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Cheap Grandparents Gift


Just a few more days until Christmas! Are you done with your holiday shopping? If not, I’ve got an easy, ultra-frugal last-minute gift idea that’s perfect for Grandparents or out-of-state family members. Check it out…

I got the idea from an item I saw on Etsy. I loved the basic idea, but didn’t love the price tag ($25/each). I figured I could make my own for a fraction of the cost and guess what – I did!


colored card stock (on hand)

State shapes (free images found online and printed at home)

Sharpie (on hand)

silver paint marker ($5 at Michaels, purchased with a 50% off coupon)

photo (33 cents from Walgreens, purchased with a 20% off coupon)

frame ($1 document frame from Dollar Tree)

I made 5 pictures for all our grandparents, making the total cost under $3 a piece. Doesn’t get much cheaper than that!

Do you have any great frugal gift ideas?

Homemade Gift Giving


We haven’t bought a single thing yet for Christmas. I mentioned before, but both sets of Grandparents are kind of going all-out for Christmas this year. The girls are going to be spoiled rotten as-is. So, we’re planning to go pretty minimal for them and just stick to basic needs (e.g., some new school clothes, socks and undies, etc.)

We originally said we were NOT going to get anything for each other. But in thinking and talking about it more, we decided we’d do a homemade gift exchange. We set the limit at $10 for any supplies or materials that need to be purchased. Anything we already own is fair game to be used (we have a decent amount of crafting materials already due to our kiddos).

I’m looking for some good homemade gift giving ideas!

We’ve been broke for a long time, so I’ve already done some of the more popular cheap/free craft ideas. I’ve done a scrapbook, 52 Reasons I love you (similar to this), coupon books, etc.


I need something new. Something more creative and innovative….but not too challenging for someone who doesn’t have a lot of talent when it comes to arts-and-crafts.

Any ideas? Does anyone else exchange homemade gifts with significant others?