Ten easy gifts to make on a budget

Need easy gift ideas? Something that will work for just about anyone? Why not try making them? Here’s a list of gift ideas that are easy to find, easy to make and easy on your wallet.

1. A Scrapbook on www.apple.com

Simple Scrapbook Boutique is a program for your computer that helps you create scrapbooks of any photos. Search for it in the search box.

2. Homemade Bath Salts

You will need: A container, such as a glass bottle with a cork, lock or some other kind of lid. (You may find this at craft or hobby stores or online sites like www.candlesandsupplies.com, under apothecary jars).

Epsom or sea salt (half portions of each mixed together is allowable).

Some kind of herb oil (lavender, bergamot, rose etc. These can be found in tobacco shops, some Walgreens or similar stores, pagan or wiccan shops or online.)

Some wax paper

A few herbs that accent your chosen oil(s), such as: vanilla bean powder or lavender oil, dried orange peel and cinnamon for bergamot or green tea leaves or (pepper)mint for rose oil. These can be found at stores like Sprouts, Henry’s, pagan or wiccan shops, herbal shops or online.)

A ribbon to tie around the container (optional)

For each container (amounts may vary depending on container size and desired scent strength):

1 cup salt(s)

1 tablespoon oil(s)

Desired amount of chosen herbs

Pour salt and oil into bowl and mix until oil coats most or all salt. Spread out evenly onto wax paper and place in sunny area to dry. Once salt is dried, pour into a new bowl with your herbs and mix it up. It doesn’t need to be well-mixed, as long as the herbs don’t all sit in one spot. Put into container, put lid on and decorate with ribbon (optional).

3. Homemade Tea

You will need: Some desired herbs (such as jasmine, vanilla and hibiscus)

Reusable or personal tea bags (best found at stores like Sprouts or online at sites like www.amazon.com)

Container for tea bags (paper boxes tend to work best)

Mix together desired amount of herbs and put into tea bags. Put bags into container. Decorate any way you like.

4. Candles and Soaps

Buy candle-making or soap-making kits at hobby or craft stores, or visit sites such as www.candletech.com for different recipes and ideas on making them.

5. “Mirrorscapes”

These are nice portraits my mom and I started doing awhile back.

You will need: A mirror of appropriate size for your project (preferably with a frame)

Some bits of broken glass (reflective is especially nice) (optional)

Some (transparent) glass paint
Paint brush(es)

Some super glue, glass glue or hot glue and a glue gun

What to do: Clean the mirror thoroughly, and then glue the bits of (optional) glass randomly onto the reflective surface (if you have bits from another mirror, place the reflective side up). Paint any crazy design you want onto the mirror, around or on the bits of glass.

6. (Loose) Incense

You will need: Charcoal tabs (preferably with saltpeter in them)

Powdered and/or dried herbs of choice

Herbal Oil(s) (to accent herbs; optional)

A container to put incense into

If using any dried uncrushed herbs, use a bowl and the back of a wooden spoon or a coffee grinder to make them more powder-like

Mix powdered herbs and 1-2 tsp of (optional) oil together. Set aside to dry in a sunny area. Once dry, place charcoal tab in container and then put incense mix on top. (The tab is for the giftee to burn the incense on.)

7. Puzzle on www.portraitpuzzles.com

Just upload any picture and choose the type of puzzle you want.

8. Shirts and other clothing on www.zazzle.com

Go to “create” on website. Choose the kind of clothing or item you would like to design. Pick a color and size. Add text, designs, pictures, etc. by following the instructions on the page.

9. Jewelry

Visit sites like www.jewelrymall.com to learn (with instructional videos) how to make anything from earrings to watches.

10. Gift Baskets

Take items like fake or real flowers (arranged on floral foam or in a bouquet), candies or chocolates, and alcohol (if receiver is 21 or over). You can also use specialty items (such as meats, cheeses, mini coffees, teas or hot chocolate – you can even use items above, like candles, soaps, and incense) and arrange them in a basket. Decorate it however you choose.

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