Friday, 30 December 2011

USE SEEDS AS LIGHTWEIGHT CHRISTMAS GIFTS

If you need a lightweight, cheap, but thoughtful gift, slip a packet or two of seeds into your Christmas card to a gardening fan. You may know their favourite flower or vegetable - choose that and wrap with a small amount of festive ribbon and slip inside their Christmas card. Choose a slightly larger type greetings card (perhaps about A5 size) and you will be sure to have space to get the seed packets in.
Even better, if you harvest, dry and pack seeds from your own garden with a home-made seed packet (get a template HERE) showing a photo of how the plants looked in your garden it will probably cost even less.  
Don't forget to include growing instructions!

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

CHRISTMAS IS OVER FOR ANOTHER YEAR!

Well, it's all over folks! The spending, the cooking, the drinking, the eating- well, perhaps not the eating! So here's hoping you haven't incurred too much debt over Christmas and don't have a bad start to 2012. 
I will be continuing my moneysaving efforts all year round over on Happy Frugal Year, but if you want to start Christmas knitting ready for next year, take a look at my Free Christmas Knitting Patterns blog now and get started! And I'll be attempting to add to it as the year goes on, so keep on checking back!
Happy Frugal New Year!

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

FREE PRINTABLE GIFT TAGS

I've usually got a stash of home-made gift tags which I cut out every year from  my Christmas cards, but if you haven't, these free printable gift labels are really good. You will need thin card that will go through your printer though, which is a bit of a drawback as just printing them out on ordinary paper will look a bit strange!

Thursday, 15 December 2011

LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS PRESENT TO KNIT

If you need a really modern, last minute Christmas present for someone, then this free pattern for an Anthroplogie inspired headwrap (headband) by Jen Geigley is a winner. Knitted in cable with a very chunky yarn, it will be done in no time and is a real winter warmer. It has a button fastening for ease of fit, but you could join the ends as a band.
Check out my growing collection of patterns for crochet and  knitted gifts!

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Thursday, 8 December 2011

A QUICK ROUND-UP OF FRUGAL CHRISTMAS GIFTS TO KNIT OR CROCHET!

Just a quick round-up of all those lovely frugal Christmas gifts to make that I've posted links to over the past few Christmasses! They all slip far down the posts and you may have missed out on something - so take a look!
Christmas gifts to make round-up
Happy frugal creations!

Check out my growing collection of patterns for crochet and  knitted gifts!

Saturday, 3 December 2011

CROCHET A SANTA SUIT FOR YOUR FAVOURITE LITTLE BABY!

This cute free pattern for a Santa outfit to crochet for your favourite little person is just irresistible - and you still have time to make it!
Check out my growing collection of patterns for crochet and  knitted gifts!

Thursday, 1 December 2011

FREE PEPPA PIG TOY KNITTING PATTERN

I'm not quite sure about the attraction of Peppa Pig - but then I'm not a child - so what do I know? But it does seem that lots of little people are mad on her - so you've just got time to knit a Peppa Pig for your little fan for Christmas. I've found this free knitting pattern for Peppa Pig - get knitting quick!
Check out my growing collection of patterns for crochet and  knitted gifts!

RETRO SWEET HAMPERS!

Today, I was browsing a website which was suggesting interesting Christmas gifts (i.e. not socks!!) and my eye was caught by a picture of a retro sweet hamper. On closer reading it seemed that the hamper, containing retro sweets like Sherbet dabs, Gobstoppers, Refresher Bars, Flying Saucers, Love hearts, Black Jacks, Foam Shrimps, Candy Necklaces, Candy Sticks and Gobstoppers, cost £22.99 plus £2.99 delivery. The hamper measures 20cm x 28cm x 12 cm which is quite cutesy and small - sort of handbag sized, but I can't see the weight of the sweets displayed anywhere. I'm sure you cold make your own for a lot less! The sweets can be bought loose online (just Google "retro sweets") or in large bags from the supermarket, so then you need a container.
Now, I know it can be difficult and expensive to buy wicker/straw hampers, but most recipients of this gift probably wouldn't know what to do with a hamper once the sweets were eaten and it may be thrown out or given away - how much more useful would it be to find a container that had a use afterwards - and was easier and cheaper to obtain? You may even be able to buy a seasonal gift box or bag to use.I'll leave the ideas to all of you good people - because it depends who you're buying it for! It could be a plant pot cover, a giant beer mug or tea cup and saucer, a bucket (with sponge!) for car cleaning - well, you get the idea!
Leave a comment if you come up with some ideas - I'd love to hear them! (and add them to this post).