Gift Giving on a Budget

At the holidays, I am always looking for thoughtful gifts for those people that make my life a little brighter: my hairstylist, my postal worker, my UPS driver, teachers, and the like. Unfortunately, as a teacher myself, I am usually on a limited budget. Have no fear, the Christmas In July team is here. These items can be purchased on a $10 per gift budget. No better way to show someone you care than with a handmade gift (just click on the pictures to be taken to the item for purchase)!

1) Melanie from WoodlandMarket says

I started making feather jewelry and hair accessories several years ago when I was living in the mountains and the huge feather trend started, and I sold my feather earrings and hair extension clips at a hair salon I worked at for $20-$40 a pair. I am now moving on to working with other mediums and my feather earrings are under $10 a pair so that I can clear out some inventory!

Love these feather earrings!

Love these feather earrings!

2) Jean Harbort from LittleMeBling says

What female (mom, tween, school teacher, daycare worker, postal carrier, babysitter, etc.) doesn’t need elastic hair ties? These also can double as cute bracelets to add a little pizzazz to your outfit! I have them stashed all over the house, in my purse, my desk drawer, vehicle, just about anywhere you can think of as I have long and very thick hair! These would be a great stocking stuffer!

Hair ties...great little stocking stuffer!

Hair ties…great little stocking stuffer!

3) Rose LAbbate from rosepetalsjewelry says
I’ve always collected sea glass but with all the recycling it’s harder and harder to find. So I decided to make my own. I bought a tumbler and found some interesting glass and started experimenting with different abrasives to use in the tumbler. The results were fantastic. I always have my eye out for unique colored glass.

Stunning, hand tumbled sea glass pendant!

Stunning, hand tumbled sea glass pendant!

4) Zlatka Minđek from LAURELISjewelery says

This earrings are a part of my non silver simple collection of earrings – I tried to be true to my style, and quite frankly, I like them. They are not exclusive and complex, but simple and maybe already seen, but affordable and pretty 🙂

Lovely, feminine earrings are always a hit at Christmas!

Lovely, feminine earrings are always a hit at Christmas!

5) Clare McGibbon from AWAYSAWAY says

These little hand painted neon hairclips were one of my first listings that doesn’t fall under the “jewelry” category. They’ve inspired me to venture into creating items that suit different price ranges for my shop! Bonus: they’re on sale for Christmas in July!

What a clever idea...and packaged with care!

What a clever idea…and packaged with care!

6) Hunter Love from RusticSilkSoaps says
Lotion bars are a unique and thoughtful gift for anyone with dry skin. My lotion bars are crafted with splendid butters of mango and shea to nourish and moisturize itchy, parched skin. And they’re only $6.00!

Another great stocking stuffer or stand alone gift for anyone on your list!

Another great stocking stuffer or stand alone gift for anyone on your list!

7) Faith McCathern from QuinnsBin says

It’s so nice to have a little gift on hand! We provide a variety of prices in jewelry to make the items popular for everyone-whether it’s for a friend, teacher or yoga instructor!

Lovely and affordable jewlery!

Lovely and affordable jewlery!

8) Marjorie Scenna from mscenna says

I make jewelry with recycled and repurposed materials and started with vintage buttons from my collection. I love buttons and think they are so versatile for crafting and making great gifts too. This button inspired me to turn it into a pin!

Up-cycled, eco-friendly, and adorable!

Up-cycled, eco-friendly, and adorable!

9) Valérie Bijoux Elkasa from BijouxElkasa says

Like I have 3 daughters, ponytail holder is a very casual thing in my house!! My youngest doesn’t like me to do her hair but if I offer her a cute ponytail holder like this one, she’s SO ready to to have a ponytail! No more crying! Plus it gives a cute look in their hairs.

Great stocking stuffer for a little girl!

Great stocking stuffer for a little girl!

10) Elizabeth Wellburn from ElizabethLovesGlass says

The felting process sometimes leads you in directions you didn’t expect. I started this project with the idea of making felt balls, Working with the felt before it was perfectly round, I saw a mushroom-top shape emerge. So I added detail to enhance the mushroom look, and created these pincushions!

Great gift for the seamstress in your life!

Great gift for the seamstress in your life!

11) Angel Soyars from LilLoveBugsCreations says

This last holiday my niece came to me with an issue much like this. She is part of a cheer team at her middle school with about 14 other team mates. She wanted to give them a gift that was cute without breaking the bank. Let’s face it, she’s 13, so there wasn’t much of a bank to break. LOL I came up with these super cute hairbow/earring gift sets. She was able to choose school color fabrics and I was able to make 14 sets for her. They were a huge hit!

Love this candycane inspired set!

Love this candycane inspired set!

12) Lindsey Blair from AddyluCandles says

My handmade soy candles are the perfect gift for under $10. An 8oz jar is just $8.50, and on sale for Christmas in July! Citrus Cilantro is an especially wonderful scent because it fits so many different personalities. It’s not too floral or fruity, it just smells crisp, citrusy, gardeny, and great! It’d be a great gift for men or women, young or old. It’d be a great scent to use in a kitchen!

Citrus is one of my favorite kitchen scents...clean and crisp!

Citrus is one of my favorite kitchen scents…clean and crisp!

13) Sarah Johnson from BellaBoutique23 says

I love girly things and love these decorative button bobby pins. I have a lot of fun making different combinations with buttons. They are perfect for any age and make a wonderful gift. They come on a handmade music note tag for gift giving at any occasion.

Great options here!

Great options here!

14) Valentina Cáceres from JuguetesEloisa says

My wooden toys are ideal for giving your kids an under $10 gift. They are all handmade and hand painted, which makes every one of them unique! Its size is ideal for kids to play with them and their cute and simple designs enhace their imagination when playing!

All toys sold individually are under $10. And now they are on sale, so are even cheaper!

Great toy, room decor, or gift for someone who loves the water!

Great toy, room decor, or gift for someone who loves the water!

15) Kristen Sargent from KestrelCollection says
Edited on Jul 7, 2014

When I was young my aunt made me a dream catcher for my bedroom. I loved to look at the intricate web-like knot work and the shiny beads that she wove onto the circular frame. I would gently feel the softness of the feathers trailing from the bottom and imagine all the bad dreams they could suck up.

These earring bring back those memories for me. Done in single tone copper these are sleek and modern but still have a summer day dreams vibe to them.

I hope they bring you good dreams day and night. These would make a thoughtful gift for any lady in your life who needs to have some happy thoughts.

Lovely, lovely earrings!

Lovely, lovely earrings!

16) Elizabeth Wellburn from ElizabethLovesGlass says

I have a stash of old silver-plate cutlery and some of it is just a bit too shabby or mis-matched to use as table ware any more. But it’s lots of fun to use such pieces to make items like these wall hooks. It’s sort of therapeutic to hammer them flat, then drill the screw holes and finally bend them into shape!

These would be perfect with one of my aprons hanging on it!

These would be perfect with one of my aprons hanging on it!

17) Sue Green from GreenbriarCreations says

Always a great idea to have some pretty hankies on hand. These make great shower gifts for a bride to be. Something fun to slip into a card with a gift certificate to her favorite store!

This lovely item brings back fond memories!

This lovely item brings back fond memories!

18) Valérie Bijoux Elkasa from BijouxElkasa says

I have three daughters and they are 3 real princesses! So, i decided to start a kid’s collection to let them wear jewelry. I made light weight earrings, all made in stainless steel. It is the perfect gift to complete their birthday gifts or fill their christmas stocking!

Feminine and lovely!

Feminine and lovely!

19) Natali from DizzySheepUK says

Only one item, specially for you!
Merino wool Felted ponytail band with leather decorations
Lovely to touch, real woolly luxury.
Great for everyone and for any occasion.
100% handmade.
Felt handmade from 100% merino wool.
Non-toxic! Eco friendly!

Adorable pony tail holder!

Adorable pony tail holder!

20) Carola from CarolaBartz says

I have often given handmade mini journals as a gift to friends or family members. They are so versatile – you can use them to write down your thoughts and feelings. They are great for collecting quotes in them. Write down recipes that you always wanted to try. Use them as inspiration for all the things you want to photograph, paint, write about etc. They can serve as a wedding planner or some kind of Santa’s list. Their size is perfect for fitting into small purses, even the back pocket of your jeans.

journal

21) Noel from MinkCouture says

I absolutely love the patterns on vintage polyester ties-combinations that should really not work together but somehow do. Paisleys, sots, stripes and even crowns decorate these poor ties that I rescue from being forgotten.
This set of 3 pins is made from 3 different ties and would be a great stocking stuffer for men, women, boys and girls. Add some to a messenger bag or jacket. I try and have each set have a similar color pallet. The best part-not only are they under $10, but they are on sale too!!

A gift for the guys!

A gift for the guys!

22) Brittany from BrittanysBest says

I started making these itty-bitty tags because I always had a hard time finding cards or tags small enough to fit on a small gift like a box of jewelry. I ended up liking them so much that I started to add them to my husbands lunch sac with a sweet note. They have been stashed around the house (in his glasses case, above the visor in his car) on special occasions too. I figured if I liked the idea so much, others would too and I added them to my shop. Customers have shared that they have used the cards for
advent calendar fillers, notes from the toothfairy and for Easter scavenger hunts.

My grandmother left scavenger hunts for us under the tree to keep us busy while the women prepared Christmas dinner.  These would be perfect for that!

My grandmother left scavenger hunts for us under the tree to keep us busy while the women prepared Christmas dinner. These would be perfect for that!

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TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS

Once again it’s Christmas Time,
time for us to be,
Busy wrapping presents
and setting up the tree.
It seems we have so many things,
to think of and to do,
We may forget that Christmas,
has a deeper meaning too.
A meaning that goes far beyond,
the things the eye can see,
Such as Holly wreaths, Mistletoe,
and Gifts beneath the tree.

-Eugene W. Miller

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