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Gifts don’t have to be expensive or store-bought to be enjoyed; here’s some tips for homemade gifts for those you love.


It seems to happen every time Christmas rolls around; your list is long, but your budget is small. The best solution to this conundrum is to make homemade gifts. They’re full of charm, yet easy on the wallet. No matter who you need to give a gift to, there are homemade options that are sure to wow.

Gifts for Your Significant Other

Handmade Jewelry

For the special woman in your life, you can never go wrong with jewelry…especially handmade jewelry inspired by what can be found in a trendy boutique. “I have been seeing a lot of bird nest jewelry around lately. They are beautiful and I love the trend so I thought I would try making my own,” Sarah Ortega writes about her homemade jewelry idea. “These turned out to be really easy to make and require just a few simple supplies.” Her website features a full tutorial with tips and pictures.

Custom Glassware

You can also show how much you love her by perking up some glasses. You can use glasses you have stored in your self-storage unit, or pick some up from the flea market. Add some homemade etching, and they become a work of art.

Bath & Body Products

Of course, women also love a relaxing bath. Make your own Tropical Bath Tea Soak and a spa scrubbie to go with it.

Bacon Bouquet

For the man in your life, consider a bacon bouquet. It’s a gift that’s “guaranteed to make grown men swoon. Or at least giggle like little girls,” writes Sara Wells. “Either way it’s a win-win for you.”

DIY Coasters

An Exploding Love Box is another way to surprise your man with a homemade gift, or you could also give him some Typographic Character Coasters.

DIY Holiday Gifts

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Gifts for Parents

Gifts for parents are sometimes the most difficult gifts to choose. Many times, parents are in a position to buy the things they want and need, leaving them with a small Christmas list. You can overcome that hurdle with gifts you make yourself.

Cook Book Holder

For Mom, consider a kitchen stand for her cookbooks or her tablet.

Custom Frame

For Dad, celebrate some of your favorite outdoor memories. “Collected twigs, an inexpensive frame and a favorite camping photo are all you need to thank Dad for amazing outdoor adventures with this handmade outdoorsy frame,” writes Marian Parson on

Cutting Board

You could also make a wooden cutting board; it’s practical and special.

S’mores Kit

You could also consider a Homemade S’mores Kit—a gift Dad is sure to cherish.

Gifts for Coworkers and Neighbors

You want to celebrate the season with your coworkers and neighbors, but you don’t want to break the bank.

Tea Set

An Afternoon Tea Set is another fun and affordable option for coworkers and neighbors.

Hot Chocolate Art

One idea is to appeal to their sweet tooth. “When thinking about gifts for my neighbors, I wanted it to be something sentimental, easy, and inexpensive,” writes Shelley Coates. “Combine that with my deep love for hot chocolate and vwallah: Hot Chocolate Art!”

Seed Starting Kit

Or, if you prefer, you can skip the mugs and instead focus on a healthier option. A Seed Starting Kit can help your coworker or neighbor start a garden, and maybe you’ll get to enjoy the produce of that garden when it blooms.

DIY snow globes are easy and fun to make:

Posted by Life Storage on Monday, November 30, 2015

Don’t be intimidated by a long list of people to buy for; take control of your budget this Christmas and put your creativity to work. With many of the supplies already in your self-storage unit, it’s a budget-friendly alternative. And because homemade gifts are from the heart, they’re sure to please even the pickiest people on your list.

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