DIY Frugal and Fun Gifts for Any Season

| July 7, 2012 | 0 Comments

Gift Cake Life is filled with celebrations. There are birthdays, anniversaries, baby showers, weddings, housewarmings, retirements, new jobs and a million other reasons to pull out the stops and have a party. A party means a present.

So, does that mean busting your budget every month (or week!)? Actually, no.

It is quite easy and simple to gift a thoughtful present without breaking the bank. Here are some simple, fun and affordable DIY gift ideas that are perfect for just about any celebration:

1. Photo Gifts

One of the most personal, inexpensive and yet oft-forgotten gift is a photograph. You can adapt it to any occasion and celebration and make an impact easily. Have a housewarming to attend? Take a photo of the couple or family in front of their first house, put it into an attractive frame and voila, great gift for the new mantelpiece.

Looking for an inexpensive wedding gift? Make a collage or photo calendar of the couple from when they were dating, frame it and you’re done!

So, the next time you need an inexpensive but fun present, consider a photograph first.

2. Handmade Presents

If you are a craft-loving soul, put your talents to use and make gifts that really come from the heart. Whether you bake a pineapple-upside down cake for a birthday or knit a tiny sweater for a baby shower, chances are your crafting skills can easily be put to use for thoughtful and frugal gifts.

3. Experience Gifts

Gifting an experience is often, inexpensive yet much-appreciated. Can’t think of a gift to give a new mother? Why not gift her an hour of baby-sitting while she heads to the salon or mall. You can either hire a trusted teenager or just baby-sit yourself and bond with the new baby as well.  Other inexpensive experience gift ideas include monthly movie tickets for a newly engaged couple or trips to the zoo or museum for a child’s birthday.

4. Freebie Gifts

Finally, there are gifts that cost nothing. Really. We all get gifts that aren’t the right fit for our homes and personalities. While it would be rude to turn them down, there is no harm in gifting them to someone who’d appreciate them. While the jury may be divided on whether this is frugal or cheapskate-ish, if you are comfortable with recycling your gifts, I’d recommend you create a “gift closet” and put away all those presents that don’t fit your home, needs or personality.

DIY gifts can be just as thoughtful, practical and fun as any “expensive” present. What matters most is that you think about the person receiving it and tailor your gift accordingly.

Photocredit Ken’s Oven

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Prerna Malik is a freelance writer and work-at-home mom who believes in green living, frugal fun and positive parenting. You can find out more about her at The Mom Writes.

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