Ways to Save with Gifts from the Heart

Gift giving is something that a lot of people stress over. My husband and I love giving gifts from the heart (as we call it). We try to focus on making things memorable and not material. We like to enrich our lives with wonderful experiences and doing things that matter.

With that said, I thought that I would share some of my favorite gifts from the heart that I have given and received in a hope that I will get your creative juices flowing. These are low cost or no cost ideas that come from the heart … what better gifts any holiday.

Gifts from the Heart:

Photo Book

We took a trip to Colorado and Mike took some amazing pictures. I used My Publisher and made a photo book that incorporated the pictures with quotes and poetry. It was a spiritual photo journey that I entitled “Miracles of Nature.”

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Make a Photo Book

There are several companies that offer this and all have deals and coupons.

My Publisher
Shutterfly
Picaboo

Family Tree Album

I did this for Christmas and made one for everyone in my immediate family. I found the album at Target, and made copies of the pictures at Snapfish. I then typed up the historical information that I had that corresponded with each photo and organized it accordingly.

There are plenty of extra album pages to add new things as we discover them about our heritage. Everyone loved it!

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Family Tree Album

Turn a Favorite Photo into Canvas Wall Art

Take one of your favorite pictures and have it turned into Canvas Wall Art. CanvasOnDemand Ways to Save with Gifts from the Heart is a great site for this. There are lots of design and pricing options. Tip: Sign up for their free email list on their site and you will get great coupons to save money.

Make Creative Stationery

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Hand Made Stationery, Gift Tags & Bookmarks

I received this several times from my crafty sister. She buys blank stationery that she catches on clearance at Target or Michaels and then either runs them through her computer or stamps them. The hands were actually something that my nephew drew. So useful.

Create a Memory Box

I did this one year for our anniversary. I took an old cigar box and decoupaged it. You could do the same with a shoe box or gift box and you can wrap it versus decoupage. I then filled it with pictures, cards I had saved, mementos from trips and fun times together. We sat for hours going through it and reminiscing.

Make Creative Coupons

My husband knows I like a clean car, but hate washing it. He made a coupon book with 12 car wash coupons in it. All I needed to do was redeem the coupon and he would wash my car. You can get creative and do this for all sorts of things.

Plan a Special Day

I did this for Mike’s 40th birthday. I planned a day of all his favorite stuff and typed it up like an itinerary that I gave to him in the morning. It included his favorite homemade breakfast, a fun day outside doing what he loves, I made his favorite dinner and a cheesecake for dessert.

Get creative and give gifts from the heart … they cost less and mean more. Remember. Material things will not satisfy your soul.

Another frugal living tip from Living Frugal Tips. Please share other gifts from the heart that you’ve given or received.

8 Responses to “Ways to Save with Gifts from the Heart”

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  1. jackie grendel says:

    Lisa….what a great piece this was on gifts from the heart. I absolutely love what you made for your family…the photo albums with annotations. The stationary that Julie makes you each year is fabulous, too! I always knew you two were very creative, as your mother was, as well. I am sure they all so appreciate what you make for them, including Mike. You are so awesome. I check your website each day I am at the office. It updates me on your life, as I have missed most of it while you’ve been in Florida. I love you and am so very proud of all you do. xoxox Aunt Jackie

  2. jackie grendel says:

    Lisa…what a great piece this was on gifts from the heart. I absolutely love what you made for your family…the photo albums with annotations. The stationary that Julie makes you each year is fabulous, too! I always knew that you two were creative, as your mother was, as well. I am sure they all so appreciate what you make for them, including Mike. You are so awesome. I check out your website each day I am at my office. It updates me on your life, as I have missed most of it while you’ve lived in Florida. I love you and am so very proud of all you do. xox aunt Jackie

  3. Lisa says:

    Aunt Jackie, Thank you so very much for visiting my site and for offering such very thoughtful comments and feedback that touch my heart and nourish my soul. I’m so glad that you enjoyed this story and offered your sincere comments. I speak truths and speak from real life experiences and I so hope that I can touch others as I have touched you. Please continue to come back and share your thoughts, comments and ideas as one frugal women to another. xoxo Lisa

  4. Julie Choronenko says:

    Lisa,
    I really enjoyed receiving the family history photo album that you made for us. It’s nice to have names & pictures so as the years go by the boys & I have good memories! Thanks, Julie

  5. Lisa says:

    I’m so glad you like the family history album. I had great fun making it. I so enjoy the cards you make for me too. You are the most crafty, talented girl I know. Keep at it. Thanks again for the kind words! Lisa