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DIY holiday gift guide

Get creative this holiday season with our 10 DIY gift ideas.

Making gifts for your loved ones is a great way to save money and also to show how much you really care. Whether you're looking to make a gift for a foodie friend or your sports-crazed father, these 10 DIY gift ideas will muster the creativity within.

1 For the craft lover (or soon-to-be!) Grab a starter scrapbook with basic black pages. Decorate the first page with a title theme (eg. '2010' or 'Family and Friends') and a favourite photo, leaving the rest of the pages blank. Wrap the album, including a pair of scissors, a ruler, some peel-and-stick photo corners, double-sided tape and a gold or silver pen. It's the recipe for a classic album that even the least crafty person can enjoy.   

2 For the locavore With the growing trend to eat locally and organically, a set of home-made natural preservatives will definitely go far. If you're receiver isn’t a jam fan, why not try salsas and pickles or flavoured oils and extracts? Brand your gift with personalized patterns or with labels, so your gift isn't just delicious, it's decorative, too.

3 For the new homeowner Make a new gem of old junk by refinishing a piece of discarded furniture. Visit a second-hand or junk furniture store (or your own storage room) and pick up a strong, wooden fixer-upper. Breathe new life into a roughed-up frame or mirror, a small bench or an old crate, strip it down to its natural wood, or paint it and stencil on a funky pattern or image. This gift will require a strong sanding arm and a double layer of paint, but the end result is something you won't find in stores.

4 For the foodie Pass on a favourite family recipe in a decorative cookie tin, purchased or decorated yourself. Pack in all non-perishable ingredients needed, along with a nicely-printed recipe card and a note saying what other ingredients need to be added.

5 For the sports fan Part of the Vancouver 2010 trademark and a symbol of our heritage, the Inukshuk makes a natural, ornamental and uniquely Canadian addition to the outdoor landscape. You can make it yourself with rocks simply stacked in the correct order. More than a great gift and piece of art, it's a creative way to show support for our Olympic athletes.  

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