Crafts as Gifts: How Homemade Gift Giving Can Save Cash
With the current economy in the condition it’s in right now, it’s not surprising that families are doing everything they can to save money. Even if the economy wasn’t in a mess, it’s still a wise idea to live frugally. By doing so we are doing so much more than just saving a few pennies. We teach our children the value of a dollar and let them know that one can live comfortably without spending money or racking up credit that is not necessary. After all we can’t take all those material things with us when we go, right?
One way you can accomplish these lessons, save money, and have fun at the same time is to create homemade gifts for birthdays of family and friends. The kids will enjoy the time you spend together and the recipient will love the thoughtful presents they receive. These types of gifts will mean more to your family and friends than anything you could have purchased from the store.
Here are a few craft ideas that your relatives and friends are sure to love.
Mom – Moms are the easiest when it comes to creating something special. No matter what her child gives her she will cherish it as if she received a million dollars. Some things mom might enjoy receiving for her birthday includes:
• Craft or real flowers in a decorated pot
• Coupons that can be exchanged for household help
• Crafty picture frames filled with pictures of the entire family
Dad – Does Dad like to golf, watch football or fish? If so, get creative and make something that will help him do the things he loves doing. For instance a bag decorated by the kids would be perfect for fishing lures, golf tees, and more. Design a remote control holder with pictures of the kids that he can attach to his favorite recliner.
Siblings – Every child has a favorite television character or musician. For the teenage sibling, decorate a CD case for their video games, DVDs or CDs. For younger kids, create a coloring page with their favorite cartoon pal or craft a memory game just for them with cardboard squares and stickers.
Grandma – Does grandma like to cook? If so, take a plain apron and decorate with puffy paints, glitter glue or pictures of the grandkids.
Grandpa – If Grandpa enjoys reading, make a personalized bookmark with pictures of the kids or drawings of things they like to do with him.
Neighbors & Family Friends – Take the time to learn about everyone’s personal likes and cater their gifts to match. If you’re kids are old enough and like to bake, you can create edible treats for neighbors like cakes or cookies decorated with birthday wishes.
When you create birthday presents from scratch, it’s important to take some time and determine the perfect gift for each individual. For instance, if Grandma likes to bake, make her gift one that is related to cooking or being in the kitchen. When you take the time to personalize your creations, you are making someone feel special and loved even more than you would if you just threw something together.
This is a great way to teach your children about feelings and taking time to really get to know others as well. Not to mention the things they can learn about the many differences that we all have. Have fun and save some dough by creating crafts for your nearest and dearest this year.