DIY Gifts for Friends

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DIY Gifts for Friends

Between decorations, food preparation, and gift giving, keeping track of to do's, not to mention budget, around the holidays is near impossible. However, with a few basic skills and a bit of imagination, learning how to construct DIY gifts for friends and relatives saves buyers money around the holiday season as well as during the rush of birthdays, weddings, and other gatherings throughout the year.

However, while many people associate the DIY gifting trend with high-skill crafts such as knitting, scrapbooking, and jewellery making, there are other, simpler tasks that people employ which takes minimal time and skill, yet still imparts the same great home-made effect.

Food Gifts

Food gifts are an ever-popular option for one simple reason: everybody eats. However, buying pre-made gourmet food baskets is not only pricey, many times the odd items included end up in the back of the cupboard for decades. DIY food gifts, on the other hand, are personalised, allowing givers to highlight lifestyle preferences such as organic foods or vegetarianism. Two of the most popular options are DIY food baskets and home-made mixes.

DIY Food Baskets

Designing food baskets is an excellent alternative to the pre-made gift baskets which companies offer. Not only are the foods hand selected to meet the recipients needs and tastes, but savvy buyers get items in bulk at a discount or include home-made items, such as biscuits or jellies, to save additional money.

For ideas on the proper way to construct food baskets, read the product descriptions of the pre-made ones and then try to replicate them. Buying empty gift baskets is simple enough, but even these are easily personalised with a few pieces of ribbon and a hot glue gun.

DIY Mixes

While everyone loves fresh-baked cookies, especially around the holidays, there is a limit to how much one reasonably consumes in a season. In essence, it is pointless to spend time baking items that really end up going to waste. Instead, creating mixes allows recipients to recreate their favourite treats at another time.

There are several ways to present mixes, for example, layering dry ingredients such as flour, sugar, and cocoa powder in a glass jar. It is also nice to add ribbons and embellishments to the outside of the container for a more elegant effect. For less-attractive recipes, it is a good idea to use a simple resealable bag, like the poly-lined bags that often store coffee beans. Here too adding outside embellishments, such as ribbon and coloured paper, creates a personal touch. It is also essential to include instructions for how to use the mixes.

Beauty Treatments

Another popular DIY gift idea involves another concept everyone gets behind: relaxation. Many people love to use simple natural ingredients, most of which they already have in their kitchen, to make DIY beauty treatments. For those new to the home-made beauty business, the table below outlines four basic recipes along with the ideal container for storing each.

Beauty Product


Basic Instructions

How to Give

Bath salts

2 parts Epsom salt

1 part sea salt

Essential oil such as lavender or peppermint

Food colouring (optional)

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl

Separate a portion to dye a certain colour and layer for added presentation

Glass jar

Body oil spray

100 ml almond, walnut, or jojoba oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Clove oil

Add all oils to jar and shake

Spray bottle

Tinted lip balm

Leftover lipstick

1 teaspoon grated beeswax

1/2 teaspoon coconut oil

Melt all items together in a pan over low heat and pour into containers

Small tin

Old locket

Body scrub

3 parts raw sugar

1 part granulated sugar

4 to 5 tablespoons favourite extract, such as vanilla or almond

50 ml almond oil

Mix sugars

Mix oil and extract

Add together

Airtight container

Each of these recipes is easy to double, triple, or more in order to make a large quantity all at one time, which are then packaged creatively and given out over time. It is also easy to involve children in the creation and packaging of DIY beauty treatments which adds yet another cute, personal touch to the gifts.

How to Buy Supplies for DIY Gifts on eBay

Using eBay to gather supplies for DIY gifts saves buyers time and money. Searching the site is easy, and there is a large selection of craft items to browse through as well. In addition, buyers look through the Daily Deals section for bulk items or other, non-DIY gifts which are still inexpensive.

Taking the time to make gifts for friends is a great way to show care and concern. And, while high-skill crafts as knitting and jewellery making produce great items, other, simpler DIY gifts are just as nice when done right. These simple ideas, combined with smart shopping through websites like eBay help people give beautiful, thoughtful gifts without breaking their budget.

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