Make It Personal with a Homemade Gift

Still Trying to Get All of Your Shopping Done?

Does going to the mall make you cringe? Do you break out in a cold sweat just thinking about your January credit card bill? Are you a last-minute shopper who has procrastinated too long for online shopping?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you may be interested in DIY Holiday Gifts! With a dash of imagination, a sprinkle of online tutorials, and a touch of glitter, you can make some thoughtful gifts while saving time and money. And the best part—you can utilize the 5 R’s while checking off everyone on your list just in time for the holidays.

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Whether you’re a guru with a glue gun or just a crafting novice, nothing is as versatile as a Mason jar. Dazzle loved ones with any one of the many things you can make out of this simple jar. My favorite—the snow globe cookie jar. It transforms a container for simple baked goodies into a festive gift.

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Personal Bow Pillow

Know anyone that is celebrating their first holiday in a new home? Make a plain pillow, or a sweater pillow, then wrap it in a bow like a present and they will have a gift they can enjoy all year round.

I love to surprise my girlfriends with a homemade beauty gift. This mint sugar scrub was super easy to make and smells yummy! All it took was some coconut oil, sugar, peppermint extract and a drop of green food coloring. If the Christmas spirit moves me, I may even concoct a gingerbread bath bomb.

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Button Ring HolderFor the divas on your list, you can fashion some cute handmade jewelry that will make ideal stocking stuffers. A button ring only requires a ring base, glue and going through that container of mismatched, vintage buttons. With a little 18-karat gold spray paint, you can create a charm from just about anything—thimbles, keys, miscellaneous hardware, even acorns and small pinecones.

Charms acorns and small pineconesI may try my hand at making a pendant necklace and earrings from the chandelier crystals I found at a second-hand furniture store in my neighborhood.

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With simple step-by-step instructions available online, you can find inspiration and ideas for quick and easy homespun gifts—like this one with great gift ideas for Mom. So start a new tradition and gather your kids together for a little DIY party and quality time. Then, you will be all set to spread some holiday cheer with handcrafted gifts and goodies made with love for everyone on your list.

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According to American Research, we spend an average of $983 during the holidays. In addition to making your own gifts, what other ways have you saved money this time of year? Leave a suggestion in the comments section below.

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