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Frugal Christmas

Lately, I have been bringing you great gift ideas, but they all cost money. We all know Christmas is more about being with family, then receiving gifts. With the economy being in shambles, and several people with out jobs, one thing that would make a person feel good is a handmade gift.

Christmas shouldn’t be about how much a gift cost, but how much love was put into that gift.

I will be honest we do not often buy for others, our main concern for the holidays is our daughter, and we donate a few gifts to the toys for tot so those less fortunate will have presents under the tree.

One thing I have learned over the years, is when you help others, others will be more willing to help you. You do not have to donate expensive items, a $5 toy, or a few can goods will mean a lot to the one receiving.

If you are wanting to get everyone on your list a gift, considering making gifts, instead of purchasing. Sweet treats make great gifts, and you can make a whole mess of treats for a small amount of money, and these treats will gift many family members. Another idea for a frugal gift is saving your old spaghetti jars, make sure they are washed good, and dried then make up hot cocoa mix to add to the jars. You can add a cleaver little poem on each one as well, to give it a more personal touch.

If you use your imagination, you can come up with several great gift ideas, that will cost you only time and love, and will mean a lot more to the person receiving then if you was to go and purchase an expensive gift.

For the next few weeks I will be bring you great gift ideas, that can be made at home with the children, and given to those special people in your life.

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Jammie is of Native American descent, she has family from the Ojibway/Chippewa tribe in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. She was born and raised in Michigan, where she later moved to Tennessee with her husband and daughter. Jammie and her husband home school their daughter, and enjoy doing many things together as a family. Some of those activities include geocaching, hiking, fishing, playing games together as a family, and just being silly with their daughter. Jammie is Owner of The Neat Things in Life. For more information visit on Google+.


  1. Suzanne with Laughing Wallet says:

    I’ve done the homemade cocoa mix gift before, and it was very well received! Who doesn’t love cocoa? To give it an extra little bit of oomph, I smashed up peppermints and added them to the mix. It was really easy and cheap, and it made the mix more unique than something they could just pick up at the grocery store.


  2. Mama Kelly aka Jia says:

    you can also use those jars and fill them with anything from homemade cookie mix or soup mix … a ribbon and an index card with the recipe and you’re done


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