Homemade and DIY Gifts


So you still have a little bit of time left to shop before Christmas. But you might to bypass the crazed shopping zombies at the mall. You could order all your gifts online… Or, if you are feeling adventurous, you could go the DIY route. After all, at National Debt Advisors (NDA) we are all about saving money this Christmas.

Inexpensive, homemade DIY gifts will have everyone thinking that you spent a chunk of money on gifts. If you’re an underdog, these easy crafty projects could easily  look like a million bucks!

With some help from our Pinterest friends, we have some of the best DIY gift ideas and homemade gifts, you are sure to find something that people will love. For a selection of gifts for Mom and Dad, his and hers, or gifts for your significant other, even the person who has everything will love these!

Now just because it is homemade, doesn’t mean that you want it to look like it came from from the hands of an amateur. It will be our little secret that they are DIY creations!

Here are some ideas that won’t fail you:


Handmade gifts

There is something special about homemade gifts. They really are the best kind of gifts to give/receive.

Spread the holiday cheer with these sweet and simple handmade gifts. They are fun Christmas décor and gift ideas that will have you excited about Christmas and leave you feeling like a child again. Today National Debt Advisors has gathered up a few inexpensive handmade Christmas ideas that will definitely be friendly on the pocket and make sure you stay debt free.

Sugar Scrub:

Create a sweet smelling sugar scrub that makes a perfect stocking stuffer. You only need a few simple ingredients to make a basic sugar scrub. Your oil of choice (coconut, lemon, etc.) it can be anything. Sugar and an oil extract to scent your scrub. Get inspired by different Christmas colours and give your sugar scrub that little extra colour to make it really stand out. Your loved ones will absolutely love it.

DIY Picnic Baskets:

This is the best gift to give to newlyweds, couples, basically anyone that loves to go on picnics and loves to pack a picnic basket. From homemade jars, Champaign flutes, dip-dyed cloth napkins, and more. Once you find your basket of choice, everything else is as easy as 1; 2; 3. Here is a step by step from Lovely Indeed.


Do you have a friend or family member who is always cold? Come on, there is one in every group! Help keep them warm by giving them a colourful hand-warmer that you made yourself. They will thank you come winter time again. Make sure they are reheatable as they can pop it in their pockets on the way to school, or work… so cozy.

Homemade Soaps:

Perfect for a hostess gift, homemade soaps are sweet, smell absolutely divine and will be your loved ones new favorite cleaning product. They are pretty, fun and full of good-for-you ingredients. They are also a perfect treat for skin, nose, peace of mind and the best part is they are seriously easy to make. They smell so good, you will want to eat them while making them.

So get ingredients and flavours you love and get to scrubbing.

Trophy Bottle Stopper:

Know someone who is obsessed about sports but is also a wine fanatic? Make them a trophy bottle stopper and it is as easy as 1, 2, 3… All you need are old trophy tops, wine corks and superglue. Give this a try and you will have your sporty-wine connoisseur friend excited about life again.


DIY Christmas cards

So we have helped you choose the best Christmas presents to give this year, now you just need to choose the most beautiful way to say “Merry Christmas” by sending some homemade postcards to family and friends. Avoid the generic store-bought Christmas cards and opt for creative ideas; your children will actually enjoy helping you with this.

There is nothing more genuine than showing your love and care with a stunning and DIY Christmas greeting cards. Of course, we all know you can send an email or a text message, but please, be a little more creative this year. Most people display their Christmas cards, and you will definitely want yours to be center and stand out.

Fun festive family picture Card

Surprise friends and family with a picture of your family dressed in festive clothing. From Santa, to reindeers, this could be a little fun actively that you and the family will enjoy.

Homemade Christmas Tree Card

Surprise friends and family with a cute, easy-to-create handmade holiday card. It is trendy and can have as many patterns and traditional Christmas colours to make it pop. All you need to do is find a template you like, print it, trim the card, cut then fold triangles and assemble into 3-D tree and you are done.

Scrappy Dappy Gift Card

Everyone loves gifts, so why not make a card with presents in front. Use some of your patterned paper scraps to make gift boxes on a card. This also saves you a little bit on the resources.

Pop Up Christmas Card

When you hear or see pop-up most people think it going to de difficult but actually, it is easier than you think. Take things back to basics on this one, as it is important to remember that good deeds come in all shapes and sizes. All you will need is a paper card, paper Christmas tree ornament, markers and glue. Put them all together and you have a beautiful pop-up Christmas card to give to anyone you like.

Good luck and break out the scissors!


Gift baskets and hampers

Sometimes getting one item just doesn’t make sense when you want to give someone an amazing gift, so we tend to try something a little bit more interesting, like a gift basket that will rock their socks off!

Chocolate Gift Basket:

This is definitely a classic gift basket idea and depending on your budget, you can choose between a small number of gourmet chocolates or a large number of regular chocolates to give. Either way, your recipient’s sweet tooth will thank you for it. To add a little extra to the gift, maybe try making your own chocolate to add as a gift.

Wine and Cheese Gift Basket:

Here is another classic that you can never go wrong with. Select a bottle of wine, some wedges of cheese and a few delectable crackers to go with the wine and cheese. Add a cheese slicer, a cheese board, a couple of wine glasses and a wine opener or a wine and cheese magazine and boom you have a perfect gift basket.

Aromatic Gift Basket:

If you want to pamper someone, this will be perfect for your recipient. Put together a gift basket full of scented candles, aromatic bath oils, scented massage oils, incense sticks, room fresheners and car fresheners. This will make the recipient remember you every time they use it.

Varsity Gift Basket:

Varsity always means distance between friends and family, which is why sometimes it can get hard on everyone. However, if you come up with the idea of sending a varsity care package, you will be able to bring the recipient a reminder of home. This is an extremely versatile gift, so you can throw anything from favourite snacks, beauty products, and daily necessities to photos, clothing items and letters.

A beautiful gift idea with a lot of thought will get you a lot of brownie points.

Personalized Gift Basket:

Ultimately no gift basket can top the one you design yourself! Chances are, you already know the person well, so you know their likes and dislikes – making it easy to find things they love. Take their interests and your relationship into account and you can put together one of the best gift baskets in the world. Ideas are not limited to favourite foods, movies, books, inside jokes items, accessories. They will enjoy this gift as much as you enjoyed making it.

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