9 Gifts To Either DIY Or B-U-Y This Christmas

9 Gifts To Either DIY Or B-U-Y This Christmas

Some good gifts to give to your family or friends this year whether it be Christmas or Hanukkah!


We all go through that period during the holidays when we have absolutely no idea what to get someone. I'm here to give some inspiration or ideas that can be low budget and you can even make yourself!

1. A Candle!


Candles are super easy to make and don't require that many ingredients that will bust your bank. There are a few candle recipes, but this is the easiest one in my opinion:

Ingredients you will need:



Fragrance(if desired)



To start you will need to boil the wax(double boil method recommended), it might get messy, so I suggest wearing closes you don't mind getting wax on and preparing the area for work. You'll want to use some tape or anything that can adhere the wick to the container you are making a candle in for when you pour the wax. This is so the wick doesn't move around too much when you're pouring it. You can also purchase wick holders to go at the bottom of the candle at any craft store. You'll want to add the fragrance(if desired) when it has finished boiling and cooled off. If you want to make separate scents, then I suggest taking the wax you've boiled and poured it into different bowls according to how many scents you plan on making, stirring it, then soon after pouring it into the container that has the wick. Finally, you wait! Once it dries it's ready to wrap up and gift to someone!

Here are some creative containers you might want to use:

- Teacup

- thrift store finds( glass mugs, deep dish, a mini cream pourer)

- Pottery

- Plant Pot

Those are just some ideas, you can always find your own too!

If you follow videos for this kind of thing better, I've attached a link to a helpful video to guide you!


Note: This video uses some cool alternatives like flower petals, coconut oil and much more!

2. Take Them On An Adventure!


Sometimes just going on a trip or having experience with someone is better than a material gift. This might only appeal to some people but there are endless things you could do. Here are some of them:

- Go to the movies

- If you are getting a gift for a child, take them to an arcade or somewhere fun in your town or city

- Take them out to their favorite restaurant

- Go on an all day(or overnight) road trip

- Buy them a massage(an excuse to buy yourself one too, so you can go with them!)

- Take them on a little shopping spree

There are lots more things to so pertaining to a certain persons interest or where you leave, all it takes is a little brainstorming!

3. An Ornament!


Ornaments are one of the easiest to make, considering, it could be anything you want it to be! A small picture in a frame?, a paper snowflake?, a paper tree?, there are lots of possibilities and they can be perfectly curated for the gift receiver! If you're having trouble making one or coming up with an idea, here are a few of my favorite tutorials you can follow or grab inspiration from!

1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tL9-jiaapag

2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PU3rCDgpT84

3. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/247909154468247796/

4. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/123004633548391272/(easy mod podge ornament!)

5. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/276408495860093791/

6. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/89438742583686543/

4. A Magazine Subscription!


The choices of magazines to choose from are endless! There is a magazine out there for almost every person, and getting that person an ever-lasting supply will surely make their holiday season and the rest of the year!

Magazine ideas: Cooking, Home, Food, Hunting, Technology, Animals, Astronomy, and many more!

5. A Scrapbook!


A scrapbook is a great idea for a family member or a close friend. Everyone loves looking back on good times and memories and that's exactly what you can do with a scrapbook. You can go the usual route and get an actual book, or you can get creative with posters, even furniture(mod podge), or whatever you can think of.

6. Gift Baskets!


A fun thing to do is make a basket full of everything you know the person you're giving it to will love! Examples could be Makeup bundle, Cookingware set, Tea or Coffee, stuff or games. You have many options for this one.

7.  Etsy gift!

I've always loved Etsy when it comes to gifting handmade or creative thing! I once got a friend of mine a custom pair of pants and my mother a customized necklace! There are a lot of things you'll find that you'll love for someone else(or maybe yourself) and many customizable products. Some ideas for you: Custom jewelry, vintage clothing or products, handmade products and much more! Be sure to check them out.


8. Crochet Or Knit Something!


If you know how to crochet or knit, it's a perfect way to make gifts! You can make things ranging from hats, scarfs, sweaters, to blankets! There are lots of tutorials on Youtube and the internet to see you if you need help or if you're interested in starting for the first time!

9. Homemade Lotion Or Scrub


Similar to candles, this is a great gift to make. You can make it just for them by adding ingredients you'll know they like or that will help their skin! I've listed some great links that I've has success with below!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9LcvGcEkc4: Coconut lotion!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiFEnbAuRO8: Whipped body butter for stretch marks and moisturizing!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNuaZ5QXNt8: DIY sugar scrub along with bath bombs and bath salts!

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/115756652901050291/: Lots of options with this one!

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

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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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