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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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.


1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten

Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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Christmas Of Remembrance Series: My Last Letter

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.

Happy Holidays.


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"Sense of Home" — Harrison Storm / YouTube

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