Hey Guys, I’m back with another holiday themed post for you all. If you’re on a super tight budget this holiday season and are stressing out hardcore about how to swing the budget on buying Christmas Gifts on top of all the regular bills and payments any functioning (using that term loosely) adult has to keep up with.
But what if you’re at a loss at where to cut corners and pinch pennies in order to not spiral into a hurricane of stress and anxiety? It’s no secret that finance-related issues are one of the leading causes of anxiety in American adults, so it’s more common than you think. That’s especially the case during the holidays.
I promise, I’m not projecting any insecurities I may have while writing this post (I totally am). I really feel like this could be a helpful post for anyone in general who’s just looking to save some money while still giving worthwhile gifts that come from the heart. Now, I’ve done my best to give you some crafty DIY’s that you won’t need to spend crazy amounts of money on. If you’re anything like me, chances are the items you’ll need to create some of the crafts I list below.
So let’s get started.
1. Hand-Made Art Pieces
If you love to draw or doodle, giving a close friend or family member a nice lil art piece that you drew is a great and easy gift to give. Your friends or family members can hang it up in their office or dorm rooms and and they know the piece came from the heart. You don’t even have to get large pieces of poster paper or cardstock. Michaels sells booklets of 6×6 in tiles of durable paper.
2. Creative, Hand-Drawn Coffee Mugs for the Caffeine Lovers in Your Life
Speaking of doodles, an incredibly cute craft is a hand drawn, doodled-on coffee mug. Definitely remind whoever the receiver of these gifts are to hand-wash any DIY mugs so the designs don’t fade or disappear. Everywhere from your local Dollar Tree to Ikea to Amazon sells cheap, blank, white coffee mugs that are the perfect canvases for whatever clever quotes or puns you draw on these gifts.Pinterest or click here.
3. Sentimental Photos
If you’re a photographer, or just enjoy taking pictures to commemorate big events, getting those memories printed out and framed is a hyper cheap way to give someone a gift that lasts forever. Check out your local Walgreens or CVS for cheaper prices on getting photos developed. You can even select pictures you’ve taken on your phone to get developed. Don’t rule out the idea of creating a cheap scrapbook out of photos or the idea of using websites like Shutterstock to help you out.
Hey — if you have a polaroid camera lying around, many stores sell mini albums and frames for an incredibly affordable price. Even using markers to spruce up the frame of polaroid pictures can make it a little fancier. Another cute way to amp up photos is looking into sticking on magnetic backs to your photos to turn them into creative and unique magnets for your friends or family members.
4. Handmade Jewelry or Scarves Are Perfect for the ultimate Fashionistas
Now, if you’re feeling extra crafty and risky, trying out hand-crafted jewelry or knitting the ultimate beanie might be a great gift for those who love accessorizing or being incredibly cozy.
Don’t have knitting needles? Look no further. An easy knitting project is a big knit blanket like the one seen here. If you’re ready for the next step, are looking to get started, and are need some life hacks to make it easier for you to knit, Click Here.
Hopefully these help and won’t cause you to break the bank. If you want more posts like this in the future, please let me know in the comments section or on social media! Happy Holidays and happy crafting!