If you’re feeling poor and the thought of spending a ton of money this Christmas makes you weep, you’re not alone! Uplike is rife with ideas for the thrifty gift-giver, and since doing it yourself can be a lot of fun, we think starting early to avoid any stress is the way to go! Here are our 8 favorite DIY gift ideas for this Christmas:
Candles are easy and fun to make, especially with your friends and family! You could have a crafty day, picking up some vintage teacups from a second-hand store and make a variety of amazing scented candles for Christmas. Pick a cup and a scent appropriate for each person and they will love their gift all the more!
2. Body scrubs
Body scrubs last a long time and are very useful and always appreciated. If your friend loves to buy organic, hand-made things but can’t necessarily afford to, this is the perfect gift for them. Give the gift of soft, happy skin this Christmas!
3. Coasters and placemats
There are lots of ways to make coasters and placemats – from using tiles, to crochet, to felt. They are cute and the kind of thing people rarely buy for themselves, so even more appreciated! They’re also quick and easy to make, so stress-free to boot!
You don’t have to be a sewing goddess to make some pretty pillows. Cute pillows can cost a lot to buy, but they’re not expensive to produce, making them an ideal gift for Christmas. You can make different ones for each friend based on the things you know they love – e.g. a bike motif for your bike-lover friend, cute birds for the nature-lover. You get the idea!
5. Baked goods
A more immediate pleasure for the foodies in your life, muffins and other baked goods are inexpensive to make and great for sharing. Stored correctly they can last a few days, spreading Christmas cheer beyond the 25th! If you have a friend who is lactose intolerant or allergic to gluten, this is a great chance to make them something delicious with ingredients specifically tailored to their needs.
The great thing about jams is that you can make them in large batches and use fruit which is about to go bad and therefore sold cheaper in stores. You can also get creative with spices and make a selection of different jams for different people, based on their tastes. Decorating the jars is also fun – bring on the stickers and twine!
We love these friendship bracelets! You could make a different one for each of your friends, choosing colors and designs to match their personalities. It’s a simple but sentimental gift which shows you’ve put time and thought into what your friends would enjoy, and it’s something which they could end up keeping for years to come.
8. Mix CD
Finally, nothing is cuter than a hand-selected playlist in physical format for Christmas. Another gift which will last for years to come and which captures a time in your life which you will cherish forever.