Make A Birthday Wish is Wishing You A Merry Christmas!

Tree1Hello fellow bloggers, readers, and supporters of Make A Birthday Wish! It’s been a great year, we’ve helped bring birthday joy to a lot of children in San Jose and it has been amazing to spend time with such special children. But there is so much more work to do and we are excited to be gearing up for another year of birthdays for even more kids in need.

We wanted to take the opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! And to remind ourselves and our readers to keep in mind what the holidays are really about. Presents, cookies, and turkey dinners are nice, but this time of year is about precious time spent with the people we love and care about. So today (and hopefully everyday) hug your loved ones tight, tell them you love them, and focus on the memories you are making. One way we like to remember the real joy behind these holidays is to focus on giving. Giving more than gifts, giving time, attention, and energy to those around us. Giving to those that are truly in need. What are you giving this year for Christmas?

5 Gift Ideas For Your Bestie… Or Any Special Girl In Your Life!

Have a friend with an upcoming birthday (I do!), or just trying to plan ahead? These 5 tutorials we have to share would make great gifts for a best friend, or any special girl in your life (daughter, sister, etc.)!

  • DIY Camera Purse/Bag – This tutorial comes from Vanilla and Lace (also the source of the picture) and is just amazing. This is an affordable and eco-friendly way to make a stylish camera bag for the photographer in your life!

  • DIY Glitter Vases – These pretty vases from The Sweetest Occasion would make a great gift. But to ensure durability we recommend sealing the glitter with another layer of mod podge or sealant spray like this stuff from Martha Stewart!

Which of these sweet tutorials is your favorite?

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Pinterest Find: A Collection of 25 DIY Gifts for Under $5

So we didn’t make up this fabulous list of 25 handmade gift ideas that we found on Pinterest, but we do think it’s great and worth sharing with all of you! It has adorable gift ideas that really anyone can afford – great for the winter holidays or for birthdays! We especially love idea #22, the baking kit. A cute twist would be including a tasty recipe — like strawberry rhubarb muffins — or whatever the special baker in your life might enjoy to personalize the gift even more!

So here is the link to the 25 Handmade Gift Ideas Under $5 from a fantastic blog called The 36th Avenue! Oh and if none of these ideas work for you, glance at Part II of 25 Handmade Gift Ideas Under $5. Which gift idea do you think you will try?

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