Save Money Monday: DIY gifts for neighbors & friends
December 19, 2011
What a crazy weekend! We attended Christmas parties on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, not to mention we had doctor appointments for myself and my daughter, grocery shopping, errand running, gift wrapping, laundry, housecleaning, bible study... phew. It didn't feel like much of a weekend with all that stuff going on. Surprisingly, this week before Christmas looks like it's going to be a little bit slower and I'm really looking forward to it!
As you get ready to finish up your last week at work before the holiday break and you attend Christmas parties with friends, I've put together some ideas for last-minute DIY gift ideas for coworkers and friends. If you're on a budget and love to give handmade gifts, then you might just find something here to make and give. Most of them can be done quickly too, so you'll have plenty of time in these last few days before Christmas.
Let's get started!
Felt monogram ornaments
Ornaments always make a great gift. The felt monogram ones are so simple, really cheap to make, adorable, and personalized.
Scrap DIY keychains
Are you kidding me? These are so cute! Aside from the keychain, you can use all scraps to make them. I'm always looking for ways to use up those little leftover pieces of fabric.
Wrapped up cocoa
This gift is simple and practical. Purchase some small gift bags from a craft store, cocoa packets, and peppermint sticks and you're ready to go. It would be easy to give several of these since most of the ingredients come in bulk.
It's all in the wrapping
On It Is What It Is, I was inspired by how to make cheap gifts look great! By using some printables or store-bought scrap supplies and a ziplock bag, you can really class things up! Purchase cheap items like mini cookie cutters, gloves, or bells, find some Christmas printables to embellish with (try here), and enclose your gift in a ziploc bags with some scrapbook paper folded over the top. Voila!
Apron in a jar
Here's an idea I found and have adapted... The original idea for an apron in a jar is from Pleasant-home.com, and she enclosed the pieces to make an apron inside a mason jar with the instructions on a recipe card. But to make this an easier gift (and one your recipient doesn't have to make themselves), I thought why not make a dishtowel apron (the easiest apron ever!), put it in a mason jar, and then put your favorite recipe on the outside? Here's a simple tutorial for a dishtowel apron from Heather on Life Made Lovely, and some printable recipe card options.
Potholder DIY survival kit
I love this idea! It takes very few supplies and the hard work (the potholder) is already done for you. Plus, you can really customize the gift with what you put inside; think about who you're giving it to and the things they love/need on a regular basis.
Beefy bean soup mix in a jar
Yum! This is the easiest way to give someone the gift of a meal, plus the presentation is pretty!
Covered mini composition book
Everyone can use a book to keep notes, doodle, or write down their grocery list. These mini composition books are super cute and easy to make.
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