Tools Needed for DIY Gift-Making Success

With the holidays around the corner, now’s the perfect time to keep an eye out for some tools you’ll need when making DIY gifts this year.  Stocking up now can save you time and money as the gift-giving season looms large.


1)  Jars, Tins, and Containers

You’ll need something to house nearly every DIY gift you can imagine–whether a fab cosmetic concoction or a trio of delicious desserts.  Glass jars, in particular, are versatile, easy-to-find, and relatively cheap (not to mention eco-friendly).  I’ve found some great deals on jars by browsing at thrift stores, buying in bulk at retailers, keeping jars from foodstuffs consumed during the year, and plain ole asking friends.  Other good items to watch out for are tins (like those altoids come in), screw-on pots, tiny tupperware containers, and anything else that might make your gift all the more appealing and practical.

Total Cost: Free-$2 per container

2) Essential Oils

Since many homemade beauty recipes call for essential oils, it’s good to have a few handy so you can whip something up quickly.  Mint, eucalyptus, and lemon are my three top choices with lavender, sage, tea tree, and bergamot close behind.  The initial investment in essential oils may seem daunting, but a little goes a long way (I still have more-than-half-full bottles of essential oils I purchased a few years ago).

Total Cost: $2.70-$10 per 1oz bottle

3) Decorative Accouterments

No DIY gift is complete without a bit of sparkle.  Bows, ribbon, customized labels, candy canes, and special wrapping paper are just a few of the extras that can transform a homemade gift into a real treasure.  Best of all, these extras tend to be on the cheap side.

Total Cost: $0.05-$2.00 per gift

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