Christmas is right around the corner. As usual, is seems everyone is struggling to make ends meet. Christmas time adds more stress to our already stressful lives. While thinking of what I wanted to do for Christmas this year, I came up with a few D-I-Y ideas that might help you save some money when giving gifts this holiday season:
1. Make a scrapbook. Find an inexpensive scrapbook at a dollar store, or a store like Big Lots. Find cute stickers and other scrapbook supplies at a hobby store like Hobby Lobby, or Michael’s. Decide who will get scrapbooks and gather pictures accordingly. Depending on the pictures, decorate your pages to go with the theme of the pictures. Remember, you don’t have to be an expert at scrapbooking. Your friends or family will just be happy over the pictures and the effort you put into their book. One idea is to do a scrapbook for the grandparents of all their grandkids. You can do a page for each child of their infant years, then toddler years, then grade school, and so on. It would really be extra special if you can get the kids to help you.
2. Find a special picture and frame it in an unusual frame. For example, if you have a picture of your Dad fishing with his grandson, you might want to find a cute frame with a fishing theme. I am sure your Dad would love a gift like this, more than any expensive gift you could buy for him in the stores.
3. Gift bags are a great way to give personalized gifts. For the young children on your list, go to a dollar store and gather lots of inexpensive children’s gifts and gadgets. Buy gift bags in bulk, from either a craft store or online. Put the bags together with decorative tissue paper and ribbon. You can even put children’s stickers on the outside of the bags to make them more decorative. One example of a child’s gift bag might contain a $5.00 Barbie, some stickers (all kids love stickers), lip gloss, hair accessories, and candy. You may also want to do gift bags for other people on your list, but they can get a little more expensive. For a woman, your bag might contain things such as makeup, perfume, shower gel, nail polish, or a manicure set.
4. Make customized T-Shirts. Find a favorite picture and make it into something special by adding borders and words via your favorite photo editing software, such as Adobe Photoshop. Then, print this on T-Shirt transfer paper. Iron it onto the T-shirt for a cute and customized gift. One idea would be to take a group photo of your children and then add the phrase, “World’s Best Grandpa!” Trust me, Grandpa will wear it proudly. These T-shirts can also be done without the use of photos. You can find all sorts of pictures online and get creative with any type of shirt you may want to make.
5. Create unusual and handmade Christmas ornaments. Honestly, I am not very creative, but there are 100’s of ideas available for making ornaments. Get the kids involved, too. These make great gifts for the special teachers in your children’s lives. Here is an ornament of cute hand painted snowmen I found at The Happy Housewife: http://thehappyhousewife.com/home-management/hand-painted-ornaments/ .
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season this year; and please share any of your D-I-Y gift ideas.
For more ideas, check out: http://cleaningouttheclutter.com/2012/12/diy-christmas-gifts-under-15/