Here are a few ideas that could save you a small fortune. I personally have either made these gifts or gratefully received them.
* Wrap boxes of Dove soap ( or similar ) in pretty paper. Thread a bling buckle onto a small length of ribbon and attach it around the box. Hide the ribbon seam underneath. Alternatively you could hot glue gun a button or flower to the ribbon.
* A vintage saucer or bread and butter plate can be sourced from op shops for under $3 and makes a beautiful present. Add a candle to the gift and it becomes a useful gift too. In Australia, Spotlight stores sell a range of candles for under $2 each and they smell amazing.
* Wheat / heat bags are super easy to make. Use cotton material to sew up a pouch and fill with wheat, rice or barley. Sew up the opening and tie a luscious ribbon around it into a bow for a professional look.
* A framed photo is always well received. Discount shops sell a variety of picture frames for $2 or $3. If you are wanting a more substantial timber frame, try looking in op shops.
* I know I mention this often, but jars of homemade biscuits are super cheap and well received. Recently I've been able to get lots of large Moccona coffee jars for free on my local Buy, Swap, Sell Facebook page. Add a ribbon for an elegant touch.
* Pot up a punnet of lettuce seedlings for a gift that keeps on giving. Lettuce seedlings cost about $3 per punnet. $2 discount shops sell plastic garden pots or you could recycle one you already have.
* Make your own food hamper. I recently purchased new colanders for $2.50. I added a packets or two of pasta, a couple of tins of tomatoes and made up a jar of Italian herbs for the receiver to make spag bol. Try your local op shop for stainless steel colanders. With so many people buying ready made foods, it's amazing what new or near new items people donate to op shops.
|Spag bol hamper|
|Italian herbs for the hamper|
|From memory this gift cost about $3|
|Vintage plates bought for $3 each at op shops|
|A jar of biscuits.|