10 DIY Christmas Gifts To Create A Smile Without Breaking Your Bank

10 DIY Christmas Gifts To Create A Smile Without Breaking Your Bank

2. Snow globes

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Christmas can be a very overwhelming and stressful season. You want to find the perfect gift and make your loved ones feel special but you don't want to be broke after the holidays. Here some ideas for DIY gifts that are not only super thoughtful but also really original. Also PSA almost all the supplies for everything listed below can be found at your local dollar store!

1. Ornaments

Homemade ornaments are super easy to make and be kept for years to come. It's something they can put on their tree and look at it every year and be reminded who gave it to them.

2. Snow globes

With a clear jar, some water, glitter to act as your snow and whatever else you chose to put in there, you can create a really unique gift. It is something that can be put together really quick and would be good for a last minute gift.

3.  Hot cocoa party favors

This would be a great idea if you were going to a party and wanted something to give to multiple people. All you need is some type of clear, skinny container and some ribbon. Then fill the container with cocoa powder, mini chocolate chips, and marshmallows. This would be so cute and everyone would be talking about it!

4. Fleece blankets

This is a little more pricey but you can always find great coupons for Joann Fabrics online! This is a more common gift but it will never disappoint. Besides you can never have too many blankets.

5. Bath bombs

What special girl or guy in your life wouldn't adore this gift? Everyone in your life deserves some pampering and would love this super custom gift. Bath bombs are super easy to make you can make the exact favorite scent of the person they are going to. They are also super colorful and look really pretty in any container with a bow!

6. Sugar cookie sack

This is another gift that could be given out as favors to a whole party or individually. Take any cute bag and measure out the ingredients to make sure cookies. Of course, leave out the liquid ingredients like eggs! Make a little card to put on the outside for what type of cooke it is, what ingredients still to add and how long to cook it for. Add a bow and you have a perfect DIT gift that everyone will want to copy next year!

7. Mason jar candle holders

This is a little more time consuming but it is super creative! All you need is some mason jars, paint, and colored sand. You can paint the outside of the mason jar into whatever festive design you like but make sure you color the background so you only see the candle through the design. When it is all dried you can fill the mason jar with sand to look like snow and add a candle and you are all set!

8. Terrarium kit

This would be perfect for all the young nature lovers in your life. All you need is a mason jar and all the supplies to make a small terrarium. You can decorate the outside and give a cute directions sheet attached with a bow. I bet this will be the gift any child would be trying to open immediately and start setting up.

9. Soap

Soap is not only super easy to make,but everyone uses it! You can make it smell great and look great as well. Some people will use it immediately or may use it for decoration in their bathrooms! You make the scents custom to the gift receivers and it is a practical gift that is not time consuming to make.

10. Candy.

Christmas goodies are the most common DIY gift to give, but you can never have too many. Candy and other treats are super easy to make and you can make a lot at one time so it can go to many people. My favorite to make is glass candy. IT looks really pretty in a jar and lasts longer than cookies!

Hopefully, this gives you some good ideas and maybe even saves you a little money this holiday season!

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14 Fraternity Guy Gifts Ideas, Since He Already Has Enough Beer

Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!

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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

Price: $8.49

2. Phone juul holder 

You know those cardholders everyone sticks on the back of their phones? Well, now a Juul holder for your phone is on the market! This will save your favorite frat boy from ever again losing his Juul!

Price: $10.98

3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

Price: $1.95

4. The American Fraternity book

Does the frat boy in your life need a good read for Thanksgiving or winter break? Look no farther, this will certainly keep his attention and give him a history lesson on American fraternity heritage and tradition.

Price: $28.46

5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

Price: $12.00

6. Condom case

This condom carrying case will not only protect condoms from damage but also make frat boys more inclined to practice safe sex, which is a win-win situation!

Price: $9.99

7. Frat house candle

Ahhh yes, who does not like the smell of stale beer in a dark, musty frat house basement? Frat boys can make their apartment or bedroom back home smell like their favorite place with the help of this candle.

Price: $16.99

8. "Frat" sticker

Frat boys always need to make sure everyone around them knows just how "fratty" they are. This versatile stick can go on a laptop, car, water bottle, or practically anywhere their little hearts desire.

Price: $6.50

9. Natty Light t-shirt 

Even I will admit that this shirt is pretty cool. The frat boy in your life will wear this shirt at every possible moment, it is just that cool!

Price: $38.76-$41.11

10. Natty light fanny pack 

This fanny pack can absolutely be rocked by any frat boy. The built-in koozie adds a nice touch.

Price: $21.85

11. Bud Light Neon Beer Sign 

A neon beer sign will be the perfect addition to any frat boys bedroom.

Price: $79.99

12. Beer Opener

Although most frat boys' go to beers come in cans, this bottle opener will be useful for those special occasions when they buy nicer bottled beers.

Price: $7.99

13. Frat House Dr. Sign

Price: $13.99

Forget stealing random street signs, with this gift frat boys no longer have to do so.

14. Beer Lights 

Lights are an essential for any party and these will surely light up even the lamest parties.

Price: $17.19

Please note that prices are accurate and items in stock as of the time of publication. As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

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Giving Gifts at Christmas Shouldn't Be a Burden

A price tag shouldn't matter more than the thought of a gift.

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When the holidays come around, everyone starts to worry about what presents to buy for the people that you love. For me, it's a combination of stress and excitement when it comes to buying presents. I want to give gifts to the people that I love, but there's so much pressure to get the perfect gift for everyone in your life. When the season of giving comes around, you shouldn't feel controlled by the pressure of the perfect gift.

After being in a relationship for four years, one of the biggest things that I've learned is that gifts aren't everything.

My boyfriend and I aren't big gift givers in general. We've never gone overboard when it comes to buying each other gifts. It's comforting to know that I don't have to outdo the gift that I previously gave, and that whatever I get him is good enough. However, I have friends who are spending ridiculous amounts of money on their significant others.

Showing people you care about them isn't something that is shown in the amount of money you spend on someone. Actions can mean even more than the amount of money you spend on someone. The fact that someone thought enough to get you a gift should matter more than what you actually receive.

The more you spend on someone doesn't translate to you loving them more. When you have rent and tuition to worry about, it's hard to justify spending large amounts of money on someone else, just for one day. All college students are worried about their spending habits, and the people that you're buying gifts for are in the same situation.

Christmas is a time where everyone wants to make sure that they get gifts for everyone that they love. But between family, friends, and gift exchanges that you're involved in, Christmas quickly becomes a time where everyone spends more than they anticipated.

Giving gifts should be something that you should enjoy doing. If there is anyone who expects you to give a big gift in order for them to be happy, then that's their problem and not yours.

Your significant other should be the person that's most understanding of how much you spend on them. There are other ways than giving gifts that should make them happy. Spending time together around the very busy holidays, and small acts can mean more than one large gift.

Society expects entirely too much when it comes to giving gifts. Not only is there a stigma around giving homemade gifts, but there is also the concern that the gift you are giving isn't good enough. I would rather get a small homemade gift than something expensive.

I never expect anyone to give me a gift. It's their choice to do so, and it doesn't change our relationship in any way. I will appreciate a $5 gift the same as a $100 gift. A price tag doesn't change the fact that someone cared enough about you to get you a gift. Even if it isn't exactly what you wanted, the action of buying you a gift should mean more than the physical item.

Giving gifts is something that you should enjoy doing. Putting pressure on yourself in order to get the perfect gifts eliminates the whole point of giving gifts in the first place. I'm not going to be upset I get "small" gifts every year. I know that my relationships with people mean more than any gifts I could receive.

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