DIY Christmas Presents

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by collegelife on November 7, 2011

The frugal college student may not have a lot of extra time on their hands until semester break but, we can start thinking about all those presents we need to get for the holidays.  We’ve blogged before that Mom and Dad would rather have something you made with your own two hands than spending money they gave you for college.   After some web searching, here are a few ideas for you.


  • Create a secret hollow book. Find a cheap musty old classic in your closet or garage. Glue the pages together, use an X-Acto knife to hollow out the center of the book. Now the recipient can store his treasures!
  • If you’re artistic, GRS-reader Beck suggests giving memory drawings: “Draw a very simple black-and-white picture of a memory that you have of you and the person (e.g. me and my dad playing NES back in the day). This could be a very simple (think Shel Silverstein) drawing. Frame it and gift. The great thing about this (besides being cheap) is that you can give it multiple times to the same person. They will have a growing collection of ‘memory drawings’ from you.” Beck reports this gift is very well received by family members.
  • Personal gift certificates also make great gifts. In essence, these are gifts of time. Give parents a gift certificate for a night of baby-sitting, a car wash, backyard barbeque, or a back rub.


  • Peppermint Bark  Crunch up some peppermint candy to create a sweet treat reminiscent of holidays past.


From our DIY Father’s Day Blog

  • You can’t go wrong with cooking Dad’s favorite meal.
  • A cube of paper that you decorated by decorating and Blinging
  • A custom created coffee tumbler
  • Photo album of your favorite pictures of  Dad and the family
  • Do a project with him like having Dad help you build a bird feeder for his backyard
  • Homemade fudge.  If you don’t know how, buy some and wrap it up like you made it.


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