12 days of DIY Christmas with gift ideas using Goodwill finds
Sure, you could take it easy on yourself this holiday season and go to a retailer and buy a new $50 sweater for everyone on your list.
Or … you could give something much more meaningful that also is homemade, adorable and inexpensive.
Even better, you won’t have to come up with the ideas. We’ve got 12 DIY gift suggestions that lead you to Black Friday that feature items you can find for a few bucks at your local Goodwill that will make for a personal and memorable present.
Your recipients will be glad you did.
1. Teacup candles
These beautiful teacups are too dainty not to be displayed. Load up on your favorites and let others show them off as useful candles that almost are too pretty to light. Scented? Unscented? The choice is yours.
Photo: Design Sponge
2. White faux ceramic and milk glass vases
Turn ordinary glassware into extraordinary pieces with the help of glossy white spray paint. Give one or several for a showstopper.
3. T-shirt scarf
Old T-shirts find new life as beautiful layered scarves. The more strips you use, the thicker the scarf is. Make a rainbow of colors to reflect your gift recipients’ favorite shades.
Photo: Rabbit Food for My Bunny Teeth
4. Monogrammed mugs
These personalized mugs, based on popular ones from Anthropologie, would be even cuter filled with homemade hot cocoa or cappuccino mix.
5. Sweater pillows
Transform old sweaters into warm and cozy pillows that will make any couch or chair more welcoming. Save the sleeves from the sweater for another project below.
Photo: Brassy Apple
6. Chic tray from frame
Find the frame that speaks to you and go from there. Add a piece of fabric or paper and two pulls and you have a gorgeous tray that can be practical or decorative.
7. Boot cuffs
Put the sleeves you saved from the sweater pillows to use with these cuddly boot socks. Make them as a decorative top-off for boots or to provide warmth, but just make them! Winters in Wisconsin are cold, and we’ll be wearing boots for a long, long time. These will help keep boot boredom away.
Photo: Try It On Me
8. Mirror serving tray
Update an out-of-style mirror with a coat of paint and cabinet handles to use as a way to display treasured items. If you are feeling generous, add a white faux vase (see above).
9. Kitchen tablet holder
This Pottery Barn knock-off only requires a few items — wood cutting board, building block and Scrabble tile holder — to make something so wonderful. The lucky recipients of this gift will be able to use it when cooking and following the recipe on their tablet.
Photo: Mamie Jane’s
10. Phone bookends
Go retro for the oh-so-cool person on your list who will appreciate this nod to yesteryear. Made from old phones, this gift will appeal to anyone who loves a vintage look.
Photo: A Beautiful Mess
11. Frame wreath
An old frame becomes a welcoming wreath for the front door with the help of a coat of paint and the addition of a ribbon and some artificial flowers or succulents. Stunning!
Photo: DIY Inspired
12. Dessert stands
Anyone who likes to entertain will appreciate a one-of-a-kind dessert stand for sweet treats featuring a candlestick, plate and glass holder. Go all out and include some homemade Christmas cookies.
For more: Find more DIY craft and gift ideas on our Pinterest page at pinterest.com/goodwillncw.
Goodwill NCW is a not-for-profit human services organization that in 2014 helped improve the lives of more than 68,600 people across 35 counties in north central Wisconsin, through 27 programs and services. The organization includes 26 retail stores and training centers in communities from Manitowoc to La Crosse, and as far north as Rice Lake and Rhinelander, as well as provides a unique shopping experience at its Appleton outlet store. It offers seven Donation Express sites and 45 donation bins located throughout the Fox Cities and surrounding communities. Goodwill NCW uses the revenue from stores to fund a variety of innovative programs and services that serve north central Wisconsin communities.