Now that fall is well and truly underway, it isn’t going to be long before we are seeing all things for the holidays popping up in stores and in our neighborhoods. But if you’re looking to have a more frugal holiday season this year, then now is the time to start preparing for it. Some projects can take a while to make. So starting now will mean that they are ready in time for Christmas.


If you’re looking to have a bit more of a homemade holiday season than ever before, then here are some fun things that you can start working on now, or look to make as we get closer to December. Have you got any other suggestions of things that you love to make at this time of year?



Gifts in a Jar


Collect Mason jars or old jam jars over the next few weeks, and you’ll be able to make plenty of cute gifts for friends or neighbors. The thing with gifts in a jar is that they are so versatile, so it works for everyone. In some, you could put all of the ingredients for cookies or brownies. They work well for friends and teachers. In others, you could put in a few little bits for a home manicure, like fingernail polish, a nail file, some nail gems, and cotton balls, for example. Others could have the ingredients to make your own holiday hot chocolate, with marshmallows and chocolate tips as toppings, for instance. The options are endless!



Use Nature To Decorate


If you want to keep this holiday season much less commercialized than you’ve had before, then there is no better place to look, than to nature. Instead of buying artificial wreaths or decor for your home, why not make your own with what you can find outside? This is why now is the time, because you can look for things like holly or seasonal leaves that you want to use. Team with some burlap cloth, dried orange segments, and sticks of cinnamon, and you’ve got some great things to get creative with.



Sew and Knit Your Own Christmas Sweater


I don’t think we are going to get very far without seeing Christmas sweaters all over the place. They are going to be around for many years to come! But why not get one just as you like, by making your own? If you’re an avid knitter, then this could be a nice way for you to enjoy the holiday season. If you’re not, then you might need to look up a knitting and sewing website to get some tips and tricks, as well as supplies. You could make gifts for others using your skills too. How about sewing an apron or making some holiday style bunting with your sewing machine? Again, the options are endless.



Photo Gifts


To make something extra special for a loved one, then how about photo gifts for them? Getting photos printed out for them, as well as mounted and framed, can be a lovely touch. And with so many of our photos online these days, it will be nice for them to have them printed out, as they might not do that for themselves.