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4 home made gifts that don't suck

Let's face it, the holiday season is a wonderful time of year but it can also be stressful. With less hours of daylight, the pressure to find the perfect gifts for loved ones, preparing holiday feasts and entertaining guests, it's easy to become overwhelmed.

We've put together a list of fun do-it-yourself crafts and projects to help you unwind this winter. You get to decompress from the stress of the holidays, and they make great gifts for your adventure loving family, friends, and coworkers. Talk about killing two birds with one stone!

Make a christmas wreath using an old bike wheel.

Image: http://www.bike-bliss.com/2012/12/my-diy-bike-wheel-wreath.html

Bicycle Peace Wreath This wreath, made by Bicycle Bliss using an old bike rim, would make a great holiday decoration or gift. You can really customize it to suit your taste with different colored lights, ornaments or tinsel.

DIY yoga mat bag using a pair of old pants.

Image: http://vegfrugalhousewife.com/2008/08/20/frugal-craft-homemade-yoga-mat-bag/

DIY Yoga mat bag Turn an old pair of pants into a yoga mat bag with these simple instructions from The Vegetarian Frugal Housewife. You can use an old pair of jeans, your old hiking pants, or find some funky patterned pants at a thrift store. Bonus: Sew pants pockets onto the bag so you can store your phone, keys, and id or credit cards.

 DIY rice packs for heat or cooling.

Image: http://wellnessmama.com/24601/reusable-rice-heat-packs/

Soothing Rice Packs Rice packs, when microwaved, can provide relief to aching muscles after a grueling workout. After a good yoga session, or a long day, I'd also recommend placing the pack over your eyes to bring your Shavasana to a whole new level. As an athlete, let me tell you that these make great gifts! Along with rice, you can get creative and fill them with relaxing herbs like lavender or mint. The fun part about making these as gifts is that you can choose a fabric and scent to match the personality of the recipient. You could even make a pack that matches your SO Me custom sneaker!

DIY waterproof bike saddle seat cover.

Image: http://www.instructables.com/file/FRYAS14F25MEEC4/

Bicycle saddle cover This DIY bike seat cover will keep your butt dry after a rain or snow storm, and looks so much cooler than a plastic grocery bag!

Happy crafting!

 


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