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DIY Gift Ideas

With the festive season comes ample excitement and celebrating. But it's also a time when we get to spoil our loved ones with gifts - however, this doesn't have to mean big spending. Why not improvise by getting creative and making your own gifts? Here are some ideas for creating your own special gifts, which are sure to be extra meaningful to those on the receiving end.


Make your own Christmas cards, especially if you have children. It’s a great way to spend time with them and get them to learn while being creative. Also, recycle old cards by cutting out the images on the card and using them as gift tags, or find festive images online and print these onto coloured paper.


Find your grandmother’s old gingerbread biscuit recipe and store them in a recycled glass container, like a jam jar wrapped in ribbon or colourful paper. These make for tasty gifts and a sweet treat for the table.

Scrapbook Collage

Create a special collage for a friend or parent by collecting photographs and mementos and using scrapbooking elements to create a memorable gift.

Craft Ideas

Learn to mosaic, pewter, decoupage, grow seedlings, do pottery or frame making - it's easy and fun to make special gifts for friends and family that more often than not, they appreciate even more than something purchased from a store. There are many more ways to come up with exciting gifts this holiday season. If you would like to share your own homemade pressie ideas you can post them on our Facebook page or tweet them to @houseleisureSA. For more ideas on how to save money this festive season, visit