With the holidays coming up and me being strict on my budget, I’ve been trying to think of some creative gifts that I could make for people on my shopping list. I thought maybe I’d share some of my ideas with everyone in case anyone is in the same boat as me! You can also follow my craft board on Pinterest here. I’ll try to update the cost part of everything as I figure it out on my end. If you have any other ideas, please let me know! I’d love to share them and try a few myself. I’ll definitely be adding more the closer it gets to the end of the year, so please keep checking back for updates – the post will be pinned on my blog (:
- DIY Coasters: These are SO cute and there are so many possibilities. You can paint them, use your own pictures, or even use paint samples to make this extremely useful gift. One thing I’ve read in a couple places is that most tutorials don’t teach you how to make ones that are heat/water resistant. I read that there’s a quick fix for that at the auto parts stores though, so maybe I’ll give that a shot. I’ll include links to some of the tutorials I found.
If you shop at Michael’s with coupons, you can definitely bring the price down quite a bit. Modge Podge is the most expensive item on the list.
This was my favorite tutorial, and it included steps for heat proofing! Here is a link to how I made my set earlier this year.
- Personalized Mugs: These would look so cute if they coordinated with a set of coasters! Who doesn’t need more mugs? I’ve read some success stories as well as some disaster stories, so I’m not sure I completely trust myself with this one. You can get plain mugs online (I found a few at Ikea) for anywhere from $1-4.
Cost: Less than $5
- Bath Bombs: Anyone who knows me knows I’ll probably just end up making these for myself.
I found a lot of tutorials, but this one seems to be pretty popular.
- Nail Polish Pendants: These are really cool and could be made into a lot more than necklaces (I’m thinking along the lines of keychains for this one). Think outside the box!
This tutorial is very helpful.
- Tie blankets: I can’t tell you how many of these I’ve already made in my life – but they are seriously such great gift. They hardly take any time to make, there are multiple ways to make them, and they’re very personalized gifts. Here is a link to the small one I made for Wesley. You can also choose two different fabrics to make a heavier blanket, you would just cut and tie both fabrics together.
Cost: Varies, but you can easily make a blanket for under $10 if your fleece is $5 or less per yard (Depends on the size and cost of fabric)
- Terrarium: Let me start off by saying that I would love to receive one of these little guys as a gift, especially knowing that there’s no other one just like it in the world! These are easy to make, fun to create (even Wyatt likes making these) and so simple to add really personal touches to.
Here is a link to a small one I made for myself earlier this year.
Cost: Varies, but can easily be done for less than $20. Clip those craft store coupons!