Get Inspired: DIY Holiday Gifts

Having lots of friends is great! You get invited to tons of fabulous parties, you always have someone to call when you’re bored, and someone is always writing on your Facebook wall. It’s a win-win situation, right? Right! Until it comes down to buying gifts for 55 of your closest friends…

In a perfect world, all of your friends would be friends with each other and you guys could just draw names and have a huge holiday party. However, this world is hardly perfect, and most of the time, our friends do not all come from the same circle, but they are still at the gift-giving level. In this case, why not make their gifts? It’s cheaper, and it can be relatively painless (fun, even!).

Now, I’m not talking about the wreath you made for your mom out of your handprints when you were 7. I’m talking about something classy and cute that your friends will actually use. Something to remind them of how cute and classy you are!

1.) Fleece Blankets: Here’s the deal: you go to the fabric store, you buy a couple yards of Strawberry Shortcake fleece, go home, cut the edges into a fringe and knot them. No sewing required. If you’re feeling like Martha Stewart, you can add two layers and make a nice, thick winter blanket!

2.) Personalized Stationary: This is for all of my scrapbook lovers out there! Take scraps of pretty, leftover paper and make personalized notecards for your girls. Adding stickers and stamps gives it a touch of glamour and your friend will have a set of one of a kind notecards!

3.) Embroidered Bath Towels: JC Penny has these amazing sales where you can buy really nice bath towels for $3.99. Buy some in your friends’ favorite colors and then use iron-on letters to personalize them with their initials

Don’t stop there! Be creative! Anything with photos is a good idea: calendars, framed pictures, scrapbooks, coffee mugs. Baked goods are a very classic holiday gift as well. Bake your favorite cookies (my sister made gingerbread men that looked like her friends!) or try dipping pretzels in chocolate. Add festive packaging and Voila!

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