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119 Days Till Christmas: Tips for a Cost-Effective Christmas

In the difficult economic climate, people are looking for meaningful gifts that won’t break the bank. While it can be difficult to maintain the balance between cost and quality when looking to purchase great presents for family and friends, why not cut costs in other areas, like that of Christmas cards? I found this great Christmas Cover Story Card by Cijaye DePradine at ScrapbookingDirections.com. It’s a beautiful and crafty antidote to those surprisingly expensive store-bought holiday cards. This card is a mini-scrapbook that you can dress up or down, and personalize with the message(s) of your choice. I know I’ll be making at least one of these cards this December!

While everybody is strapped for cash – and, as a result, inspiration – this holiday season, there’s one group that never seems to run out of innovative yet inexpensive gift ideas: crafters! Even a casual perusal of the crafting blogosphere reveals a surfeit of creative ideas. I like this Mini Quilt Christmas Décor by Theresa for Hillcreek Designs. This beautifully intricate quilt, which is emblazoned with cheerful Christmas imagery, can also be affixed to clothing. Even better, it’s crafted using applique techniques, so making it isn’t too time-consuming, either.

If you liked these ideas, check out other Christmas Crafts , including our Quick & Easy Gifts and Cards sections of FaveCrafts.com!