[custom_frame_left][/custom_frame_left]In our last post we talked about ways you can save money during the holidays. But sometimes the best way to save money at Christmas time is to make your loved ones homemade gifts. There are many ways to get creative with your Christmas gifts. The Internet (especially Pinterest!) provides a wealth of DIY gift ideas. I’ve compiled a list of 10 DIY Christmas gifts that are creative and classy. I’ve tried to list a link, when applicable, to the project’s source. Merry Christmas!
Themed Gift Basket
You could make a themed gift basket for almost anyone on your list, with any interests. Below are some ideas I came up with, but the possibilities are endless.
Southwestern Themed Basket
Fill it with: Succulent plants or cacti; Hot sauce; Your favorite salsa and chips; Gift certificate to your favorite New Mexican restaurant; Navajo Blanket
Whiskey Themed Basket
You can gather a variety of types of whiskey without breaking the bank by purchasing the travel-sized bottles. Combined with some fancy glasses, this will make any whiskey lover happy.
Include a book light, your favorite book, a comfy blanket, a gift certificate to Amazon or a local bookstore; A unique bookmark
This picture frame with various maps cut into fun shapes gives you an opportunity to celebrate the life journey of someone you love.
(Source: Minimoz Blog)
Everyone loves homemade cookies or baked goods. There are hundreds of ways to dress up their packaging to add a special touch. Two of my favorite ideas are below.
Dress up a Pringles can and fill it with cookies.
Spraypaint and decorate old cookie tins.
(Source: Cynthia Shaffer)
Socks and Wine
Everyone loves to cuddle up with warm, comfy socks and a glass of good wine. Why not combine the two for a cute and inexpensive gift?
This is a great way to really personalize a gift to a loved one’s decor. These DIY coasters are super easy. I’m imagining a Southwestern theme!
(Source: Blueprint Crafts.com)
A Piece of History
If you could obtain an old love letter, a grandma’s special recipe, or other piece of nostalgia this is a very simple way to make a unique gift that will be treasured.
(Source: Iffer’s Nest)
A traditional symbol of the southwest, turquoise jewelry is gorgeous. You can make your own turquoise jewelry fairly simply by visiting a craft or jewelry store.
Flower Pot Jewelry Tree
By painting each piece a different, bright color, or even adding some bold southwestern shapes, it could be a special piece for someone who loves the southwest!
(Source: Showmecute blog)
Every kid loves to build a fort. But sometimes it can be a hassle to get out all the blankets and secure everything in a way that will withstand rambunctious kiddos. This inexpensive fort kit allows you to keep everything in one place.
I gave this gift to my five year old son last year and it was a huge hit
(Source: Meg and Andy blog)
This is a great way to personalize a gift for your husband or wife. Include coupons they can redeem for backrubs, date nights, or taking over their chores for a day.