It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!! My favorite holiday!! I love everything about it…houses decorated with lights, christmas trees, shopping for gifts, the coziness one feels in the home, christmas movies, making gingerbread houses, baking cookies…But i think the part I enjoy the most is the gifts. Of course I like receiving gifts, but I LOVE giving them more than I do receiving them. I love seeing their facial expression as they open their gift. I enjoy seeing how happy they get. It makes me even happier and fills me with joy. I know that sounds cheesy, but I really do enjoy it. Now, I’m mexican, which means I have a really big family and I’m not rich so buying presented for everyone can be difficult and very expensive!! That’s why sometimes I make gifts. In my opinion handmade gifts are worth a lot more than store bought ones. For one, they are unique so you won’t find something like it at your local store, and if you do, it’s always so expensive!! Handmade gifts also show that you were thinking about that person and set aside your time just for them. That’s why I’ve put together 20 different gift ideas you can make (and don’t have to be super crafty or have advanced artistic skills for). I’ve made a few of these myself in the past so if I can do it, anyone can. Have fun and I hope the people receiving your handmade gift enjoys it as much as you did making it!! Merry Christmas everyone!! P.S. I realized I added an extra one…now you have 21 gift ideas!!
Things to include: nail polish, polish remover, nail clipper nail file, hand lotion, hand scrub, foot scrub, the little spongy thing you put between the toenails when you paint them (I forgot what they’re called), etc.
This is one of my favorites. It can me any mix of recipes (cookies, bread, brownies, whatever). Layer each ingredient in a jar and place a sticker or card with the recipe. Voila!!
For someone who enjoys baking, this is the perfect gift!!
Who doesn’t love candles?? You can never have enough. Follow the link for instructions on how to make these candles in a mason jar.
These hand scrubs are so easy to make, it’s ridiculous. Basically you put in 2/3 cups of sugar and 1/3 of Dawn soap (the olay one pictured here smells really good AND leaves hands feeling soft). To add a touch of christmas, blend or smash some peppermint candy canes and add them to the mix. Mix with a butter knife or popsicle stick and you’ve got yourself a handy dandy scrub!!
Another one of my favorites. I made this as a gift for christmas last year. You can buy the mugs at the dollar store and draw any design on it with a sharpie. Before applying the design though, clean the area with rubbing alcohol so that the sharpie applies well then stick it in the oven when you’re done doodling. I made these for a couple. One mug read “Mr. Right” with a mustache drawn at the top and the other read “Mrs. Always Right” with some red lips drawn at the top. Be creative!!
These are nice, especially for this cold season. Cut out little squares of your favorite fabric, put rice inside it (or some lavender too!!), and seal by sewing it all together!! How easy is that!! Helpful tip: rinse the rice first and let it dry before inserting it. I made a heating pad like this and when I went to heat it up, the smell of the rice was not cute. You’re welcome.
With a cheap frame from the Dollar store or goodwill and some burlap, you’ve got a nice earring holder!! Glue the burlap to the back of the frame and you’re all set. Decorate to your liking.
This is a fun way to give money instead of just giving a gift card or folding up some dollar bills. Empty out a box of chocolates and replace the chocolates with monies!! That’s my kind of box of chocolates!!
Give someone a movie night in. There are so many good $5, or even $10 movies at Target and Walmart to include in this box. The candy boxes are about $1 (Target, Walmart, Dollar Store) compared to $5 at the movie theater. Add a pack of popcorn and some sodas and you’ve got a fun (and cheaper) movie night with your date!!
This is so cute for anyone who likes to cook or bake. So simple, but yet so useful. Maybe add a few new recipes for them to try out…and better yet, make them together!!
I have yet to make this one. All it is really is a cookie sheet covered in your favorite fabric. It can’t get easier than that!!
This gift is very personal and very cute as well. Using a deck of cards, come up with 52 reasons why you love that special someone (or things you love about them). This gift is perfect for Valentine’s Day too!!
Every girl loves make up…especially when it’s ultra cheap!! Make some lip balm by mixing some vaseline with your choice of colored kool-aid. Who knew it was so easy and affordable?!?!
I need one of these for my house. With a cheap frame, place a picture, printing of your initial, whatever you’d like and decorate. Then place some hooks on the bottom for your keys or maybe dog leashes, if you have any.
Buy any size and color mug and spray paint some chalk paint on the bottom of it to create your own customized and personal mug!! These look fun!!
How cute are these!! With the same concept of the cookie mix in the jar, put in some hot chocolate mix, sprinkles, and mini marshmallows into an ornament!! Can’t get anymore “Christmasy” than that!! You can find these at Walmart or Michael’s crafts store.
Ipad/tablet covers are so expensive, especially if they’re cute, so why not make your own for a fraction of the price!! Follow the link for instructions on how to make your own cover.
I love the simplicity and elegance of this gift. The bottom part is a candle holder (found at the dollar store) and all you do is glue a mason jar, or any jar really, to the top of that. There are so many uses for this. I just might make one for my make up brushes!!
Another one of my favorites. I made this when my husband and I got our first apartment. Every night when he came home from work he’d ask the same thing “What’s for dinner babe?”. I made one of these for our meal plan for the week, just for him!! lol All you need is a frame, some decorative paper, and a dry erase marker. (Keep the glass in, obviously)
Last but not least…another christmas themed gift. Quite clever.
Hope you all enjoyed these ideas. Have fun making them and you’re welcome for saving you money. Merry Christmas to you!!