8 Ideas For A DIY Christmas

8 Ideas For A DIY Christmas

Gifts for when you have no money to spend.

ollege students are poor, but that doesn't mean we don't love our people. Here's some ways to give gifts for the holidays without breaking the bank!

1. For the coffee lover

Make these marbled coffee mugs for your friend who just can't make it through the day without 3 or 8 cups of coffee.

2. For anyone who needs to relax

These DIY Bath Bombs are great for your mom, grandma, or friend who deserves a break! And they are made with ingredients you probably have around your house!

3. For the person who is hard to buy for

Find out his/her favorite candy, and put it in a mason jar. Extra points if you make the jar look cute and Christmas-y like these.

4. For the chef

You can never have too many wooden spoons, especially if you cook a lot. Make these fabric-covered spoons or these hand-painted utensils for your favorite food-lover.

5. When you need to make something quick

This DIY Lip Balm only takes 5 minutes to make and only uses 3 ingredients! You could easily make this for every person in your residence hall, and they would love you forever!

6. For the sentimental friend

These canvases are so easy that even I could make them! All you need is a printer, a canvas, and some puff paint to make a gift that is actually meaningful.

7. For the one who loves affirmation

Sometimes all that people need is to know they are loved. What better way to say it than to just say it? Check out more here.

8. For the Harry Potter lover

Not just any Harry Potter fan would want a potion as an ornament, but we all know someone who would love to have this hanging on their tree each year.

Gifts are hard. Knowing what people will like and who to buy for can be stressful. I hope this list helped spark some ideas in you as we are coming up to Christmas!

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.


So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?



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I'm Keeping My Christmas Tree Up All Winter And There's Nothing You Can Do About It

It's the WINTER Season... ;-)


I think that my tree would not be considered Christmas-y if the ornaments are taken off and the lights are kept on. I think to just looks wintry. I am also keeping up decorations that say "let it snow", and I am keeping up any snowman without holly berries or presents in their hands.

The tree looks wintry in my opinion. It looks pretty with the lights and brings the room together. It gives off a warm ambiance, unlike that of fluorescent lighting.

I've taken all ornaments off except for gold snowflakes and I've left the silver tinsel garland on as well as the lights. It looks wintry to me still. I will probably be taking the whole tree down by the end of this month to prepare for Valentine's Day decorating. (Yes, I pretty much decorate my apartment for every holiday—sue me).

There's nothing like coming downstairs and seeing those lights sparkling.

Or coming inside from a dreary, rainy day outside and seeing them light up the room in a calm, warm, and comforting glow.

Or having a bad day, looking up, and seeing them shine.

It sort of makes me upset when I come downstairs and see that someone has unplugged them, to be honest.

I guess they don't see it as I do.

Pretty, twinkling lights forever!

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