ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Homemade and Inexpensive Gifts for the Economically Challenged

Updated on July 29, 2013

Gifts for Those That Don't Have the Funds or Just Don't Want to Spend the Funds

This website was created with 2 different economically-challenged people in mind. One of them is the person that just doesn't have a lot of cash and wants to make an impact with their gift while the other person just doesn't want to spend money. Whether they don't necessarily want to buy for someone but are obligated to do so, or they are just not a big spender.

We will explore different categories of gifts. Most of them will be inexpensive but some will follow the current trend of a homemade gift! Almost everyone appreciates the special touch of a touch that is made by someone else and gives a personal meaning to that gift.

These gifts can be for Christmas but can also be for any gift-giving occasion!

I hope this website helps inspire you and you end up with your goal of the perfect gift!

Creative Commons Photo Credit - Collaged Candles

Have You Ever Needed to Buy a Gift and Needed Help?

My past experiences serve as my inspiration.

I was inspired to create this website because I have fallen into both of the categories of economically- challenged that I talked about in the introduction.

I have had several times in my life where I had a limited income. While I do like to make things for others, I looked for resources to also supplement my gift-giving and find that inexpensive gift that really works for someone. I am a person who loves to find a meaning for a gift and am truly a giver. I do not really like to receive gifts because if I want something, I usually get it for myself. I am not ungrateful for the fact that some people try to put their heart into it, but the majority of gifts given to me usually end up in the Goodwill collection box or are re-gifted.

On the other hand, I have had to attend office White Elephant parties or other occasions where I had a boss that I did not really think was worthy of a gift. I then had to buy something and was only inspired by obligation. I think everyone has fallen into one of these circumstances.

I hope that this website helps you out and would appreciate any comments that you can give me!

Thanks for stopping by!

Allan Sherman's Version of the 12 Days of Christmas - Funny! - Website Soundtrack For You to Enjoy

Food Gifts That Can Fill the Tummy!

Quick Gifts From The Kitchen: No Cooking Required
Quick Gifts From The Kitchen: No Cooking Required

Food is always sure to satisfy the gift recipient! Here are many ideas that will be easy for you to make and also great gifts! Enjoy these with your taste buds while you cook; yes, you can taste, you are the cook!


Frame an Old Ad for the Nostalgic Collector or Lover of Memorabilia!

Cowboy image
Cowboy image

Anything that is written or artwork that is prior to 1923 is considered in the Public Domain. This means that you can copy it, alter it and re-use it to your heart's delight without any danger of copyright violation.

This ad is pre-1923 and I have found, one of the cheapest gifts you can create is to frame an old ad and give it as a gift. Wal-Mart has very expensive looking frames for $3-$5. Go to Google Images and find an old ad that relates to the person you are giving the gift to.

As an example for the image I have posted. It would be a good ad to print and frame for a Cowboy lover, a collector of Western Memorabilia, A John Wayne western movie fan or for lovers of war and battle. You can print it, frame it and give it as a gift for less than $5.00.

“You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.”

Abraham Lincoln

Best Amazon Gifts for Under $5.00 - Buy one of each for everyone on your list!

Have You Ever Given a Cheap Gift?

Have you ever needed to give or make an inexpensive gift? Other than when you were a small child?

See results

35 Gifts You Can Make and Give to Others!

Homemade Gifts with Love: Over 35 Beautiful Handcrafted Gifts to Make and Give [With 12 Stick-On Gift Labels]
Homemade Gifts with Love: Over 35 Beautiful Handcrafted Gifts to Make and Give [With 12 Stick-On Gift Labels]

Here is another great idea. If you are exhausted by giving the over-given homemade gift card, here is an alternative. None of these ideas are difficult to make and will give the recipient that warm and fuzzy, something needed in the cold Winter months!


Another Art Deco - Art Nouvea Ad that is Pre-1923 and Suitable for Framing

water ad
water ad

Here is another ad that I pulled from Google Images. It is also pre-1923 and is free to use and print as it is in the Public Domain.

This particular depiction could grace any nostalgic theme or anyone who loves that Art Deco or Art Noveau decor.

“Economy is the art of making the most of life.”

George Bernard Shaw

Have you ever re-gifted anything that was given to you? - Tell us about it!

Are you a "Re-Gifter?"

See results

What do you think of re-gifting? - Let's hear what you have to say!

What is your opinion of re-gifting and why?

I would never re-gift, I don't think that is the right thing to do.

I would never re-gift, I don't think that is the right thing to do.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • miaponzo 5 years ago

      I almost never do it.. I never give away anything that people have given directly to me.. I usually keep those things, if only for the meaning of it.. but occasionally I have regifted things that were not personally "given" to me :) So.. I go in the no regifting category, I think. :)

    I have no problem re-gifting, I have done it before

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I just have no problem, as long as it is appropriate for the person. I look at it as seed having to be put in the hands of the sower....

      100 Seinfeld Quotes - Including the "Re-Gifter"

      Amazon Gifts Under $10 with Free Shipping!

      “Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.”

      Benjamin Franklin

      "He who does not economize will have to agonize."


      Cheap Homemade Gifts From eBay - Updated Daily - Check Back Often

      Hey, if you don't want to make them, get them from someone who made them for you and then take credit!

      Have You Ever Had to Buy a Gift for Boss that you Didn't Like? - We want to hear about it!

      We have all had a boss we didn't like, Have you ever had to buy them a gift?

      See results

      Please let us know what you think!

      Did you Enjoy this Website? - Don't be too cheap to answer!

        0 of 8192 characters used
        Post Comment

        • tvyps profile image

          Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

          @SgtCecil: I try to be personal with gifts. If you really listen to people, you can find out what they like and I always surprise in that manner. While I love to give, I am not very good at receiving.

        • SgtCecil profile image

          Cecil Kenmill 5 years ago from Osaka, Japan

          I'm not good with gifts. I just mail people checks. It's impersonal and all that but they're always cashed!

        • profile image

          miaponzo 5 years ago

          Great gift giving ideas here.. even though they're inexpensive :) Blessed!

        • profile image

          anonymous 5 years ago

          Very creative gift giving ideas, I always enjoy giving and receiving a homemade gift and a very nice and thoughtful gift can be inexpensive but highly filled with love.