DIY Holiday Gift Guide

Here are a few suggestions to help you get started. It’s time to get inspired!


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Treat them to something sweet

Get crafty

Get personal


If you’re looking for ways to save money this holiday season, we’re here to help with DIY ideas that everyone on your list will love. In addition to looking for sales and setting an overall spending limit, do-it-yourself gifts are a wonderful way to show someone you care without breaking the bank. From food and handmade crafts to spa-like bath treats, there are DIY options for everyone on your list. Here are a few suggestions to help you get started. It’s time to get inspired!

 

Treat them to something sweet

Want to give your loved ones a tasty treat this holiday season? The possibilities are endless. You can stick to tradition by giving friends and family members a nice tin of homemade cookies or other baked goods, or try something new. Make gingerbread loaf, lemon loaf or chocolate zucchini bread. Give out homemade jam or preserves, or try your hand at making decadent chocolate truffles (not only are these delicious, they’re bound to impress just about anyone). Homemade hot chocolate stirrers are a big hit with kids of all ages—dip them in festive sprinkles for an added touch!

If your gift recipient enjoys baking, consider giving them a jar mason filled with the dry ingredients for your favourite cookies (be sure to include the full recipe and instructions). You can do the same thing with chocolate chip pancakes, cinnamon waffles and other treats. Or, add red and green sprinkles for a fun holiday twist!

Don’t forget about simple treats like Rice Krispie squares, holiday Chex mix and candied nuts. These are easy, affordable crowd-pleasers that make a great gift—just put them in a festive container and you’re all set! Another option is to write out several of your favourite family recipes on nice recipe cards. Add this heartfelt touch to any of the ideas above for an extra special gift.

Get crafty

If you know how to embroider, knit or paint, you’ve got a head start on your DIY holiday. Consider making a personalized holiday gift for everyone on your list, whether it’s a scarf or a simple drawing. You can also make homemade cards or DIY ornaments. There are plenty of homemade ornament ideas online, from salt dough ornaments to painted pinecone ornaments.

More interesting in crafting something for a spa day at home? Here’s a great tutorial on how to make “bath tea” (epsom salts, dried flowers and essential oils in a pretty container) another one for homemade sugar scrub. You can also make homemade bath bombs!

Get personal

A simple yet thoughtful gift is always a winner, so get personal this holiday season. Consider framing a nice photo or taking the time to write a heartfelt letter. Write out a playlist of songs you’ve chosen specifically for that person, explaining why you picked each one. Find them a cool piece of art or vintage jewellery at a thrift shop. Get a nice notebook and write a personalization inside.

You can also prepare a decorated box full of meaningful but inexpensive items (for example, their favourite candy or chocolate bar, their favourite tea, a $5 gift card to their favourite coffee shop, some cozy socks and lip balm, among other things). This is a nice way to show someone you’ve put a lot of thought and effort into their gift, even if it didn’t cost a lot of money. It goes to show that the old saying is true—it really is the thought that counts!

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