You'd be sleeping under a rock if you didn't realize that our world is going digital at a very rapid rate.
I have to admit that while there are many negatives to the digital craze, there are many positives for a busy mom like myself.
Take for example online shopping. There is nothing more wonderful for this single mama. I can buy gifts without having to somehow sneak them into the shopping cart. I can order a household item at the press of a button and have it at my doorstep in two days. There is nothing easier than that. Gone (for the most part) are the days of having to drag 4 kids, who are already in their pj's, to the store for emergency toilet paper.
It's clear to see that I am smitten with online shopping. In fact, I set out this year to see if I could challenge myself to have a totally digital Christmas. Sound crazy? I wondered if I could cover all the needs on my Christmas shopping list without ever leaving my home. Honestly, that alone wasn't too hard, but I put another stipulation on it. What if I could have a totally digital Christmas that was handmade?
It's a frugal mama's paradise and any gift-receiver's blessing. Everyone loves homemade gifts and the pocket book will surely thank me.
So I began scouring the internet for all things beautifully homemade. Here are my favorites:
Prayer is one of those things that we all want to do more. Why not give a gift that encourages spiritual growth? It's a win-win. I made these last year for my kids and put them in their stockings. They would also make a great gift for neighbor kids or a class gift-exchange! Here are a few other sets that you might like, too: Praying for Your Husband, Prayers for Your Children, For Pregnant Women
This Homemade Happiness printable from Stampin' UP is just the cutest thing! Of course, you don't have to make it a Christmas themed print, but I bet that would be a welcomed gift. I know I love getting Christmas decor, as it's something that I usually don't spend money on for myself. There are literally hundreds of options on Pinterest. Here are a few of my favorites: Scripture Art, Jeremiah 29:11, 4 gorgeous scripture printables, Philippians 4:13, Faith Hope and Love
I love the idea of giving a bookmark. It would make a great small gift for stockings or to give to neighbors. Throw in a good book and it's the perfect gift for anyone who enjoys reading! Time-Warp Wife has a collection of 6 beautiful Vintage Bookmarks absolutely free. Print them on heavy card stock, add a ribbon if desired and you're done! I also love these free Woodland Animal Bookmarks for kids.
There are hundreds of other printable bookmarks on Etsy, most for less than the price of a cup of coffee. Here are some of my favorites: Rustic Strength Look, Romans 12:12, Books of the Bible, , Country Christian, For Women, Subway Art Women, Chevron Bookmarks. You can also find DIY instructions to make your own.
Prayer Journal Printables
Grab a cute notebook and a few printables and your gift will encourage a healthy prayer life. You can print off journal pages and have them bound at an office supply store for a minimal cost, creating a journal that anyone is sure to treasure. One of my favorites is from my friend Amanda at Kids in the Word. She has a journal that will take kids all the way through the Bible, as well as journals that cover smaller sections. Here are a few other ideas: Ch@t prayer pattern, Scripture Journal Pages, Blessings & Prayer Journal, Scripture Study Pages
Of course all kids love toys. Have you ever thought about making your own? One of the cutest new items this year is Stackapals. The Stackapals bundle set is a PDF download with 6 boy and 6 girl block figures and DIY instructions for building mix and match children’s blocks. They are simple to make and would be super fun for children. I love that the characters are cute and modest, two things that are getting harder and harder to find in kids toys. Here is a sample of what they look like.
You and I both know that freezer meal plans are all the rage. How about buying some, printing them out and putting each in a meal planning notebook for any busy mom in your life? The cost would be pretty minimal on your part, but the benefits to the recipient would last for a very long time. This would be a great gift for a single mom, new moms, or really any mom you know. If you combine my Breakfast and Lunch stations with these freezer meals, you'll have a complete meal plan!
Another helpful kitchen idea would be to make cute pantry labels and give them as a gift. Or you could even buy cute containers to give along with the labels! I love these printable DIY mixes labels, too.
The idea of a kit just makes me so excited. Something about neatly packaging things together just makes them even cooler than they already are! Take for example this DIY spa kit. It's absolutely incredible! You might also enjoy this Babysitter in a Bag or this DIY Science Kit for kids.
This is the coolest thing I've ever heard of. Really. I love to learn things like sewing, cake decorating, and photography, but I simply don't have the flexibility in my schedule to take a course at my local craft store. Not to mention the funding. Craftsy has made learning a new skill possible even while in your jammies. It's the perfect gift for a single mom who can't get out to take a class or even someone who doesn't have the opportunity to get a sitter. You can learn just about anything your heart desires, all at a very reasonable rate!
When I think about gift giving, I want it to be something that will make the recipient's life easier. I love the idea of giving a mom some printable Scripture Lunch Cards that she can give to her kiddos. It's instant family building for her and that makes me smile! These lunchbox notes and lunchbox jokes are super cute, too.
I had a lot of fun collecting ideas for this post. There were so many great ideas out there that I could never cover them all. Don't forget that there are plenty of printables for baked goods gifts, Mason Jar Labels, or Retro Christmas Tags, too.
Kim Sorgius is the author of Amazon-bestseller, Not a Statistic: Parenting in a Broken World, as well as many popular Bible resources for families. She is passionate about homeschooling, parenting, and faith. You can find her at Not Consumed Blog where she encourages us to build victorious families together!