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#61 of 70 Old 11-18-2009, 06:15 PM
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Two things I'm doing this year...

Homemade sugar scrubs that I put into beautiful cruets that I found at a garage sale. Homemeade tags made with my Cricut machine and tied onto the bottles. The second thing I am making are photo cubes made out of wooden block scraps from my hubby's stash. Spray painted black, and decoupage photos of my kids onto them.

These gifts cost next to nothing!

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#62 of 70 Old 11-18-2009, 06:20 PM
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If traveling for the holidays, be mindful that certain dates of travel now carry a hefty surcharge when purchasing airline tickets. If you can travel the morning of the actual holiday (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years), you can get up to 75% off the cost of a ticket. Don't set your dates in stone... with flexibility, you can get some very deep discounts on your holiday travel.
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So have you ever found some old wallpaper sample books at your parents or grandparents house? I sure did! I just found 10 wallpaper sample books and will be using those this year for wrapping presents instead of buying wrapping paper! The designs are great, especially one in particular that I found with a bunch of flannel prints! I live in VT! It goes perfectly!
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Last year I made aprons with remnant fabric I already had including sheets that had seen better days. After cutting the good sides off of the sheets I was able to make 4 aprons per sheet - put that with a receipe card of a dish I knew the recipient loved (different ones for different people) and a jar of homemade spice rub (in recycled glass jars) and put all in a canvas grocery bag (Whole foods sold their cloth ones for $1 for a day last year and i stocked up).

Looking through this list already posted - great ideas for this year! Thanks!
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#65 of 70 Old 11-18-2009, 08:45 PM
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My 2.5 year old son is enjoying painting small wooden cut-outs of stars and snowflakes with silver, gold, yellow, white and blue paints. We are using Daddy's drill to make a small hole in the top of each one, and hanging them with a ribbon. The supplies for 20 cost about $6 at a local craft store, have given him hours of painting pleasure, and will cheer friends and family this year and for years to come when they see them on their trees.
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I keep a list of everyone I need to shop for in the back of my day planner, then I can shop sales year round and find the perfect gift without the holiday rush. Although, the most frugal gifts I've given have been homemade and upcycled. In years past I've made trivets made out of wine bottle corks and coasters made from board games that were missing pieces and from felted wool sweaters from the thrift store. Last year we gave my mother a set of framed artwork. We bought 6 8x10 frames from the dollar store and cut out and matted the pictures from an old calendar. This year we are using the burned out mini light bulbs from last years colored light strands to make ornaments. Take the bulbs, glue them into a styrofoam sphere from the craft store and add a ribbon to hang with!

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The best thing I've learned for frugal gift-giving (for children) is costumes! Every year, after halloween, I wait until the costumes go down to about 10%-25% of the original cost (meaning they end up costing less than $5 per costume). Then I purchase new costumes to give to my children, nieces, nephews, etc., for their costume/dress-up boxes! The kids LOVE seeing what new costumes they get. Everything from pirates to doctors, jedi knights, princesses, and everything in between. It's a big hit and is VERY inexpensive!

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I love to sew and often have bits of fabric to use up. This year, I am making everyone a set of cloth napkins using fabric from my stash as well as some great vintage fabric I found second-hand. Each napkin takes a few minutes to stitch together, so this has been a great project to work on while the children are playing, the baby is napping, or I simply have 10 minutes to work. My eight year old daughter has been learning to sew and has done a few for her grandmothers. They will love them.

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Hi! I apologize for the delay in the announcement of winning selections. I am pleased to announce the following posts that were chosen for inclusion:

12 newspaper
13 raisin bread
16 coloring book
25 garden spices
32 CDs
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47 crafting sessions
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53 dishtowel wrapping

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