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Last Minute D.I.Y. Christmas Gifts

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Stony Brook chapter.

The beginning of December represents two things for the average college student: a fleeting breath of relieve that is immediately followed by stress jingled all the way through your last final. With all the finals you’re busy trying to ace who has the time to work any extra hours? Before you realize it, Christmas is here, and you have neither the time nor money to go Christmas shopping. So, where do you find your holiday spirit to prepare for all the gifts you have to find when it’s December 23?  Pinterest of course! Here’s some easy college budget approved gift ideas I found that don’t suck.


1. Jar of happiness

woman giving a gift to another woman
Pexels / Daria Shevtsova

A mason jar (or box) filled with hand-picked positive quotes, music lyrics, or jokes. This one is my personal favorite, and one that I’ve used before. It was so much fun to make, and my friend loved it! The idea behind it is to open it up whenever you are feeling down, stressed out, or are just in dire need of some positive vibes.


2. Bag of goodies

galentine\'s day party
Krista Stucchio

Create a theme based of things your boyfriend or friend loves and customize a mason jar with little samples of those items.


3. Jewelry holding Tray


This is a great gift for yourself. JK. This jewelry holding tray is so inexpensive to make and can also be used to hold scented tea-light candles.


4.  Luminaries picture holder


A fancy a picture frame. I’m obsessed with how this looks and may even try it out this year.


5. Personalized Mugs

Cups Mugs Glasses
Jocelyn Hsu / Spoon

For your friend who loves her lazy Sunday mornings with a cute coffee mug and won’t have it any other way.


6. Home décor

Bedroom Bulb Interior Decoration Lamp
Burst / Pexels

I love indoor plants! Make this for your hippie friend and throw in some healing crystals in there for good energy.


7. Bath bombs

For your friend who needs a self-care day. Nothing more relaxing than drinking your wine surrounded by pretty water.


8. Homemade candle

Candle Sitting On Book
Breanna Coon / Her Campus

Who needs bath and body works right? Make your friend their own candle and customize the vase or mason jar to something that’s unique and meaningful to them.


You can’t build Rome in a day, but you can definitely build Christmas in a day. The best part is you don’t have to break the bank to make the best of the holiday season. I wish you all a happy holiday and hope these gifts inspired you. Have fun and be safe!


Cece Cruz

Stony Brook '21

President/Editor-in-Chief here at the Her Campus Stony Brook Chapter! I joined Her Campus in Spring 2018 as a Junior Writer and I am currently majoring in Journalism with a minor in Political Science. My personality is somewhere between Rachel Green and Phoebe Buffay. I call that balance. In my free time you can find me doing... I'm a college student, if I appear to have any free time I'm probably procrastinating.
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