ashtrays created from old vinyl records—bad ones can normally be found for close to 50 cents each at thrift retailers.
Coffee mug with treats: Locate some plain mugs at a thrift retailer or garage sale, get some ceramic paint, and produce a personalized, helpful coffee mug. Stuff it with a baggie of entire coffee beans or candies, and tie with a ribbon.
Decorated plant pot with seeds or tiny plant and care instruction card.
Thoughtfully created, personalized stationery, note cards, postcards, or mobile phone/address book. Make them on the laptop or computer or by hand the old fashioned way with rubber stamps, colorful paper, and glue. Warning: rubber stamps and decorative papers do not come inexpensive. Try this only if you already have these items.
No talent needed
A pound of pistachios, great teas, or coffees, packaged nicely by hand.
Homemade cocoa mix: recipes here. Package in a decorated mason jar or paper lunch bag.
Gourmet, homemade teas: Recipes right here. If you can come across a cute low-cost teacup or pot, arrange your homemade teas inside it and add a fairly ribbon.
Homemade natural body scrubs, lotions, oils, bath salts, or bath bombs. Recipes here.
Specifically For Children
Homemade play dough: make a range of colors and location in assorted tubs or other plastic containers. Label and package in a dressed up box or basket, preferably one particular that they can use permanently to shop their new play dough.
Handmade stuffed animals.
Lacing cards produced from old greeting cards or magazine photos glued (glue stick functions greatest) to cardstock.
Homemade crayons. Gather broken or super quick crayons, melt them down, and produce beautiful swirled crayons in fun shapes.
See “cookies” under “Baking” above. Duh.
Painting Set. Combine some paint brushes, assorted paints (corresponding to the child’s age and capacity), paper, and possibly a palette. For the palette, try an old cutting board or plastic lid with a youngster size thumb hole cut out. Or if that is out of your crafting league, check your nearby art supply store, dollar shop, or toy store for inexpensive ones.
Drawing Set. Combine assorted weight pencils, charcoal, and erasers with an affordable drawing pad and probably a tracing pad. Based on the child’s age and potential, you could throw in some drawing books as nicely. You can often come across these in the “bargain” section at bookstores.
Gardening Kit. Combine and package a couple of various sorts of seeds and/or bulbs, toy gardening tools (sand castle kits from the dollar retailer perform nicely and are inexpensive), a labeling kit (popsicle sticks and cardstock rectangles), and maybe a toy watering can.
Costume Chest. In a big box, decorated maybe with the child’s name, combine different articles or clothes that would be exciting for playing dress-up. Raid your closet for items that either don’t match or are out of style and make a trip to Goodwill to make up the rest. The more outrageous the much better.
See also: Speedy Hack and Vacation Gift: Homemade body scrubs, lotions, oils, bath salts, or bath bombs
See also: Speedy and Frugal Homemade Holiday Gift: Homemade Gourmet Tea Blends
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