Need some last minute inspiration for gift ideas this holiday season. Look no further than Pinterest. My personal favourite new social media tool, an online collection board of ‘pins’, categorized and linked to websites that host content. You ladies know what I’m talking about! For those of you unfamiliar with this website, it’s kind of like the online versin of collecting stamps or buttons. Many ‘pinners’ pin crafting ideas, and if any of you are on a tight budget this year, Pinterest is home to some wild and crazy, yet interesting and practical gift ideas. I’ve rounded up some of my favourite to share with you. Head on over to Michaels and grab some crafting supplies to get started.
For those of you who are artistic and like to give gifts with personal meaning, this idea is great for you! I made one of these mugs for my friend and she absolutely loved it, especially the personal touches and creative design I managed to make look good. Purchase a coffee mug at a local dollar or discount store and create a design on it with a Sharpie permanent marker. After your design is complete, bake it in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Let cool, wrap and you’re good to go!
Tight for time? These cute little reinbeers will sure to please that craft beer enthusiast on your list. Just add a little crafty inspiration, pipe-cleaners, googly eyes, and pompoms to a six-pack and you’re all set.
Spruce up that candle your about to give with some twigs. May seem a little strange, but this Pinterest pin has been tested, by your truly and this craft ends up looking great when finished. Head on out to a wooded area near you to clip some tiny branches, cut them up, hot glue them to the side of your candle jar, and viola!
Have someone in mind that is in love with monogrammed and personalized things, then this crafty and stylish ornament is sure to please. You can pick up ‘empty’, clear ornaments at Michaels and fill them with whatever you like (glitter, sand, beads, pompoms, fake snow, etc) and stick on some stickers with their names or initials on the outside. You can buy alphabet stickers at Micheals or the dollar store. One of my favourite variations - you know that sand that you brought back from vacation this year and will probably never admire again? Put it into an ornament and have the stickers spell out where you went (Belize, Florida Cuba, St. Martin, etc). You will have an instant Christmas ornament for your beach travel friend, or yourself that you can admire on the tree for years to come.
5. This last tip is for our male readers.
If you’re not so craft or gung-ho for the whole homemade thing, and have a lady in your life that you know spends hours upon hours pinning, go ahead and take a look at her ‘wish list’, ‘want’, or ‘someday’ board. I can guarantee you it is full of ideas, products, clothes or accessories that she’s dying to get her hands on. Just click on the ‘pin’ and you should be redirected to where you can buy it online.
Looking for some more ideas, visit Michael’s Holiday DIY projects Pinterest page.