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5 Inexpensive and Creative Holiday Gift Ideas!

The holidays are a time of fun, shopping, thinking of others and celebrating life together! They also can be a tough time financially, especially if you’re a teenager or young adult. Don’t have a ton of money to spend on Christmas presents this year? Here are some great, creative and low-cost gift ideas! Ready, set, let’s get wrapping!

1. Pictures, frames and collages: There is a famous saying that “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Pictures capture memories like nothing else can–they’re so special and priceless! A nice frame or magazine picture collage is a great way to show your thoughtfulness and love to your family and friends for a low price!

2. Baked goods: Who doesn’t like a treat or two during the holidays? If your mom or aunt has a batch of cookies waiting to be made, make a memory with a special friend or relative and do a baking day! Not only is it a delish sweet treat, but you also are giving love.

3. Handmade ornament: If you’re feeling ultra-creative, you can go to Michael’s or any art store and get supplies to make an ornament. Not only is your tree decor personal and special, but also it will be unique! Add sparkles or other cute details on your ornament with glitter or rhinestones and present your loved ones with an ornament designed by the one and only YOU!

4. Make a special CD or holiday mix: Maybe you have a great holiday mix you love or want to share with a friend. Even if it’s only one or two songs, you can get blank CDs at Big Lots or the Dollar Tree and songs on iTunes are only $.99! Jingle all the way with your own rockin’ holiday or sentimental music mix to lift your loved ones’ spirits! This is a cool idea because it is a personalized gift.

5. Scrapbook: Have extra paper lying around? Glue, scissors, stickers, markers and magazines? Take an afternoon while sipping on some hot chocolate (with marshmallows to make it extra tasty) and some of your favorite Christmas songs in the background to get creative! Make a memory book for your mom or dad, or even a book of the reasons why you love and appreciate them! Grandparents, aunts and uncles will LOVE this too–so will your best friend! It is definitely the thought and the time you put in your masterpiece that count!

Tip: If you don’t have money for a photo book or album, hole punch and put ribbon through the sides of your craft. Voila, you have your scrapbook!

PI girls, what other inexpensive, lovely and fun gift ideas do you have? Share them below!

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  1. vickifay

    Posted by vickifay on December 6, 2012 at 19:02

    There’s tons of great ideas here! If I had time I’d definitely write a short story for each of my friends, but there’s too much editing going on over here! I might have to steal CJ Seredipity’s idea 😀

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by HannahHarris on December 11, 2012 at 15:00

      My gift to both parents and friends this year was only about $15 and super fun to make! I bought a 6 pack of Snapples, candy, and a can of chalkboard spraypaint.
      -I got a paintbrush and sprayed some chalkboard paint onto it, then I painted a square on the Snapple jar right beneath the big ‘S’.
      -Then I got some chalk and wrote the name of the person I was giving the gift to on the square after the paint dried.
      -I put candy in each jar. And also, I got a roll of those red tickets and printed out cute little things to glue on the tickets and then put in the bottle. (For example, some of them had scriptures of reasons why I love that person or a coupon for a favor..etc)
      -For my parents, I wrote a sweet poem and rolled it up scroll style. And for girls, I put some extra glitter inside.
      -You could also put in a dollar or two for a coke date for the two of you!

      Hope y’all liked it. Feel free to steal!

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by work.of.art on December 4, 2012 at 09:48

    I also made little truffles with sprinkles, and a purple beanie for some of my friends. @Cj Serendipity. That is such a cool idea!!!!!!!!

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by work.of.art on December 4, 2012 at 09:45

    I love to draw, so I drew one of my friends a picture of a movie character they really liked and, if I can, I am going to frame it.

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by on December 2, 2012 at 10:40

    Something I LOVE to do is buy a bunch of mason jars (you can buy them at walmart for like $5 a dozen), and put the recipient’s favorite kind of candy in the bottom of it, and then little pieces of paper with something that I like about them on each one, on top of the candy. And you can also buy the candy in bulk (like one of those huge bags of mini chocolate bars) to save money. It’s like $10 for gifts for at least 10 people! And the jar and papers are something they can keep forever <3

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by GodGirl96 on December 4, 2012 at 19:21

      That’s such a cool idea!!!! I think I’ll do that for my friend’s birthday!!!! 😀

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by choctawchick18 on December 1, 2012 at 21:00

    Another idea! This is what I’m going to do for my best friends- make them fleece blankets! There is a really easy way to make them, and fleece is pretty inexpensive. Just take two different pieces of fleece and cut a 2-inch long slit in the sides every one inch or so. Then tie the slits together and ta-da! A homemade blanket! It’s also good because you can pick out patterns that they’d like.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by GodGirl96 on December 4, 2012 at 19:22

      My friend made a blanket like that for me last Christmas! It’s really nice and warm and I use it a lot!! And it’s special cuz she made it!!! 🙂

  6. Posted by Nicole on December 1, 2012 at 17:39

    awww this was such a cute and inspiring article, I love it!

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by choctawchick18 on December 1, 2012 at 15:48

    i just made ornaments (inspired by this article) and it turned out really well!! for about $20 i made six of my friends a pink ornament with their initial written in metallic sharpie, adhesive pearls polka-dotting the ball, and a sheer white ribbon tied up top for hanging! great idea and the homemade aspect makes them really personal!

  8. Emilyitude

    Posted by Emilyitude on December 1, 2012 at 09:27

    This year I’m making presents for my whole family. My mom and sisters are getting home made jewlery! plus its fun for me to make….. 🙂

  9. sarahjf24

    Posted by sarahjf24 on December 1, 2012 at 05:24

    painting some pictures is cheap too and very thoughtful

  10. Project Inspired

    Posted by Catholic Girl on November 30, 2012 at 22:32

    I usually get craft kits from companys like oriental trading-cheap and such cute stuff! Otherwise my aunts, cousins, mom, grandma, ect. Always love it when i make then bracelets and earrings from beads-not always very cheap, but watch for sales! 🙂

  11. Paris

    Posted by Paris on November 30, 2012 at 19:51

    A fellow PI Girl told me how to make soaps!!! 😀

  12. Little Zebra

    Posted by Little Zebra on November 30, 2012 at 15:15

    My sister loves movies so were going to get her a christan movie:) Its not all expensive either. Books are also a good idea.