DIY Holiday Gifts

(Image via Trend Hunter)

The holidays are almost here. How’s the gift buying? Still have the spirit of the holidays? How’s the budget? If you are on a tighter budget this year, here’s a way to hopefully reduce some of the holiday stress. Why not use the time you would have spent shopping in the crowded malls and make some do it yourself gifts for your friends and loved ones.

Get Rich Slowly has a list of 34 Great Homemade Gifts You Can Make that includes suggestions such as hand warmers, a spice sampler and giving the gift of time or a skill. has 100 DIY Gift Ideas for the Cash-Strapped College Kid that anyone can use. Some of their ideas are a photo collage, a scarf and bath bombs.

Looking for something a little different? Trend Hunter has 65 Unique DIY gift Ideas such as painted bracelets, eco kits and chopstick bowls. went through their archives and found an easy no-knead bread recipe, a few terrarium ideas and an aluminum laptop stand.

What if you don’t have the time or energy to make something? Or you have to get a present for someone who is hard to buy for because they have everything and don’t need any more “stuff”? Instead of a gift card, you (or a group) could give someone a charity gift card. You can buy charity gift cards from or  and the recipient will be able to give to the charity of their choice.



  1. I like the idea of the gift card that a person can chose what charity to give to. Last year, we gave to charities in folks’ names (soccer balls in the name of our 3 grandneices for example). I like DYI gifts, and wish that I had the time and energy this year to make them. I will definitely book mark the sites you mention for future reference.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. You’re welcome. Over the years I’ve done food recipes such as dry ingredients in a bottle with recipe, hot chocolate mix and different shaped chocolates and they were a hit. But, I also like the idea of charity gift cards. I never knew about those sites until I did this post. Learn something new every day. Or most days. 🙂

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