4 Homemade, Budget-Friendly Gifts Everyone Will Love

Thoughtful gifts are the best gifts. Below are charming ideas for homemade presents that everyone would be excited to receive this Christmas. The best news? They are incredibly budget-friendly for you, too!

1. Mulled-cider sachets
Check your pantry and put your spices to good use. To make six lovely mulled-cider gift sachets, you will need a dozen cinnamon sticks, half a dozen star anise, a tablespoon each of whole allspice berries and cloves, and half a dozen spice bags.

Just divide all your spices among the bags, place the sachets in a couple of boxes lined with decorative paper, and write the following instructions on the gift tag: “Simmer a sachet in two quarts apple cider for 15 minutes. Serves 8.” Your gift is ready to be sent!

2. Bubble bath gift set
Who does not want a luxurious bath after a long day of holiday shopping? Your friends will sure be thankful for your present. What is more, this is incredibly easy to put together. Just fill a box with chocolate, bath salts, a candle, matches, and a bottle of wine and send much needed self-care to your loved ones. They will definitely appreciate the gesture and remember it for a long time.

3. Reed diffuser
Give the gift of relaxation this Christmas through essential oils. Simply pack essential oils, reed diffusers, and a small ceramic vase in a cute gift box to add a special aroma to your friends and family’s homes for the holidays.

4. Chocolate nut bark
Two ingredients guarantee the perfect Christmas stocking stuffer this year: chocolate nut bark! To make this delicious treat, you will need 12 oz chopped semisweet chocolate and 2 and a half cups mixed nuts. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan with simmering water and spread it evenly on a 9×13 baking pan lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle mixed nuts on top and refrigerate until firm. Break the bark into pieces and pack inside gift bags. Remind yourself not to eat them because they are presents for your friends!

Ian Schindler