The same thing happens every year: You think you have plenty of time to do your Christmas shopping, but you don’t. The week before the special day, you realize you haven’t bought a single gift. Where did all the time go?
We understand the situation well and we can help you. Whether it’s a lack of time, money, or ideas, Christmas shopping is a huge challenge for many people, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here, we have some ideas for creative, budget-friendly gifts that you can make at home. And the bonus? All of them are projects you can do as a family, giving the best gift of all: spending quality time with your loved ones.
The truth is: Your kids’ grandparents aren’t waiting for another tie or bottle of perfume. What grandparents love the most is a heartfelt gift made by their grandkids. There are plenty of simple gifts that you can make at
home with limited supplies. Among them, are magnets that the grandparents can stick on their fridge.
The only thing you’ll need to buy is a package of magnetic paper, which you can find in a hardware store, an art shop, or an office supplies store. When you have the magnetic paper, take some bottle caps (soda or beer caps will do just fine!) and stick a circle cut out of the magnetic paper onto the flat back of the cap. Your kids can draw or paint designs on blank paper, which they can then glue into the inside of the bottle cap. Other ideas for designs include cutting images out of magazines or using photos of family members (like school pictures!). There are lots of other inspiring ideas here.
If you’re among the 95% of Latinos who think it’s important to maintain the ability to speak Spanish, you can use Christmas gifts to reinforce this idea within your family. Since fluency and language dominance tend to be established at an early age, you want to expose the littlest members of your family to all the opportunities available to learn Spanish. And this gives you loads of opportunities when it comes to homemade gifts!
Among the many possibilities, are flashcards and traditional games, such as Mexico’s lotería. Sure, it’s possible to buy both of these in a toy store that specializes in educational games, but it’s way more fun to make your own games using crayons, markers, and other resources that you have at home that don’t cost a penny.
Surely you have some foodies on your Christmas list, right? A zeal for good eating gives you a nearly endless list of ideas for perfect gifts. You can print your favorite recipes — the guacamole your husband always makes for parties, the tortilla soup that your Mom always made, or your grandma’s “secret” meatball recipe — and let your kids decorate that margins of each page or recipe card with original drawings.
Other possibilities require a little bit of creativity in the kitchen. If you have someone on your Christmas list who loves to experiment with exotic recipes, put together a basket of ingredients for them. You can include avocado leaves, a variety of dried chiles, hibiscus flower, and lesser-known beans, such as vaquitas.
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The truth is, lots of teachers are tired of receiving the same gift year after year, multiplied by 25 students. While it’s the thought that counts, as the saying goes, why don’t we put a bit more effort into the gifts we give to the people who spend the most time with our kids?
Yes, we can! Consider the fact that what a teacher wants most during their holiday vacations is exactly what you want, too: to relax. With this in mind, you can never go wrong with a homemade sugar scrub. There are lots of ingredients and combinations you can make (you can change coconut oil for avocado oil, for example), but you can use this guide as a point of departure.
Every family has one: that person who’s totally in love with their pet, treating it like their child. So this Christmas, don’t forget Fido — you can also make easy, charming homemade gifts for pets. From artisanal dog biscuits to cat toys made out of old socks, this guide will give you plenty of ideas for creative gifts on a budget.