up a bit by cutting out heart shapes or other shapes on red foam paper and stick it on top of the felt to make personalized messages on the coasters. This project is really inexpensive and non-messy. You can work on it with your child as well to present as a gift. It is something that anybody can do
2. Clay modeled containers: Buy any clay from the supermarket which can be molded either by baking in oven or by air drying for two-three days. Knead the clay and flatten it using a rolling pin to about ½ inch thickness. Rub any type of oil on the clay and using stamps, stamp out any personalized message on the clay using your favorite color. Some examples can be like words Dad or a heart or love etcetera. Wipe out the remaining oil using a swab. Oil can also help you remove any smudges from the stamp ink. After wiping away the ink, using your fingers bring up the sides of the clay to form a dish with the words in center. Then bake the clay or leave it to air dry for two to three days depending on the instructions on the clay. This dish would be an ideal gift for your love and would sit nicely as a catch all dish on his desk table
Couple these handmade gifts with inexpensive and free gifts from sites like Vista Print where you can register ad order for free t-shirts, pens, bumper stickers and many more with personalized messages. You just have to pay the shipping charges which don’t go beyond $5. Wrap these thoughtful gifts together to make a wonderful set for your loved one this Christmas without breaking your budget.