Whether you have a little extra time on your hands this year, or you just want to make your gifts more personal, there’s nothing quite like getting crafty and putting together a Christmas gift with your own two hands. We’ve got five gift ideas perfect for those too broke to splurge on the people they love but want a special somethin’ somethin’ anyway.
Jewellery Stand/Cake Stand
Need something for that friend that’s utterly disorganized? Help them keep their bling in one place with this nifty little jewellery stand, which you can create with a few bits of porcelain. We love A Pair and a Spare’s gorgeous Ming dynasty-esque version above, however we’ve spotted a few quirky creations using teacups and toys rather than egg cups. (Get creative, ladies!) You can also pick up $2 homeware from Daiso if you’re on a tighter budget! This is also perfect for your friend who loves to bake – who doesn’t want their own cake cake stand? Learn how to make it here.
Book Clutch DIY
I’ve been drooling over every single one of Olympia Le Tan’s book clutches since Natalie Portman rocked a Lolita one (if someone could buy me this Peter Pan one, I’d be eternally grateful). While the English graduate in me screams at the thought of taking apart a book, the fashionista screams yes to this awesome book clutch DIY – check it out in the Youtube tutorial above! Everybody knows a bookworm ladies, or at least that one girl who won’t stop talking about The Fault in Our Stars.
DIY Flower/Herb Candles
Light up the night with some of these gorgeous DIY candles, which will smell as good (if not better) than they look. We’ve seen people get creative with this DIY as well, using beer bottles and even vintage teacups to hold them instead, though do be careful with the hot wax. (Leave the actual waxing to the pros, ladies.) See Adventures in Making’s lavender and rosemary candle tutorial here.
Candy Cane Vodka
There’s nothing like a bit of candy cane vodka to fill people with festive cheer and it’s surprisingly easy to make. All you need to do is stick some candy canes in your vodka, let it dissolve over a couple of days and voila! It’s probably for the best to stick to candy canes of the same colour so you get that deep, rich hue rather than a muddy brown. I personally adore infusing vodka and this is something that works really well with any boiled sweet, though I’ve ventured into fruits and herbs (tip: apple mint vodka is amazing). Check out Betty Crocker’s guide to infusing your vodka here and be sure to continue scrolling down for the most amazing candy cane vodka cocktail – after a couple of shots, it’s definitely beginning to look a lot like Christmas…
Hot Chocolate in a Jar
This is literally the easiest DIY in the world. Pick up a box of cute mason jars, some marshmallows and hot chocolate mix for an adorable creation your friends can cuddle up with on Christmas Eve. Attach a mini bottle of Baileys for a kick, spray paint the lid a festive colour and personalise with a little message; really, where could you go wrong with this gift?
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