8 Original Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas
One option to keep in mind when thinking about Christmas gifts on a budget is getting down to work and making homemade DIY christmas gifts. Not only will it be cheaper, but will avoid hours of visiting stores without knowing what to buy, and you'll have the satisfaction of giving a unique and personal gift.
It might seem like a lot of work, but there are loads of inexpensive and original homemade gift ideas. Here at OneHowTo we have spent some time compiling the most original homemade gift ideas for Christmas.
Originality and price are not the only two main characteristics of homemade Christmas gifts. If you're worried about the environment and want to have as less impact on it as possible, homemade gifts are great too. If you would like more information on how to have a greener Christmas, check our article on How to have a sustainable Christmas.
Make a photo album or collage style scrapbook with photographs, clippings, notes, drawings and even glued in keep sakes. The possibilities are endless, but make it a gift with meaning, that evokes memories and personal and shared experiences with funny and emotional details.
Make homemade snow globes. It's very simple to do, just grab any figurine, a glass jar, glue to fix the figures to the base and artificial snow powder or any material that resembles it. Fill with a little water so that the snowflakes float as if it were snowing, and voila. They can also be used as a way to decorate your home for Christmas using recycled materials.
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Use everyday objects to make crafts and figurines with Christmas themes. For example, with lollipops and cardboard you can make one of Santa Claus's reindeer, and with materials such as felt and pipe cleaners you can make figures like Santa Claus and his reindeer, a Christmas tree or a Snowman. Find out how to make a homemade Santa Claus doll in more detail.
One of the most original homemade gift ideas - if you have the time - is to make some DIY homemade Christmas soap, using recycled oil and caustic soda, glycerine or aloe vera. In addition to being useful and different, it is a very decorative gift. You could even go for a more luxurious option and make some chocolate soap!
Are you good at cooking? Well, it's time to get to work and hang out at the stoves. A cake or some tasty cookies (you can make them into Christmas shapes), or an assortment of jams and marmalade will delight anybody in your home who has a sweet tooth, and you can make an attractive, colorful and very enjoyable gift. It's also very ephemeral! It's a great idea if you don't know what to get your inlaws for Christmas!
If the person you want to give a gift to drives to work or is planning a road trip, prepare a personalized CD with their favourite songs and if you can, leave it in the car CD player or well positioned at home next to the car keys, along with a special note. If you want to go one better, you can also design the cover as a little memento, so it can form part of the rest of your music collection at home.
Fill a jar with different colored pieces of paper or distribute messages on pieces of paper around the house, with each one giving a reason why you appreciate that person and with best wishes and plans for the coming year. You can always also opt for the elegant choice of a handwritten letter in a vintage sealed envelope.
With something as cheap and everyday as a pineapple you can make a great homemade Christmas candle that's sure to surprise everyone and you can also demonstrate your skills with crafts. Homemade candles will also give the perfect touch to your Christmas decorations. Find out how to make your own candles here.
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