How To Create a Handcrafted Christmas on a Frugal Budget

December 14, 2023

Let’s step into the enchanting world of handcrafted holiday magic, where the spirit of giving takes center stage, and every corner of your home is adorned with love and creativity. In this blog post, we go on a heartwarming journey of embracing the true essence of Christmas by weaving together the art of homemade gifts, cozy traditions, and mindful budgeting. Join me as we explore the joy of celebrating the season of togetherness, all while championing local small businesses and sustainable practices. Get ready to infuse your home with warmth, charm, and the unmistakable allure of a handcrafted Christmas.

What does frugal mean?

Frugal [ froo-guhl ]


entailing little expense; requiring few resources

Frugality is the foundation of this post and all ideas within. The theme of the holiday season over here at the Clove Hearth is to use what you have… with that in mind, let’s dive into how to create a handcrafted Christmas!

Key Points on Creating a Handcrafted Holiday 

How to Embrace the Spirit of Giving

I want you to get any notion you think you have of giving, out of your head. I can almost guarantee you have it wrong or, at the very least, overcomplicated. See, we live in a time where so much has been forgotten, and simplicity has been lost. 

The art of giving has less to do with material items, and more to do with what we can offer our fellow humans. Yes, it truly can be as simple as a smile, a kind word, a wave, or a nod in passing. Be the light the world needs. 

Encouraging the Littles to Give

We all know kids are well aware of being on the receiving end of giving. It’s Christmas time, they know what they want, and they are so ready to wake up Christmas morning with a bunch of presents. So how do we encourage them to find joy in giving?

Homemade Gifts and Decor

In the spirit of being frugal, use what you have! Forage your very own yard for items to use. Be mindful when sourcing ingredients and use what’s on sale. Below are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing!

Cozy and Frugal Traditions

Passing down traditions and making new ones is my favorite part of the holidays as a mom. My best memories as a child are being in the kitchen with my Grandmama. Prepping for Christmas started well before December. We spent a lot of time baking cookies and making English toffee for just about everyone.

Storytime by the fireplace, Christmas movie marathons, family game nights, and driving around to look at Christmas lights are all ways to celebrate together without spending money. Having certain meals or cookies that you only make for this time of year is also a great frugal way to start new traditions.

Mindful Budgeting

Pick a number that does not mean you will be struggling to pay your bills next month. Once you have that number, don’t feel like you have to spend it equally, and don’t feel like you have to spend it all. All kids are different. Some kids don’t want nearly as much as others. Your two-year-old doesn’t need as much as your six-year-old. Whatever is left over, spend it on an event that costs money or put it into savings.

Celebrating the Season of Togetherness

Simply be present and intentionally in the moment. Make an effort to include everyone in whatever it is you’re doing, no matter how small or mundane. Is it easier for you to make dinner while the kids are watching a movie or playing with toys; sure it is, but are they going to have a blast helping you and being a part of the cooking? Yes, they are.

Tips for Togetherness

Supporting Local Small Businesses and Sustainable Practices

When you shop with a small business, you are the difference in whether or not they can pay their bills this month. When you shop at Walmart, it’s a drop in the bucket, unimpactful. One of the biggest objections I see regarding shopping small is the cost difference. You are paying for small batch, artisan, high-quality items. Now what you might not realize is this; you can get 6 items for $100 at Walmart. You can buy two of those items from a small business for that price. NOW, you are probably saying well, of course, Walmart is the better deal… but here’s what you’re not taking into account; out of those 6 items, how many are going to end up in the donate bin in 2-3 months when you start spring cleaning? Probably at least 3 of them, right? So maybe, just maybe, getting fewer quantities, but higher quality, is going to pay off in the long run.

Don’t believe me? I’ll give you a personal example.

My favorite local business is a candle company, Angsty Libra Candle Co. She is a fellow military spouse and I found her through the community. I absolutely loooooove candles. I will never not be ecstatic to receive a candle. With that being said, I have always been sensitive to candles and often get headaches. My noggin is not a fan of awful ingredients. Her candles? They are clean, high quality, long-lasting, goodness. Seriously, I have never tried one I didn’t like. Am I paying $20 for a 7-ounce candle when Target has an 8-ounce candle for $10? You-betcha! But you know what else? Aside from the fact I don’t get headaches from her candles, I find myself to be much more mindful. I don’t light it and walk away to leave it burning all day. I want it to last, I want to be there when it’s burning so I’m not missing it. 

All of the above is to say, by choosing to shop small, you’re essentially shopping more sustainably as well and limiting your waste by limiting your quantity. That’s a win-win in my book!

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Hi, I'm Gabby! I'm passionate about sharing the art of homemaking, where every season brings new opportunities to curate a cozy home that embraces the essence of each season, making every moment special.