11 Inexpensive Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

For those of you who love giving out presents for Christmas but don’t have a budget as big as your hearts, this list of inexpensive homemade Christmas gift ideas is made to come to your aid.

There is nothing more valuable than a gift from the heart and some of the most precious gifts can be made in the comfort of your own home. There is not much preparation needed for them either, especially if you want to surprise someone with something small but joyful and sometimes, last minute.

Spread the holiday cheer and offer the special people in your life, a cute and unique Christmas present.

1. Paper clip and Thread Earrings

inexpensive christmas giftsAll you need for the making of these cool earrings is two paperclips, thread in different colors and two earring clips. These earrings are certainly one of the best ideas for homemade Christmas gifts and there are really easy to make. Click here for the tutorial.

2. Bracelets out of old Jerseys

inexpensive christmas giftsHave you ever wondered what else you can do with those couple of old jerseys that have been lying around in your closet? Well, you will be surprised by the answer but, bracelets! Simply cut off a large and wide enough strand from your jersey and knit it into a cool bracelet! Full tutorial here.

3. Clock out of paper plate

inexpensive christmas giftsIf you want to choose a really cool homemade Christmas gift idea, use paper plates with a significant meaning or just a colorful motif and transform them into wall clocks. Get the full tutorial here.

4. Bath Soak and Spa Scrub

inexpensive christmas giftsOne of the most unique homemade gift ideas for Christmas is to actually create a spa scrub and bath soak for someone you love and who deserves a proper bath time. Get the full instructions here and don’t hesitate to add your own favorite scents or flavors.

 5. Watch out, here comes the candy sleigh!

inexpensive christmas giftsWhen it comes to kids, any colorful thing can bring a bit of joy in their life. If you want the kids in your family to have a fun surprise under the Christmas tree, simply turn their regular candy into an awesome Christmas sleigh! You can not go wrong with this  homemade Christmas gift ideas for kids. Get the instructions here.

6. Popcorn with a twist

inexpensive christmas giftsIn order to add a bit of Christmas flavor to your usual snack, chop up some candy canes and melt them along marshmallows and butter, then add regular popcorn to the mixture. The end result is sure to stun any sort of crowd! Tasteful, easy and part of the greatest homemade Christmas gift ideas, the candy cane popcorn should surely be tried out. The full recipe can be found here.

 7. Oven mittens

inexpensive christmas giftsImpress your grandma this Christmas by offering her a new pair of oven mittens that you can actually make yourself. Simply use an old pair of mittens and freshen them up a bit, by adding different types of material to the old design or simply add some new accessories to them. One of the ideas on how to do it can be found here.

8. Get your ‘Spa day’ in a jar

inexpensive christmas giftsWho does not love a day at a spa? You get to relax reading a book or doing something else that you really enjoy, while sensing loads of flavors and tingling in your whole body. Have been trying to convince your husband that he should try out a spa treatment so that he can see what’s he missing out on? Nothing simpler! With this simple DIY idea, you get to recreate an entire spa session in a jar.

9. DIY Christmas basket for Him

inexpensive christmas giftsOne of the most inexpensive homemade Christmas gift ideas for boyfriend is to create a basket for him, with different types of personal hygiene items such as shaving cream or scented soap. For recipes on how to make your own shaving cream, you can check out this link.

10. DIY Christmas basket for Her

inexpensive christmas giftsNot all baskets should contain food so when it comes to homemade Christmas gift basket ideas, the choices are countless. If you want to really impress the women in your life, simply create a basket filled with the stuff she loves, from homemade body scrubs to candles or bath puffs. Find some of the easiest recipes for homemade sugar scrubs here.

 11. Funny Christmas Gifts

inexpensive christmas giftsIf you want to impress the prankster in your family with an original gag Christmas gift, purchase some of these hilarious stickers that you can find on amazon.

 

For more homemade Christmas gift ideas on Pinterest, follow this link.

9 Cool Christmas Crafts for Kids

When it comes to Christmas, everyone in the family should engage in an activity that can involve food, Christmas ornaments or decorations. Kids however are not as easy to handle or please so here are some cool Christmas crafts to keep them busy and entertained.

 

1. Hand Printed Decorations and Ornaments

cool christmas craftsPaint your hand in different colors and then touch your simple Christmas globes to create some pretty cool snowmen or reindeer designs. In terms of Christmas Arts and Craft, this is one of the prettiest and simplest ideas.

2. Snowmen out of paper rolls

cool christmas craftsWho knew something as “useless” as a toilet paper roll can be put to such a good use? I certainly didn’t! Put your small artist to work on one of these really cool kids crafts for Christmas and teach him how to make something really amazing from something as ordinary as a paper roll. Full instructions here.

3. Yummy Pasta into Cool easy Christmas Crafts for Kids

cool christmas craftsThe only things you will need in terms of Christmas tree ornaments this year are going to be pasta and different color spray paints. Follow this link to see in how many ways you can use simple pasta to create one of the most stunning Christmas ornament crafts for kids.

4. Pinecones as small Christmas Tress

cool christmas craftsAnother great Christmas craft for kids is to let them transform a simple pine cone into a miniature Christmas tree. By simply painting the cone and gluing different ornaments onto it, they can create something truly beautiful. Click here for other ideas.

5. Amazing Wreaths out of Paper

cool christmas craftsIf this Christmas you are a bit tired of the common Christmas wreaths that you can buy in shops, put your kids to work on a joyful paper wreath. By simply cutting out pieces of paper following a certain pattern, you can teach your little ones to make new shapes and introduce them to the world of Christmas craft ideas for kids. Follow the link here for detailed instructions.

6. Snowy winter in a wine glass

cool christmas craftsOne of the most beautiful Christmas crafts for kids to make is definitely this idea. Use artificial snow glued onto a piece of round cardboard with either Christmas trees, animals or other things which inspire holiday cheer and place them under a wine glass. To make the assembly even more amazing, you can also put a candle on the glass’s foot. Tutorials and ideas can be found here.

7. Plastic bottle snowflakes

cool christmas craftsA great idea that you can find on Pinterest Christmas crafts for kids is using the bottom of plastic bottles to create snowflakes. Simply cut off the bottom of the bottle, and then use silver or white paint to make the outline of your snowflake and attach a string to it. It is as easy as it sounds! However, be sure to not let children use cutting tools unsupervised. Tutorial and other ideas here.

8. Reindeers out of Bottles

cool christmas craftsIf you have leftover brown bottles of beer or soda you can actually turn them into Christmas ornaments. Use a pair of googly eyes, a red nose and rain horns and make your old bottles feel new again. Follow this link for further instructions.

9. Snowmen out of bottle caps

cool christmas craftsCollect bottle caps to make snowmen out of them. Tie together three bottle caps, paint the inside of them and add different types of materials or fabric to make the snowman look more realistic. Full tutorial here.

 

By following at least one or two ideas presented in this article you do not only get to spend some quality time with your children but you can also teach them how they can use old or ordinary objects and turn them into something new, with a bit of effort.

Instead of just buying new ornaments each year, let your child express himself and create something unique.

For more Christmas crafts for kids Pinterest, follow this link.

 

The Mythical Places Where You Would Hate to Live

We tend to think of mythical places as being perfect for living in. After all, who wouldn’t want to live somewhere like El Dorado, Shangri-La or Avalon?

Err, you wouldn’t. Scratch the surface of any mythical utopia and you will discover a horrible place you really wouldn’t want to spend much time in at all.

Shangri-La – Boring as Heck

Mythical Places Where You Would Hate to Live

This Himalayan “paradise” is completely cut off from the rest of the world and the people who live here are almost immortal. Can you spot a flaw with this place yet? Yep, it would be boring as heck. You might be itching to celebrate your 200th birthday with a wee trip to Shanghai or Ulan Bator but you can’t get there because it’s, well, it’s flipping well cut off from the rest of the world, ain’t it? You’re just going to have to spend all of your remaining centuries of life in Shangri bloody La with the same people you’ve seen every day for the last 200 years. Sure, it’s a paradise on Earth and everyone’s happy and blah de blah but come on; you’d be bored out of your skull living in this dump.

Avalon – Too Much Noise

Mythical Places Where You Would Hate to Live

Having an old Roxy Music song going round your head constantly is going to be the least of your worries here. This is where King Arthur’s sword Excalibur was forged, so you can expect the Avalon Sword Making Company to make a helluva lot of noise and cause a lot of water pollution around here. Also, King Arthur went there to recover after getting slapped about in some battle or other. Can you imagine how disruptive it would be to normal life when injured members of the royal rock up to a small town and start complaining about their wounds, screaming for aspirin all night long and boring everyone senseless by talking about their crappy sword and the stupid Holy Grail?  Between Arthur and the local sword production industry it would be a noisy and frankly annoying place to live.

El Dorado – Too Much Gold

Mythical Places Where You Would Hate to Live

A city made almost entirely out of gold; yay! Except wouldn’t it be pretty crap to live in a place filled with gold? On a bright Andean morning the dazzle shining in your window would waken you up every single time, even when you draw your gold drapes. The gold sidewalk would also be really slippery when it rains and your gold chairs would be awfully uncomfortable. Add in the constant threat of those freaking annoying conquistadores coming back to kill you all and it is clear that this is one mythical paradise that stinks to high heaven. 

Cockaigne – Poor Quality Buildings and Flying Cheese

Mythical Places Where You Would Hate to Live

You might not have heard of Cockaigne as much as the other mythical places we have looked at but it was widely used in medieval times to depict a utopia on Earth. It is a place of incredible luxury where gluttony, pleasure, sexual liberty, comfort and cheese are the order of the day. Sounds alright so far, doesn’t it? Well, apart from the cheese but we’ll get to that in a minute. As far as the architectural standards go, this isn’t something that I would normally worry about in such a paradise. However, it seems that the houses here are made of barley sugar and cakes. Is that a wise long term building policy to adopt? Additionally, grilled geese fly straight into your mouth and cooked fish land at your feet. What? I hate goose and fish so that sounds awful. Worst of all, it rains cheese, dude. I mean, I like cheese but I’d rather not have a chunk of cheddar whack me on the head while I’m trying to avoid those annoying fish and geese.  All in all, I think I’ll give this place a miss as well.

5 Stunning Eye Makeup Ideas for New Year’s Eve

If you love makeup, then you’re probably already thinking about what look you’ll be going for on New Year’s Eve. Makeup is fun and with a bit of help, it’s easy! Today we’re going to take a look at some eye makeup ideas that will help you decide on your New Year’s Eve makeup look.

Before we begin, we must say that you can find inspiration pretty much everywhere, in nature, online, in movies and art. But the best inspiration and the best advice you’ll ever get is going to come from a makeup artist. If we were to only make one single recommendation when it comes to makeup artists, then it would be the wonderful and talented Lisa Eldridge.

She has a YouTube Channel where she presents all sorts of makeup looks, give lots of valuable tips, tricks and suggestions. We absolutely adore her and believe that anyone who loves makeup, man or woman, can learn something from her. Lisa Eldridge is the embodiment of less is more and we agree completely. Here are our Lisa Eldridge-inspired eye makeup ideas for New Year’s Eve!

Classic Smokey Eye

Every person who likes to wear makeup should be able to know how to do a classic smokey eye. It’s THE evening look and you simply cannot go wrong with it! Lisa lets us see how easy it is to make a dark, smokey eye and as usual, she keeps things quite natural. If you follow her eye makeup tips and tricks, you cannot fail. And a classic smokey eye look is perfect for the New Year’s Eve party!

Fantasy Peacock Eye Makeup

This one is for the wild at heart! If you’re feeling creative on New Year’s Eve or the party you’re going to is a fun/crazy party, then we suggest you give this peacock eye a try. You’ll need lots of bold colors, such as yellow, green and purple, for this look, but it’s going to come out spectacular. Add some glitter if you feel like the colors need help to pop!

Cara Delevingne Eye Makeup

Cara Delevingne is one of the hottest models of the moment, and Lisa worked with her many times. She made this intense evening look for her and she was kind enough to share the process of creating this stunning look with us. This video will teach you a thing or two about how to create intense, sultry eyes that would be perfect for an evening out, prom and even a wedding (if you’re the Jezebel guest).

Marilyn Monroe Iconic Makeup Look

This video is one of the most watched Lisa Eldridge videos ever. It shows how Marilyn Monroe’s makeup was achieved and it will leave you in awe! The look itself is a highly dramatic, complex, red-lip and sexy and it will turn heads. Be cautious with this one, it’s not as easy as all the others, but if you can pull it off, you will be remembered!

Bold Winged Eyeliner Eye Makeup

Lisa herself tagged this eye makeup look as being perfect for hooded eyes, but it’s also great for all shapes and colors (be them brown, blue, green or hazel)! Many shy away from cat eyes, because it takes a bit of exercise to perfect the eyeliner application technique, but when you’ve got the best makeup artist in the world (and we stand by that statement) teaching you how to do it, it’s much easier to get it right.

Make sure you follow Lisa’s YouTube channel if you want to learn more about the wonderful world of makeup!

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Some of the Funniest Memes Around Right Now

What did we do for entertainment before memes came along to annoy and amuse us in almost equal measures?

If my memory serves me right we all sat round an open fire while grandma played the piano and grandpa fetched another vat of moonshine from the shed. Ah, those were the days.

The Keanu Conspiracy Theory

Funniest Memes

This is a classic type of meme but it still has some legs left on it. Basically, a dopey looking Keanue Reeves can see conspiracies that no-one else can. He’s right on this one though. Who asked the princess if she wants to be rescued anyway?

The Eyebrows Meme

Funniest Memes

Bushy eyebrows are a great source of entertainment, aren’t they? I mean, not every person’s eyebrows are amusing but this guy, for example, has a fine set on him.

The Grumpy Cat Meme

Funniest Memes

The grumpy cat has been in the news quite a lot recently. This little lady was born with dwarfism and an underbite that gives her the distinctive grumpy look that launched a million memes.  Her owner quit her job and became a millionaire taking pictures of her grumpy cat. Not bad work if you can get it.

The Overly Attached Girlfriend Meme

Funniest Memes

The slightly unbalanced look on this girl’s face makes her perfect for the overly attached girlfriend meme. She first shot to fame singing a slightly creepy song for Justin Bieber. Now she scares men all over the world with her clingy questions and accusations.

The Disaster Girl Meme

Funniest Memes

Distaster girl has been around for a long time but she still raises a laugh every now and then. Apparently the original picture was taken during a fire service drill rather than a real disaster. That still doesn’t explain the sinister look on her face, though.

The Skeptical Kid Meme

Funniest Memes

This little fellow just doesn’t believe most of the stuff he is told. He started off as a skeptical third world kid questioning aid workers but nowadays he covers just about any aspect of life that needs a bit of skepticism.

The Bill Cosby Meme

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Oooh, this is a bit topical, isn’t it? Bill Cosby sent out an invite to the world to make memes about him and the world filled their boots in style. Many of the memes talk about the recent rape allegations around him and this is one of the tamer ones I could find.

The Survival Tips from Bear Grylls Meme

Funniest Memes

If you are ever stuck alone out in the jungle or on top of a randomly floating iceberg then check if you still have a Wi-Fi signal. If you have then you need to urgently find some Bear Grylls survival memes in order to get out of there alive.

The Creepy Kid Meme

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The creepy kid meme is great for jokes poking fun at older folks. The look on his face is somewhere between evil and sweet, so just like most kids, really.

The Bad Luck Brian Meme

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As the song says, if it wasn’t for my bad luck I wouldn’t have any luck at all. Brian is a walking disaster and even the ice bucket challenge was too much of a stretch for him. Better luck next time, dude.