Fancy Presents to DIY

Like most people with poor financial planning skills, I'm always broke around the holiday season. Instead of crying about it, I see it as an opportunity to give a bit more thought to the whole idea of giving gifts. Sure, it's easier to just give my brother a pair of really cool headphones, but it's more personal to make him something I know he will appreciate + is completely unique! 

Contrary to popular belief, people actually appreciate a handmade gift more than some thoughtless gift card or ridiculous pair of socks. Don't believe me? Ask anyone you know. Here are 10 do-it-yourself projects for you to try this weekend that might just be the best gift you've given.

Gold Leaf Paper Maché Bowls by Kelli Murray

Trying to buy anything in a set for your interior loving friends is just not affordable. Thankfully, there are some creative bloggers out there like Kelli Murray who've got some sweet hacks for making your own designer decor items. These gold leaf bowls are wonderful as a catchall, set jewelry bowls, or as coffee table decor. 
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Giant Light Up Letters by La Chica De La Casa Caramelo

This tutorial is in Spanish, so if you don't have a translator this may be an issue. If that doesn't bother you, head over to the original post to see how this super cute "M" is made! 

Leather Glasses Case by Always Rooney

If you're already set on buying a pair of sunnies, you can really go the extra mile by making a custom glasses case for them as well. It's a lot easier than it looks and will for sure take your gift to the next level. 
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Trendy Scented Candles by Martha Stewart

Something I never understood is why anybody would pay something like $50 for a "designer candle," when you can make them yourself so easily. Speaking of making your own candles, if you have a friend who's into trendy interior pieces, these adorable candles in copper bowls are the perfect gift. Get the tutorial here

Bath Teas by Garden Therapy

Buying bathroom kits has become completely overused these days. I seems like that's just everybody's fall back plan when it comes to gifts for mom or older lady friends. Instead of just getting another set of suffocating body butters for $5, try making a custom set of bath teas! Although you can add whatever herbs you want, there are many aromatherapeutic options to choose from at the original post. 

Pom Pom Throw by Sugar & Cloth

When it comes to getting cozy for the winter, there's no better way to do it then with a big fuzzy throw. Give the gift of adorable comfort with this super cute no sew pom pom throw tutorial. Find the step by step here

Adorable Memorabilia Cushions by A Beautiful Mess

First of all, A Beautiful Mess has so many way cute DIY projects. I got stuck browsing for a good 20 minutes when I knew I only had 30 to finish this post. Second, this DIY is really special. If you collect ticket stubs or have old notes you used to pass with a loved one, printing pillows out of them is a super rad idea. Learn how to do it here

Brass Hanging Planter by Vintage Revivals

Personally, I'm a huge fan of hanging greenery. I love the way it looks, that you barely have to water it, and that it tends to give a tiny space just that much more life. With geometric home decor being so popular these days it's a no brainer that I'd add something in here for those minimalistic lovers.
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Leather Folders by Design Sponge

You know that person in your life who just can't seem to get away from his or her desk? Well, this is exactly the kind of gift that'll show them how much you appreciate their hard work. Simple, easy to make, and lovely in every way, a set of two or three leather folders is the way to go! See the original post here

Home Made Extract by Akshayapaatram

For those who love to cook or bake, there's nothing more exciting than getting a new recipe or exotic ingredient to cook with. Because I have someone like this in my life, I have been learning to make cool things like this more and more. I made my own vanilla syrup (like the Starbucks kind) not too long ago! What's even more amazing about this DIY is that you get to control the ingredients completely. Get the step by step tutorial on how to make vanilla extract, orange extract, or lemon extract here

I hope you've enjoyed this list of glamorous DIY holiday gifts (or for any other occasion, really!). Do let me know which one inspires you the most and what the best handmade gift you've ever received was.