By Meghan Castro
The Christmas season is a lovely one. However, it can be hectic at times. Buying gifts is something that can be very stressful to many. Instead of spending a lot of money on gifts this holiday season, here are some homemade gifts that come from the heart instead of your wallet! All of these ideas contain items already in your home and are cheap to make.
Doesn’t everyone love Pringles? I know I do! But what should you do with the container when you are done? Make it a fun DIY present, of course! First, you need to clean the inside of the Pringle-y smell. When that’s finished, bake some of your favorite Christmas Cookies to put inside. While that is baking, pick out some festive wrapping paper to tape around the cylinder (depending on the paper, you may need multiple layers). Like in the picture, you could also add accessories such as a ribbon or twine. Put the treats inside for a great gift to give all of your family friends!
This DIY is very simple and probably the cheapest gift on this list. All you need is a Dollar Store mug, sharpies, and an oven! First, you need to draw your special design (you can look on websites for more inspiration)! When you are done with your design, place your mug in the oven at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 hours. A very simple concept for a big gift from the heart!
Not only is this the cutest gifts, it also is very fun to make and can be very customizable! For supplies, you will need three different sized fishbowls (found in Michael’s, one bag of fake snow, snow pieces, a glue gun, and a snowman hat (either handmade or store bought will do). For this DIY, you will decorate each bowl separately with unique and fun Christmas pieces and fake snow. When those are finished, place each bowl starting at the bottom with the biggest, then medium-sized, and small one at the top. After hot gluing them into place, place or glue your hat on top and you are all good to go.
This is a gift that can mean so much and can be used all year long! As shown in the picture, it is a very simple and creative concept. To start, based on however many you are planning to make, get pictures of family and friends you want someone to receive. Using the inner circular part of the lid, trace the picture around it. After that is completed, hot glue the photo to each circular lid. Hot glue that lid to the top portion of the lid so both parts are stuck together and if putting the lid on a mason jar, having the picture face the bottom of the jar. Lastly, hot glue a magnet to the back of the lid and you are finished. For an extra way to spice it up, you can write a quote on the picture or put the year the photo was taken.
Who wouldn’t love this gift? All you need to do is make a snowman face around the lightbulb of a tea light (which a bag of them are very cheap) and add decor accordingly. This can include ribbon bow-ties, felt top hats, and pom-pom pipe cleaner ear muffs! You could even hot glue ribbon to the back so you can use this as an ornament. Go crazy!
There you go; five easy, cheap, and fast last-minute DIY Christmas Gifts! I hope that you got some inspiration but remember that the holidays aren’t all about the presents; it’s about spending time with the people you love and care about. So, with that being said, remember to spread the spirit of giving to others and have a wonderful holiday season!