5 Budget-Friendly, Inventive & Creative Homemade Gifts To Get Started On Now

November 18, 2020

The holidays are going to be a little different this year. While my city faces another lockdown, countries around the world are locked down too, meaning that many jobs once again, have been and will be lost. For those who have been trying to find a job amidst the pandemic, or those who are dependent on financial aid from their government, the extra money just isn’t there. 

I’ve always been a fan of homemade gifts because I’m creative, and—I’ll be honest here—I’ve been strapped for cash a couple holiday seasons in my life. The easiest thing to do is just simply proclaim NO GIFTS. Everyone always understands, and especially will this year when so many of us are in the same boat. But giving gifts is fun, and shopping is part of so many people’s holiday traditions—as well as gift exchange. 

That’s not to say new holiday traditions can’t be made in place of the old ones. Baking together, watching movies, and decorating are sometimes all that’s needed to get in the spirit. But if you’re like me and love creating, giving, and want to spread some cheer, a homemade gift is the perfect solution. Check out these 5 homemade gift ideas that are budget-friendly and beautiful that will thrill all types!

homemade ornament

1. For the Decorator: Frame with Pressed Flowers or Leaves

Thrift stores have a huge variety of frames for very low prices. If you live somewhere that flowers are still in bloom, pick a variety and press between the glass panels of your frame. Instant beauty! Try this with different colored leaves as well for an alternate effect. Here’s a how-to. 

2. For the Entertainer: Resin Anything

Resin isn’t super cheap when you’re doing things on a large scale, so depending on your budget you can choose the gift thats right for you. Some ideas: Charcuterie boards, coasters, jewelry dishes, etc. Check out this link for a how-to on resin agate coasters. 


3. For the Trinket Collector: Clay Creatures / Ornaments

My official go to for the holiday season. One year everyone got clay ornaments for Christmas, and it may be happening again this year. Buy a pack of modeling clay (the grey or white kind) and go to town. My favorite thing I ever made was a clay elephant for my grandma. All you need for ornaments is the clay, paint or a permanent marker, and some string. (I made these ones below). Here’s a link to a simple version. 

4. For the Homebody: Dry Soups or Treats in a Jar

Soups: This is like the economical version of a gift card to a restaurant. And actually perfect to encourage people to stay in and have a homemade meal to look forward to that is easy to prepare! Decide on your soup. Buy ingredients in bulk. Make as many jars as you like. Decorate your Jar. Here’s a link to a few great ideas!

Treats: Things like hot cocoa mix, dry mixes for a baked good, or even a fun trail mix. Plus, if you make your mixes vegan, this gives friends and family members the opportunity to try out making something vegan with ease. 

5. For the Gourmet Aficionado: Infused Simple Syrup

These are great for that somebody who loves to make cocktails or fancy drinks. Make a flight of different infused syrups like mint, vanilla, and orange. Bottle them in tiny jars and tie with ribbon. Click here for directions on how to make. 

All of these ideas have me so excited to get started making my holiday gifts. And the best part is that these gifts are so beautiful, creative, and are things you probably would have bought for your friends and family anyway. Happy crafting!  

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Photo: Pressed Flowers by Evie S via Unsplash, Agate Coaster by Savannah Wakefield via Unsplash, Clay ornaments by Nea Pantry; Hot Cocoa by Klara Arsvenik via Unsplash

Nea Pantry
Nea is a vegan and gluten-free baker currently living in Bermuda. She is a huge vegan foodie, an aspiring writer and a lover of poetry. Traveling often, her goals are to seek out new cultures and experiences, to learn as much as she can and to spread the message of peace, love and kindness always.


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