Christmas is closing in fast and malls are packed. Skip the crowds, save enough money to buy a Ferrari, and secure your place as your parent’s favorite child or your significant other’s favorite significant other with these great gift ideas!
Now you may be thinking to yourself, what does a 28 year old man know about saving money on Christmas gifts? Everything. Now that I’ve put your doubts to rest, let’s get to it because chances are that if you’re reading this, that tree is looking pretty empty. Great gift ideas are all around us! All we need to do is gather the right supplies and get a bit creative. Take this first idea for example:
It was a boring coffee mug that I got from a thrift store for $0.30, but now…
It’s a one-of-a-kind nature mug perfect for any outdoor enthusiast!
Here’s how I did it:
Step 1: Go to the thrift store
Step 2: Buy the cheapest mug you can find (remember the Ferrari)
Step 3: Go into your backyard or anywhere that has nature.
Step 4: Go into said nature and pick up rocks, twigs, leaves, and any other nature that you think will look beautiful to that special someone that you are making this great gift for.
Step 5: Get a hot glue gun
Step 6: Glue nature to the thrift store mug
Step 7: Step back and admire your hard work and creativity
Step 8: Put it in the same gift bag that your mom used to give you a scented candle last year. (Wrapping is for suckers).
Step 9: Win at life
Not convinced yet? No problem! I have lots of other great gift suggestions for you!
For those who have the luxury, Christmas is a time to snuggle up with that special someone in our lives. Make sure you don’t end up on the sofa with this second great gift idea!
First it was a boring old picture frame with a picture of you two at some place. But now…
It’s a one-of-a-kind shopping list that you can proudly mount anywhere in your home to make sure that she never forgets to buy hot pockets again!
Here’s how I did it:
Step 1: Find a picture that is meaningful
Step 2: Put that picture in a frame that sort of fits it
Step 3: Staple a piece of paper to it. (You may also use a hot glue gun to attach the list if you do not have a quality stapler. Staples look a lot nicer though).
Step 4: Decorate it with more nature.
Step 5: Soak in the adoration of your significant other when you give them this thoughtful, one-of-a-kind gift. Bonus points if you already filled out the shopping list so that they don’t have to.
STILL not convinced, well this one is a no-brainer…draw a portrait of the person!
Here’s how to do it:
Step 1: Be a good artist
Not a good artist? Don’t worry! I have thought of everything. Follow this alternate guide…
Step 1: Take a piece of notebook paper and put it on a flat surface
Step 2: Place your hand on the paper
Step 3: trace your hand
Step 4: Make it look like something, preferably a turkey
Step 5: Take a picture of that person, cut out their face, and glue it to the turkeys head.
Step 6: Sit back and relax. You just won Christmas.
This next one is for the fella’s. Have a special lady that you need to woo? Well I know women and this one is something that she is absolutely going to love. This gift says, “I’m thinking of you and our future together”, and that is going to mean a lot more to her than chocolates or fancy diamond earrings. Anyone can swipe a credit card, but it takes a real man to create a one-of-a-kind piece of art like this. Gentlemen, I give you the relationship candle.
How it works: Each level of the candle represents a relationship stepping stone. The more time you spend together, the further down the candle will burn leading to wonderful things like spooning and eventually marriage.
How I did it (This one took a lot of effort to get just right 🙂 )
Step 1: Buy a candle from the dollar store (DON’T TELL HER YOU GOT IT AT THE DOLLAR STORE!).
Step B: Write out some relationship stepping stones on a piece of 8.5”x11” paper.
Step 3: Carefully cut each stepping stone out into it’s own slip of paper.
Step 4: Use a hot glue gun to glue each stepping stone to its rightful place in the relationship candle hierarchy.
Final Step: All that’s left to do now is present this impressive feat of thoughtfulness to your significant other, or girl you just met on Tinder, and see her break down in tears of joy at what a wonderful person you are and how lucky she is to get to watch Netflix with you. When presenting the relationship candle, I recommend going somewhere romantic like the Starbucks with the nice sofas that the homeless people like to come in and sleep on, or the Sticky Cheetah (the 18 and up nightclub where you two met).
This one is an example for the fellas, but the ladies can use this idea as well. Does your special someone have a pair of shoes that they just can’t live without? Shoes that they wear to every fancy party or big event? Well how surprised do you think they would be if you upgraded them to be EVEN BETTER?! Well I’ll tell you. They will be absolutely speechless with joy at the effort that you went to to make their favorite shoes truly, you guessed it, one-of-a-kind! Dying to know more? Well then buckle your seatbelt boyfriend of the year, because this is how you do it.
Step 1: Wait ’till your boo wears their nice shoes, then get them really really drunk…and steal their shoes. In the morning, tell them that they lost their shoes running after a stray cat that they named Mr. Bojangles.
Step 2: Go buckwild
Step 3: Present them and claim your spot as best gift-giver in the universe.
I’m pretty lazy, and this post is late already because I had to beat Shadows of Mordor, a video game made for and by Lord of the Rings nerds. So these next few ideas will be a bit more to the point.
Step 1: Steal her purse. If it was made by an Asian lady, that probably means it is nice. I’m not really sure. Anyway, see exhibit A:
Step 2: LifeMod that shit!
This one is pretty simple, and for once it doesn’t involve stealing anything from the person that you love. So, let’s get to it.
Step 1: Buy a mirror (Dollar Store)
Step 2: Glue nature and some bling to the mirror
Step 3: Write an inspirational phrase on the mirror that will inspire the receiver of this great gift every time they look at it. I find that words that promiscuous women have tattooed on their ribcage in fancy cursive letters work best.
All you procrastinators are gonna love this one because it is super simple.
Step 1: Take the person’s earbuds that they work out with (yup, we are back to stealing)
Step 4: Make sure that the gold pipe cleaners that you wrapped around them don’t jab you in the ear when you try to use them. If they do, just throw the earbuds away and act like you don’t know where they are if the person asks you.
BONUS: If you made the “believe” mirror, you can do this…
If they don’t live near you call them up and pretend that you are Kiefer Sutherland on a secret mission to find Narnia.
This holiday season really put some thought into the people that matter most in your life. Don’t just go out and spend 10’s or even 20’s of dollars on someone when you have great gifts just waiting to be crafted! Just look at all of the treasures that I was able to create with just 2 hours of my and my roommate’s time and a trip to the thrift and dollar store. Happy Holidays LifeModders.