I saw this on the today.msnbc.com site.
Trying to save money this year during the holidays? Try making your own gifts to give out. Here are a few suggestions of easy and inexpensive do-it-yourself gift ideas.
1. Do something sweet
Make some cookies or fudge and then dress them or the container to make it look special. You could use ribbon or decorate cheap containers yourself.
2. Break bread together
Make quick breads or muffins and dress them up pretty.
3. Give the gift of yourself
Give your services in the form of a gift certificate. Do you babysit? Home repair? Fix computers? Walk dogs? Give massages?
4. Pass your recipes along
Write or type your recipes on cute cards or notebooks and pass them along to your loved ones.
5. Spice things up
Make spice jars with either cocoa mix or spiced tea.
6. Light up the night
Make your own candles, or decorate cheap ones.
7. Capture some memories
Give pictures in frames. Buy cheap frames and decorate them.
8. Make homemade bath salts
Combine bath oil and kosher salt, put in a nice jar, and you have a great gift.
9. Bead your heart out
10. Have fun with T-shirt
There are many ways to make t-shirts. Iron-ons are the easiest.