What spells out Christmas? Great food, fond memories, and a whole lot of fun, frolic and merrymaking… did I not mention presents? Of course presents, for how better can the spirit of giving manifest itself in the world’s most celebrated holiday, than by gift-giving! However, the spirit of giving can occasionally drain a hole in your wallet and put a wrench in all your jolly plans. Skimping on Christmas gifts is never a nice thing, so don’t let your budget blues dampen your holiday spirit this year! Check out these funky ideas for handmade Christmas gifts that’ll put all the jolly right back into your ho-ho-holiday! |
Put your artsy-craftsy skills to good use with this one. Hunt around the house for some craft paper or any other kind of multi-coloured paper, thick enough to be used to make your crackers. With the ever-expansive internet, finding an easy-to-make cracker template ought to be a piece of cake. Load up your colourful Christmas cracker with simple goodies, like dried fruits and nuts or candy, and watch your friends’ faces light up as they pop the cracker for their Christmas surprise!
With some good cardboard, tape-backed magnets, and a place where you can print out some good quality pictures, you’re all set for a gift perfect for a trip down nostalgia lane. Pick out your favourite pictures of you and the person that you plan on gifting the magnets to – you can even create a set themed on your relationship with the person. Cut out cardboard frames onto which to mount the tiny picture printouts; here’s a tip, laminate the pictures with clear packing tape over them, to keep them longer lasting. It’s a wonderfully touching gift, presenting all your best memories for your friends and family in a creative, cost-efficiently created package.
All you need are some old jars, flocked vinyl sheets, and a hole punch. Punch out the vinyl sheet, using the dots as snowballs to stick all over the glass jars – you could even get creative and cut out miniature snowflakes instead, or even paint a Christmas-y picture or message to add some colour, with translucent glass paints. Fill up the jar with Christmas goodies like chocolates or popcorn – it’s a perfect gift for both the young and old in the family.
Now here’s a funky way to give your Christmas guests their gifts – personalized take-out boxes! Step 1: Get a bunch of plain take-out boxes (or make some from recycled paper using an internet template, if you want to go all the way with the handmade quality). Step 2: Carve out cute patterns or personalized messages in rubber to create a rubber stamp. Dip your stamps in some regular old paint or ink and pattern your boxes. Fill them up with Christmas goodies – whether it be tasty nuggets of Christmas cooking, just some regular chocolates and candy, or even potpourri!
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