Jingle Ballin on a Budget

If you’re anything like the typical Hillsdale student going into Christmas break, you’re exhausted, traumatized, and pretty much brain dead from our beloved finals week…

Oh — and you’re also most likely broke.  Whether it be from splurging on nuggies n’ fries, buying an army’s supply of coffee, or celebrating with the gals at El Cerritos for the 1,000,000th time, our beautiful home away from home has robbed us of our health & wealth and we are left to face Christmas without a dime to our name.

But never fear! The holidays are a time for miracles, and with the help of extensive Pinterest exploration and a bit of Santa spirit, we put together The List That Saved Christmas. Below are some perfect (and affordable) gift ideas for a tight budget. Swap out a more expensive item with some elbow grease, and these DIY presents will make your gifts a ho ho hoot!

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry!

Who can deny a holiday-themed tasty treat? Included are some of the yummiest recipes we could find to sweeten someone’s day! Make ’em, wrap ’em up, and boom, you have the greatest present anyone could ever want for an affordable price: FOOD.

  1. Mint Oreo Pops
  2. Funfetti Shortbread Bites
  3. Caramel Chocolate Pretzel Rods
  4. Tasty Toffee

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Give your loved ones the gift of cuddly warmth this holiday season! Check out the links below to explore some super cheap and awesome ways to warm hearts and warm hands while we brave the icy northern tundra.

  1. Quote Pillow
  2. Fleece Fringe Blanket
  3. Homemade Hand Warmers
  4. One-Minute Infinity Scarf
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Quote canvases are old news.  Put your friend’s favorite line on a comfy pillow!

Deck the House

…with homemade crafts! Coasters, mugs, wall art, and more — who doesn’t love a solid piece of decor? The links below are for all levels of creative ability! Roll your sleeves up and dive into these fun & cheap gifts!  They’re sure to be a hit.

  1. Christmas Coasters
  2. Marbled Mugs
  3. 20 Ways to Wall Art
  4. Lauren Conrad’s Favorite Holiday Decor

A Picture Says 1,000 Words

In today’s digital world, a print photograph can be a truly sentimental gift. Whether it be a huge poster of your smiling face, or a photo album filled with your most wonderful Christmas memories, giving a present so genuine really will lighten up the holidays. Take a look through these creative, DIY ways to make a photo come to life for your friends and family.

  1. Photo Transfer onto Wood
  2. Christmas Photo Ornament
  3. Pull-Out Photo Album
  4. Photo Wreath
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Take a creative spin on the typical photo gift.

Help: I have no time, no money, and DIY scares me

If all else fails… write a heartfelt card.  There is nothing more thoughtful than a handwritten card to the ones who matter most in your life (including Santa)!

Here’s one set that caught our eye: Handmade Christmas Cards


We wish you all a very Merry Christmas from our SAB Family to yours! Thanks always for reading and for enduring the never-ending holiday puns. Stay frosty fresh.

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