Of all these gifts, family time is the best gift you can give

 

The holiday season is just around the corner, and after a semester of partying, eating out, and buying books, we’re all probably broke as hell. Thankfully, Pinterest offers a life saving number of do-it-yourself holiday presents that save your bank and will not get re-gifted. The following is a list of gifts for pretty much everyone on your list; they are super cheap to make and are super cute.

The Homebodies:

If you know a few people who take pride in their home, and love that homey feeling the holidays bring, try something like etched glass, or beer bottle candle covers for your really quirky friends.

Etched Glass

What you need: Painting tape (the green kind), etching paste, a glass jar and X-Acto knife.

What to do: Create your stencil on the painting tape—you can do this by tracing a printed word over the tape for the outline. Use the X-Acto knife to cut out what you want etched on the glass. Put the tape on the glass, apply etching paste, leave for a minute or two and make sure to remove the tape before it starts to dissolve. Voila! Etched glass.

 

The Busy Bees:

Everyone has a friend who just needs to chill. For this person, encourage them to relax with some homemade spa products like scrubs and face masks.

Face Mask

What you need: 1/4 uncooked oatmeal, 2 Tbsp aloe vera juice, 2 Tbsp lemon, 1 Tbsp honey and 1 Tbsp sea salt.

What to do: Mix all ingredients and blend them in a blender or Magic Bullet, put in a jar and wrap a ribbon around it.

 

The Adorable Couples:

Everyone knows at least one couple that is so adorable they should already be in matching tracksuits (and maybe they are). Matching dishes are a great way to recognize that they are a cute little unit, and it’s great for anyone from friends to grandparents. You can also make individual ones for your friends.

Matching Dishes

What you need: Plain white dishes (cups/plates/bowls) and sharpie

What to do:  Write or draw cute matching messages and pictures (or names) on each dish with sharpie, then bake at 350° for 30 minutes.

 

The Neat Freaks:

Know someone who loves being organized? Make them a cool jewelry holder or a cute framed dry erase board.

Jewelry Holder

What you need: Wood, paint and cupboard knobs.

What to do: Paint the wood however you want, then attach the cupboard knobs. Perfect for necklaces.

 

The Snackers:

If you know someone who loves cookies, but can never seem to get the recipe right, the uncooked cookie jar is for you.

The Cookie Jar

What you need: All the dry ingredients for your favourite cookie mix, Mason jar.

What to do: Layer all of the ingredients in the Mason jar and tie a ribbon and label around it. All your gift receiver will have to do is add the wet ingredients and bake.

 

Amber Richardson

Hi! I’m Amber, a fourth year concurrent education/sociology student with a fiery passion for journalism. While I do love teaching and working with children, I love researching and reporting and contributing new information to the world far more than just regurgitating.I am the resident sex columnist, and contribute other articles about all things artsy and entertaining. I am also the editor-in-chief of Laurier Brantford’s yearbook The Carnegie….yes we have a yearbook, as well as a DJ for Radio Laurier with Mr. Sebastien Bell.I have an insane love for dogs, tea, and photography…and maybe rhyming too.

About The Author

Hi! I’m Amber, a fourth year concurrent education/sociology student with a fiery passion for journalism. While I do love teaching and working with children, I love researching and reporting and contributing new information to the world far more than just regurgitating. I am the resident sex columnist, and contribute other articles about all things artsy and entertaining. I am also the editor-in-chief of Laurier Brantford’s yearbook The Carnegie….yes we have a yearbook, as well as a DJ for Radio Laurier with Mr. Sebastien Bell. I have an insane love for dogs, tea, and photography…and maybe rhyming too.