… to DIY. For those of us who’ve been trying to manage our money all year and stay out of, or pull ourselves out of a financial slump, the idea of Holiday shopping is enough to stress anyone out. But why should we have to go broke just because it’s the season of giving? A gift from the heart/one made by hand is always so much more personal and usually more meaningful than something store bought after all. Certainly we don’t all have the extra time to make something. But if you think about it… spending all that time fighting your way through the crowds in the shopping malls could really be spent in a more… relaxing way.
To help you out, here’s a list of some of my favorite DIY gift-giving sites around the web. Happy Holidays!
Instructibles.com – If you cant find something here, then you may as well go to the mall. This site offers detailed, do-it-yourself instructions on just about anything imaginable, from everyday people. They even have everything set up to help you find that perfect gift made with love.
Ana-White.com - Formerly known as that little blog Knock Off Wood, Ana has upgraded to bigger and better things. She has plenty of recent posts on some fairly simple and inexpensive gifts you can make for a fraction of the cost of buying it. Maybe even a holiday decoration or two for yourself.
J.D. Roth has a post over at Get Rich Slowly on 34 Homemade Gifts. Certainly worth a peek, plus you can browse through the rest of his site for more delicious financial tidbits to make sure you’re staying on track heading into 2011.
Good Housekeeping – This one’s been around forever so you know they have to have at least a few great ideas in there. I set the link to take you straight to their Christmas Crafts section, so browse away. Also a great place for holiday recipes!
CraftBits.com – I only recently stumbled on this site, so I haven’t really studied it too far. Looks similar to instructibles.com, just on a smaller, more craft-related scale.
WhatTheCraft.com – Another that I only recently found, but right away I found some things I’d love to make so it seems good enough to make the cut.