Dec 22, 2010

Gift Ideas

Family Frame
Decoupage favorite photos and fun papers onto wood discs and arrange them in rows on a sheet of white cardstock, leaving the middle open for achipboard title. Add fun embellishments for a final touch. Use an open front frame to display the finished product.
Perfect For: A far-away relative, your best friend, Grandma and Grandpa
Make It Say Christmas: Use holiday-theme papers and favorite photos from past Christmases.


The Write Stuff

Create custom stationery for a friend by embellishing an unfinished wooden box and plain-Jane note cards with ribbon and buttons. Attach the ribbon and buttons with double-sided tape or hot glue. Line the inside of the box with brightly colored paper.

Write Stuff

Monogrammed Note Cards

Perfect for a teacher, decorate a purchased tin with chipboard letters and pack it with monogrammed note cards.
Monogrammed Note Cards


This is such a creative way to add a touch of Christmas to any room!
a window with a basic pine garland


30 Frugal Gift Ideas to Show You Appreciate Someone

  • Frame a picture of you with them.

  • Lotions or bath oils.

  • Journal. A nice journal can be beautiful. It’s one of my favorite gifts.

  • Gourmet coffee with a personalized mug.

  • A nice pen.

  • Photo album or scrapbook, with memories already included.

  • Homemade cookies you bake yourself.

  • Or brownies.

  • Spice gift basket. Get some small jars and fill them with exotic spices.

  • Gift certificate for the person’s favorite hobby store.

  • A burned CD with all the person’s favorite songs.

  • A letter, hand-written on nice paper, from you. Make it heart-felt, with all the          reasons you appreciate the person.

  • A small plant.

  • A movie pass and a small container of gourmet popcorn kernels.

  • Soup mixes or cookie mixes in nice clear jars.

  • Personalized T-shirt.

  • Stationery and stamps.

  • IOU booklets, with whatever services you are willing to perform. Obviously only good for someone you know really well.

  • Knit or crochet something for someone (I can’t do this, but I know people who can).

  • An “I appreciate you because” jar. Fill a nice jar with slips of different colored paper, each with a reason you appreciate (or love) someone.

  • Jams and jellies.

  • Good bread (home-made works great).

  • Books (my favorite).

  • A blank recipe book … write some of your favorite recipes on the first few pages.

  • A keepsake DVD with a video of special moments, edited (and captioned) by you. A slideshow presentation with music burned on a DVD works too.

  • Create your own art (and put it on nice stationery or in a frame). By “art”, I mean a sketch, painting, poem, short story, whatever.

  • Scented candles.

  • Make-up set.

  • Shaving kit.

  • Box of good tea and a teacup.                                                                               

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