Time is running out. Christmas is almost here, and you still haven't worked your way through that holiday shopping list yet. But don't worry, there's hope yet— thanks to social buying websites like Groupon, LivingSocial, SocialBuy, Eversave, Tippr and BuyWithMe. Sites like G ...more
While the holiday season offers a lot of festive joy in putting up holiday decor, shopping for Christmas presents, and baking cookies, it also offers up a lot of opportunites to spend money. So that means that by the time you've purchased the presents, wrapped them in tissue p ...more
You don't have to be a professional artist to make sweet crafty gifts out of the humble Sharpie pen. On a budget, you can easily make personalized yet visually pleasing gifts for your favorite people out of Sharpies and a blank canvas in the form of ceramic mugs, T-shirt, tote ...more
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Most of us have family who live far away in different states or even different countries. While we'd love to have all our family with us on Christmas, it's much more likely that we'll be giving them a call on Christmas and mailing them some gifts. Christmas presents headed fo ...more
Sure you can go out and buy that expensive gift for the person on your Christmas list, but wouldn't it be even better if you could make your own gifts? In this video you will get some great gift ideas, as well as how to make them, for that special someone on your gift list thi ...more
So it is Christmas Eve and you are just getting started on your Christmas gift shopping. Thankfully, even for the last-minute Christmas gift shopper, you have a good variety of options to choose from within driving distance or on the internet without worrying about shipping co ...more
If you're on a budget this year, you can still gift your kids something special that they'll enjoy for years to come. Check out this video to learn how to craft animal hand puppets easily, with minimal sewing. Great for acting out childhood stories or to entertain during a ba ...more
Need some wrapping paper? Want to go beyond the basic and bland Christmas wrapping paper in stores? There's one solution that's in everyone's pockets— money— cold hard cash— paper bills— money. We're talking George Washington (because Franklin might be a little extreme). Just ...more
This holiday season, get yourself a bunch of mason jars. With a little crafty effort and inexpensive supplies, you can transform an empty glass jar into an endless possibility of DIY gifts catered to your gift recipient's personality and interests. For the drinker in your lif ...more
If you happen to have a bunch of empty glass jars lying around your home, the gift-giving possibilities are endless. Love to bake? You can bake pies, cupcakes, cakes, and bread directly into the jar. Or you can mix the dry ingredients in the jar and include recipe instruction ...more
As we approach the holiday (i.e. gift-giving) season, don't forget to make sure to include the usual notes in your gifts indicating that they can be returned. Otherwise, you'll just cause the recipients to save your gifts until they can be properly regifted onto some other ung ...more
One good thing about having friends who are constantly on their phones and tablets is it's easy to figure out what to get them for Christmas. Everyone hates getting gifts that just sit around, so it's always nice to get something that improves an item you use on a daily basis. ...more
This is a quick and easy project you can use to make a beautiful, vintage inspired gift tag that you can attach to all your Christmas gifts! All you need is some basic papercrafting supplies in muted tones and your favorite vintage stamps!
Want to wrap your Christmas gifts in a memorable way? Give your gift recipient a DIY super-secret book safe, and while you are at it, hide a small gift inside the the secret safe. Or, if you plan on giving a gift card, create a snow globe out of a mason jar and water and glitt ...more
Get tips and advice on how to find Christmas gifts for your co-workers in this free video series on Christmas presents. Part 1 of 15 - How to Get Christmas gift ideas for co-workers. Get Christmas gift ideas for co-workers - Part 2 of 15. Click through to watch this video on e ...more
The holiday season is here, and if you didn't already pick up a SCRABBLE set during Black Friday or Cyber Monday, then you still have time to buy the perfect gift for your lexical-minded friend. There's sure to be deals out there over the next couple of weeks, you just need to ...more
Hackers can be notoriously difficult to buy gifts for, so we've curated a list of the top 20 most popular items Null Byte readers are buying during their ethical-hacking studies. Whether you're buying a gift for a friend or have been dying to share this list with someone shopp ...more
Nothing says happy holidays like a homemade gift sent to someone you love. In this tutorial, learn how to paint a unique glass Christmas ornament that you can proudly display on your own tree, or offer to a loved one as a present. This video is easy to follow and you will le ...more
We thank and bow down to whoever invented gift cards. A great way to give your recipient what he/she wants without having to slave over whether the turquoise cashmere sweater or the navy blue cashmere sweater looks best, gift cards are the way to go for procrastinators. Wrap ...more
Building a snow globe is a fun indoor project for a cold winter day. You will need: a glass jar with a lid a small, rust-proof ornament or figurine white glitter aquarium silicone sealant distilled water 1/8 tsp. glycerin small block of wood or bowl for base one hard-boiled w ...more
This homemade cake mix can turn your least kitchen-savvy friend into a star baker. And you’ve done 90 percent of the work, which is the greatest gift of all. You will need: 2 cups of sifted cake flour 1 tbsp. espresso powder 1 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt a widemouthed 1- ...more
This is a fun and festive craft you can use to dress up your home or give away as a gift. All you will need are some of your favorite vintage graphics, your chosen cardboard box, a craft knife and a hot glue gun.
Wondering what to give your sister for Christmas? Learn tips on great gift ideas that will make your sister happy in this free video series on gift giving. Part 1 of 15 - How to Get Christmas gift ideas for sisters. Get Christmas gift ideas for sisters - Part 2 of 15. Click th ...more
When thinking about buying a gift for a friend, it's always the gift itself that's most important, right? But no matter how great your gift selection is (yay for Kindle readers), if it's wrapped sloppily your recipient will think you put little effort into your present. Wrap ...more
Here is an idea for a nice smelling homemade christmas gift. This video will show you how to make rose petal soap in a matter of minutes. Remember you can use items other than rose petals! Supplies needed: fake roses, alligator clips, scissors, tall glass, fragrances, glycerin ...more
When you can't quite figure out what to get someone for Christmas, turn to your inner creativity for a more personal, homemade holiday gift. To help give you some ideas, here are some DIY presents that never fail. You can never go wrong with homemade baked goods, especially i ...more
These boxes are great for small gifts, and you can make them at home. You will need a craft knife, a square ruler, a cutting mat, heavy paper (approximately 6 inche by six inches) and Dura-Lar paper or sheets of clear acetate. Make a home made gift box for Christmas or holiday ...more
A talented confectioner shows you a traditional recipe to make French nougat. This candy is a great present to give people on your holiday gift list; or make it as a treat to bring to your next Christmas or holiday parties!
How to wrap presents like a pro. Watch this video to learn how to flawlessly wrap gifts this Christmas. All you need is a gift, scissors, wrapping paper and tape. You don't want to be giving gifts that have been wrapped messily this holiday season.
Learn how to make your own soap from scratch. Making your own soap allows you to combine a little bit of creativity, a little bit of cooking, and a little bit of science into something you can use everyday. Homemade soap also makes a great Christmas Gift!
Once you've mastered the basics of soap making, undoubtedly you will want to add some creative touches to your own soaps. Learn how to make your soap unique by splashing colorful chunks and slivers in it. This is perfect for christmas gift. Time to show your creativity once a ...more
This video shows you how to recycle homemade knitwear jackets into vintage lace handbags. This is perfect for Christmas gift. You could make it your own gift and give it to your love one, family and friends. They will appreciate and remember you every time they see the gift th ...more
Turn old Holiday cards into a great little gift box. This video will show you step by step how to turn old holiday cards into usable gift boxes. Origami a Christmas card gift box. Click through to watch this video on tricklife.com
Gift cards are such a life saver. After all, we all have those hard to buy for friends and family for whom only something they pick out by hand will do. But how do you package a gift card to look like an actual gift? Check out this crafting video to learn how to make an ornam ...more
This video goes over traditional wrapping - using tissue paper, wrapping paper, ribbons and bows. But if you just can't get the fiddly bits right, or your gift is oddly shaped, then this video will also show you how to use a gift bag!
All you need is some stiff paper, like craft paper or card stock. Then follow this video to fold two pieces (make sure they are roughly the same size) into a lovely and easy gift box. Then wrap it and stick it under the tree!
Learn how to wrap your presents in Furoshiki (cloth) to avoid using wrapping paper. Unlike wrapping paper (which usually can't be recycled) Furoshiki can be used again and again. With the economy the way it is, now is a good time to recycle and reuse, instead of wasting throw ...more
Being busted for re-gifting is like getting nabbed by the IRS—you’re not sorry you did it, you’re just sorry you got caught. Don’t let that happen. Learn how to re-gift without getting caught. You will need: presents to regift a notebook to record gifts you've received
Learn how to make a sixties flower power hippie chick soap. A groovin' soap for any retro sixties chick for Christmas.
In this video series, our expert will teach you how to make homemade christmas gift baskets for any occasion. Get step-by-step instructions for picking the best basket, packaging material and gifts for a gift basket. Learn how to add theme items, pampering spa gifts and even f ...more
In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to make paper gift bows. Begin by cutting 12 one inch wide strips of paper. Then fold the strip over to itself to create a cone shape and tape it together to hold it. Do the same for the other 3 strips. This will be the bottom of the b ...more
If getting Christmas presents ready ahead of time has never been your forte, be assured that it has never than easier than before to assemble together a last-minute Christmas gift for all your loved ones and favorite people (and maybe not-so-favorite people you are obligated t ...more
Last year and the year before that, I gave some suggestions on DIY holiday gifts that you could make for family and friends, and this year, I wanted to follow up with even more Christmas gift ideas. Since pretty much everyone now has a smartphone, there's probably at least on ...more
There's nothing better than gulping down an ice cold beer to calm the senses and ease the mind. The holiday season can be very stressful as people scramble around trying to find the best gifts for friends and family. And we all know that gifts can be very hit or miss, but it's ...more
Rina and I invited homemade soap master over to our house.She showed us how to make our own very special honey soap. its a great idea for Christmas/Holiday gift. Martha Stewart's gonna be freaking proud of Rina. Video: .
Last year, I wrote a post on "10 Thrifty DIY Christmas Gift Ideas" for people looking to get crafty during the gift-giving season. It seemed only right to do a followup this year with 10 more ideas! Gift-giving for the Christmas holidays does not have to be an expensive ordea ...more
Although Christmas is not a time for pranks and booby traps, but rather quality time with the family, why not have a little fun at the expense of your loved ones? Here's a simple yet effective way to booby trap a Christmas gift. You'll need the help of a balloon, but the end r ...more
Gift-giving to your loved ones shouldn't be too time-consuming or strain your savings. Immortalize your special Instagram moments with family and friends by turning them into refrigerator magnets. For the stressed out family or friend, make homemade air freshener room spray, ...more
Video: . Here there are some DIY gift ideas perfect for the Christmas season. They are really easy to personalize depending on what your likes are. For the first idea you will have to make a little plushie first. I've chosen a one up Mario mushroom. Pattern here: http://shai ...more
Sick of the same boring, holiday-printed, gift wrapping paper for packaging your presents? Using spare cardboard, make a pyramid-shaped gift box for your unusually-shaped item. Or, transform your spare empty cereal boxes into fancy custom-made gift boxes. For a more textured ...more
For as long as I can remember, I've always sucked at wrapping presents. No matter how careful I am, my gift-wrapping usually ends up looking like a toddler did it, so I'm always looking for easy ways to spruce up my packages. If you've got a lot of gifts to wrap, store-bought ...more
In this video, we learn how to make a gift Christmas jar with Stampin' Up! First, take any type of jar you want to collect money in. After this, rinse out the inside and remove the labels off of the bottle and measure them. Now, take a piece of card stock and cut it out to mak ...more
This how to video shows you how to take an inexpensive dog collar and embellish it with fabric and ribbon. Every cat or dog needs a designer collar. Learn how to make one yourself without it costing too much. Makes a great homemade Christmas gift.
Make a Christmas Gift Card Holder Materials • (Elegant Eggplant) craft paper, cut 4 ¼” by 11” • “Whisper White” paper cut 1” by 7 ½” for belly band; remainder for making decorations • Sticky strips • “Sparkle and Shine” jumbo wheel, stamp pad and “Elegant Eggplant” ink • Ch ...more
In this video series, our expert will teach you how to make cat toys for your pets. You will learn how to create a variety of cat toys from household items like balls of paper, tin foil, strings or socks. An excellent idea for a homemade Christmas gift. Part 1 of 15 - How to M ...more
Although Christmas is a time to spend with family, a time to be happy and full of joy, sometimes it's nice to pull a prank here and there, especially since many will not be expecting them. In this tutorial, I'm going to show you 10 simple pranks and booby traps you can set up ...more
Every year I wait until the last minute to wrap Christmas presents. I always tell myself I'm going to get it done ahead of time, but it never happens. And the worst thing that can happen when you put it off is running out of Scotch tape. If you find yourself in this predicame ...more
Maybe you are on your phone a little too much sometimes. But when you are rocking some of the best mobile games being offered it can be hard to pull yourself away. If you get a new phone or a App Store gift card you are going to want to load yourself with the hottest app avail ...more
There used to be a time when I thought that gift cards were whack. And then I realized that I would basically be picking my own presents. And as much as I love my grandma, you really only need so many sweaters. If you are lucky enough to get a Play Store gift card from your " ...more