The words ‘college’ and ‘broke’ go together hand in hand. We get it, you probably don’t have a lot of money to splurge on gifts this year–even with all of the holiday sales. Here at BD we have your back and have created a list of some of our favorite homemade holiday gift ideas that are unique, thoughtful and won’t burn a hole in your pocket. Channel your inner creativity and try out some of these DIY gifts this holiday season!
1. Homemade Peppermint Scrub
Give the gift of a fresh holiday scrub scented with essential peppermint oil. Mix together coconut oil and sugar, then add red jojoba beads. Add in a few drops of peppermint oil and store in a decorated mason jar. For complete instructions on this gift idea check out livingwellmom.com.
2. Ceramic Tile Photo Coaster
Once you have a photo printed to fit the tile you want to cover, simply Mod Podge the back of the photo and adhere it to the tile. Once dried, apply a coat of Mod Podge to the top of the photo and allow the tile to dry again. Top it off with an acrylic coating spray and glue some felt to the bottom of the tile to protect table furniture. If you’re interested in creating this gift, check out trishsutton.com.
3. DIY Coffee Cup Candles
Collect wax flake (or use an old candle with a dead wick) and a cute coffee mug. Next, melt the wax using a double boil method and set a candle wick in the coffee mug. Be sure to hold the wick in the center with pencils or chopsticks. Pour wax into the mug with wick, let cool and gift away! Go to sweetcayenne.com for detailed instructions on this simple holiday gift idea.
4. Wooden Chalkboard Sign
This gift is super simple, but can also be very helpful! Grab any board you want, a 2×4, a slice of tree with bark still on the sides or any large slab of wood. Then coat it with chalkboard paint 2-3 times, and voila! A beautiful sign to gift your friends. For complete instructions check out iheartnaptime.net.
5. Brownies in a Jar
Give the gift of (almost) ready to bake brownies. In a large jar, layer ½ teaspoon of salt then baking powder. After, lay down ½ cup of flour and then cocoa powder. Next, add 2/3 cup sugar and a layer of chocolate morsels. Top the mixture with 1 cup flour and a second round of 2/3 cup sugar then layer it with white chocolate chips and walnut chips. Once your finished, decorate the jar and gift to friends and family. For step by step instructions on this gift head over to fishernuts.com.
Living Well Mom