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Ways to Save During the Holidays with DIY Gifts

Posted on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 at 8:00 am
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Try creating something from scratch that comes from the heart. DIY gifts show you put in effort and thought into your creation!A huge way to save when giving gifts is to not buy any! Instead of running out to multiple stores to buy pricey gifts try creating something from scratch that comes from the heart. DIY gifts show you put in effort and thought into your creation while also demonstrating that your recipient means the world to you! Here are some incredibly easy and affordable options for you to create:

DIY Holiday Gift Ideas

1. Homemade Scented Sugar Scrubs

Exfoliate and relax with the help of an easy body scrub!

What you’ll need:

  • mason jars or some other sort of container
  • your favorite oil (baby oil, coconut oil, olive oil, etc.)
  • granulated sugar
  • your favorite essential oil, extract, or zest (this is for scent purposes)
  • food coloring (optional)

Open up your container of choice and fill it half way with granulated sugar. Next you’ll fill a quarter of the container with the oil of your choice. Add your zest, essential oil, or extract to the mixture. Be careful when doing this because you don’t want the scent of the scrub to be overwhelming. If you’d like to alter the color of your scrub feel free to add food coloring and mix thoroughly. Also, it could be a good to create your own labels for your scrubs to denote what is in the container and the ingredients used just in case of the user’s allergies.

2. Customized Fabric Tote

Go green with the help of a cute and customized tote you can make for less! This DIY gift will be useful and and easy to make for anyone in the family!

What you’ll need:

  • a sturdy plain tote bag 
  • fabric paint (not craft paint because it’s not machine washable)
  • stencils (optional – try using doilies or cookie cutters if you don’t want to buy stencils)
  • assorted paint brushes

Make sure your tote is clean and dry before you get started. Before you get your paint out you’ll want to settle on a design, so get a pencil and create your own unique design. This is where your stencils or doilies will come in handy. If you need inspiration or want a border for your bag, try using a stencil, decorative cookie cutters, or doilies for help. Next you’ll want to pour your paint into a washable container and choose your brush. Place your brush in your paint in start filling out your design on the bag! Be sure you let your bag dry thoroughly before you wrap it!

3. Vintage Teacup Candles

Do you have old teacups lying around the house that are in good condition, but aren’t being used? Repurpose them into a beautiful candle!

What you’ll need:

  • vintage tea cups
  • eco-friendly candle wax flakes
  • wooden kabob skewer sticks
  • scotch tape and sharp scissors
  • a stove, a double boiler and bowl
  • oven mitts and a hot plate/trivet

The instructions are detailed for project so click here for more info.

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.