You heard me right. Since the BF and I are trying to be more budget-conscious, I’m trying to think of ways that I can be a little bit more frugal this coming holiday season. One of these ways is by making home made gifts for most of the people on my list this year. I’m planning to start a spreadsheet in Google Docs (so I can work on it at home and at work and not worry about having to email myself back and forth all the time– kind of genius, I think) with all of the people I’m planning to give gifts to this year. It inevitably goes out the window most of the time, but if I start thinking about it now, I can start planning ahead and budgeting both my time and my money.
Some of the ideas I’ve come up with:
Baking cookies/other goodies for our landlady and other not-so-personal give-ees. I made gingerbread last year, and while it was fun, it’s not one of my specialties. I made apple butter last night, though, and that was deeeelish and would look cute in some mason jars.
Finally figuring out how to crochet and making scarves. The BF already asked me to make him a gray wool scarf. It’ll be a challenge, but if I can figure it out, it would be a big cost-saver. The time thing might be an issue, though, depending on how many I decide to make.
I’m not a big sewer (though I’ve wanted to learn and might pick it up in the future), but the no-sew fleece blankets have a certain appeal. They’re just two 2-yard pieces of fleece lined up and cut around the edges. You tie the strips/fringe together, and, voila! you have a fleece blanket. This might be a fun option for couple friends I have that live together… a nice little throw blanket for their living rooms. The fleece starts to get expensive quickly, though. I’ve seen fleece (because I was interested, I did a little searching on the interwebs) from $2.99 per yard up to $12+ per yard, with most falling in the $6.99/yard range. $6.99/yard x 2 yards x 2 types of fleece= $27.96 per blanket. At that rate, I’d be better off buying a gift certificate to a restaurant or saying the BF and I will take the couple in question out to dinner– we like experience-type gifts a lot. This might be a good option for my mom, dad, and broski, though. I can make them each a blanket that suits his/her personality.
At any rate, the time and thought put into hand-made gifts generally trumps a store-bought gift any day. That is, of course, unless you find yourself on the receiving end of yet another hand-knitted maroon sweater from Mrs. Weasley.