A gift is the perfect way to convey your appreciation for friends and family.
As college students, a majority of us are not rolling around in exceeding amounts of cash, and during the holiday gifting season, the deficit of cash is more noticeable than normal.
That is the beauty of crafts!
Homemade gifts are a great alternative to give to a loved one for Christmas and carry a special sentimental value with them.
Here are some DIY ideas:
The Good Old Mason Jar -
With a mason jar you can do a variety of things:
Recipe Jars:Fill a jar with the dry ingredients of a cookie, soup or cake recipe, then all the recipient has to do is add in the wet ingredients, cook and enjoy!
Encouragement Jar: Write down little slips of encouragement to your loved one with a title of when to read them such as “open when joyful” or “open when feeling down.” Fill up the jar with these encouragements, and you’re ready to give!
Lumiere Jar: Paint the outside of the jar with acrylic paints in any pattern or design you like. Then put a small candle in it, and your design will shine across the room or area it is placed.
Stovetop Potpourri: Fill up a mason jar with cinnamon sticks, some dried orange slices or evergreen twigs. Pop the ingredients on the stove in a small pot and let the simmering scents work their magic.
Little Coupons: Write down a freebie that your receiver would really appreciate like, “Coffee run with me,” “Study date” or “Movie night and popcorn.” This is a great gift, since the receiver can cash it in at any time they want and all you have to do is give the gift of an experience with them. Compile however many coupons you would like to give, and you have a great, meaningful gift.
Home Watercolor Painting: Find a picture of the house they grew up in, or even the mailbox number where they lived or a cherished place they went. Then, recreate with paint. A watercolor recreation of this will be something they can keep for the rest of their lives.
Picture Recreation Album: Take some of those old photos from your childhood and make a recreation photo of the exact pose. Place the photos side by side in either a book or frame, and you have a sentimental gift to give to a parent or loved one. This is a great way to cherish memories since you can see the time that has passed in between the time that the photos were taken.
So if you are looking to get crafty, or make a special memento to last, any of these fun DIY Gifts will be a hit! Whether you gift is homemade and from the heart, or bought from the store, make sure you show a little love to others this holiday season.