December 19, 2014

50 DIY Christmas Gift Ideas

Dec 18, 2014

Need some last minute gift inspiration? Here are 50 DIY homemade Christmas gift ideas!

Are you in a panic, wondering what to do about those left on your holiday shopping list? If you’re also on a tight budget and stressing out about how many people you still have to shop for, you’ve come to the right place!

Today I’m sharing a roundup of some of the best (and easiest!) DIY gifts so you can calm down and enjoy the rest of the holiday season. I’ve always felt that homemade gifts are the most meaningful, anyway. With that in mind, it’s time for you to kick back, put your feet up, and chill out as everything falls into place IN one place (here!):

1. DIY Lavender Bath Salts via Real Food Enthusiast
These bath salts will help you relax while soothing your achy muscles at the same time. You can’t beat this combination!

2. Peppermint Sugar Scrub via Real Food Enthusiast
Bath & beauty stores make a killing on this stuff because most of us don’t realize how simple it is to make at home. The peppermint scent is invigorating and perfect for the holidays!

3. Luxurious Homemade Whipped Body Butter via Real Food Enthusiast
All you need to make this is coconut oil! You can add your favorite essential oil if you like. This can be either a moisturizer or a shaving cream (or both!) so it’s incredibly versatile!

4. Homemade Vanilla Extract via Real Food Enthusiast
Homemade and consumable gifts are the way to go! This vanilla extract is exceptional, and it’s far more expensive in the store.

5. DIY Stenciled Candle Holders via Amy Loves It 
The supplies for these cost under $10 each, and once you see them you’ll be sold. Such a thoughtful, special gift.

6. DIY Team Spirit Platter via Crafty Scrappy Happy
Personalize a platter (or plate) with your favorite team name/logo/spirit with some paint and vinyl.

7. DIY Lavender Foaming Hand Soap via Amy Loves It
Homemade hand soap helps you avoid scary toxins, and you can throw some together in just a few minutes!

8. Homemade Christmas Ideas via Taylor-Made Ranch
Want personal gifts, gifts truly from the heart? From homemade pasta sauce to goodie baskets to fresh preserves, Taylor-Ranch has oodles of inspiration for you.

9. Homemade Pumpkin Granola via Taylor-Made Ranch
If you want a far superior alternative to the grocery store’s cereal aisle, this one’s for you!

10. MYO Reclaimed Wood Vintage Wall Feature via Taylor-Made Ranch
Do you know someone who has recently moved, or maybe someone who’s redecorating? Come see how a little ‘ole piece of reclaimed wood came to mean so much!

11. Handprint Snowmen on Canvas Craft via eighteen25
Construction paper is fine, but here’s another way for kiddos to put something unique together for friends and family members.

12. Hot Cocoa Mix Three Ways via Juggling Act Mama
Peppermint stick, white chocolate, and marshmallow…there’s a recipe for the base and the add-ons! You can also download the printable labels here for convenience.

13. Simple Coconut Oil Lip Gloss via Mad in Crafts
With only four ingredients and a few simple supplies, you can easily make your own lip gloss.

14. A-Frame Pup Tents via Lindsay & Drew
You’ll need two twin flat sheets and about $20 worth of wood supplies to make these. In other words? PRICELESS when you consider how much your kids will love you and how their imaginations will thrive once they’re cozy inside, playing and dreaming.

15. DIY Terrarium Kit via Whit & Whistle
Looking for something uplifting and inspiring? Inexpensive yet creative? This is for you. See also: no gift wrap necessary!

16. DIY Jewelry Storage via Monoluna
Such a fun way to organize and display jewelry and trinkets while repurposing something old!

17. DIY Tile Coasters via A Dose of Paige
These are easy to personalize and make a great gift for almost anyone on your list.

18. DIY Snowman Mugs via Simplified Saving
 Your kiddos can make these in minutes and the best part is? No mess! The recipient can use them for hot chocolate, coffee, tea, or just about anything.

19. Cookie Dough Gift Idea via I Heart Nap Time
YUM! Whip up a batch of cookie dough (any flavor you like) and package it with some of these sweet free printables.

20. Shake & Pour Pancakes in a Jar via Tater Tots & Jello
Measure out a few ingredients you already have on hand. All your recipient needs to do is add water to the jar & shake! Boom, breakfast in a flash!

21. Movie Night in a Tin via The DIY Mommy
You can fill your tin with a variety of things, and this post includes free printable tags for the goodies! Add an iTunes gift card and call it a day!

22. Make a Tea Wreath via Kojodesigns
This is not only adorable as a decoration, but it also makes a great gift. Since not everyone loves coffee, tea is a good alternative. 

23. Sweet Ginger Sriracha Roasted Cashews via In Johnna’s Kitchen
A drool-worthy, healthy snack sure to please most palates. Perfect for those who can’t have dairy or sugar, or for the vegetarians and vegans on your list!

24. DIY Button Bling via Scraphacker
Use old buttons to create bracelets, earrings, pendants, and even button bobby pins! Lots of cute photos to help you visualize and give you ideas.

25. DIY Man Throw via In Honor of Design
This blanket is soft, cozy, and just manly enough, I promise. He might even have to share it with friends, family, and pets!

26. DIY Hand Warmers via Rae Ann Kelly
Reheatable hand warmers for the kids (or anyone!) to pop into their pockets on the way to or from school. Or for you while you’re out shoveling snow!

27. A Subscription to Little Pnuts via Little Pnuts
Little Pnuts is a toy subscription service hand curating special deliveries of eco-friendly, sustainable, organic, natural toys to arrive right on your kiddo’s doorstep. Want to tear them away from their electronics and the television? This is the way to go!

28. Vaporizing Shower Cubes via Smart School House
These are super easy and perfect for pampering or to keep on hand when you get a nasty cold or flu. They’re gentle and soothing for both kids and adults alike!

29. Summer Camp Fishing Game via Design Dazzle
It may not be proper fishing weather where you are, but check out this cool activity for the kids! Grab a dowel to make the fishing pole and you could get really creative with the fish!

30. DIY Creative Cash Gift Idea via The Redefined Mom
This is perfect for that teenager or college student in your life! It’s a fun way to bring a little smile to the holiday, and who doesn’t need a little extra cash?

31. No-Sew Superhero Capes via Jolly Mom
If you’re not super crafty, have no fear! You can make these babies without a needle and thread. Your children can impress you with their mad skills while clad in these cute capes. PS You just can’t beat $2 per cape!

32. Magic BBQ Rub via Stone Gable
Everyone has a foodie on her holiday list! You’ll be one and done with this post, I promise!

33. Hand-Stamped Handkerchief via Paper and Stitch
By making a simple stamp, you can personalize a handkerchief (or tea towels, or lots of other things!) for dad, grandpa, uncle, or brother (or anyone, truly!).

34. Football Crochet Blanket via Whitniffic Whatnots
A handy tutorial and chart will assist you with this one. Grab your yarn and get going, because this will be a winner for sure.

35. DIY Chalkboard Paint Party Supplies via Pop Sugar
The entertainer on your list will swoon over this! A creative and simple way to label food items at a party or get together.

36. DIY Instacards via Say Yes
Use a few craft supplies and your BFF’s Instagram feed to create these one-of-a-kind beauties. Want an unforgettable and personal gift? This is it.

37. Fabric Scrap Keychains via Craftiness Is Not Optional
Keychains are the sort of thing you can give to anyone, and with plenty of fabric options, you can’t go wrong.

38. DIY Easy Tumblers via Stretching a Buck
Grab some of these cups from your favorite Dollar Store and fill with candy and gift cards for an easy gift for anyone on your list. Plus? No wrapping required, and that saves you money, too!

39. 52 Things I Like About You via Pinterest Addict
What a fabulous way to show someone you care AND create a thoughtful keepsake. This might be my very favorite!

40. DIY Mr. Potato Head Quiet Book  via Sunshine, Lollipops & Rainbows
Make your little one a quiet book with characters he’ll recognize (plenty of other options here, not just Mr. Potato Head).

41. Paperwhites in Mason Jars via Domaphile
Or, if you’re not a paperwhite fan, check out these Mason Jar Succulents via Lolly Jane which are just as gorgeous. ‘Nuff said. Who doesn’t love pretty plants at home?

42. Painted Rock Paperweights via Happy Hooligans
These are simple gifts your kids can make for friends, family, teachers, etc.

43. Dulce de Leche Chocolate Cups via Garnish With Lemon
Pure holiday magic. Warning: the photos alone will make you start drooling immediately.

44. DIY Infused Olive Oils via Just Putzing Around the Kitchen
Any foodie will adore this combination of cooking essentials.

45. DIY Magnet Mania via Ingenius Inkling
With a coupon for the magnets (those are the priciest part of this project), you’ll be in business. Like the keychains (# 37), you can use leftover bits from other crafts you’ve done to create some gorgeous little keepsakes.

46. Jute Wrapped Monogram Wreath via Two Twenty One
This pretty wreath will be easy peasy once you grab a letter from the crafts store and your glue gun, scissors, ribbon, and some jute twine.

47. DIY Mani-Pedi in a Mason Jar via Frugal Coupon Living
Load up on frugal mani pedi supplies at the Dollar Store and POOF! You have an instant pampering gift for that special someone on your list.

48. DIY Menu Board Tutorial via Lulabelle Blog
Knock this puppy out in no time flat. You could gift it with a marker, too, if you want!

49. DIY Character Ornaments via Crazy Little Projects
Want a memorable gift you can create with your kiddos? This is for you! From minions to ninja turtles or even Elmo, anything’s possible!

50. Christmas Potpourri via The Crafting Chicks
Cranberries, oranges, cinnamon sticks, and cloves will make any smell like the holidays.

Happy gifting!

All You Magazine Subscription: Buy One, Get One Free (Great Gift Idea!)

Dec 18, 2014

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If you missed out on this at the beginning of the month, you’re in luck! They’ve brought it back for the rest of the month. Yay!

Right now you can get TWO All You magazine subscriptions for the price of ONE! That’s 24 issues for $19.92, which is only 83¢ per issue. This is a rock-bottom price for the All You Magazine.

This would be a great last-minute Christmas gift idea for the fellow couponer (your mom, grandmother, sister, aunt, etc.). Grab one subscription for yourself, and give the other as a gift!

Or just grab two for yourself, so that you have two of each coupon in the magazine every month! (Great for stacking on BOGO sales at various stores).

The All You Magazine is jam-packed with great coupon savings each month. Each issue contains $50-$150 worth of coupons! It’s definitely worth the small investment you make up front. It pays for itself and offers continuous savings all year long! Think of it as a money maker deal. ;)

Click here to buy the All You Magazine.

Valid through 12/31/14.

Free in Stores This Week: Excedrin, Robitussin, Batteries, and More!

Dec 18, 2014

 Huge list of products you can get FREE in stores this week with coupons! (Updated weekly!)

Check out all these things you can get for FREE in stores! Hurry, most of these deals end Saturday, December 20th.


Dulcolax or Suppositories $6.99; Earn $6.99 in ECBs (Limit 1)
- $1/1 Dulcolax or DulcoEase Product or Dulcolax Suppository Coupon (11/2 SS) or Printable Coupon or Printable Coupon
= Free + $1 Profit

CVS Probiotic with 3 Billion Strains 15 ct. $9.99; Earn $9.99 in ECBs (Limit 1)
= Free

Rite Aid

Excedrin Pain Relievers 24 ct. or Mild Headache 30 ct. $3.99; Earn $1 in +UP Rewards (Limit 2)
- $2/1 Excedrin Mild Headache Rite Aid Coupon (December RA Video Values) AND
- $1/1 Excedrin Product Printable Coupon OR
- $1/1 Excedrin Mild Headache Printable Coupon OR
- $3/2 Excedrin Mild Headache, Excedrin Tension Headache or Excedrin PM Headache Printable Coupon
= As low as Free + 1¢ Profit

Dulcolax or Dulcolax for Women Suppositories 4 ct. or Laxative or Stool Softener 25 ct. $6.99
- $3/2 Dulcolax Products Printable Coupon OR
- $1/1 Dulcolax Product Printable Coupon OR
- $1/1 Dulcolax Laxative Tablets, Suppositories, or Stool Softener Printable Coupon OR
- $1/1 Dulcolax or DulcoEase Product or Dulcolax Suppository Coupon (11/2 SS) AND/OR
- Submit Try Dulcolax FREE Mail-In Rebate
= As low as Free


Robitussin Medi Soothers 4 ct. $1
- $1/1 Robitussin Product Printable Coupon OR
- $1/1 Robitussin Product Coupon (12/7 RP)
= Free
(Thanks, Wild For Wags!)

Dulcolax Digestive Relief $7
- Submit Try Dulcolax FREE Mail-In Rebate AND/OR
- $1.50/1 Dulcolax Pink Stool Softener Printable Coupon OR
- $1/1 DulcoLax or DulcoEase Product or Dulcolax Suppository Coupon (11/2 SS) or Printable Coupon or Printable Coupon or Printable Coupon or Printable Coupon
= As low as Free


Energizer Max Batteries 8 pk. $5.97
- (2) $1.50/1 Energizer Batteries Printable Coupon AND
- File for $10 Walmart eGift Card Rebate Offer (look for specially marked packages)
2 Free + $1.06 Profit

Happy Savings!

Free Audiobook: A Christmas Carol

Dec 18, 2014

A Christmas Carol Audiobook

Right now you can get a FREE audiobook download of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens! You will need to enter your email address for instant download access.

Such an absolute classic. “God bless us, everyone!” :)

You can still get The Dawning of Indestructible Joy FREE this month as well!

Thanks, Money Saving Mom!

The Struggle For Catan Card Game Only $9.70 (Reg. $16.99)!

Dec 18, 2014

The Struggle For Catan Card Game

Right now Amazon has The Struggle For Catan Card Game on sale for only $9.70 (reg. $16.99)! Shipping is free with Amazon Prime or any order over $35.

I LOVE playing Catan, and this is a cool variation that can be played with two people!

The Struggle For Catan is a fast-paced game between the 2-4 factions developing newly settled Catan. Manage your resources to build settlements, cities, city improvements, knights, and roads that generate victory points or special abilities. While your settlements, cities, and city expansions remain yours, valuable roads and knights change hands. Varied expensive city improvements give you additional victory points and lasting advantages, so they’re generally key to victory. As in The Settlers of Catan board game, you win by being the first to acquire and play 10 victory points.

This is the lowest price on record, so you’ll definitely want to grab yours now! Great stocking stuffer gift idea! See more gift ideas here.

Amazon prices are subject to change without notice, so be sure to verify the final price at checkout.

Thanks, Give Me Neither!

FREE MP3 Download: Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s The Christmas Attic Album!

Dec 18, 2014

Trans-Siberian Orchestra The Christmas Attic Album

Right now you can get a FREE MP3 download of Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s The Christmas Attic album!

Please note that you will need to enter a payment method at checkout, but you will not be charged. Just be sure to click the “Free” button at the top of the page and not the “$1.29″ buttons next to the individual songs.

I love FREE music! Don’t forget to grab your FREE download of “Joy” by Seeds Family Worship.

You can also get TONS of FREE music on Amazon here!

Thanks, Money Saving Mom!

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LeapFrog LeapReader Deluxe Writing Workbook Only $9.99 (Reg. $19.99)!

Dec 18, 2014

LeapFrog LeapReader Deluxe Writing Workbook

Right now Amazon has the LeapFrog LeapReader Deluxe Writing Workbook: Learn to Write Letters with Mr. Pencil on sale for only $9 (reg. $19.99)! Shipping is free with Amazon Prime or any order over $35.

  • Tune up on writing skills with Dot, Dash and the denizens of Doodleburg
  • Deluxe workbook features a 20-page story with 45 tracing and writing activities and more than 400 interactive responses
  • Teaches: upper- and lowercase letters, proper stroke order, letter sounds and handwriting
  • Ages 4-8 years
  • Works with LeapReader system (sold separately)

This is the best price ever, so you’ll definitely want to grab yours now! Great homeschool resource! See more educational resources here.

Amazon prices are subject to change without notice, so be sure to verify the final price at checkout.

Thanks, Cha-Ching on a Shoestring!

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Lego Minecraft The Ender Dragon Set IN STOCK for Only $59.99 (Reg. $69.97)!

Dec 18, 2014

Lego Minecraft

HOT deal alert! Right now you can get the Lego Minecraft The Ender Dragon Set IN STOCK, and on sale for $59.99 (reg. $69.97)! Shipping is FREE, but to get it by Christmas, you’ll have to pay $4.97 standard shipping. Still an incredible deal!

  • Includes a Steve minifigure with assorted weapons and accessories and 3 Endermen
  • Features a sand island, Ender Dragon, dragon egg, light-brick Ender Crystals and obsidian pillar elements
  • Weapons include a sword and a bow
  • Accessories include armor and a helmet
  • Includes 634 assorted Lego pieces
  • Experience the ultimate battle

It’s been REALLY tough to find any Lego Minecraft Sets in stock, especially these new ones. And this is a $10 price cut on top of that. This set is priced at $95 right now on Amazon. That’s how in high demand these are, so jump on this deal if you want one for a Christmas gift!

See more gift ideas here.

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Green Toys Sale: 50% Off Eco-Friendly Toy Tool Sets, Tea Sets, Play Sets, Baby Toys, and More!

Dec 18, 2014

Green Toys Bouquet

Amazon is having a big Green Toys Sale today! You can get 50% off a huge selection of these eco-friendly toys! This is the BEST discount I’ve ever seen on this highly-rated brand of toys!

There are many types of toys to choose from, but here are a couple of the best deals I’m seeing:

Green Toys Toolbox

Shipping is free with Amazon Prime or any order over $35.

See more gift ideas here.

Amazon prices are subject to change without notice, so be sure to verify the final price at checkout.

Green Toys Shape Sorter

Tom Thumb (Safeway) Coupon Matchups and Deals 12/17 – 12/25

Dec 18, 2014

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These are the Tom Thumb Deals for the North East Texas area. Prices may vary by region. My Tom Thumb’s policy is to triple coupons up to 35¢ and double coupons up to 50¢. My Tom Thumb will double/triple ONE like coupon per transaction.

If you need help with abbreviations, please reference this post: Couponing Terms & Abbreviations.

Be sure to check out Tom Thumb’s newest Just For U Personalized Savings Program.

Here are the best deals this week:

Visit Saving with Shellie for more of this week’s Tom Thumb Deals!

You can also check out my tutorial to learn how to do your own grocery store match-ups!