By Crystal Paine
Author of The Money Saving Mom's Budget
Are you crunched for time and money this holiday season? We feel your pain. Here are six simple and inexpensive last-minute gift ideas that convey the spirit of the season without draining your bank account.
For the kids:
Make a few different varieties of homemade playdough like peppermint, ginger, or candy cane, package them in cute containers and tie on cookie cutters and a small rolling pin with a ribbon. They'll provide hours of fun and creative play.
If you don't live in a frigid climate or you just don't want to have to bundle up to go out in the cold, your children can still enjoy decorating their own snowman with a felt build-your-own snowman kit.
Year Round Yum
They say that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. If that's true for your man, than making him a Year Round Yum container just might hit the spot.
Grill Rubs can be made in a variety of flavors and are perfect for the steak-lover or man who enjoys grilling out.
Oatmeal Cookie Bath
Know a woman who could use some extra pampering? Make her a batch of oatmeal cookies and Oatmeal Cookie Bath and then stick it in a basket with a candle, lotion, and some tea.
Christmas Potpourri Mix
With just a handful of ingredients and a few minutes, you can give the gift of delicious Christmas scents to your friends with Christmas Potpourri Mix.
Crystal Paine is a homeschooling mom of three and the founder of MoneySavingMom.com, one of the top personal finance blogs on the web. Pre-order a copy of her first book, The Money Saving Mom®'s Budget (out Jan. 10). For more of Crystal's tips, like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.
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