Monday, December 13, 2010

frugal gift giving ideas!

ok, so this is a re-post from last year if ya'll need some frugal ideas of what to make for your friends/relatives/people you don't-even-like-but-have-to-get-a-gift-for. hope it helps you come up with something...

and for yet another crafty gift idea, you can go to my besties blog and see the guest post i did over there for a DIY chalkboard platter. all for a buck!

when you add up all the gifts you are forced to give(some families don't draw names...for shame!) or would like to give(some of you give to everyone you know), this can get expensive. so here is the idea list for cheap-o but neat-o gifts in question/answer form.

1) my grandmother is a sentimental nut case and i'm tired of giving her framed pictures of myself reading the bible. what the H am i supposed to do this year?

try a photo wreath!

you will need wreath form or a wreath you already have lying around, scrapbook paper, ribbon& glue. all available at craft stores. don't forget to bring your coupon...

3) i'm sick of giving a santa tin full of chocolate covered pretzels to my kid's teachers. what's something that teacher's will hog down secretly under his/her desk while the kids are at recess?

make cake in a jar, put a lid on it...tie ribbon around it. gorgeous.
make a pie in a jar. do the same thing as above. marvelous.

these are great gift giving options if you love baking or need a ton of gifts(they make a lot). but really, give your kid's teacher a gift that they'll actually like...not throw away when you leave. coming from that profession, i can tell you this happens. often.

or how about making a bunch of different flavors of caramel apples. redonkulous... i'll take 2. (this will help in gaining those 10lbs)

3) but what about my dog? he's special to me because i'm ridiculous.

have no fear, bee-otches! (not you...your dog, silly.) bake dog biscuits. a cute presentation idea for this is to save those old spaghetti sauce or jam jars, paint the lid, and store the biscuits in that. with a ribbon tied around it of course.

5) what about for my husband? he's fashionably challenged and i'm totally hip. how can i not be embarrassed of him when he pulls out that santa tie his aunt bought him 10 years ago?

problem solved...if you know how to sew.

here are directions from cutest sewing website ever!) imagine if they were monogrammed with an initial. OMG, so snazzy.

or, if you want to take your cheapness to a new level, get one of your hubby's old ties and have it monogrammed at walmart for 5 bucks. then give it to your dad. ha. but seriously, who would know?

6)well guess what...i have 29 nieces, and they already have every polly pocket known to man.

you should make these bobby pins ,as they will be a smash hit. and i love the presentation. stamp their names or print them on paper. all you need is felt, bobby pins and buttons. martha stewart has done you right once again.

7) my aunt has everything. she's like a ka-trillionaire. what do i get her?

well every girl needs more bath products. check out these bath salts that you make in silicon ice cube trays. very inexpensive to make...and look at that packaging. you can do this!

8) my best friend is straight out of jcrew. she hates homemade gifts...ugg.

not anymore! these belts are freaking cute. velvet ribbon can be bought at your local craft store or online for cheaper than you think. tip: for fashion forward friends, make them to go around the smallest part of the waist, not the hip.

9)for a college student or any word nerd, scrabble pieces can make lots of fun gifts. hot glue magnet strips to the back of these pieces for some fridge fun. or hot glue them on a frame spelling out a word like, "bodacious" if you have a pic of you and your bff in the 80's wearing hammer pants.

the word "stinky" would work if it's for your brother in college. boy's rooms always smell bad. so include some air freshener with the frame. i'm not sure how you would package that to look cute. suggestions needed.

10) my bratty nephews are so spoiled i want to throw them in the compost pile. they asked for a real life dinosaur, but i heard they were extinct. what else can i give them?

these cute mittens are the next best thing!
walmart and target have mittens for kids for $1 that you could sew right onto. and you might be able to get by with hot glue(no sewing) on this one.

this concludes my frugal list. i realize most of this involves crafting, and some of you are not "crafty mcCrafters"...but now is a great time to learn. you could even have a craft-date with one of your friends who is crafty copy their brilliant ideas. no one will know.


  1. After I emailed you for ideas, I remembered your first chalkboard platter post and promptly visited the Dollar Store. Mine have a few more brush strokes than yours, but hopefully it'll be ok. Thanks for the great ideas!

  2. love this.

    the pictures on emily's blog look nothing like you, i seriously would not have even known!

    and since i see you at least three times a week in person, i should definitely known what you look like!

  3. Craftacular! I give away a lot of jam for Christmas gifts, knitted a few presents and thank goodness do a gift exchange with D's family and donate to charity on behalf of mine. I feel so thankful we've toned down the gifting so I can really focus on just a few special people.

  4. danielle...i know. those were my gross years. i was like 40lbs heavier and my teeth were not "fixed" yet. long story. but i had bad teeth even after 6 years of braces!

  5. Yeah! Love your ideas Jami, your the cutest> And you were not 40lbs heavier. You've always been tiny and beautiful!

  6. i don't think you look heavy at all! and i actually think your teeth look perfect in the upclose shot. kinda like my dream teeth.

    you should of seen me in highschool bahaha, oh no wait…you shouldn't. no one should.

  7. you are funny and smart.
    thanks for sharing your ideas!

  8. Oh my goodness. I love these. I am going to use at least half. And I may or may not be giving my dad a monogrammed tie from my husband's extensive collection...

  9. I LOVE your blog. You crack me up! I can't wait to make this photo wreath... on my agenda this week.

  10. love these ideas...and as always I love your presentation! Thanks for the laugh! :)

  11. Dumb computer just ate my comment. Anyways...I've had your blog open for two days listening to your music. I love it.

    You should listen to Sixpence None the Richer (Holiday) on Pandora. I love it and it reminds me of your blog.

  12. This has nothing to do with this post and I suppose it should be relegated to an email but this is easier. My friends and I are total blog nerds. We all love the same blogs and share great ones when we come across them. Some of us were together last night and your blog came up and a couple of us were like "YES! Her blog is awesome! So funny! Etc, etc!". That means you will now be part of our regular conversation as in "Did you read that story Jami posted about her kids in the post office?" Hopefully you're not freaked out by that because we're not weird stalkerish people. We're cool (at least we think so). It's meant as a total compliment! I just thought I should let you know you have a small fan base in Boise, Idaho. :)

  13. great ideas! thanks for sharing them! and i esp love the diy chalkboard platter. so clever!

  14. Thanks for all the eye candy and inspiration!!!!! Love everything... partial to the caramel apple :)

  15. purlbee is a dream. how did I not know about this? I am going to make one of everything. thanks for the link!


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