What would we do without Pinterest? We at Cheapism consider it a fount of useful tips for getting the creative juices flowing while saving time and money. So we wondered, can a frugal consumer plan a cheap Christmas by relying totally on ideas from the popular website? After all, Pinterest tells you how to manage everything else in life, from what to wear and what to eat to how to entertain the kids, clean the house, and much more. And while this post focuses on planning a cheap Christmas, the ideas easily transfer to other holidays celebrated throughout the year.
Cheap Christmas Gifts.Gift giving is a big part of Christmas, one that can get costly pretty quickly. Fortunately, Pinterest directed our attention to plenty of budget-worthy cheap Christmas gifts -- for example, the "25 Homemade Gifts Under $5" pin that's all the rage these days. Pinned from The 36th Avenue blog, the list includes ideas and instructions for cheap Christmas gifts you can make; think earrings, necklaces, coasters, a hot chocolate kit, key holders, and the like.
Pinterest also shows readers how to make various body scrubs, monogrammed towels, and scores of Secret Santa gifts. And if you don't want to take the handmade route but still limit your cash outlay, check the pin "20 of the Best Gifts on Etsy for Under $20".
Cheap Christmas Decorations.Another Pinterest highlight: Ways to make cheap Christmas decorations that look elegant. There are pins on cheap Christmas decorations sourced from the dollar store, like this one pinned from Babble, which includes a candy cane vase, a floating candle centerpiece, and festive magnets.
Additionally, we found pins covering outdoor Christmas lights created from ordinary objects; e.g., a tomato cage adorned with lights and used as an outdoor Christmas tree. And we spotted a pin of candy canes hung on ribbon bows to decorate windows, as well as loads of mantle decorations that can double as cheap Christmas decorations.