Christmas Gifts on a Budget

Christmas is the season for gift-giving.  Every Christmas party, may it be in the family, school, or offices, is not complete without gift exchanges, which could be pretty expensive especially if you are one of those who have a closely-knitted family, and countless friends and colleagues.  To bridge this predicament, we thought of giving something useful, functional, and creative.  But it should be something inexpensive and unconventional.  So for this Christmas, these are the gifts we prepared.

  • Perfume.  Yes this is expensive.  But hear me out.  I received three big bottles of V.S perfume from my husband on my birthday almost a year now.    I am still on my first bottle.  So I thought, why not share some of these, with his permission of course.  All I needed to buy are some pretty spray containers, placed some ribbons, and a personal note, and voila!


  • Body Scrub

1 cup salt

1 cup brown sugar

½ cup baby oil

Few drops of vitamin E (optional)

Dainty jars or recycled jars

Ribbons and glitters


In a bowl, mix salt, sugar, and oil until they form a fine sandy paste-like mixture.  Put this in a jar, seal well.  Decorate with ribbons, some beads or glitters




  • Homemade chocolate pancake specially made by my 4 year old daughter for the aunts.  She learned how to make pancakes from school.  Her teacher let each of them do the mixing and frying.  She was inspired by this, and wanted to do it at home by herself with my help,  as operating the gas stove could be dangerous.


Here it is,

2 cups chocolate pancake mixture

2 pieces of eggs

½ cup brown sugar

Some chocolate chips


In a bowl, mix all ingredients together until the mixture reaches a smooth texture.  Set this aside for 15 minutes.  Then fry.  Pack them in beautiful boxes.  Write some personal notes on the box with glitter pens.


How was your Christmas 2013?





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35 thoughts on “Christmas Gifts on a Budget

  1. I love your idea of innovation. Personally, I find more effort in people making personalized gifts, of course, it’s fun and nice to receive store-bought items for gifts, but gifts like these tells you that the person really thought about you and took the time to make you feel loved and appreciated.

  2. I want to try your body scrub recipe! 🙂 These are great ideas. I try my best to make handmade personalized gifts whenever I can. Usually it’s something that I crochet or make with felt. 🙂

  3. Oh, that’s a great idea. Honestly sis, I still have plenty of body sprays from VS, Bath and Body Works. I can probably do that. 🙂

    I like the homemade body scrub idea too! All great way to save and make your personal gifts.

  4. I love these gifts ideas! I myself appreciate receiving personalized/homemade gifts over commercially-bought ones. The effort and personal touch given on the present really means that the giver values the receiver.

  5. The DIY Body Scrub is a good idea. Since I’m a beauty blogger, it really makes sense. 😀 What I gave naman my ninong and ninang for this Christmas is a gift pack from a Philippine branded organic beauty and home care products. They have prepared gift packs perfect for Christmas plus super inexpensive so it was awesome 🙂


  6. I love the home-made body scrub idea! I’ll do that next Christmas. 🙂 As for our Christmas, we spent it mostly at home since my husband is on duty on holidays (since that’s when they are on red alert). I don’t mind, though, because I got to spend the day with the kids.

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