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Spending little on big ideas

Nicolas Huynh, Staff Reporter

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DIY Gifts – DIY gifts never go wrong, the fact that you are taking time out of your day to sit down and put effort into something to give to someone means so much more than going out to the store and buying an expensive gift. Some presents can even be made with materials you use every day at home or cheap items you can find at Walmart. Here are some neato DIY gifts that will make you wish someone made that for you:

  • Pretzel pillows
    • Materials
      • Brown Fabric – Cotton, Polyester or Knit works!
      • White Felt
      • Thread
      • Sewing Needle
      • Scissors
      • Tacks
      • Fabric Glue
      • Polyester Stuffing
  1. Cut a strip of fabric, about 10″ by 60″ (or whatever the length of your fabric is). Making the strip wider or shorter will result in a fatter pretzel. Making it narrower or longer will result in a bigger, skinnier one!
  2. Fold your fabric in half, right sides together, and stitch around the perimeter (with a 1/2″ seam allowance), leaving a 3″ gap on one end for stuffing.
  3. Trim the corners of your fabric off, close to the stitching.
  4. Flip your pillow right side out.
  5. Stuff the pillow! Since the pillow is long and narrow, you can use a yardstick or dowel to help push the stuffing down towards the end of the pillow.
  6. Hand stitch the gap you left using a slip stitch.
  7. Time to twist! Tack the pretzel together where it twists, and where the ends meet the bottom of the pretzel and finish with a few quick stitches.
  8. Cut small squares of white felt (AKA salt).
  9. Use fabric glue to glue the salt onto the pretzel.

Keychain – Keychains are good cheap gifts that you can get at almost every store in the world. They can symbolize where you been or where you want to go. Keychains are cool decorative items that will definitely accessorize your everyday items. Key chains usually cost less but no more than $6.

Gift cards – Gift cards are super a convenient gift that won’t put so much pressure on knowing exactly what your loved ones may want. With these you won’t have to worry about whether or not that cardigan you just bought for your friend is cute. Gift cards allow the gift receiver free range to choose what they genuinely would like as a gift and makes things so much easier. These cards can range from $5-$25 or whatever price you’d prefer.

Card/Letter – Nothing touches someone’s heart more than a handwritten letter expressing how much they mean to you and how much your relationship has grown and developed. You don’t need money or expensive gifts to let someone you care about know you care about them, because a true bond is priceless.

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