STUDIO CITY (CBS) — Sandy Sandler visited KCAL9 Monday to share tips for making your own gifts.

Sandler says that with a little creativity, you can create the perfect gift for that someone special without breaking the bank.

The following are some of her suggestions.

Holiday Gifts

Joy to the World Stacking Trays

Instead of using stacking boxes create stacking trays for this unique holiday look.  “Joy to the World” is the perfect quintessential holiday saying and fits perfectly on these tiered stacking trays. Stacking the trays one on top of the other gives the look of wooden boxes but is the perfect depth for a mantle or side table. To see project step-by-step instructions, click here.

Ribbon Christmas Tree

The ribbon Christmas tree is the perfect present that can be handmade for teachers, neighbors, friends, family, or given as hostess gifts. In addition to the gift, this festive piece also doubles as holiday home décor. Using a Styrofoam cone, pinheads and simple ribbon can easily be made together with your children. To see project step-by-step instructions, click here.

Holiday Jingle Bell

Learn how to make this holiday jingle bell that can be hung on a door, mantle, or entry way. This beautiful Christmas bell can be given as a holiday gift or made for your own home. To make the holiday jingle bell, findva small bell-shaped lamp shade at a local store for under $4.00. Then paint and embellish the lamp shade to transform it into an adorable holiday jingle bell. To see project step-by-step instructions, click here.

Seasons Greetings Holiday Frames

These can easily be made adding your own creative flair using materials you already have on hand. You can make inexpensive holiday frames using scrapbooking materials, bobbin ribbons, and embellishments.  Purchase cheap acrylic frames for less than a dollar to make a Seasons Greetings holiday gift.

Holiday Gift Basket

Holiday baskets filled with festive small presents are a wonderful gift for Christmas, but the standard wicker baskets can be expensive.  Purchase a small plastic storage tray (for 50 cents) and transform it into a holiday gift basket using Krylon Fusion spray paint and Bowdabra’s Ribbon-To-Bead. Bowdabra’s Ribbon-To-Bead comes with a wire needle attached to the ribbon spool so threading beads onto the ribbon is easy and quick. Sign-up for Bowdabra’s Newsletter and receive a coupon code for free Ribbon-to-Bead. To see project step-by-step instructions, click here.

Comments (4)
  1. Sarah says:

    The Bowdabra handmade gifts are just gorgeous and they all look so easy to make!

  2. Alisa says:

    Great do-it-yourself Christmas gifts! I especially love the candles!

  3. Anne says:

    Love the video, perfect timing. I plan to make some of these crafts as minute gifts this weekend.

  4. Christine Greig says:

    The Christmas floral arrangement is so pretty and looks so easy to make.

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