When you’re young and on a budget, The whole Christmas season can be one big stress-fest. I have a word document on my computer with everyone I have to buy gifts for. In italics I write ideas, In regular type I write purchased items, and then when that person is finished, I grey out there name. Doesn’t that seem so complicated?
It’s because it is. I have to start shopping early in the season to be able to afford gifts for everyone in my family and still be able to pay the gas bill on time. And I’m sure it’s like that for a lot of young people around the holidays. You show everyone you love them by spending $20-50 on a trinket that reminds you of them, or clothes you think they would pick out for themselves.
I get gifting. I love Christmas. But it doesn’t have to be so bland and depressing for you on the giving end. So clear out the cobwebs in your wallet, this year, your going to go the homemade gift route!
CHRISTMAS COCOA GIFT SET (above)
Must Include: Hot Cocoa Mix, Marshmallows, mug
Optional Add-Ons: Candycane Stir Sticks, Spoon, Dark Chocolate chips for Choco-holics.
Perfect For: Dad, Siblings, Hostess Gifts, Coworkers, Secret Santa
HOMEMADE PURE VANILLA EXTRACT
Must Include: Vanilla Beans, Vodka, Glass Bottles
How To: Put 3-4 vanilla beans in a jar and fill the jar with vodka. Store in a cool,dry place for 6 weeks. If less than 6 weeks until gifting time, make a ‘ready by‘ label and date when it can be used.
Perfect For: Mom, Aunts, Grandmas, Hostess Gifts, Foodies
Perfect For: Mom, Sisters, Aunts, Grandmas, Hostess Gifts, Girlfriends
CINNAMON SUGAR PECANS
Perfect For: Dad, Grandpa, Secret Santa, Friends, Coworkers
CURRIED LENTIL SOUP MIX
Perfect For: Grandma & Grandpa, Hostess, Mom, Friends, Coworkers
HOMEMADE PANCAKE MIX
Perfect For: Mom, Dad, Hostess, Secret Santa, Friends, Adult Siblings
ENERGY IN A JAR
Perfect For: Dad, Brother, Boyfriends, Friends