5 easy DIY holiday gifts to start making now


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The season of giving is here and if you are worried about holiday overspending, a DIY gift may be the best option. Not sure what to make? Try some of these ideas.

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1. Scented bath salts

If you’ve got a friend who likes to wind down with a warm bath and glass of wine, this is the perfect gift. All you’ll need is Epsom salts (available at most pharmacies), any scented oil you’d like to use and food coloring. Simply mix the ingredients together with a fork and put the finished product in a decorative jar.

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2. Recipes in a jar

Have a star home cook on your list? Find out their favorite treat — like cookies, banana bread or pancakes — and grab the required ingredients. Measure out how much of each item they’ll need and then layer the dry ingredients into the jar. You can stack any needed toppings — like chocolate chips, M&Ms or marshmallows — on top. Print out the recipe on a piece of paper, tie it to the jar with a ribbon and you’re good to go!

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3. Heart candle holders

For the friend who has a candle on almost every flat surface in their home, this is the perfect gift.

You’ll need a candle, which you can either make yourself or buy a pack of small ones. Then, create a heart-shaped stencil and tape it to the Mason jar. Paint around the stencil in their favorite color and let it dry. When you remove the stencil, you’ll have a shaped window for the light to shine through.

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4. Custom journal

The new year is the perfect time to start a new journal, whether it’s a planner, to-do-list-maker or personal diary. Grab some stencils, markers, stickers or glitter and adorn the front of a plain journal with a quote, monogram or design. A gift that doesn’t land you in debt and that they’ll use all year long — you can’t beat that!

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5. Gift card snowglobe

If you’re going to go the gift card route — try something a little more creative than an envelope and put the card in a snowglobe you make yourself. Just make sure the card is plastic and won’t get ruined if it’s in water. 

To make the snowglobe, you’ll need some mini ornaments, glitter, a Mason jar with a screw lid and a hot glue gun. First, use the hot glue to glue the gift card, standing up, to the inside of the lid. If you want, you can spring for a baseball card holder to protect the card from water (although this isn’t necessary). Pour some glitter into the jar and place the mini ornaments at the bottom. Fill the jar with water, screw on the lid and turn it over, and you’re done!

If you are looking for more ways to save during the holidays, check out more tips to holiday gift without breaking your budget.

This article originally appeared on Policygenius was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

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