Homemade Winter Gifts: Fun to make and give, while going easy on your wallet


Snow Globe Candle Holder

Countless decorations are bought over the holidays. Snow globes remind us of winter wonderlands, and making one is easy and cheap. The items needed for this project only cost about eight dollars, with the help of the Dollar Tree and Walmart.


• 1 Wine glass

• Fake snow

• cardboard

• winter figurine

• ribbon (optional)



Place glass upside down onto cardboard and trace the circumference of the opening. I attached my objects to the cardboard using a hot glue gun. You could use winter figurines, pinecones, old jewelry or even a photograph. Put a few table spoons of fake snow in wine glass. Line rim of glass with hot glue and press on cardboard. You can decorate the stem with ribbon or glitter.

Dressed-up Candy

This craft is so easy. Artistic skills aren’t required! All you need to do is cover a candy bar in poster paper, and then decorate. It costs less than $2 to make, and it can be easily personalized.

• Poster paper

• Candy bar

• Orange paper/foam

• Yarn


Wrap candy bar in card stock or poster paper. Decorate with your favorite winter theme or a personalized message.

Winter Light Candle

Candles are always an easy gift, but it doesn’t have to be boring or spendy. With a Dollar Tree candle and glass stand, a nice attractive gift is simple to make. With small beads and glitter and some double stick tape, a gift can be made for less than $5.


• Candle

• Double stick tape

• Seed beads/Glitter

• Glass stand


Take a simple candle, create a design made with double-stick tape and then roll it in small beads and glitter.


Sweetness in a Jar

With the weather taking a turn for the cold, there’s nothing better than warming up with a drink. While this gift is simple, it is also cheap and easy to make. And, the possibilities for presentation are endless. All it requires is six ingredients. One jar of ingredients costs roughly around $6. The ingredients can all be found at Winco and Wal-Mart.  And, it makes two servings.

• 1 pint mason jar

• 1/4 cup powdered milk

• 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

• 1/4 cup granulated sugar

• 1/8 teaspoon salt

• 1/4 cup miniature chocolate chips

• 1 crushed peppermint candy

• 1/4 cup mini marshmallows



Layer dry ingredients to your liking. Then add hot water.


Kaylyn Peterson/Copy Chief

Kaylyn Peterson can be reached at linfieldreviewcopy@gmail.com

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