Christmas is a time for giving- but sometimes buying gifts for family can get pretty expensive. So why not make some gifts yourself? Not only are they wallet-friendly, but DIY Christmas presents also show care and thoughtfulness with their homemade touch. For starters, here are some simple gift ideas for mom, dad, and siblings. Each gift should take less than 20 minutes to create (plus drying time).
Mom – Decorated Mug
Decorated mugs are a simple and cute gift that any mom will appreciate and use all the time! Here are a couple ideas to get you started.
Materials: Mug, sharpies, tape
- Skyline Mug
1. Google “skyline” with your mom’s favorite city. (I.e., “New York City Skyline”)
2. Use sharpie to draw the outline of the skyline across the bottom of the mug
- Polka Dot Mug
1. Pick your style of polka dots (small, large, thin, etc.)
2. Draw your dots on your mug
- Geometric Patterned Mug
1. Use tape to create geometric patterns across the mug
2. Color in various sections not covered by tape & then peel off tape
Final Step: Once you are finished, bake your mug in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees to ensure your design stays intact! (mugs still can only be hand washed)
Dad – Remote Caddy
This personal remote caddy will make your dad smile any time he goes to pick up a remote.
Materials: Empty Pringles can, pictures, modge podge
1. Print off pictures or cut out pictures from magazines of things your dad likes
2. Use modge podge to glue the pictures to the empty can and let dry for 20 minutes
Male Sibling – Custom superhero notebook
Once you find out your sibling’s favorite superhero, you’re set! Then, they can bring their new notebook with them to school or wherever else they’d like.
Materials: Notebook, duct tape
1. Create a small sheet of duct tape by sticking pieces of tape to each other
2. Draw a logo, cut it out, and tape it to the front of a notebook
Girl Sibling – String wall hanging
This pretty string wall hanging will look good in any room and can easily be personalized by color!
Materials: 1 ball of string, 1 straw
1. Cut a two foot piece of string and thread it through the straw
2. Tie chunks of string in alternating lengths around the straw as shown
Each of these gifts has so many opportunities to be unique and show off creativity, while showing your family how much you care about them. And besides a couple cheap materials, they won’t break the bank! So instead of heading to the mall this Christmas, try some of these DIYs! You may be craftier than you think.