3 DIY thrifted gift ideas

By Sophie Leppanen

As the weather gets frosty, it’s the perfect time start preparing for the holiday season ahead. With the shortages and unpredictable shipping times anticipated this year, consider making your own gifts for loved ones on your list with thrifted materials from Goodwill NCW that are always in supply.

We’ve got 3 trendy gift ideas that you can make for a fraction of what they’d cost new. Plus, your loved ones are sure to appreciate the special touch you put into their one-of-a-kind gift.

Snowy glass jars

Light up someone’s heart with a snowy glass jar that holds a cozy candle. Lit snowy glass jars are perfect for nightlights in bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens, as well as a warm touch to any entranceway. Best yet, with its neutral winter theme, this is a gift that can be used through February. Find glass jars, fake winter greenery and battery-operated candles at your local Goodwill. With these instructions and your inner creativity, it’s going to turn out great!

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Festive hanging mittens

There is something oh-so-dear about hanging mittens. Gift a loved one another option to wreaths with this cute idea. They’re perfect for front doors, windows or as an alternative to stockings over the fireplace. Goodwill has mittens, sweaters that you can easily sew into mittens, winter greenery and materials for bows or items whose bows you can reuse. Follow these video instructions and nail it!

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Embroidered lavender sachets

A lavender sachet is a gift that will flood the recipient with memories of warmer days! All you need to do is sew simple cloth sachets, stuff them with dried lavender buds and embroider a pretty design onto the sachet face.

This gift is perfect for bathrooms, nightstands, linen drawers and wooden chests. Check out Goodwill’s cloth napkins and placemats for budget-friendly sources of fabric to use for this project. Try to find a breathable natural fiber with tight-knit stitching to hold the lavender buds (think linen, cotton and burlap). If you need a homemade gift idea where you can make many at once, this project is for you. You can order dried lavender in bulk and sew many triangular sachets in very little time.

Happy holiday gifting, thriftanista! You’ve got this

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