Can you imagine what Christmas would be like without presents? No presents under the tree, no stockings to hang and no gift-filled Santa sled! Christmas presents are probably the most dominating aspect of Christmas, and dominating can sometimes mean daunting. You see, if thinking of the right present isn’t hard enough, buying presents can also be hard – especially if you don’t have that much extra cash at the end of the month.
DIY Christmas Presents
1. Snowglobe Cookie/Sweet Jar
There is no place where a cookie or sweet jar is not welcome! Whether you are thinking of a present for a good friend or an elderly family member, this gift idea is suitable for everyone of all ages. The good news for you is that it is also super easy and super quick to make! If you’ve already bought Christmas presents, you can give this as a “sweet” new year’s present.
What you need: 1 empty and clean jar with a lid A thin paint brush and white paint A miniature Christmas figurine of your choice e.g a Christmas tree or Santa Claus Snowball cookies, rum truffles or any other sweet of your choice.
- Paint white dots on the outside of the jar to look like snow.
- Fill a third of the jar with your cookies or sweets (preferably homemade).
- Pop in your figurine(s).
- Fill the rest of the jar.
- Finish with a piece of ribbon and a tag offering warm holiday wishes!
2. Christmas Tea Tree
It’s winter time and there is nothing more British than a strong cup of tea! Here’s an inventive way to show your friends and family that you want them to keep warm this year! If you are giving this to a child, you can replace the tea bags with packets of jelly beans for an adorable gift perfect for he holiday spirit!
What you’ll need: Styrofoam cones Individually wrapped tea bags Glue gun with glue sticks A small, round, papier mache box. Rice (for weighing down the tree)
- Stick the tea bags around the cone one at a time from the bottom up, by using one thin line of glue at the top of each tea bag packet.
- Fill your papier mache box with rice.
- Stick the rice-filled box on the bottom of the cone.
- Attach a star to the top. Stick some glitter to it for extra sparkle.
3. Kitchen Chalkboard
Keeping track of a shopping list or to do list is a challenge every family has to overcome. How about giving your loved ones the gift of ‘organisation’? This is not only a thoughtful and personal gift, but a useful one too!
What you’ll need: 1 Clipboard 1 tin of chalkboard paint White paint pen from Sharpie
- Paint the clipboard with the chalkboard paint. You may need 2 or 3 coats.
- Once dry, with the sharpie pen, write a title or create a border, or both! It could be something like “Don’t forget…” or “Important Stuff…”
4. Sequinned Photo Frame
A beautiful picture is not complete without a beautiful frame, and what better frame is there than one you have given a personal touch to! This gift is a lovely present for anyone and everyone in your life. Try it out!
What you’ll need: A plain, wooden photo frame – (easily found in pound / discount stores.) Sequins of your choice Glue gun and glue sticks
- Use the glue to attach your sequins in whatever arrangement you like, around the edge of the frame. You may want to try sticking other things on the frame, such as stickers, scraps or pictures, but we find that the sequin-only look is the perfect balance between simple and impressive.
5. Christmas Wrapping Paper
Do you know how much wrapping paper costs? The cheapest one in Tesco is £2, and you don’t just need one roll for all those presents! This year, why not try something a little more fun: Make your own wrapping paper! If you have children or teach in a school, this is the ideal activity to get the kids excited active as well as excited about the upcoming holiday!
What you’ll need: A roll of brown paper (try your local post office or stationery store) A potato or two and a knife (careful!) Coloured acrylic paints
- Cut your potatoes in half. 1 potato makes 2 printing blocks.
- Use some tissues to paper towel to soak up any excess moisture.
- Cut out any Christmas design (carefully! Adults only), such as a deer or a tree.
- Paint your blocks in your chosen colour – a thin coat will do.
- Push onto the brown paper – you should get a couple of prints before you need to reapply paint.
The spirit of Christmas is not about how much you can spend
The spirit of Christmas is not about how much you can spend or who gets the most presents. It’s about peace, kindness and realising that we’re all on this ride together, no matter where you’re from, your background or your beliefs. So, take the opportunity to reclaim that special spirit and DIY some of your gifts this year. You’ll be better off for it, in more ways than one.
Every year, Cashfloat helps the UK get the extra cash they need to cover their Christmas expenses until their next payday. This year, we’ve found some quick and purse friendly ideas for gifts that you can put together at home. There’s something very special about giving a handmade gift. It means you’ve spent time thinking about the person and what they would like, and then you created something unique with your own two hands. The best part is, they often cost less and the creative process is fun! If you have children, you can make it an activity to enjoy together. This year, Cashfloat want to help you give your loved ones cheap – yet beautiful – DIY Christmas presents! We might even help you to avoid your annual Christmas payday loan!