‘Tis the season to shower your loved ones and friends with gifts. Although it’s always exciting to receive store-bought items from our wish lists, the older I get, the more I appreciate the sentimentality of homemade presents. Here are some fun ideas that you too can make without breaking the bank:

D.I.Y. Holiday Tea Light:
DIY Tea Lights
For these D.I.Y. tea lights, all you need is a mason jar, sparkles in whatever color you choose, a bowl, paintbrush, some ribbon, glue and a candle. First, squeeze some glue into a bowl and add one part glue, one part water–in equal amounts. Stir the glue mixture with your paintbrush.

Next, dip your brush into the glue and water mixture. Paint the entire inside of your mason jar with this mixture. Next, take a spoonful of sparkles and put them into the mason jar. Spin the mason jar carefully around or shake it if you have a top for it. The sparkles should stick to the sides of the jar. Empty out any extra sparkles if there are some floating around on the bottom of the jar.

Tie some ribbon around the top of your mason jar or leave it as is. Once the sparkles have dried completely, add some glue to the bottom of your candle. Hold the candle by the wick and carefully place it in the jar. Your tea light is ready to go!

Studded Headband:
Studded Headband
This studded headband is a lot of fun to make and I love that it’s so comfortable and rocker-chic when it’s finished. All you need are studs–any kind will do–but you need to find ones that have bendable metal prongs on the back. You also need elastic. I used 1/2 inch-wide black elastic but you can use whatever you prefer.

First, wrap the elastic around your head and measure how much you need. Take a hair tie and sew the ends of the elastic around each side of the hair tie so your headband will be flexible and comfortable for any sized head. Next, poke your studs through the headband. I covered mine in studs but you can add as many or as few as you want. Wrap your headband in a fun gift box and voila, you have a fabulous holiday gift ready to go.


Holiday Wish List

There are so many fashionable goodies out there right now for the holidays, I pretty much had the best Black Friday I’ve ever had this year. Growing up, I must admit that I barely even knew what Black Friday was. My parents kept us safe and sound at home instead of taking us out to shop at the crack of dawn with all of the crazies.  For this, I am actually pretty thankful. Last year was my first year braving the crowds on Black Friday. While it was something I felt I just needed to experience, it was full-on insane.