DIY Christmas gifts

DIY Christmas gifts

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Do you have a tight budget and need to look for homemade Christmas gift ideas? Make a cheap gift look expensive? It’s too late to shop, so you need quick homemade Christmas gifts. For more on how to make the best DIY Christmas gifts, upgrade cheap gifts and give you gift ideas for everyone, read on…

The real meaning of Christmas

The real Christmas story was all about celebration, a time of giving, a spread of thanks to God and of all the things which brings family and friends closer. We only have this time of year to give an offer of our love and kindness to all those around us. These days we work hard and play hard so much so, that we never find time to stop and slow down to think. We surf the net to find so many gift ideas, that we end up searching hours for things that don’t really matter in our lives and end up where we first started. Here at gift ideas factory, want to help with some ideas of really good practical homemade gifts. Spread the good meaning of Christmas and in a reasonable way, not spending too much money. The gift will have some personal significance and will spread the word that Christmas is a time for sharing…Merry Christmas!!!

Top 10 DIY gift ideas on a budget made from things in the house

For those who can’t afford to buy a gift for everyone, there is always a way to make or re-use something around the house if you just put your mind to it. We are sure you’ll find a way to make something creative and have fun making it too. Making a Christmas tree out of old recycled newspapers is really fun and a challenge for the children. It can be an arty looking tree that pushes curious minds. The idea of DIY is also good for recycling things collected from around the house. Even mixing flour with water and a pinch of salt can be used to make salt dough to create decorative gifts for the house or the Christmas tree. The list is endless but here are some ideas that are cheap, quick and fun for all…

  1. Make a Christmas tree using newspaper or gift wrap
  2. Painted or dipped pine cones sprinkled with ginger or cinnamon powder-used to make a centre piece or gift basket for a neighbour
  3. Aromatherapy vase
  4. Cocoa mug
  5. Sugar scrubs-include peppermint essential oil or extract. Add a calming almond or vanilla scent or spice things up using brown sugar mixed with orange peel or cinnamon
  6. Snowflakes painted with a mixture of glue, paint and glitter-tied with a fancy ribbon or piece of string to be given as an ornament for someone’s tree
  7. Cookies
  8. Gingerbread men cookies
  9. Mason jars-filled with endless possibilities
  10. Coffee coasters
Cinnamon candles

Cinnamon candles

Cookies

Cookies

Newspaper tree

Newspaper tree

Christmas decorations made from newspaper

Christmas decorations made from newspaper

Gifts from grandparents

Gifts from grandparents

Homemade lipgloss

Natural homemade lipgloss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sugar scrub recipe

Sugar and spice and all things nice

Sugar and spice and all things nice

One of our top DIY Christmas gifts is a sugar scrub. Useful for everyone, neighbours, grandparents, friends, friends at work as well as the baby sitter! You could make the same recipe but using different oils like peppermint or lemon to refresh, lavendar or rose to relax. Sugar scrub is used for those rough skin areas that need to be exfoliated now and then. The great thing about recieving a scrub like this one is it smells amazing while looking after yourself!!! With this scrub, it’s natural and smells good enough to eat. Here is a great recipe to try especially for the Christmas scent…

Gingerbread Sugar Scrub 

Ingredients (makes 2 1/2 cups of body scrub)

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (or other carrier oil)
  • 1/4 cup almond oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp all spice
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • Mason-style jar with lid and gift tag writing ‘sugar and spice and all things nice’ 

 

DIY yourself a white Christmas

DIY White Christmas

Everyone wants it to snow at Christmas! This year spread the word that you can make your own snow, even if it snows outside or not…Yes it’s really possible. Try the below recipes and experiments to give as gifts or to just simply have fun with fake snow. See how to make snowmen, play snow fight, make a snowball explode like a volcano plus feel the cold and smell the freshness of it…There is something about white crisp snow on a Christmas morning. It makes the day even more magical, especially for the children. For some ideas on how to make snow gifts and snow effects in the house for Christmas, read on…

  • Sparkly snow paint Mix white paint with glitter
  • Snow dough Flour mixed with water, salt and glitter,sequins or snowflake confetti shaped paper
  • Snow bubbles Washing up liquid soap mixed with glitter and little water
  • Snow paint White paint mixed with aftershave cream and glitter
  • Snow slime 2 cups white school glue & 1 1/2 cups of very warm water mixed with glitter and peppermint extract then in seperate bowl mix 3/4 teaspoon of borax powder with 1 1/3 cups of very warm water then combine the two mixtures together to create your very own slime. Add small objects like beads or paper snowflake confetti etc to make it more interesting. Keep it in a jar and in the fridge to give it a feeling of cold snow and use it again and again
  • Exploding snow balls Baking soda mixed with shaving cream and glitter. Use vinegar to make balls explode into a bowl

Above recipes must be made with adult supervision as some ingredients can be harmful for babies and young children. Thank you

 

Snow slime

Snow slime

Snow paint

Snow paint

Snow dough

Snow dough

DIY snow

DIY snow

Snow bubbles

Snow bubbles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to make your own snow

Add as much baking soda as you want into a bowl then slowly mix in shaving foam/cream. You will find it feels just like real cold snow and smells fresh too (especially if you add peppermint extract). To make it more fun, add glitter. Then you can actually make snow balls and snowmen that last longer than real snow! To make this experiment even more cool, fill a spray bottle with vinegar and let the children (or adults) go crazy with spraying it all over the snowmen and watch them explode all over the place. Drop snowballs in a bowl of vinegar and see it fizz like a volcano. Don’t forget to have a camera at hand to take funny photos.

Above ideas can be put into mason jars and decorated and given as a gift. They look very expensive and knowone would have to know you made it yourself!!!

Homemade Christmas gift ideas
Monster hand warmer

Monster warmer

Owl heat bag

Owl heat bag

Cat neck warmer

Cat neck warmer

 

Still stuck for ideas? Well what about microwavable heating bags? These bags are used to keep hands warm when out and about and the heat can last from half an hour till an hour depending on whatyou use. They are easy to make, cheap and are made from scrap fabric like old pillow cases or an old cotton t-shirt. Try and use 100% cotton fabric as it won’t burn in the microwave. For the filling, se things like rice, flax seeds, cherry stones or corn. Just make sure not to add water to it as this will cook the rice and it will end up going bad or willencourage bugs etc. These cosy bags can be any shape and have any scent added using essenstial oils like lavendar for calmness and peppermint for energy. Heat bags help soothe muscle aches and joint pain. Does someone you care for suffer from migraine headaches? Or puffy morning eyes? Eye strain? Then these are the perfect gift for them as you can make an eye pack for them. They can either go into the freezer for cold compress, or be heated with a few drops of lavendar to calm the pain down. Does someone you know suffer from menstruation cramps? A long snake shape would be really good on the back of the neck and shoulders to warm up tense muscles after a work out at the gym. Fun shaped bags can be made for children and teens. A star shape for a girly girl, a cat for cat lovers, a car for car fanatics, a heart for someone you love…the list is endless!!! When children walk to school in the winter months all they need is to heat up this bag and hold it in their pockets until they get to school. Another use for these bags for children would be as bean bags. Bean bags are great for counting, throwing, catching, balancing, measuring distance, aiming and much more.

 

 

Another gift idea which is cosy and warm during the winter months is a mug full of hot chocolate/cocoa and marshmellows. Here are some ideas of how to decorate and present the gift…

Hot chocolate spoons

Hot chocolate spoons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to upgrade cheap gifts

Instead of giving a tub of normal play dough…why not make it sparkly using glitter? Add some glitter and knead it until smooth. Then add it into a mason jar and add a ribbon. It will look like you have made it yourself. OR you can make it yourself using this recipe:

Christmas dough

Christmas dough

Start with a bowl of one cup of salt, then add some spices like the zest of an orange, some vanilla pod, grating of nutmeg, three cloves, some ground cinnamon and one bay leaf. Blender these together until crushed and fine. Then add two cups of all purpose flour, two tablespoons of vegetable oil, and two tablespoons of cream of tartar. Then slowly add and stir in one and a half cups of boiling water. Then comes the fun bit-add food colouring of your choice, green or red. Then to give is a shine you can add glycerine. Knead it together then sprinkle in glitter of your choice, gold, silver, red or green…Voila! An amazing smelling playdough that looks sparkly and will be the perfect gift for any child!!! The children can make Christmas tree ornaments or table decorations using their dough. They can leave them to dry, add a hole in the top and then add a glittery ribbon to hang it somewhere for all to see over the holidays.

Other versions of this could be to add peppermint essesntial oil, ginger powder, almond and vanilla…these remind everyone it’s Christmas time. Enjoy!

Mason jars, glass jars, old tea cups and vases

We have seen so many examples of what to do with mason jars. We can use them for anything that fits into them nicely. Nail polishes for girly girls with a glittery ribbon around the lid, glue sticks and sequins for the kids to make a snowman using cotton wool balls or pretty snowflakes from coloured card. Vases filled with plain candles surrounded with cinnamon sticks, coffee beans and vanilla pods to make the room smell of warm cosy Christmas. Tea cups filled with candles. Sugar scrubs,body butters. The list can go on and on, but here are our favourites for Christmas…

Mistle toes gift bag

Mistle toes gift bag

Candle with leaves

Candle with leaves

Homemade lipgloss

Homemade lip gloss

Sugar and spice and all things nice

Sugar and spice and all things nice

DIY White Christmas

DIY White Christmas

Aromatherapy Jar

Aromatherapy Jar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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