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A true believer of art and entertainment. From comics to film, good writing and music, I get down with the fun stuff.

'Tis the season of giving, and also crunch time on finding the right present for your closest friends, family members, or boss if you're looking for a raise. In any case, most of us nerdy types are on a pretty tight budget, so we truly appreciate the effort of a handmade gift (especially one that appears professionally made).

If you are struggling to find a last minute present that fits your price range and is super personal, look no further for the perfect "do it yourself" gift to give. Some of these suggestions might require a little time, energy, skill, and expense, but they are sure to impress your near and dear. Better yet, they can be a lot of fun to make! (Sometimes frustrating... but, you know, that builds character.)

Dolls and Figurines


  • String Dolls -

Popular with the younger crowd, and a great new hobby to pass the time.

Video Instructions: Here, here, and here


  • Plush Toy -

This takes some sewing skills, but is sure to be cherished gift.

Video Instructions: Here, here, and here


  • Clay Figurine -

More for a collector since they're a bit fragile, but perfect for ornament converting.

Video Instructions: Here, here, and here


  • Origami Statuettes -

Very cheap but still very cool, and a great activity to do with a friend or loved one.

Video Instructions: Here, here, and here


Fashion and Apparel


  • Crochet Hat -

There is definitely skill and time required in this venture, but they look awesome!

Video Instructions: Here


  • Mod Podge Comic Panel Shoes -

Fairly easy to manage, and a great way to personalize.

Video Insturctions: Here


  • Iron-On Shirt -

Quality might not be the greatest, but it's the best way to personalize.

Video Instructions: Here


  • Fandom Jewelry -

Perfect for that extra special someone in your life.

Video Instructions: Here


  • Shrinky Dink -

Also great for making jewelry or pins.

Video Instructions: Here


Home Decor and Appliances


  • Superhero Glassware -

Might not save too much, but definitely one of the nicer DIY gifts.

Video Instructions: Here


  • Tetris Shelves -

Flex your handy skill with some video game love.

Video Instructions: Here


  • 8-Bit Bead Coaster -

Need somewhere to put your glass, how about on top of your favorite character?

Video Instructions: Here


Holiday Treats


  • Cake Pops-

Tasty invention that is pretty easy to personalize.

Video Instructions: Here, and here


  • Cookies -

Cookies are by far the easiest way to the heart.

Video Instructions: Here and here


Well there you have it! It'll take some creativity, but the power is in your hands to make the greatest gift ever and become a some sort of Superhero Santa Claus. Happy Holidays!!!

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