It seems every year around the holidays the amount of money spent on holiday gifts gets larger and larger. We have been making a concentrated effort this year to curb our spending a bit with smaller gifts, and by making DIY versions of items that we know our loved ones want and need. Take a look at your Christmas shopping list this year and see if there is anything on there that you could make instead of buy. The result is usually a gift that is more heartfelt and meaningful when you spent some time creating it rather than just shopping for it. Here are a few ideas for items you can make instead of buy this holiday season.

DIY Tie Clip


Every guy needs a good tie clip. While you can pick up a tie clip at a department store for $20 or more, you can make your own for under a couple bucks. Just head to your local craft store and buy a blank tie clip and decorate it to match your loved one’s style.

DIY from Lovely Indeed | Buy from Macy’s

DIY Flower Pom Pins


For the lady in your life, how about a cute brooch or accessory to pin in her hair? You can hunt around for the perfect one online, or just make your own from some fabric and a pin back.

DIY from Lovely Indeed | Buy from J.Crew

DIY Ring Dish


Jewelry and rings need a home so they don’t get misplaced. Ladies love a beautiful place to set their jewelry overnight when they aren’t wearing it. You could find a beautiful unique tray at Anthropologie, or make your own using some modeling clay and a little liquid gilding.

DIY from Lovely Indeed | Buy from Anthropologie

DIY Leather Tray


Just like ladies need a place to leave their rings and earrings at night, men need a place to lay their pocket stuffs. A tray for keys, watches, and spare change is a great gift for the man in your life. You can pick one up at the store, or make one out of a simple piece of leather.

DIY from Lovely Indeed | Buy from Aspinal of London

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