Christmas Gift Planning 2016

So, for this Christmas, I decided to start planning more in advance. I know that many of us cram to get all of our gift shopping done the week before Christmas, but I decided that this year would be different for me. Other than planning in advance, I also want to get my family gifts that are personally thought of + minimal cost…and so I decided to give D.I.Y. gifts this year!

I’m hoping that by D.I.Y.ing most of my gifts this year, I will be able to make the gifts as personal as they can be. When I buy things offline or go to a store, the gifts are personal, but by D.I.Y.ing, you can always add that extra little touch which makes it even more perfect for the person that you’re giving it to.

I want to share with you some of the D.I.Y. gift ideas that I have found from YouTube and Pinterest, and I hope that you find some of them helpful for your own family.

For the SIS…

College Cook Kit: Mug Cakes

My sister is in college right now, so I thought that it would be a good idea to get her some gifts that would be helpful while she’s there. My sis’ loves quick meals. She rarely has time to cook(and she never cooks in general), so a college cook kit would be perfect for her.

It would consist of…

  1. mug
  2. mug cake mix

For the mug cake mix, I would mix together the dry ingredients of the mug cake, and put them in a baggy. I was thinking of making her three different mixes; chocolate, vanilla, and confetti. Then she would just have to add milk, canola oil, water, and vanilla extract; then microwave of course.

For the mug, I would decorate the mug with the instructions on how to make the mug cake. Then she would have it right at her fingers:)

mug cake recipe

my inspiration

Lip Scrub

So, my sister and I really like the store LUSH. It has all of these really cool body products such as soaps, bath bombs, makeup, and scrubs. One thing that we both really like from LUSH is their lip scrubs, mainly because they taste really good. Since it’s basically just flavored sugar, I think it would be simple enough for me to make! Hopefully it turns out well.

my lip scrub vid

p.s.you can use coconut oil as substitute for olive oil

Phone Case

It’s really easy to customize your own phone case by getting a clear phone case, and sticking a photo/sticker inside of it. My sister is obsessed with Pusheen cats, so I’m just going to print out a photo of Pusheen from online, and then I’m going to stick it into the clear phone case so that she has a PUSHEEN PHONE CASE!Image result

For Mom…

Succulents in a Jar

My mom is obsessed with succulents, and so I decided that it would be a cool idea to plant some succulents in a glass jar. I think that the end product looks really pretty and modern, and it’s really simple to make.

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Wood Slice coasters

My mom always gets upset when I don’t put a coaster under my cups, so I think that it would be a great idea to make her some stylish coasters out of wood slices. To make a design on the coasters, I would probably make stencils by tracing an image onto a piece of stiff paper + cutting it out, and then using the stiff paper stencil to paint the design onto the coaster.

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For Dad…

TicketsImage result for tickets clip art

I’ve done this in past years where I’ve just made a bunch of tickets and gave them to my dad. Not just any tickets though, tickets you know your dad will really enjoy. For example, I gave my dad clean the dishes tickets, walk the dog tickets, “be nice to sister” tickets…

It’s a fun way to give your dad something he’ll enjoy.

For the Dog…

Don’t forget about the dog! I always like to wrap the gift that I’m giving to my dog with wrapping paper, and put food inside it so that my dog rips it open. It’s the cutest thing and it makes for a great vid.

There’s no better way to show your dog that you love them by giving them a tasty treat! This year I plan to make my dog PUPCAKES! My dog loves loves loves peanut butter, so that’s the direction that I’m probably going to head…

peanut butter pup cake recipe 

p.s. For the recipe, I would exclude the vanilla and honey because they can be harmful to your dog. Instead, I would substitute the sweet honey with some banana. The rest of the ingredients should be fine for your pup.

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For Friends…

There are countless different friend D.I.Y. gifts possible to do for friends! I always like to keep it low-key and simple to do because I find that those gifts are the most meaningful to receive.

Wood Transfer

I found this really really cool thing on Pinterest that’s called a wood transfer. You take a photo and a piece of wood, and you transfer the photo onto the piece of wood. This is a great gift because you could use absolutely any photo that you want, and personalize the gift as much as your heart desires. I’ll probably use little blocks of wood for the photo transfer to make it easier to give as a gift.

Mason Jar of Stuff

I think that mason jars are the artsiest thing, and so I thought it would be cool to give little gifts in a mason jar…but not just a normal mason jar… a really cute-decorated one so that the mason jar itself is also a nice gift.

Inside the mason jar…

I would put lots of little things into the jar that I think would be meaningful to that friend. A lot of my friends are really into soccer, so maybe I would stick a pair of soccer socks into the jar. Putting a wood transfer photo in too would be a good idea! Pencils are always something that I’m low on, so I’d stick a few pencils in as well. I’d also put in a lip gloss/nail polish. Maybe I’d put a few little decorated tiles inside too(little personalized charms).

Bracelets

These bracelets are really stylish, and I know that I would love to recieve one as a gift!

marble bracelets

Oreo Pops

This is a really simple treat to make, and it’s a cute little twist on cake pops. I’m probably going to put the little pops into a plastic baggy, and tie it with a decorated ” christmassy” ribbon with a tag that says “Happy Holidays!”

oreo pops

Easy and adorable Christmas tree Oreo pops. Fun to make with the kids! Would be a cute Christmas gift.

photo in courtesy of it’s always autumn