Christmas gifts for less: 5 easy, bargain DIYs

Is your wallet taking a hit this holiday season with a never-ending gift list? We've curated a list of some of the easiest (we swear!) and least expensive do-it-yourself projects on the web. Many can be made simply with stuff you already have around the house.

They're not cheap. They're handmade, unique and inexpensive

Decorate your own wrapping paper using felt pens. (

If the phrases "my friends and I are doing secret Santa" or "we're doing a gift exchange at work" strike fear into your heart — and your wallet — this time of year, take heart. 

Here, a roundup of some of the easiest (we swear!) and least expensive do-it-yourself projects on the web. Many can be made simply with stuff you already have around the house.

1. Infused olive oils

This one is kind of elegant, and could be good for members your new beau's family: you want to show them you've got more imagination than a pre-fab box of chocolates! Even if they don't like to cook, they'll be impressed at your effort. 

DIY infused olive oils are a thoughtful, delicious and inexpensive gift for the chef on your list. (

2. Personalize with felt pens

This is so easy and can be personalized with anything: a simple snowman face, the name of your child's best friend, or an inside joke you have with a pal.

If you love felt pens like I do, there are tons of other crafts here:

3. iPad cover

Everyone has electronic devices now, and they all 1) look the same and 2) need protection from those screen-cracking heights and travel mishaps. A soft cover for an i-Pad or laptop is a thoughtful gift for people of any age! You could also make it with pre-quilted fabric. Very limited sewing skills needed.

4. Graphic tees

Let your inner graphic designer free with this easy project: 


5. Personalized coupons

This one is completely free! However it may require your time, effort, or patience at a future date: create your own coupon(s). There are lots of sites out you can access for free. Here's one:

Your coupons could be to clean the house (that's the one I want!), a foot-rub, or a free pass to play video games without your partner complaining! You can make these as fancy as you want, or keep them plain. Remember, it's the follow-through that counts. 

If all of this fails, grab a box of beer from the store and stick a bow on top. Can't go wrong, it's the Maritimes. 


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