Thrifty Gift Ideas

I’ve posted before that birthdays and holidays are difficult when you’re not spending any money. I love my nieces and nephews and had to get seriously creative to make some amazing presents that they will love. I’ve posted about most of these, but here is a round up of my thrifty gift ideas for kids:

For my 5 year old niece I made a Dora the Explorer coloring book using free Dora the Explorer coloring pages online. I know my sister and her husband are keen for my niece to learn Spanish, and I’m looking forward to helping her complete this fun coloring book.

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For my three month old nephew, I made some stuffed blocks using this tutorial and some scraps of fabric that I had.

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So cuddly!
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Ninja is sad that these toys are not for him

For my two year old nephew, I made him a shirt using some fabric paint and a basic white polo shirt. Find out how to make your own here

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For my two year old niece, I made a kitty tee shirt using this tutorial. I also made her a doll which, although originally intended for children, consumed 5 hours of my adult life. Le sigh. At least it turned out ok.
20140804-120218-43338092.jpgWhile cleaning up, I tied some scraps of fabric onto one of Ninja’s cat toys so that he too could enjoy a thrifty gift. He is currently occupied trying to destroy it.

20140804-113921-41961778.jpgDo you have any other thrifty gift ideas? Please share as I’ll do this all again next year 🙂

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