DIY multiple Christmas gifts on a bugdet.

I work for an elementary school. Recently, I have been ill. Extra money has been going to bills. The school has been fantastic with me taking so many days off. I am looking for a DIY gift for about 10 close school friends. Something under $5 person.

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  • Dianacirce70 Dianacirce70 on Dec 14, 2017
    Homemade hot cocoa mix in a new coffee mug was always a big hit. You can get pretty cute mugs at dollar stores, sometimes 2/$1. The ingredients for hot cocoa mix is under $10 for all, and you can fancy it up by getting dark chocolate candy bars, melting them and scooping it onto a plastic spoon and crushing some peppermint candy or candy cans on them. You would spend way less than $50 for all the materials, probably somewhere near $25-$30, and have enough to do several baggies of cocoa mix.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Dec 14, 2017
    Dollar store has many items that you can create gifts.Vases,coffee mugs,candy containers etc.

  • Pascale Nguyen Pascale Nguyen on Dec 14, 2017
    Mugs are a great idea. You can buy all sorts of gift bags and containers for gifts at the craft stores. You can fill with whatever your friends like, tea bags, homemade cookies, cacti plants, herb plants, candy... it doesn't have to be the same so you can make it more special!

  • Mogie Mogie on Dec 14, 2017
    Coffee shop gift card.

  • SandyG SandyG on Dec 14, 2017
    How wonderful to have friends and work colleagues to have shown such care and compassion. Hometalk has lots of ideas. Click on link below and Merry Christmas.

  • Cristine Schwartzberg Cristine Schwartzberg on Dec 15, 2017
    Last year, I made travel shoe bags for a couple of friends. Here is a tutorial from Martha Stewart.

    Martha used velvet. I, on the other hand, used cotton and the instructions worked fine.

    My friends are all chocoholics so fudge is very popular. I use a modified version of this easy recipe.

    I modify it by skipping the nuts, replacing the vanilla with orange liqueur and adding chopped dried cranberries.

  • Rhoda Rhoda on Dec 15, 2017
    Cute holiday socks that your friends can wear and think of you every time they do!


  • Cindy Cindy on Dec 15, 2017
    Tie a pretty dollar store ribbon around a couple candles. I received that as a gift once and really liked the idea. You could get some cute Christmas ornaments to tie into the ribbon as well. There you go, about $3 per person and so thoughtful. Just remember, your friends know your story, and it's the thought that counts. I hope you feel better soon, Melissa. Merry Christmas.