December 1, 2018

We put it out there to our community of savvy mums and they have come back with some brilliant low cost gift ideas for Christmas.

Here are the top picks to save a little cash this Christmas:

  1. Cake or Cookies in a jarPlace all the dry ingredients in a jar in layers and add a gift tag with the baking instructions. Then usually the only thing the recipient has to buy is the eggs or milk (if required).
  2. Homemade body scrubsUse ingredients including coconut oil, sugar, mint oil, herbs (like parsley and oregano) and pop in a jar with a bow.
  3. Voucher book: Kids can fill a voucher book with a variety of jobs and activities they can do for the recipient, including doing the dishes, vacuuming, cleaning the car or even free cuddles.
  4. Christmas decorationsHave the kids make handmade Christmas decorations that you can give to family, friends and teachers.
  5. Handprint canvases: Get the kids to make their very own canvas paintings using their handprints and footprints. It makes a great gift for grandparents.
  6. Plant cutoffs or seedlings: The gift that keeps on giving, pop a plant cutoff or seedlings in a cellophane bag and tie with a festive ribbon.
  7. Personalised placemats or calendars: Find your favourite photos or artwork from the year gone by, have them laminated and give them to friends and family to be used as placemats or calendars.
  8. Homemade play dough and paint: Make your own play dough and paint sets at home for the perfect gift for kids.
  9. Christmas ShortbreadMake your very favourite biscuit recipe (buttery shortbread is our favourite) and pop into individual bags with a gift tag.
  10. Personalised DVD: Pick your favourite photos, pair with a meaningful song and add beautiful messages for the recipient to watch and enjoy.
Do you have any ideas to add to this list? Share your low cost Christmas ideas in the comments below. 
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  • Oooooohhhhhhh, I do like the look of most of these. Some great ideas here, and under budget too

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  • Silly as this is I’m starting my Christmas shopping this week each shop I will get something for Christmas pop it in my walk in robe and write it down! This year 2019 I don’t want to be in the Christmas rush with no money as I noted this year all my bills were due Christmas week! Better planning I’m hoping to cruise through Christmas so happy new year to all!

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  • Such great ideas. Have made note to do these next year

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  • I used 3 of these ideas for gifts at Christmas and each one was so appreciated and surprised at how I had come up with these ideas. Personalised place mats were such a hit at Christmas lunch.

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  • Woolworths Xmas card decorations fabulous as cake toppers easy for kids to use!

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  • These are all good ideas. Have done the handprint canvas a few years ago for both grandparents and they really loved the gift.

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  • Great super easy ideas! ????????

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  • These ideas are actually amazing.

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  • These ideas are great. They are loved even more because they are personal and hand made.

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  • I always love making cookies, slices and other baked goodies to give to family and friends. It’s easy to do and you can make them look like you’ve put lots of time and effort into them.

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  • These are all fantastic. I’ve done a few of these, but will take some more from this.

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  • They all so wonderful, great ideas indeed.

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  • Love these ideas. We’re going to try ingredient mix jars and homemade scrubs this year.

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  • Love the ideas here…especially the simple things that needn’t cost a fortune. Imagine just 1 canvas and the handprint idea! A really lovely gift and christmas solved! Great!

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  • Homemade items are always the best!

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