Sunday, December 9, 2012

DIY Gift Guide: 8+1 Winning Ideas

This is the year of the Store-Bought Gift for me. Aside from a few gift cards and a loaf of pumpkin bread, everything else is coming ready-made by. . .someone else. In years past, though, I've done sugar scrubs, candies, and on a year marked by particular poverty, Letters of Appreciation.

Coming up with DIY Gifts can be a challenge. I mean, you don't want to seem tacky. . .In case you're struggling for ideas this year, here's a round-up of DIY gifts that anyone should love to get. . .

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I made one of these in middle school. It was easy, the only expense was the fleece, and I snuggle up in it to this day. 

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Great tutorial! Paperwhites require only water to grow and bloom, so it's a pretty foolproof gift! Who wouldn't want flowers in January?

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I did sugar scrubs (bergamot-orange!) last year for a few people. The ingredients aren't very expensive; I think most of your expense potential comes from the packaging! I got jars from Hobby Lobby, but later it occurred to me that you could re-use small candle or baby-food jars as well.

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I thought of drawing on a mug for someone this year, but had some reservations. Supposedly, if you use a regular sharpie it will wash off after a few scrubs, but if you use an oil-based sharpie it will have more staying power. I tried it out with an oil-based sharpie, and while it didn't wash off, it did kind of chip easily :) . . . So I would recommend giving one of these only to someone you doesn't have a dishwasher.

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Think of the possibilities! A favorite quote, and inside joke. . .

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Make mittens. Why not?

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I bet you could substitute unscented tea lights for the leftover wax in this tutorial and add your own scents/coloring. . .

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How smart is this? You can also get cork trivets in a variety of sizes in the gardening sections of Walmart, Lowes, and Home Depot. I never would have thought of using them for anything other than putting under plants!

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Finally, I'd like to share THIS link.

If you're not feeling very DIY, you can still get more bang for your buck by making purchases that support great causes. At the link, Chantel shares some wonderful resources.

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How's your Christmas shopping coming?

I am almost there. SO close. Just two people left on my list, but they're proving really difficult!