10 DIY Christmas Gifts Anyone Will Love

10 DIY Christmas Gifts Anyone Will Love

The best gifts are homemade gifts

It's Christmas time and that means you're going to have to find gifts for all your family and friends. So instead of breaking the bank on gifts this year, spend some time making DIY gifts. These 10 thoughtful and creative gifts will be perfect for your loved ones.

1. Salted Caramel Cracker Candy

Who doesn't love a sweet and salty treat? This is my far the easiest DIY since you don't even need an oven! All you need is some saltines, brown sugar, butter, sugar, vanilla extract, cider vinegar and sea salt. Full recipe here.

2. Gilded Notebooks

For anyone that loves to write, this is a perfect gift. Just use scrap paper for the book jacket and printer paper for the pages. All you have to do is use gold leaf to "dip" the book jacket. Use your unique gift for any thoughts, inspiration, or to-do lists.

3. Cellphone Case

Everyone always needs a new phone case, so why not customize one? Use washi tape in a variety of colors to create a pattern on a blank phone case. You'll have a phone case that's unique and fashionable.

4. Monogrammed Mug

For those cold winter days, a mug for coffee or hot chocolate is a perfect gift. All you need is a plain mug, a letter stencil and gold spray paint. Spray paint your stencil on and the handle. Now you have a custom mug for one of your family or friends.

5. Gilded Agate Coasters

These gilded agate coasters are almost too easy. Just shop around for coaster-like, round agates at stores like Urban Outfitters. They usually are only around $8. But you can also look online at Amazon or Etsy. Then, all you have to do is paint the sides with gold paint and you're done!

6. Colorful Camera Strap

All you'll need for this colorful camera strap is 2 yrds of cotton webbing, craft paint, fabric glue and swivel hooks. First, you will have to paint the cotton webbing with a custom design. Then, slide the ends through the two swivel hooks and use fabric glue to secure the ends. The shutterbug in your life will absolutely love this custom gift.

7. Memory Board

For this memory board, you will need cork tile, shaped clipboard, an exacto knife and contact cement. Trace your shaped clipboard onto the cork tile and cut out the shape. Use the contact cement to glue the two shapes together. You can also add optional ribbon or twine for decoration. Then you have your shaped memory board! Use it for pinning up photos, business cards, or inspiration.

8. Mint Sugar Scrub

For your next spa day, make this mint sugar scrub. You will need sugar, coconut oil, peppermint extract and green food coloring. Anyone will love this amazing gift, full instructions here.

9. Pinecone Fire Starters

For those cold winter nights, starting a fire is absolutely necessary. You'll need to collect pinecones, soy wax flakes, candle fragrance oil, candle dye blocks, and wire candle wicking. Basically, you will melt the wax with the fragrance oil and dip your pinecones in it. The full instructions are here.

10. Cinnamon Stick Candles

Everyone loves candles, but by adding cinnamon, it adds a holiday twist. Just take a regular candles and hot glue cinnamon sticks around it. Tie a bow around it and your home will be smelling like the holidays.

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Christmas time is not about the gifts... It is about something far, far more special.


Dear Reader,

Thank you for your time.

This is a series that I have dedicated to those I have loved and lost. It was merely a thought, then an idea, and now a realized creation. Christmas time… all winter really is a hard time for me. It holds this duality in my life of being both my favorite and also my least favorite and difficult time of year. It has been that way for years now.

In a way, this series aids my closure and healing further, and it allows me to tell my story in a way that, to me, is less scary (one of the many great facets of this platform). It was never my intention to write this in order to reach people, or encourage people, or serve as an inspiration to anyone. This was for me and only me. No one else. But, if these pieces of writing do impact someone, somewhere, or make them feel encouraged or inspired in some way or another, or just simply make them feel, then I hope you have enjoyed them. If I can make someone feel, then I guess I have done my job.

The life of an artist is often an uncertain one. The life of a human is a trying one. But life is a journey, and all journeys have their trials. Their tests. Their triumphs and rewards. And they all have their losses. What matters most is what you make of all of it. What lessons you learn. What changes you make. What life you create for yourself. What art you create because of it all. It can be very, very hard. But it can all be glorious at the same time.

At the heart of this series, my words, there is this deep and valuable belief of mine: Christmas (or the Winter Holiday that you may celebrate) is so much more about presents and cooking and shopping and all that other bullshit… it is about family.

The family that is related by blood. The family that surrounds your heart. Your Mom. Your brother. Your dearest friends. The bonds that make life valuable. Worth living. These bonds are soulful bonds, ones that are far more special than any mere trivial object. So… be with them. Forgive. Forget. Heal. Mend what is broken. Reassemble what has been shattered. And stop worrying so much. Laugh together. Cry together. Heal on another. Heal together. And may your new days be better, brighter, and full of love.

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