Frugal and Creative Gift Giving

I have never been one of those girls that enjoy shopping at the mall.  But take me to a thrift store and I am in heaven! I don’t know what I love more, saving money or the thrill of the find.

Here are some Christmas gifts ideas that you may find at your local thrift store…

Picture Frames 

I purchased most of the picture frames for my photo wall from the thrift store for under a dollar. A simple coat of paint followed by a little sandpaper distressing, made these frames as stylish as a frame you would spend $15+ for at a department store.

Here is a larger frame that my husband cut a piece of wood to fit that I painted with chalkboard paint. Everyone needs a fun chalkboard in their house!

If you find a really large frame, you can staple some chicken wire to the back and gift it as a unique “bulletin board.” Glue some cute flowers to clothespins as the perfect second gift. Check out my “I Heart Flowers” Pinterest Board for some creative handmade flower inspiration.

I get all of my jars from the thrift store. There are plenty of creative ways to give gifts in a jar.
For your crafty friends, here a some ideas in a tutorial from Little Miss Momma.

For the sweets lover, give Cupcakes in a Jar from Cakies.

Vintage Sheets

When I go thrifting, I always stop by the bedding and linens. I love vintage sheets and pillowcases, and I am starting a nice little collection. 
What do you get when you combine a vintage sheet, a few clamps from Home Depot and a flashlight?

A DIY Fort Kit! What kid wouldn’t love this?

I know mine do!

Those are just a few of my favorite things to go thrifting for. Over the next few days I will share some more frugal and creative gift ideas from Craigslist (my other love) and a few homemade gifts you can give.

I’d love to hear about your frugal and creative gifts. Please leave a comment and feel free to add a link to any ideas you may have blogged about.


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  1. Love, love, love your frames. What great ideas tucked away in this post. I’m certainly going to need to pick up some clamps from home depot!

  2. Nice ideas! I especially like the fort kit. 🙂 Here’s my list of practical stocking stuffers.

  3. I just posted a similar idea with lots of homemade gifts. These are great! I love all the fun ideas with frames too! Great stuff. Found you through the green resource link up. Love it!

  4. I just made a list of last minute frugal gifts for little ones! You’ve got some great ideas here!

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