We are doing homemade gifts for Christmas this year. I made something today that is really inexpensive to make. Made from recycled items we probably all have in our homes. They are fire starters. They make some nice gifts for those who have fireplaces or wood stoves, or for camp fires or putting in your emergency kit.
The things you need are:
Cardboard egg cartons
I saved my dryer lint for about a week. Depending on how much laundry you do and how much lint comes off each load determines how long you need to save it.
After they are hardened up, take some shears and cut apart the cups. To use them put them on the bottom of your fireplace/wood stove and put your kindling on top just like you would build your fire using other fire starters or paper. I am putting these in tins for gifts. Simple, frugal and useful!