DIY Christmas Gifts: Easy, budget-friendly gift ideas for your family and friends

Dec 10, 2019 · 3 min read

I hope the season has been treating you well! Classes are finally over and now all we have to do is pull through this last week of finals. We’re almost there people! While many of you probably have not had the time to do holiday shopping, let alone figure out what to give your family and friends, I thought that it might be helpful if I compiled a few do-it-yourself gift ideas. These are all pretty cheap and easy to make, and almost all of them allow you to add your own personal twist, which is perfect for gift giving. So without further delay, here is what I found:

P.S.: Good luck on your exams and have a wonderful holiday!

Treat-Filled Slippers

Images courtesy of Pretty Providence and The Tip Toe Fairy

Who on Earth wouldn’t appreciate a cozy pair of slippers stuffed with all their favourite goodies?

Pineapple Wine

Images courtesy of notonthehighstreet and evermine

Embrace your creative side by decorating a wine or champagne bottle with individually wrapped chocolates. Beer bottles would work too and these are perfect for taking to holiday parties.

Brownie/Hot Chocolate Jar

Images courtesy of Love Grows Wild and Unsplash

Fill a mason jar with goodies (any goodies) and decorate it accordingly. If you choose to make the snowman jar, I suggest making it extra personal by creating a cute University of Alberta themed scarf with green and gold ribbon!

Candy Sleighs

Images courtesy of aboutamom and hersheys

It’s quite amazing, the things you can do with some tape (and why not use the sparkly or patterned kind?) and candy.

Tea Tin Candles

Images courtesy of Country Living and deltafaucet

How is this for a super easy and super creative present! And who is to say that you have to use a tea tin? If you aren’t a heavy tea drinker, think about use other things, like mason jars (which look amazing with a coat of glitter) or flowerpots. Candles are also really popular during the holiday season, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find a nice smelling candle to put in the tin. Just make sure it fits!

Print (or Draw) Your Own Holiday Cards

Pull out your smelly felts and make your very own hand crafted card — or save yourself a little time, and just print off one of our free cards (courtesy of YouAlberta alum Trenton)!

This post originally appeared in December 2016 and was updated on November 21, 2019.


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