Personalizing your DIY Christmas Gifts

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This year I’m all about keeping things simple for Christmas gifts. I’ve committed to trying to DIY as many of them as possible for the sake of money and sentimentality. I’ve perfected the art of the coffee scrub (I have a jar in my shower that I used for testing purposes… it’s actually perfect) and now that Thanksgiving is officially over, it’s on to part two of my DIY Christmas – figuring out how the heck to give 90% of the people I care about the exact same gift while still adding personal elements to it.

I considered glitter.
I considered creating unique scents for each person.
I considered printing off super ultra fancy labels with their names on them.

Luckily, there’s a Wal-Mart down the street, and they had everything I needed to add a personal touch to my DIY coffee scrubs.

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I already had chalkboard labels and a chalkboard marker, but at Wal-Mart I picked up gold glitter tulle, gold patterned tags, craft bags and carefully selected Hallmark greeting cards.

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Most of what takes a DIY gift to the next level is the presentation. I could hand everyone a little jar of coffee scrub, but what’s the fun in that!? I wanted to make sure my friends knew that I spent a lot of time thinking about them. Follow me, I’ll show you how.

STEP ONE: Gather your supplies.

Here’s what I suggest:

  • tulle
  • washi tape
  • ribbon/string
  • Hallmark cards
  • craft bags
  • chalkboard label & marker
  • tags
  • Hallmark ornaments
  • stickers

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Odds are, if you’ve DIY’ed (especially if it’s a beauty product), people might not know what exactly they’re looking at. Spare your friends the awkward moment of “thaaaankkssss…. what is it?” by clearly labeling what it is. Chalkboard markers and labels are all the rage, so naturally I’m on top of that.

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Jars are difficult to wrap, am I right? I opted for tulle for a variety of reasons. Glitter. Gold. Pink. Fancy.

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Add a nice little tag with information about what you’ve made. I included a list of ingredients and depending on who I’m writing the tag for, I gave them extra information about the scrub. Like important information like rinsing well, because the first time I used the scrub I wasn’t diligent about scrubbing and I found coffee grounds everywhere for a day.

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Hallmark greeting cards offer a huge selection for anybody in your life you want to give a little personal cheer. I found sweet ones, sentimental ones, funny ones and (most important) very glittery ones. Now is the chance to make this gift very personal; not just in what you write inside the card, but the time you’ve spent in picking out the card.

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Tape the Hallmark card to the outside of the bag – craft bags are cheaper than the Christmas bags, but you can use the cards as the bag decoration. I love the simplicity of the bags with the card taped to the outside of them. At Wal-Mart, there are Hallmark ornaments that you could also tie to the bag to give an additional gift and add more decoration (and Wal-Mart has 16 exclusive Hallmark ornaments).


There you have it! The way I’ve taken the DIY gift I’ve made for most of my friends and have made it personalized for each person. I personally love picking out greeting cards, so the variety of Hallmark cards I found at Wal-Mart was exciting, AND right now there is a coupon for $2 off a purchase of 3 cards or more. The coupon is found right there in the card aisle with the cards.

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Click here to save $1.00 off of a two Hallmark Greeting Card purchase at Walmart, minimum $1.00 purchase required. Take advantage of the savings and #SendHallmark this holiday season!

Check out Hallmark for more ways to add personal touches to your Christmas – are there any that stick out to you?