December 13th, 2007 Jamie
I’ve been busy making gifts for some of my family (including the Monster iPod Cozy for my brother!), and its actually been surprisingly fun–it seems much more personal. Here is a little assortment of fun DIY holiday gifts you can give to the teens and twenty-somethings in your life:
Redesigned Suitcase Backpack. To keep this unique project inexpensive, scour thrift stores for good-quality suitcases, and embellish with cool scraps you thrift or discover around the house.
Rice Heat Therapy Pillow. Schoolwork, new jobs, and all that comes with this age can mean stiff necks and headaches. This aromatherapy rice pillow will soothe all those aches and pains. This tutorial also includes ways to change the pillow into a cold pack and an eye-pillow.
Toaster Pastry iPod Cozy. This is the easiest iPod case I’ve found yet—just a needle, thread, and a couple pieces of felt. Plus it looks just like a Pop Tart! (Also check out the other iPod cases I posted in this entry and this one. I made the “Monster iPod Cozy” for my brother–it looks great and cost less than $5!)
Lavender Bath Salts. A bottle of these can cost $16 or more in stores, but they smell just as good (or better!) when you make your own.
Paper Lantern. Take your origami skills to the next level by making this gorgeous paper lantern for your friend, sibling, or roommate. It’s very straightforward, but looks stunning when its finished!
Recipe Book. Perfect for anyone taking on the first few years of living on their own, fill this book with favorite family recipes or scour the web for recipes you can make with just dorm supplies (microwave, fridge, toaster, etc.). To cut costs a bit, you can use a regular binder instead of a scrapbook album.
Want more low-cost and DIY gift ideas? Check out my other gift entries, below, or subscribe to keep up on my latest posts!
- Inexpensive DIY Gift Roundup #1: For the Ladies on Your List!
- Inexpensive DIY Gift Roundup #2: Gifts for Guys
- Inexpensive DIY Gift Roundup #3: Gifts for Kids
- Holiday Gift-Giving on a College Budget