'Tis the season of giving. During this time of year, you may find yourself receiving a gift that doesn't fit your body or personality, you simply can't use, or you find that someone else could use more than you.
Some people likely were taught growing up that re-gifting something is tacky or rude. However, today I want to share with you five reasons why I believe re-gifting is OK. Let's get into it:
1: IT'S NOT BECAUSE YOU'RE UNGRATEFUL
2: SOMEONE ELSE WILL TREASURE IT MORE
3: YOU'RE USUALLY NOT RE-GIFTING A GIFT THAT WAS
Most of the time, if someone gave real thought and careful consideration into a gift for you, it won't be something you want to give away. In my experiences, re-gifting typically happens from office parties or when relatives you really have no relationship with always get you something you simply can't use. For example, I remember growing up that my dad's side of the family would almost always buy my brother and I
We usually had friends or people at our church who would appreciate those as little gifts.
4: IT CAN HELP THE ENVIRONMENT
5: IT SAVES MONEY
Last but not least, re-gifting can help you save some money around the holidays. You won't have to invest in purchasing as many presents. As sort of mentioned previously, this should be done with gifts that you obviously can't use. However, if you have a holiday white elephant party to go to and you happen to have a gift that doesn't work for you, wrap it up and put it in the exchange!
But, it is the thought that counts, and you can actually make a ton of amazing gifts that anyone would love to receive. In today's post, I'll give you instructions on six DIY Christmas gifts that most people would be happy to receive! Enjoy:
1. CUP OF CHEER HOT CHOCOLATE MIX
It may seem a little cliche because hot chocolate mix is cheap. However, hot chocolate made from scratch is soooo much better, as I've recently discovered.
In a baggie, container, or mason jar, layer 1/2 a cup of sugar, 1/4 cup of baking cocoa, and a dash of salt. In a separate baggie, and at the top of the container, add in some marshmallows. Then, you can simply print out this free label or make your own with the same instructions!
I tried this hot chocolate out for myself and it was so delicious. I also added in a bit more cocoa and some chocolate chips. It really enhanced the chocolate flavor, so you can suggest that when you give them their gift. It is so simple and you can make a ton of these. Each container will make 5 cups of hot chocolate!
2. DIY CANDLES
All you will need for this DIY are empty mason jars, essential oils of your choosing, candle wicks, and a big dollar store candle.
First, glue your wick to the bottom of your jars and allow it to dry. Next, cut up or shred the candle and add the pieces into your empty jars. Melt the wax using the double boiler method and add in your essential oils. Let it sit over night to harden and make a custom label!
3. SUGAR SCRUBS
Winter can take a toll on everyone's skin. Sugar scrubs can be use to rid the body of dead skin and moisturize it, keeping it safe and soft during the coldest months of the year. All you will need is a container, sugar, coconut or olive oil, and essential oils.
Make a candy-cane inspired scrub by using a body-safe red food dye on half of your mixture and layering it with the white. To create the scrub, combine a cup of sugar with 1/2 a cup of oil and a few drops of peppermint essential oil.
4. DOLLAR STORE GIFT BASKETS
If you know a coffee lover, fill your basket with coffee grinds and creamer. A movie lover? Add in a ton of snacks for a movie night! You can create a cheap yet full basket of items just by going to the dollar store!
Other ideas include a makeup basket, a skincare basket, an automotive basket, a kitchen basket, toy basket, pet basket, or decor basket! Your options are limitless and you just need a basket and the items you'd like to gift them!
5. A HOME-MADE HAT OR SCARF
My mom has been crocheting for years, and she has taught me how to do it. I'm a little rusty because I don't do it much in the spring and summer months, but you can easily look up a tutorial. All you will need is yarn and a crochet hook.
You can make hats, scarves, socks, gloves, and even blankets if you choose to do this. It is time-consuming, so leave yourself enough time to work on it!
6. HAND-MADE JEWELRY
Jewelry is always a big hit around the holidays and, if you get skilled enough at the craft, no one will even know that you were the one who made it. You will just need beads, clasps, and jewelry wire.
This is an awesome way to give a one-of-a-kind necklace, ring, earrings, or bracelet to that special someone in your life without spending a fortune!
In a time when candy is so easy to reach for, this list will feature NO CANDY whatsoever, so your coworkers or boss are sure to love any of these ideas! Keep reading for the full list of ideas!
1. CUSTOM OFFICE SUPPLIES
2. GIFT CARDS
Gift cards are an easy way to give to your coworkers this season. Give them a gift card they can use anywhere, at a shop like Target or Walmart, or to a coffee shop in your area. They will be so happy you thought of them and can use the gift cards to buy what they need or want from the store that you got it from!
3. GIVE AN OFFICE GIFT
4. HANDMADE OUTERWEAR
5. NOVELTY DESK ITEMS
So, to get myself into the Christmas and holiday spirit, I figured I would do some research and share some things I've found myself that will help you get extra money or save your money for this holiday season.
EARN: DO SOME FREELANCE
SAVE: USE COUPON CODE SITES
EARN: PLAY TRIVA FOR CASH
Save these points up to redeem them for cash or gift cards so you can do your holiday shopping!
SAVE: SIGN UP FOR A SAVINGS PLAN
Saving money for gifts can be tough, but savings programs through your bank can make it easier. I bank with Wells Fargo, and a few dollars is transferred from my checking account into my savings account every now and then when I make a purchase. As long as you can keep your hands off of the money, you'll save it up and have spare cash for presents!
EARN: FIND A SEASONAL WEEKEND JOB
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