10 Holiday Gift Ideas

With the Holidays rolling around quickly, its hard to find the perfect gifts for everyone. Be it because your trying to find something to give the guy who has everything, or because funds are tight… here are some sentimental gift ideas that are budget friendly.


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  1. Canvas Photos: Blowing up a family favorite picture on a canvas is a sentimental way to re-live moments from the past. Especially digging into forgotten pictures and  bringing them to life again. It is a great way to bring up stories, and preserve moments all for under $40. They can be ordered through Amazon prints, or you can go to your neighborhood Walmart and get them made there.
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  2. Custom Calendar: Super simple, just upload your favorite 12 pictures, and choose one that ties it all together for the front and back covers. You are also able to customize the days in the calendar, so you can mark family birthdays or special events as reminders/ sentimental thoughts. These can be bought for under $30 on Amazon Prints.
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  3. Customizable Coffee Mugs: Also ordered on amazon prints, you can order customizable coffee mugs for under $20. Great way to start someones day with a smile.

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4. Photo Calendar: Here is a different kind of photo calendar with an equal amount of sentiment. It has a more professional look, great for a display in someones office. You can purchase this gift for $35 (plus shipping) at artifact uprising.

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5. Photo Coasters:

You will need:

  • four 4 by 4 inch white tiles
  • 4 4 by 4 pictures
  • scissors; Modge Podge
  • Foam brush
  • Hot Glue
  • Length of ribbon (to tie around)
  • clear spray sealent
  • felt

Pick up small white tiles at your local home goods store, which will run you less than a dollar each. Cut out the pictures, rounding the edges, which gives the finished photo coasters a nice look. Coat the front of the tile with a thin layer of Mod Podge, then center and press a picture to the tile. Let dry for 20 minutes, then coat the top of the picture with a light coating of Mod Podge, brushing horizontally then vertically. Let dry for another 20 minutes and then lightly coat again, sealing the top of the coaster and ensuring the photo is completely adhered to the tile. Cut four small one-inch squares from the felt for each tile, and use a hot glue gun to stick one square of felt to each corner of the tile. Give the dry photo coasters a quick coat of clear spray sealant, which will completely moisture-proof the finished project. wrap the finished stacked tile photo coasters with a length of ribbon. I would estimate to spend around $25, but the supplies can be used for multiple sets of gifts.


DIY Gifts:

  1. Screen Shot 2017-12-10 at 12.01.45 PM1/2 cup oatmeal oats blended into powder (using blender)

1 tablespoon brown sugar

2 tablespoons of sugar

1 teaspoon of baking soda

6 tablespoons of melted coconut oil

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Handprint Aprons: Looking at a small handprint of a child is a sure way to preserve a happy memory as they grow bigger and bigger. Most craft stores carry blank aprons, and all should carry paint. You can also find blank aprons with different designs on amazon. This is a great gift for under $20, full of endless sentiment. You could also use this idea on other household necessities
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Tie Blankets: These are great for sports fans, or anyone who is always cold. Fabric stores sell a wide variety of printed materials ensuring you can find something that suits anyones interests. You can also vary the sizes with an increase of fabric. To do this, ask the sales associate to estimate the right amount of yards of fabric by giving her the height of the person it is for. There are a number of video tutorials to learn how to make these, just type in “DIY tie blanket” into Youtube. These are a little more spendy if you are making them for an adult, I would estimate spending around $40.

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DIY coasters: All this gift takes are some tiles from the Hardware store, spray paint, stencils and creativity. The coasters could also be a great place for handprints, or having kids paint on them for the grandparents.




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