Quick Holiday Gifts on a Budget

There’s nothing better than giving during the holiday season, but there comes a time when everyone hits a brick wall on what to give his or her loved ones. Some of the best gifts are personalized, homemade ones created by you.

* Tie blankets never get old and they require no sewing abilities. If you have never made one, they are the ultimate gift for the holidays or for any birthday. Blankets can be used for sleeping, watching movies or with a warm cup of hot chocolate, and this is a great way to personalize something your family or friend will love. All you need are two pieces of fleece fabric and a pair of scissors. The fabrics come in all different designs and colors, and can be found at places like Jo-Ann Fabrics. If you have no idea what kind of design a person would like, the easiest is to use their favorite colors or colors that would match their bedroom or a room in their house. Visit http://www.instructables.com/id/No-Sew-Fleece-Blanket-1/ for a step-by-step process.

* Snow globes are relatively easy to make and can be unique for whomever you would like to give one to. All you need is a mason jar—or glass bowl and a base—and some tiny materials you would like to make scene with (for example, small trees, characters, sleds, etc. which can be purchased at Pat Catans or any other craft store). To add personal appeal for your gift, you can include a picture of you and the person the gift is for. They are sure to cherish the personalized gift for many years to come. See this website for more information and the step-by-step process on creating your snow globe: http://ourbestbites.com/2011/12/how-to-make-a-homemade-snow-globe/.

* Candy flowers are a quick and easy gift for any chocolate lover, which, let’s admit we all know at least one. Go to Pat Catans or Jo-Ann Fabrics and pick out a bouquet of fake flowers. Also, buy some type of vase and glass beads to hold the flowers in the vase. Do not forget the most important part: chocolate. Dove chocolate or Hershey’s kisses are a great size for this gift. All you have to do is hot glue each chocolate piece onto the center—between the petals. Adding a bow or ribbon around the vase is also a nice touch. For more information on candy flowers, search Pinterest and you’re sure to find this and other variations of candy flowers.

Remember some of the best gifts come from your creative mind. As college students, it is difficult to give gifts on a budget, but take time to think about what a person loves and put your own ideas into it. The holidays can be affordable and still show your love for someone. Happy Christmas gift hunting!

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