Hello!

Any simple & cheap homemade Christmas gifts ideas?

It is a very, very tight Xmas this year but I still want my son to know the joy of giving gifts.

It can be craft, little treats, healthy and beauty anything cheap to make – any ideas anyone would like to share would be much appreciated.

Thank you.


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  • Loved reading these responses! It has given me some wonderful ideas for this year. Thanks


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  • homemade baked goodies are the way to go for me – can get the little ones involved


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