Sometimes the best, and most affordable, gifts are ones you handcraft yourself. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be a master craftsmen to create something meaningful. This Christmas season, spend a little more time and a little less money with these simple DIY tricks.


Photo Coasters

Whether you’re capturing a meaningful memory or creating a fun party favor, waterproof photo coasters are inexpensive, easy and practical gifts.

You’ll need:

  • 4×4 inch tiles (less than $1 at your local hardware store)
  • 4×4 inch paper pictures
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam brush
  • 1” felt squares
  • Hot glue gun
  • Clear spray sealant


  1. Gather materials. Cut out paper pictures to fit onto tile.
  2. Rounding the edges gives the photos a nicer look. You can also place a sheer layer in between the tile and photo for backdrop, as pictured here.
  3. Use foam brush to spread a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the tile.
  4. Center the picture on the tile and press down. Spread a thin layer of Mod Podge on top of the picture and tile. Let dry for 20 minutes, then coat again.
  5. Flip tile over and hot glue gun a felt square onto each corner.
  6. Spray with waterproof sealant onto the front of the tile and voila! You have waterproof photo coasters.


Gift Packaging for Holiday Sweets

Want another excuse to eat Pringles? We’ve got one! Pringle tubes are the perfect size, shape and price for holiday treat packaging!

You’ll need:

  • Pringles can
  • Wrapping paper
  • Wax paper
  • Ribbon
  • Glue
  • Muffin cups
  • Holiday treats


  1. Buy Pringles
  2. Eat Pringles (Are you liking this so far?)
  3. Wash can out and let dry without lid. Add a pinch of baking soda to get rid of Pringle smell.
  4. Cut the wrapping paper so that it fits around the outside of the can. Adhere the paper to the outside of the can using glue. Add ribbon to rims for decoration.
  5. Cut wax paper to fit inside the can.
  6. Put holiday treats in small muffin cups to separate, and then place inside of can. This way, they won’t break or get stuck together.
  7. Give to someone special!


Cookie Whistle Shots

The best way to spread Christmas fun is by giving holiday shots to everyone! This year, sweeten up your holiday party with this delectably dangerous treat.

You’ll need:

  • Baileys
  • Butterscotch Schnapps
  • Rumplemintz
  • Bacardi 151
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar


  1. Pour equal parts of Baileys, Butterscotch Schnapps, Rumplemintz and Bacardi 151 into a mixing glass.
  2. Shake with ice.
  3. Stir cinnamon and sugar together for a garnish. Sprinkle on top of shot or spread on rim of shot glass for added flavor.
  4. Drink up! P.S. If it doesn’t taste just like a cookie, you’re doing it wrong.

* There is some controversy over which Jacksonville Beach native invented the “Cookie Whistle,” but this local recipe is so popular that the Ritz even knows it by name.


Cookie Dough Jar

This DIY gift is perfect to give to another DIY enthusiast. All it requires is your favorite cookie recipe, the dry ingredients, and a mason jar – and then they do the rest!

You’ll need:

  • Mason Jar
  • Ribbon
  • Tag
  • Markers
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup M&Ms


  1. Gather dry ingredients. Fill ingredients in Mason jar starting from largest amount to smallest (flour first, salt last). Measure carefully because once you start you can’t stop!
  2. Pat ingredients with a spoon as you add them into the jar to keep them separate to achieve a cleaner look.
  3. Top jar with chocolate chips and holiday themed M&Ms and close lid.
  4. Write out wet ingredients needed and baking instructions on tag. Tie to lid along with ribbon.
  5. Give. Then invite yourself over for dessert to enjoy!