Late on Gifts? Save Cash, Add Meaning With DIY Ideas

Late on Gifts? Save Cash, Add Meaning With DIY Ideas

by Alex Topham '15, Psychology

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

christmas cookies

The holidays are sneaking up on us fast this year! As a college student, you are probably already budgeting money for gas, food, books, and tuition. Managing money can be hard and limiting holiday spending can make for an even bigger challenge. Luckily for you, there are a lot of great ways to give gifts to those you love without breaking the bank!

Making holiday gifts allows you to personalize the gifts you give and also show off your creative skills. Are you good at baking? Or drawing? What about photography? Use your skills to save money and bring joy to your loved ones all at the same time.

Pinterest is a great tool to utilize for creative holiday gifts. There is an abundance of ideas for every person on your list. They have DIY crafts and projects of all kinds, such as:

  • Recipes in a jar: These are great gifts for family members who like baking, but also people who aren’t great at it. The recipe is all measured out for them so they just have to add the wet ingredients and mix it up!
  • Baked goods: Who doesn’t love baked goods? Holiday cookies, breads, and cakes are great gifts, and you can get creative with the packaging!
  • Homemade candles or wax melter cubes: Candles can be made in vintage looking teacups or wax melter cubes can be made in ice cube trays. Either way, whoever you give them to will have the house smelling wonderful with holiday scents!
  • Homemade ornaments: Handmade ornaments are perfect for anyone and will surely make their tree look beautiful.
  • Personalized coasters: These are great gifts for anyone on your list this year. You can make them out of Scrabble tiles, chalkboard paint, or tiles with photos on them using Mod Podge. Get creative and personalize them for your loved ones!
  • Personalized coffee mugs: These gifts are great for anyone and so easy to do! All you need is a mug, a Sharpie, and a microwave.
  • Repurposed anything: Shop thrift stores for materials for other projects or repurpose furniture, picture frames, mirrors, etc. to customize gifts.

Taking the time to make gifts for the holidays not only saves you money in the long run, but also allows you to personalize the gift for each person! And who wouldn’t love that?  For ideas and how to get started, visit the UNH Financial Aid’s Pinterest page. 

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