Low Cost and DIY Gifts

The holidays are the most stressful time of the year, especially with all the pressure to find great gifts for your friends and family. Thankfully with a little research, finding the right present is not the end of the world.

For shopping under 10 dollars there is a great BuzzFeed article titled “42 Gifts Under $10 That Won’t Make You Seem Cheap” which features great gifts for every person in your life.

The up and coming poet Rupi Kaur’s first book “The Sun and her Flowers” is under 10 dollars on Barnes & Noble and Amazon, featuring short poems about love.

A handmade heart-shaped wooden serving spoon with a cute “made with love” engraving from ModCloth for nine dollars, would be perfect for your family baker.

For a ring holder or just a cute table decoration “Elegant Animal Ring Holders” from Anthropologie for eight dollars is available in a slender penguin and vibrant polar bear.

Some beautiful multicolored and gold accented mugs are available for $9.80 on Anthropologie.com.

Some more expensive but still reasonable gifts if you want to seem extra fancy are a face mask collection from Sephora including masks infused with avocado, lotus, pomegranate, etc. for 25$ at Sephora.

A scratch of world map that is perfect for your avid traveler! On Amazon for only $23.03, dont worry there are promising reviews.

A beautiful galaxy themed eyeshadow palette for the makeup guru so they can do an eye-look that is out of this world. For a little under 12 dollars you can order the Galaxy Chic palette from bhcosmetics.com

Don’t feel like giving your credit card information to an online source? Well here are some cute and easy homemade DIY (do it yourself) gifts
For the first gift, a spa-like lavender sugar scrub that is easy-peasy to make at home.

First you will need one cup of granulated sugar, four tablespoons of coconut oil, 10-15 drops of lavender essentials oils and food coloring (optional).
Microwave all your coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl until it is melted.
Then mix in the melted oil to the cup of sugar until it is a good consistency
Add your food coloring, any color you want
Add 10-15 drops of lavender essential oils
Put the mixture into a glass mason jar (or any other container), decorate it with a bow or stickers, and get to gift-giving.
Now a second gift, a small cute garden which will calm any family member after the stress of the holidays. You will need a glass container with a wide mouth, a bag of decorative sand (any color), and a few fake succulents or air plants.
Fill your glass with sand
Put the plants in the sand
Then add sticks, rocks or leave it how it is and you have a mini relaxing garden

And now last but NOT least, for that sweet tooth best friend or partner, chocolate bark candy decorated however you want! You will need a pound of dark, white, milk chocolate or all three! Then you will need an assortment of nuts, dried fruit, coconut shreds and sprinkles.
Chop your chocolates into slivers and melt in a microwave safe bowl (microwave for 30 seconds then stir, continue until completely melted but be careful don’t overcook it! )
Pour your melted chocolate over wax or parchment paper
Then before the chocolate dries, top with all your toppings accordingly
Put topped bark in the freezer and when completely frozen break into serving size pieces. Wrap with decorative plastic wraps or place in decorated ziplock baggies and give to your dearest pals 🙂

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