3 Inexpensive Gifts You Can Make With Household Items

By Christy Wright

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Even if you’re not creative or crafty, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the many benefits of making presents instead of buying them!

Some do-it-yourself gifts can take a lot of time (and believe it or not, a lot of money too!), but they don’t have to. Here is a list of three easy gifts you can make using only things that you probably have lying around your house. They are thoughtful, fun and best of all, free!

Children: Busy Boards

My husband and I loved this idea so much that we made one for our son, Carter, last year. You can find tons of ideas on Pinterest for inspiration, but they are actually simple.


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You need a piece of moderately sturdy material. You can use wood, foam board, or even thick cardboard from a shipping box. Then you attach all sorts of random objects on it for a child to play with. If you use wood, you can attach random things from your garage or attic. Attach knobs, hinges, hooks, rings, wheels, chains, PVC pipe, or light switches.

If you’re using a lighter material like cardboard, you can attach stick-on lights, bells, beads, pipe cleaners, ribbon, zippers and on and on. The possibilities are endless with this one. Playing with all of these interesting new objects will keep your tiny toddler engaged and learning. The best part is that you can finally put some of that junk in your junk drawer to good use!

Related: 5 DIY Gifts for Every Budget

Spouse: Love Notes

The first-year anniversary present is paper. I had a friend years ago that gave her husband paper love notes by decorating their entire house in sticky notes while he was gone! She wrote on the notes things she loved about him, funny memories, and things she was grateful for. Not only was it incredibly thoughtful, but they had such a good time talking about each note.

If you aren’t into making a mess of your house with notes, grab a sticky note pad and fill all of the pages with notes and wrap it in a small box. Your spouse will love the thoughtful gesture and appreciate being appreciated. If you’re really ambitious, you can make 365 notes so that your spouse can read one every day of the year!

Friend: Sugar Scrub

This is my go-to gift for girlfriends. Mix sugar, olive or coconut oil, and a scent of your choice (lemon juice, lavender oil, pumpkin spice, etc.) in a bowl. Once mixed well, transfer the sugar scrub into a cute mason jar. It’s quick and easy, it smells good, and it makes your hands soft during the dry winter months. Be sure to make a little extra to keep for yourself!

Making gifts doesn’t have to be time consuming or overwhelming. And it doesn’t have to involve an expensive trip to the craft store! These three ideas can be done in an afternoon with stuff around your house.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to get busy making some special gifts!

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Christy Wright is a Certified Business Coach and Ramsey Personality with a passion for equipping women with the knowledge and steps they need to successfully run and grow a side business. Since joining Ramsey Solutions in 2009, she has spoken to thousands across the country at women’s conferences, national business conferences and Fortune 500 companies. You can follow Christy on Twitter at @ChristyBWright, online at christywright.com, or facebook.com/OfficialChristyWright.

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