Make Gifts Instead of Buying Them Amanda Peterson June 23, 2023 • 1 Minute Read Money Saving Tips Money's tight. I get it. However, it's birthday & wedding season. Why not make gifts instead of buying them? This week's Frugal Friday touches on gift giving and how to save money doing so. Not Very Crafty? That's OK. You don't have to be. Take a look around your home. Sift through your kids items, the closet or pantry. Gift baskets are always a welcomed gift! 1. Kids Birthday If you have some unused kids toys, still in the box, unused coloring books, or even left over party favors from birthdays of the past, use them to put together a cute gift basket! Don't have a basket? A decorative gift box or shoe box will do. You can either wrap them in colorful paper, or paint it. Add some tissue paper and you've got a nice looking gift that cost you absolutely nothing. 2. House Warming Gift Unused candles, unopened scented wall plugs, dishes, canned goods, box mixes, unused linens. All these things could be put together and nicely arranged in a gift basket. 3. Wedding Season Random bottle of wine (or a few can's of their favorite beverages), some plastic or unused drinkware, candles and some old picture frames make a very nice little "honeymoon" basket - at no cost. Bake Something If you like to bake, here's a great idea. Make some cookies, a pie, or a favorite bar. Arrange them on a nice tray & wrap them in some colorful tissue paper or ribbon. Sew Something So, you like to sew, crochet or knit? There you go! A new blanket, table runner, or kitchen rug may be the ticket. The possibilities are endless! Pry around for some insight on anything in particular they may need for their new home, or new bundle of joy. Manly Gifts If you aren't the "crafting" or "baker" type, yet you like to tinker, anything you can find to weld together could make an awesome gift. Repurposed yard art is very popular today. Maybe that new grandchild needs a toybox, or small table for the playroom. Use some old wood you have lying around and make them something. In the end, a gift of any sort is just that. It's a simple thought. And, beings that it's been handmade or assembled from the heart, that is all that matters. For more weekly tips on saving money, follow us here at CreditSoup.com Follow Us Here! #Budget#FrugalFriday#GiftBaskets#GiftGiving#MoneySaver#SavingMoney#YardArt Editorial Disclaimer: Information in these articles is brought to you by CreditSoup. Banks, issuers, and credit card companies mentioned in the articles do not endorse or guarantee, and are not responsible for, the contents of the articles. The information is accurate to the best of our knowledge when posted; however, all credit card information is presented without warranty. Please check the issuer’s website for the most current information.