Christmas gifts: Christmas survival guide

Valentina Di Roma
Dec 12, 2016 · 4 min read

Christmas gifts can become enemies of our monthly budget. How do we do to please everyone and save money? I’ll help you with these 6 simple DIY ideas.

Christmas gifts: how nice when December arrives and the electrifying atmosphere of festivities begins to feel in the air.

What a nightmare, however: with all the gifts to do to friends and family, our monthly budget is soon passed.

Now, if you are among those who “I don’t do gifts to anyone, because no one deserves them”, you can stop reading.

If you like to pamper your loved ones even with a simple thought, then this post is for you.

Oh yes, because to prove to those we love how much we care, there is no need to lavish expensive gifts; sometimes a gift made with our hands and our imagination it is more appreciated rather than a usual box found in a super.


One of the 2016 trends was the marble effect in manicure; with two ingredients you get a guaranteed effect.

Why not trying this trick with cups, pots and saucers?

All you need is a plastic basin that no longer serve, nail varnishes and warm water. —

After filling the basin of water, pour a few drops of nail polish in and wait a few seconds, so that the nail will spread into the water.

At this point you can dip the mug (or whatever you want) in the liquid and you’re done! Let dry for an hour and you’re ready.

Each piece will be unique and original.

Here is a tutorial video:


The name may sound terrifying, actually it is a very nice gift that women, especially, will love.

Bath bombs are a mixture of baking soda and essential oils, to be dissolved in a nice hot tub. Thanks to lemon, it will melt into a sparkling and perfumed waft.

They are very easy to do at home and then totally customizable.

Michael Wurm Jr. — Inspired by Charm —

Here a recipe to start with:

For 4 bath bombs

1 cup of baking soda

1/2 cup of citric acid

1/2 cup of epsom salt

1/2 cup of cornstarch

colored pigments (optional)

2 1/2 tablespoon of almond oli

3/4 tablespoon of water

12–15 drops of essential oils

In two separate bowls, mix the dry ingredients and liquid ingredients. Slowly add the liquid ingredients to the dry ones and stir until the mixture is well blended. Place the mixture into desired shape and let it rest.


How about doing at home a scrub and give it as a Christmas gift? You can do it in the color you want and in the scent of your choice.

It is easy and cheaper than you think 😉

What serves as the basis is white or brown sugar and oil (olive, coconut or almond), in proportion 75% — 25%. Here some ideas for your gifts:

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How about making a portable packet of hot chocolate? You’ll definitely have a friend who loves chocolate, so why not give him/her a personalized kit?

On amazon (but also from Tiger or Ikea) you can find these cute elongated plastic containers: put together 4 or 5 of them and you’re done.

In one there is obviously the content of one packet of chocolate, but in the others you can be creative: marshmallows, cookies, sprinkles …

Green light to the imagination!


A cute and cheap idea is the cans that contain everything you need to make delicious homemade cookies.

You just have to place and level the various dry ingredients into the jar; eggs and butter will be added from the receiver of the gift.

At this link you will find even 32 recipes, with printable labels to personalize your gifts:

What do you think of these simple but cute ideas? I’m sure that everyone will be happy!

And if you made any of these projects, let me see your photos !!

Valentina Di Roma

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