The holidays are here! Christmas, Hanukkah and New Years are right around the corner, so it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to let the special people in your life know you love them this year! Often, it is a good idea to start your holiday gift list for friends and family with the basics and then add your own personalized stamp to each gift. 

Easier said than done, right? Yep, gift giving can be complicated, but there are ways to be creative, personal and thoughtful in your gift giving without exhausting yourself or breaking the bank. 

This year, Do-It-Yourself gifts that have a personal and homemade touch may be worth more than any purchased gift. Plus, think about how much fun you will have making them!

Here are some ideas for DIY holiday gifts that will warm the heart:

Baked Goods:

Food always brings people together, especially when it is something delicious and sweet. Treat your family with simple deserts with an “I love you” note and watch them smile and enjoy. Or, for a fun twist, package up the ingredients for your favorite treat into a mason jar and give the gift of quality time while you and your loved one bake something together.

Vintage Items:

Rare and unique pieces that have true meaning, whether historical, locally, or for your family, are really worth giving. This might even become something you can pass down from generation to generation, like an old music record, artwork, jewelry or articles of clothing. 

Homemade Ornament:

Sometimes an ornament on the Christmas tree or a traditional decorative piece around the house can hold powerful meaning – whether it was homemade by a child, an elegantly crafted one from your sister, or an exotic piece collected from a memorable location. Create fun ornaments with family together to make them special. 

Homemade Recipe Book:

Do you have recipes that your family craves at each holiday season? Scrapbook those recipes and share with your family. Each time they make a recipe from your book, they’ll remember fun times sharing a meal around the table, and the thoughtfulness behind the gift. 

Gifts that Give Back:

Has your family been impacted by a particular charitable organization, church or hospital? Do you have a soft spot for a specific disorder, disease or region of the world? Donate the money you might spend on a gift in honor of a family member, or volunteer a certain number of hours in their name as touching gift that gives back. Then give them a creatively presented card showing them who benefited from the gift.

What are you waiting for? With a bit of creativity, make your holiday gifts this year special. What clever or creative “outside the box” gifts are you giving this year? 

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