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If you hate going out shopping in the holiday crowds but you love creating your own gifts, this week’s installment of How To Plan A Christmas To Remember On A Super Tight Budget is for you!
Below is a list of 22 gifts that you can make using ingredients found in most kitchen cupboards–meaning you might not even have to go to the store to make these gifts. Missing an ingredient? See if perhaps a friend has it and then tell him or her to come on over and you can spend time hanging out and making gifts together. When your time is done you will each have several gifts made without having to hit those busy stores.
22 Gifts You Can Make Using Ingredients Found In Your Kitchen
For Beauty Queens
For Coffee Lovers
3. Flavored Stirring spoons (this recipe uses tiny wooden spoons, but use what you have)
For Cocoa Lovers
For Health Nuts
7. Plain Granola: stir whatever you have in the house into this basic recipe.
8. Coconut Almond Chocolate Bars: sweetened with maple syrup. and made with whole ingredients.
9. Scented playdough (you could leave the essential oils out if you prefer unscented)
10. Bubble Solution
For Chocolate Lovers
11. Simplest Chocolate Fudge Ever (2 ingredients and under 5 minutes to make)
12. Chocolate Truffles (roll in whatever you have)
For Home Decor Lovers
For Carb Lovers
15. Beer bread mix ( Toss dry ingredients in a bag and print out the recipe. You can give it with either a bottle/can of beer or a can of pop, it works either way)
16. Flavored butters (to put on top of their favorite bread)
For Busy Families
17. Make up some chocolate chip cookie dough, divide it into dough balls and freeze them. Pop those dough balls in a container, place a bow on top and a tag with cooking instructions. That way they can have fresh cookies when ever they want to.
For Pet Lovers
For Spa Lovers
22. Rice bags: Okay, so the material to put them in won’t be found in your kitchen cupboards, but I figured most of the containers to hold the gifts above probably won’t be either–and besides rice is found in the kitchen and that makes up 90 percent of a rice bag. (psst… the article makes several repurposing suggestions for making the bags)
3 Inexpensive Ways To Wrap Your Homemade Creations
Of course, the least expensive way to package up your homemade creations is to use reuse glass jars that your food came in all year long. But if you are like me you were not thinking that long range, so here are a few inexpensive ways to wrap your homemade gifts.
1. Canning Jars
Canning jars come in various sizes and are fairly inexpensive when bought by the dozen. At this time of year they might be a bit hard to find in stores, but farming supply stores generally carry them all year long and so does Amazon. These are great for bath scrubs, bean soup in a jar and more.
2. Foil Containers
This set of 50 foil containers works out to less than a quarter per container. Tie them with some festive ribbon or top them with a green or red bow for a festive touch. Great for cookie dough, Christmas candy, granola and more.
3. Paper Lunch Bags
A simple paper lunch bag with the top folded over and two holes punched in the top for ribbon to thread through makes a simple elegant gift wrapping for homemade gifts like doggy treats, Christmas ornaments and Christmas cookies.
This post is part of the How To Plan A Christmas To Remember On A Super Tight Budget Series
How To Plan A Christmas To Remember On A Super Tight Budget: The Series
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