Why am I talking about upcycling and recycled gift ideas?
Because gift giving can be hard when you are on a budget or knee deep in debt. Yet I know you still want to give beautiful, thoughtful gifts.
You love your family and friends and you want them to know how much you appreciate them being in your life.
But at the same time you don’t want to be going into debt or giving up your frugal ways every time a holiday comes round.
And then there is your growing awareness of the environment and the impact so much spending on stuff can have on it.
So how do you marry your budget, your environmental concerns and your keenness to give thoughtful, useful and beautiful presents to family and friends?
I tell you how, by making your own handmade unique gifts through focusing on recycled gift ideas.
Upcycle and repurpose things that you already have around your home into something completely new and unique. All for a few pennies and a little time.
You can be frugal, save money and be eco friendly when you know how.
Recycled Gift Ideas Are Fabulously Frugal
Up-cycling, as it is known, is very much the thing now. By up-cycling something you are taking something you have, recycling it into a new item and giving it a new purpose.
Up-cycling is a fantastic way to keep things out of landfill, give new life to something and it can all be done on a small budget, possibly even for free if you have enough bits and bobs lying around.
These 26 recycled gift ideas are all focused on re-using items for another purpose, breathing new life into something that has been discarded.
Where you haven’t got some of the materials then you will be able to find them cheaply in thrift stores, car boots or yard sales.
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Love Frugal Gifting
Being frugal is not about saving money at the expense of others. You can still give beautiful gifts when you are on a tight budget or living on one income.
Some of the best frugal living tips focus on doing things for yourself. When you do your own gift making, gardening or home maintenance you gain new skills.
Making your own eco friendly presents using recycled gift ideas will save you a good chunk of money and stop you going into debt.
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Book Page Ornaments – Paper Christmas Tree Decorations & Homemade Gift Idea
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If you're looking for easy, handmade gifts to make for your friends and family, look no further. These DIY leather bookmarks can be customized for anyone and everyone.
12 Days of Christmas Gift Ideas for 2018: Seven Swans-a-Swimming Succulent Planter
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DIY Earring Holder for Studs (& Display Organizer)
Using recycled materials like scraps of wood and wine corks, you can make a handy DIY earring holder for studs and post earrings that is also a beautiful and practical display organizer.
Cozy, Comfy, Hygge Perfect Mugs
Hygge embodies the feeling of comfort, togetherness and well-being. And there’s few things more comforting than relaxing with your favorite hot drink and curling up on the couch. Give the gift of Hygge with these cozy mugs.
How to Make an Upcycled Miniature Steampunk Wreath from Old Books
It’s so great to see books that may be too damaged to read still put to good use. This is a very low cost project which you can do in an afternoon.
How to make heart hand warmers, a handmade gift idea by Swoodson Says
Hand warmers are a perfect gift for winter. These would be a great stocking stuffer or teacher gift.
DIY Tray Makeover & Free Printable Pattern
Modern DIY Tray Makeover Idea; if you’re looking for an easy way to upcycle and makeover your old trays then this idea using Mod Podge and this modern navy blue circle Free Pattern Printable could be the perfect gift project for you.
Recycled Gifts On A Budget
When you want to treat family and friends to the gifts they deserve what better way to do so than with something homemade.
Being frugal is not about going without or keeping your money to yourself. Being frugal is about making smart decisions about your money and choosing to do things differently without.
These recycled gift ideas are not about buying something and then making it into something else. These are absolutely about using what you already have.
With 26 fun and unique recycling gift ideas you are bound to find gifts to make that you already have the basics for.
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