In the U.S., the Holiday season – regardless of what holiday is celebrated – represents a time for giving. Families come together to exchange gifts, food and to celebrate with festive parties and traditions.
Now that Thanksgiving is over and the chaos of Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping has subsided, we are approaching the “crunch time” of gift shopping (and making) before the Holidays. Here are some cheap and easy Do-it-Yourself (DIY) gift ideas for your host family this holiday season!
Photo in a frame
Find or take a nice photo of yourself with your host family and print it out (you can have prints made at local drugstores or office supply stores). Put the photo in a simple frame and add some decorations, paint, or text quotes for an extra personal touch! If your family celebrates Christmas, you could even make them a small photo/frame ornament.
A Coupon book
Write down a few things that you could do for your host family (like chores or favors) on separate note cards or pages and then staple or tie them together to create a “coupon book.” Your host family will love your offers to help around the house!
Recipe in a Jar
Combine the dry ingredients for your favorite cookie, brownie, or other baked goods recipe into a large mason jar and seal it. Hand-write the recipe for the baked good down on a small note card and attach it to the jar. So easy!
Customized Flower Vases
Find or buy some old/cheap water glasses or small vases. Then, use paper mache, paint, course paper, or glitter to decorate them for your family! You can wrap them up as gifts, or use them as decorations at holiday parties – either way your family will love this fun gift!
Write a Letter or Poem
A completely free, but very special gift you could make for your host family this holiday is to write them a letter or a poem about what they mean to you or your experience here so far. You can even frame or laminate your letter so that your family can hang it and be reminded of you always!
These are just a few ideas of DIY gifts for your Host Families. For other ideas and more detailed instructions, just research “DIY Holiday Gifts” online. Have fun DIY gifting!