20 Things You Don’t Have to Buy for the Holidays

published Oct 30, 2018
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For 10 days at the end of October, Apartment Therapy wants to help you get ahead on the holidays. Together, we’re checking off doable daily tasks to get one step closer to the effortless holiday season you deserve. Sign up now (it’s free!) so you don’t miss a thing.

Just because you need something doesn’t mean it needs to be purchased. There are a lot of reasons to try your hand at DIY: It can be cheaper, less wasteful, and it’s a heck of a lot more fun. A little crafting is a fun and festive way to spend an afternoon. And the satisfaction of finishing your project? Only matched by the glee on your face when you get to say “Oh that? I made that myself.”

In the name of simple living, I think it would be fun if each of us committed to hand-making at least one thing this holiday season. And today is your day to get it going…

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DAY 7:

Find something you can hand make for the holidays and do one thing to get it started.

If you’re a natural DIYer, this task should come easy. (Maybe you already have a tradition of making something by hand every year, whether it’s Christmas cookies or greeting cards.) But even if you don’t consider yourself a super crafty person, I bet there’s something you normally buy that could be tackled in-house.

In the name of saving money, conserving resources, and finding a creative outlet, decide on something you’re going to make by hand this year, then get going on it! Find the recipe, buy the materials, make a list. It’s up to you!

Here are some ideas if nothing comes to mind:

  • greeting cards
  • a gift or gift basket (or many small gifts, like for coworkers or hosts)
  • holiday decorations
  • a Christmas tree garland
  • your annual ornament
  • an advent calendar
  • a nativity scene
  • a menorah (here are some simple DIY menorahs)
  • a kinara
  • scented candles
  • a scarf, sweater, or dress to wear to parties
  • place settings
  • centerpieces
  • wine glass charms
  • wine bottle tags
  • party favors
  • a food display
  • holiday cookies (you could make dough today and freeze it!)
  • gift wrap
  • gift tags (use your giftee list)

As you’re thinking about what to make, think if there are any ways to repurpose things you already have or might discard. A little paint can turn junk mail into Christmas cards, or you can make gift embellishments out of torn clothes and broken jewelry.

Happy crafting! Tell us in the comments what you’re making….

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