{Thrifty Christmas}

Ummm not sure how this happened but it seems to be time for the November Thrifty Christmas Carnival – where did that 2 months go??? Thrifty Christmas was an idea I had back in September after a chat with other blogging Mums on Twitter.  We were swapping ideas of cheap thrifty Christmas presents to make for family and friends.  This year money is tight for most people and we wanted to be able to make nice, simple heartfelt gifts.  After about 20 minutes we realised that it might not be a bad idea to pool all the ideas we’d had sweets, flavoured vodkas, chutneys, candles etc and Thrifty Christmas was born.

One of my examples is these simple and inexpensive Tea Cup Candles I made last year for friends

And these soaps I’ve made this year for Miss L’s teachers and assistants.

I have been inundated with really fabulous idea from all over the net and  you can also consider giving the gift of beautiful fresh flowers by post to your friends and family.   I have some wonderful readers and bloggy friends and all of us seen very adept at making things go further in the current economy.  So if you have a Thrifty Christmas blog post you’d like share, please add it below but make sure you link to the actual post and not to your main homepage or people won’t be able to find it.

Can’t wait to see all your ideas! :)


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  1. This is a fabulous idea. Will check out some of the posts. Liked your soap idea in the last one and plan to try it.

  2. Wow, I love these ideas!! Brilliant. I will definitely do the tea cup candles.
    I did lime chutney a couple of years ago, was a massive hit!

  3. Oh it is here already! Cripes. So excited to get some more ideas. I found some cups and saucers for my candles last week so I will be making those in December.

  4. I love the tea cup candles, I have always wondered about making them in the past… I feel a trip to the local Hobby store coming on today!

  5. What lovely presents! Thanks for hosting this carnival it’s very inspirational to see what other people make and there are some really great gift ideas here.
    I love the Christmas header by the way!

  6. thank you for these lovely ideas! this year I am also planning to make some gifts for friends and family. have started with the Toddler’s Dictionary – a booklet based on the competition at Mums LIke You and Mothers of Innovation. here is a link to my blog about it:
    it’s in support of Bliss- the charity for premature babies

  7. Thanks for joining in everyone, there are some great ideas on there already and I look forward to reading more :)

  8. The link up is a great idea- I will have to put my thinking cap on and see what I can come up with.

  9. Oh this is FAB! I am so broke… no I’m serious, it’s just not funny how broke I am. I been stressing so much about what to do for people’s presents – I think you might just be my saviour!!


  10. I have four thrifty ideas under my belt, so I think I’m on target to post each day this week. I’m challenging myself to be a decent blogger at least for one week! :-) Hopefully my brain won’t be totally zapped from work this week…I still need to come up with a fifth idea! I can’t wait to check out your links…

  11. This is brilliant, thanks so much. I had no idea what I was going to do this year & was crying on my husband this weekend! I’m going to attempt a lot of the things on here & I’m sure people will appreciate the effort I’ve gone to.
    Thanks again, I think you just saved my sanity!

  12. Genius idea for a carnival.

    Sorry by the way as I have ballsed up my link for the jam jar night lights! I am a muppet and technology is obviously beyond me. However, I think I got it right for the bookmarks, soaps and wellies…

  13. Thank you to everyone for taking part and for such thrifty creativity. Happy Thrifty Christmas x

  14. Eeek, okay I know I’m a bit late, but I’ve added the link to the blogpost I put up this tonight. Thanks for the inspiration Liz. Looking forward to browsing all the links. :-D x

  15. The soaps look really gorgeous – how clever! *sighs with admiration*

  16. I love the tea cup candles!

    My thrifty Christmas idea is using the 7000-odd walnuts that fell off our tree this October. They’re currently lying in our spare bedroom. I’ve ordered 50 cellophane bags, some sage green ribbon and printable gift tags off confetti.co.uk for £27. I will make up bags of Walnuts, tie them with the pretty ribbon, put on a personal note on the tag and give them away as gifts to teachers, neighbours, friends and those people who pop in unannounced laden with gifts.


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