As it gets closer to Christmas, there are still a few people on your gift list. You like the idea of something personal and homemade, but you don’t have a lot of time to put something together. We’ve rounded up a few easy ideas DIY gifts that won’t cost you too much money or time.
Here are some ideas for memorable DIY gifts.
1. Reindeer Six-Pack
How hilarious are these reindeer-decorated bottles? Grab a glue gun, some googly eyes, mini pompoms and pipecleaners and suddenly that last-minute party gift becomes a thoughtful present.
2. Photo Mosaic
I recently made one of these for a Christmas present and was surprised at how easy – and inexpensive – it was to put together. You need to gather up photos (the more the better – this is the part that takes a little time), then upload them to EasyMoza. I paid only $5 to download a high-resolution picture to my computer. I then went on to Shutterfly (you can also go to your local photo store/Kinko’s) and ordered a poster which was surprisingly affordable (prices vary with size).
3. Handprint Apron
My dad loves to cook so one year, we bought him a chef’s apron at Bed, Bath & Beyond and had all the grandkids add their handprints to it in washable paint, like this apron, pictured. Easy, thoughtful, inexpensive.
4. Gingerbread Body Scrub
Every year, I love to whip up great homemade gifts like this gingerbread-scent scrub. It’s quick, easy and cheap to make – and smells delicious! BB made these sugar scrub gifts that were quick and easy, too!
5. Snow Candles
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Pick up some candles from the dollar store, Modge Podge ($3.49 at Michaels), foam brushes and some Epsom salts (for the “snow”). You’d be suprised how easy these beautiful candles are to make!
6. Reindeer Cookies
Everyone loves homebaked goodies. These reindeer cookies are easy to make and you can even get the kids involved. Use your favorite gingerbread cookie recipe (or a mix!) and decorate with red M&Ms, chocolate covered pretzels and mini M&Ms for eyes. Sweet!
7. Lollipop Bouquet
What a creative idea! Instead of showing up empty-handed or with a store-bought gift, imagine handing a hostess this lovely lollipop bouquet. It’s another easy craft that the kids won’t mind helping with (as long as you let them have their pick of lollipops)! Buy a pot from the dollar store and an inexpensive styrofoam ball from Michael’s and insert the lollipops – couldn’t be easier (or prettier)!