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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Here's Why You Shouldn't Donate to The Salvation Army This Holiday Season (Or Ever)

No, I’m not a grinch or a scrooge. I’m just a member of the LGBT+ community that is tired of seeing my community suffer at the hands of organizations that are supposed to help us.

The holiday season is upon us, bringing mall Santas, twinkling lights, and the well-known bell ringers with their red buckets stationed outside busy department stores. The Salvation Army is a mainstay in the memories of our childhood holidays. I remember a number of years where my parents would give each of my sisters and I a handful of change to put in the shiny red bucket as we walked into Wal-Mart to shop for our family Christmas dinner. On the surface, the Salvation Army is an organization with good intentions of helping the less fortunate, especially during the holiday season. However, a quick Google search exposes the organization’s discriminatory practices.

The Salvation Army is a Protestant Christian denomination and an international charitable organization. Their mission statement, as stated on their website, reads: “The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.”

Despite their insistence of nondiscriminatory practices, however, there have been several instances of discrimination, specifically against members of the LGBT+ community. In July 2017, a Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center in Brooklyn, New York, was found by the New York City Commission on Human Rights (NYCCHR) to be discriminating. Three other centers in New York City were also cited as being discriminatory. Violations within the four centers included refusing to accept transgender people as patients or tenants, assigning trans people rooms based on their sex assigned at birth instead of their lived gender identity, unwarranted physical examinations to determine if trans people are on hormone therapy or have had surgery, and segregating transgender patients into separate rooms. The NYCCHR had been tipped off about the mistreatment, and testers from the commission went to the cited centers and found clear evidence of the mistreatment. One of the clinics told the testers outright, “No, we don’t [accept transgender patients].” Another clinic’s representative said, “People with moving male parts would be housed with men.”

This isn’t the first time the Salvation Army has discriminated specifically against transgender people. In 2014, a transgender woman from Paris, Texas fled her home due to death threats she received related to her gender identity. The police told her, “Being the way you are, you should expect that.” She went to Dallas and found emergency shelter at the Carr P. Collins Social Service Center, run by the Salvation Army. The emergency shelter allowed her to stay for 30 days. Towards the end of her 30-day stay, she began looking for other long-term shelter options. One option many of the other women staying in the shelter had recently entered was a two-year housing program also run by the Salvation Army. When the woman interviewed for the program, she was told she was disqualified for the program because she had not had gender reassignment surgery. The counselor for the program later claimed there was a waiting list, but it came out that two women who arrived at the emergency shelter after the transgender woman had already entered the program. The transgender woman filed a complaint with Dallas’s Fair Housing Office, which protects against discrimination on the basis of gender identity. She was able to find other housing through the Shared Housing Project, a project that aims to find transgender people with housing who are willing to support those without.

The Salvation Army’s Christian affiliation drives the organization’s statements and beliefs. The church has a page on its website dedicated to its decided stance on the LGBT+ community that seems to paint a nice picture. Their actions, however, tell a different story. There have been several accounts reporting the Salvation Army’s refusal of service to LGBT+ people unless they renounce their sexuality, end same-sex relationships, or, in some cases, attend services “open to all who confess Christ as Savior and who accept and abide by The Salvation Army’s doctrine and discipline.” The church claims it holds a “positive view of human sexuality,” but then clarifies that “sexual intimacy is understood as a gift of God to be enjoyed within the context of heterosexual marriage.” This belief extends to their staff, asking LGBT+ employees to renounce their beliefs and essentially their identity in order to align with the organization. The Salvation Army believes that “The theological belief regarding sexuality is that God has ordained marriage to be between one man and one woman and sexual activity is restricted to one’s spouse. Non-married individuals would therefore be celibate in the expression of their sexuality.” Essentially, gay people can’t get married. Unmarried people can’t have sex. Therefore, gay people are forbidden from being intimate with one another. This is unfair to ask of any employee, especially considering that one’s relationship status does not interfere with how well anyone can do their job.

If you are still looking to donate to a non-homophobic and transphobic organization this holiday season, here are some great pro-LGBT+ organizations with outreach similar to that of the Salvation Army:

  • Doctors Without Borders: medical and emergency relief
  • Habitat for Humanity: homelessness and housing
  • Local homeless shelters: search the National Coalition for the Homeless’ website for shelters near you!
  • Local food bank: find your local food bank through Feeding America here.
  • The Trevor Project: a leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBT+ young people ages 13-24.
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10 Reasons Why Having A Boyfriend Is Especially Awesome Around The Holidays

No better time of the year than Winter break to make all the memories with your honey freezing in the weather or sweating by the fireplace.


A date for looking at Christmas lights is on the top of the list, for sure.

1. You have someone to do all of the activities with

He's like your built-in partner for everything. Wanna watch a movie? Take a nap? Need someone to help you clean your room? You've got your person.

2. You can steal his hoodies when its chilly outside

It doesn't even have to be cold for you to want to. Chances are its a size or two bigger than you need and his cologne is all over it.

3. Chances are he's more willing to drive in the snow than you are 

Guys typically have a little more of a heavy duty vehicle. If you've got a good man, he might even rescue you an hour away in a blizzard if you think you're tougher than the weather.

4. Christmas movie partner!!

Do I need to add more?

5. He can always keep you warm

Bear hugs. Cuddles. His trucks dual air 90 degree heat on your side. He'll find a way to keep you warm.

6. Your family holiday events partner

Multiple Thanksgivings and Christmas' are a breeze with your favorite person by your side. Plus, no one to ask you where your plus one is or why you're single.

7. Matching Christmas pajamas

I don't know about you, but my family has matching Christmas jammies every year. You can even get your favorite person in on them too for a cute insta picture.

8. Your errand running partner

He's your built-in Christmas shopping partner so you aren't bored standing in line forever or while you're still shopping and he can act as your place holder.

9. You aren't the only single one in your family on Christmas Eve anymore. 

It's awkward when all of your siblings are taking pictures with their others, but when you've found your person, you can do all the same things, including looking forward to your new year's kiss.

10. Making more memories

No better time of the year than Winter break to make all the memories with your honey freezing in the weather or sweating by the fireplace.

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