Friday, November 7, 2014

DIY Pinterest Holiday Gift Ideas - Plus, To Make or Buy?

Hey Guys!

So much has been going on lately (I shared a bit on my Instagram recently, but will go into detail more once we know more on here) and I haven't been feeling well, but I wanted to pop on and discuss holiday gift giving a bit. It's something I've been thinking about a lot lately since I have a fairly large family in addition to other people I give gifts to.

Each year I waver between making things and buying things for certain members of my family, teachers/therapists involved with the boys, etc. I really feel like handmade gifts are awesome and many people have appreciated them in the past when I've given them out, however, my go-to is generally food-related and with so many people having so many allergies and sensitivities I've found each year to be more difficult than the last to cater to everyone.

I have some fun ideas for things this year, but then I wonder ... do people even like handmade gifts anymore? Have people gotten sick of things like "cookie mix in a jar" or "cupcake mix in a jar"? Do people think it's a cheap cop-out? I can tell you making things is actually not that cheap a lot of the time, especially because I get neurotic about it! lol But really ... am I going to get the "side-eye" if I give out some handmade things this year?

And then I wonder ... should I just get people gift cards? Starbucks gift cards are always something I personally love receiving so I can get my fill of my favorite decaf drinks, but do others feel that's impersonal? What's the right amount to give?

What are your favorite gifts to give and receive from family and friends? Do you like homemade gifts? Do you like gift cards?

Have people found super cute homemade gift ideas on pinterest they want to share? I've shared a few things I've done over the years. Perhaps I will again this year if things simmer down.

Share with me!!!

Here are some I found on Pinterest that I thought were super cute or similar to things I've done in the past (I haven't tried any of these out yet):

Themed "Survival Kits"

Gifts in a Jar

Candy Cane Meringues 

Gingerbread Playdoh in a Jar

Pamper Me Jars

Cocoa Santas

Lotion Bars

Hot Chocolate Spoons

DIY Makeup Brush Roll

Homemade Kahlua

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