Happy Friday! And happy almost Christmas. Don’t freak out, we still have time. But it’s coming!

I love Christmas. But I’m a little stressed. I ideally would have my shopping done by now and I’m only partly there. I’m feeling some pressure mostly because I need to give some gifts before we leave for Phoenix to stay for 2 weeks with Anthony’s family (my work has an office close by so I get to stay longer!). So my timeline is a little weird.

To help others who may be feeling some procrastination pressure, I have some fun AND cheap AND easy DIY gifts and ideas for you…

1. Check out this script pillow DIY project I did last year.


I got the idea from a book.

HAHA of course I didn’t. Only Pinterest exists.

You can use the lyrics of the song a couple danced to at their wedding, your BFF’s favorite T Swift tune, whatever. It’s fun and original and sentimental. Go for it.

2. Make some cute, cheap adorable ornaments!

Go to Beverly’s or Michael’s or whatever, and they most likely have an aisle with tons of blank ornaments. Some are wood, some glass, some plastic… I personally love the plastic round ones. They won’t break but they’re clear and look so pretty on the tree.

Grab some metallic sharpies while you’re there. Next, text some friends and grab some wine on your way home. Put Mariah Carey Christmas on. Drink a glass of wine. Take out your pens and make some magic on some awesome homemade ornaments.

Here’s mine from last year:

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We don’t have kids so anything is fair game, right?

Make more appropriate ones and give them as gifts, or keep them for yourself!

3. Wrap your gifts with what you already have in your kitchen!


Check out my post from last year where I wrapped my gifts with paper grocery bags – easy, fun, and will make you feel like a better person since your’re recycling. Plus you can use the metallic sharpies you already have from the fun drunken-ornament-making night!

Screw buying wrapping paper and those fancy tags and all that. If you want to get super fancy, grab some twine and a few little branches off the tree and tie them on there. You’ll look so sophisticated and minimalist.

4. To keep track of all your gift ideas for each person, use Pinterest!

I use Pinterest for everything. But I swear this was super helpful. Yunno when it’s like, late November and you see something on Amazon that might be a good gift for like your cousin, but you’re not gonna buy it right now (it’s still November and you still have a lot of procrastination ahead of you), but you don’t want to forget? Because you know when it’s December 20th and you’re like DAMMIT I still need something for my cousin, you’re gonna draw a blank?

Anyway, use Pinterest for that scenario. All you gotta do is make a board and make sure it’s private (click on Edit Board and turn Secret to On). Then you can pin gift ideas without anyone who follows you on Pinterest seeing any of it.

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Keep it organized by putting the person’s name in the description of each pin. Now you have a full list of ideas (that you could in theory start on early in the year), right at your fingertips. Plus they link back to the site where you found them so you can buy them right away. Boom.


What are your favorite holiday hacks?

Stay warm and festive everyone!



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