December 4, 2011

DIY Holiday Gifts

This is the season to give and receive.
With that statement comes a bit of stress, especially at the word "give."
Everybody feels it.
Everybody's biggest question will be "How much?" For some it won't be an issue, for others it's the prime reason why Christmas is so stressful. I can assure you, it doesn't have to be! There are multiple gifts under $10, which you can make in the coziness of your own home.

Here are a few ideas.

Personalized face scrub:

Mason jars, different recipes for face scrub, a little paint on the top, ribbon and glue gun, tags, directions = really cute, inexpensive gift! Your loved ones will truly enjoy the thought and the benefits of the scrub! I recently sent this to a good friend for her birthday and she has enjoyed it. The picture above is the gift I sent her.

Framed Book Pages: leaf through the pages of your favorite children's books, finding phrases or    pictures that remind you of your loved one. Photocopy the page, print on cardstock, and frame it ($5 frames at Wal-Mart). Include a little note and you have a personalized, framed reason as to what your friend means to you.

Memory Jar:

Find a jar, decorate it. Ask others to send you memories, fond statements, or a picture of the person receiving the gift. Write the statements or place the pictures on small pieces of cardstock, fold them, and place in the jar. Try to get 365, one for each day of the year. Give to the receiver and he/she will be able to see the reason they're cherished each day of the year.

Stressing over gifts is not the way to celebrate Christmas, nor is giving gifts the reason for the season. But if you must and feel you should, then do it with some heart, thought, and on a budget.