Christmas is right around the corner and if you are like me, your shopping list is long. And unfortunately, as our lists become longer, our bank accounts dwindle. In 2015, the average American spent approximately $880 on gifts around the holiday. Each year, this amount is expected to increase. Instead of breaking the bank and spending hundreds of dollars on gifts this year, try one of these six do-it-yourself gifts. Who knows, your gift may just become a Christmas favorite.
1. Yard games
Yard games are simple gifts to make and fun ones to receive. There are also lots of options, which gives you the chance to find the best games for your friends or family. Yahtzee, Jenga, Koob, ring toss and ladder golf are a few simple ideas that require just a few materials and very little prep work.
2. Lego table
If you have a young boy or girl who loves Legos, you can easily create their very own Lego station this Christmas. All you need are some Lego baseplates, a little glue and a table or tray. If you want to really save some money, use an old end table or coffee table in your home, paint it and glue on the baseplates. The opportunities are endless and with just a few items, you can make an extremely inexpensive gift that your child will surely love.
3. Home décor
Many women love to decorate their homes for Christmas (and the rest of the year). For the ladies on your list, create fun signs, table centerpieces, picture frames or other home décor items that match the recipient's style and current home decor. If you don't feel the creative juices flowing, search Instagram or Pinterest for ideas.
4. Homemade crayons
Homemade crayons are an excellent idea if you're giving to a younger child. Plus, it's a cute gift that costs very little. In fact, by saving up broken crayons throughout the year (instead of throwing them away) your only cost would be to purchase a mold.
The process is extremely simple. Peel old crayons and place them in a mold of your choice (silicone baking molds are a popular option). Place the mold in an oven at low heat - you want the oven just hot enough that it starts to melt the crayons. Keep the mold in the oven for approximately 25-30 minutes and be sure to watch the crayons carefully; you don't want the crayons to become too runny. Then, pull the mold out of the oven, let the crayons cool and then gently push them out of the mold. Package them up, and you're done.
5. 12 Days of Christmas
Nobody says you must give a generic Christmas gift this year. Instead, use a little creativity and do something fun (and very specific). Put together a 12 Days of Christmas present for a friend or family member. You can do this in a variety of ways by giving food items, small gifts, gift cards, books, clothing items, etc. over 12 days. Just think about the recipient and come up with a series of items that he or she would love - that's it.
6. Homemade beard oil
A popular DIY gift for men is beard oil. This requires just a few items a carrier oil like almond oil, coconut oil, apricot oil, etc. along with some essential oils to add a scent). Additionally, you'll need a bottle to put your beard oil in. You can make the oil in just a few simple steps, but this gift may cost you a little more due to the more expensive ingredients.
Before pulling out your wallet, pull out your craft supplies, unleash your creativity and make gifts for all your loved ones this year. It will be a Christmas to remember for everyone involved.