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Budget Friendly Christmas Gifts

Updated: Jan 31

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I am sure your shopping has begun! Christmas can get expensive fast, but if you love to give- and are on a budget- these fun gift ideas are for you! Here are three gifts that you can give for about $10.

Gift #1 Cookie Mix in a Jar

Who doesn't love cookies? You might already have these ingredients in your pantry, or you can get them in bulk and make for many!

For the first step, you'll need to get a Mason Jar! Grab them from Walmart for $2.94 each.

Layer 1:

1⅔ cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

Layer 2:

1⅓ cups M&M's and/or chocolate chips

Layer 3:

⅓ cup light brown sugar, firmly packed

½ cup granulated sugar

Write the recipe on a card/piece of paper, maybe add a twine bow, and bam! You have a delicious, cute, practical, and perfect gift for any cookie lover!

Recipe to include with the jar:

  1. Whisk ½ cup of melted butter, 1 large egg, 1 large egg yolk, and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract in a large bowl. Add the contents of the jar and gently stir until combined. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

  2. Scoop 2-tablespoon portions of dough. Place the dough balls onto parchment-lined baking sheets and bake at 350°F for 9-11 minutes. Place baking sheets on racks and cool completely.

Gift #2 DIY Air Fresheners

Have any fabric lying around? (If not, just run to a thrift store close to you & grab some!) Reuse them by making cute air fresheners!

Step 1: Either free hand or trace a Christmas tree-shaped object, such as a small ornament, and cut out 2 pieces of fabric.

Step 2: Glue the 2 trees together

Step 3: Soak the fabric in essential oil (such as peppermint oil)

Step 4: Let air dry, add twine or any ribbon/string to hang.

Gift #3 Handprint Ornament

If you have children, this makes the perfect gift for grandparents, aunts/uncles, or even a

keepsake for yourself!

Step 1: Mix together:

1 cup flour

½ cup salt

½ cup water

Step 2: Knead for 7-10 minutes

Step 3: Roll the dough out on a floured surface, cut out the shape desired with a cookie cutter or knife, and poke a hole at the top (with straw, skewer, or toothpick) to later put string through.

Step 4: Place the child's hand in dough and press down until an imprint is made. You can get creative and engrave the child’s name, the year, or a sweet message!

Step 5: Bake at 200 degrees for 2 hours or air dry for a few days.

Step 6: Paint or decorate as desired and string twine through the hole to hang.

For more gift ideas, check out this blog and be inspired by unique ways to give. Merry Christmas!

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