Only nine Mondays lie between us and Christmas. While that might seem like a lot of time, responsibilities start stacking up around the holiday season. In the transition from Halloween to Thanksgiving, preparation for midterm and final exams heighten, and we often find ourselves searching for quick, yet thoughtful gifts to give our loved ones. Even in the nick of time, last minute gifts don't have to be of lesser value. Here are three easy, yet meaningful gift ideas for this holiday season.
#1: DIY Joy Jar
This extremely simple project is a gift that keeps on giving. All you need is a Mason Jar (you probably already have one laying around) and paint, or Mod Podge and tissue paper. The purpose of a joy jar is to write memories down and place them in the jar. Then, on a bad day or at the end of the year, the jar is meant to be open and provide little amounts of joy that can make you smile. Joy jars are easy to make and extremely affordable, yet they are a heartfelt gift that everyone is sure to enjoy.
#2: Abstract Picture Collage
Who doesn't love having pictures in their room? This day in age, whether this gift is made for friends or family, loved ones will be thrilled to have printed pictures. This collage is simple: all you need are clothespins, a cardboard cut out, pictures and a hot glue gun. This gift is thoughtful and memorable, and it can be a fun addition to any room. You can find all these supplies at your nearest Hobby Lobby.
#3: DIY Paint Dipped Mugs
This simple gift idea is a great way to make a DIY look like its store bought. You can find directions on how to make these mugs here. All you will need is paint, painters tape, a mug and a paintbrush. To put a spin on this gift, you can make regular tipped tumbler cups for non-coffee drinkers. Whichever type you make for a loved one, this gift is both adorable and useful in everyday life.
Searching the Internet for cheap gift ideas is an option, but you can't beat going the extra mile by putting in extra thought and making a gift rather than buying one. Even in a time crunch, these three simple gifts are sure to bring a more personable gift to those around you. If you want to see more ideas like these, try Pinterest searching "DIY Gift Ideas."