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Easy and Affordable DIY Christmas Gift Ideas
Personalized Homemade Mason Jar Soap Pumps
These personalized mason jar soap pumps would make excellent Christmas gifts for friends and family members (or teachers, coworkers, managers, the list goes on!) I've actually made nearly ten of these to give as gifts this year, and I plan on keeping a set for myself as well. You can get really creative in the personalization of these soap pumps so that they will appeal to any recipient. Click here for my article about these DIY mason jar soap pumps.
DIY Serving Platter Using Dollar Tree Finds
I'm a big fan of turning Dollar Tree finds into something special, and these easy-to-do serving platters make an amazing gift idea! All you need is a glass candle holder to use as the base and a glass candle plate or glass trivet (the trivets are larger than the candle plates). Simply glue them together, and that's it! Try changing it up by using the small round glass fish-bowls and gluing them to the top of the glass candle holder to make an easy DIY candy dish. You can spray paint these any color you would like.
Personalized Christmas Ornaments
Do you know a newlywed couple? Maybe a friend with a newborn? Well, I absolutely love this idea for a personalized Christmas ornament. The ornament is made using the invitation to the wedding (or baby shower) which has been cut into strips and placed inside of a glass ornament. You can use any kind of ribbon and creative little details you'd like to dress up the ornament. The ornament pictured at the right would be great for a beach wedding, I just love the little seashell pendant. It would have been awesome to add some of the sand taken from the beach where the couple wed and putting it inside of the ornament as well! I found some plain glass ornaments online, but I'm sure you can find some at your local craft store as well. I'm planning on making one of these using one of my wedding invitations!
Wine Cork Christmas Tree Ornaments
I know several wine lovers, and these would make perfect Christmas gifts for them! These are so simple, you just glue them together and then personalize with ribbon or other decorative touches. You can also paint or write on the corks (with permanent marker) to add dates, initials, or words that may be meaningful to the recipient. If you're not a big wine drinker let your friends and family know ahead of time that you need their old wine corks, most people just throw them out anyhow. You can also find them online and buy them in bulk through Amazon.
Rice Bag Heating Pads
I absolutely LOVE these! They are practical and last for a very long time. These little handmade rice bag heating pads are simple to make. All you need is a dish towel (or any other terry cloth type fabric), a bag of rice (not instant), and a sewing machine. If you don't have a sewing machine you could probably try hand sewing the cloth, but you would have to be very careful to make your stitches close enough not to allow the rice to get through. You can make them any size, so you can make hand warmers or make larger ones to replace those expensive heating pads that are sold in stores. These gifts are great for both men and women and they really come in handy throughout those cold winter nights!
Six-pack of Reindeer
I know of several male friends and family members who would get a kick out of this gift idea. This is a fun and creative way to dress up a six pack of beer (or whatever beverage of choose that the recipient may prefer). All it takes are a few simple craft supplies (which can be found at the Dollar Tree), a hot glue gun (or craft glue), and a little imagination!