Christmas can be an expensive time of year for everyone. That’s why we have decided to share some DIY gift ideas, perfect for the holiday season. These homemade gifts will save money and we’re sure the recipient will love them.
A handmade bookmark is easy and cheap to create, plus it makes a unique gift for readers. To make your own bookmark, visit a craft store and buy:
- Ribbon clamps
- Cute charms
- Jump rings
Cut the ribbon to the desire length, affix the ribbon clamp. Then attach the jump ring and charm to the end of the ribbon. What an easy way to create a personalized gift.
Cheap Custom Tea Cups
Buy a cheap tea cup from your local dollar store, and while you’re there stock up on colored permanent markers. Next, use the markers to draw a custom design or write a message on the tea cup. Let the ink dry and set the tea cup aside for 24 hours. The following day, place the tea cup in the oven at 300°F for around 35 minutes. And there you have it – a custom designed tea cup for some special.
If you love baking, why give away some home baked cookies as gifts this year? Set aside a whole day and cook a range of holiday cookies, such as sugar cookies, chocolate chip, chocolate and peanut butter and cinnamon.
Visit thrift shops and dollar stores for cute glass jars and pretty ribbons. Think about how many people you are giving cookies to and buy the appropriate number of jars. Purchase ribbons in festive colors to get into the holiday spirit. Add the cookies to these jars and thread a personalised card on the ribbon for a thoughtful and sweet gift this Christmas.
Thrifty Sock Animals
If you’re crafty, you will probably enjoy creating sock animals. These cute toys are great gifts for kids. Make a few for your grandkids and watch them play together on Christmas day.
In terms of supplies, you’ll need:
- Socks (buy on sale – the crazier the patterns and colours, the better)
- Buttons (use what you have laying around at home)
- Needle, thread and scissors (again, you probably have these items at home)
- Stuffing (can be purchased from all good craft stores)
The ideas are endless – you can create sock monkeys, teddies, kittens and puppies. The choice is yours! Get creative, save money but most of all, have fun.