Get Crafty with These DIY Holiday Gifts

holiday giftsChoosing the right gift for the family and friends on your holiday gift list can be difficult—and expensive. If you’re struggling to find gifts, consider becoming crafty and creating one of these DIY holiday gifts. Not only are they personal, but they are also easy and inexpensive to create. Here is a guide on how to create these gifts.

Sharpie Quote Tea Pot. Give the tea lover in your life the ultimate gift—a personalized tea pot. This DIY holiday gift is easier than you might think. All you need is a blank tea pot, oil sharpies of any color, a cookie sheet, and an oven. Use the oil sharpies to write a number of the gift recipient’s favorite quotes or to draw a beautiful design on the tea pot. You can even let your children draw on it to make it truly special. Then, bake your tea pot in the oven at 150°F for 30 minutes to make the writing permanent. After it has cooled properly, you can then wrap it and give it as a gift!

Hot Chocolate Gift Basket. For a chocolate-loving family member or friend, create a hot chocolate gift basket. Choose a cute basket and fit it with holiday-themed mugs. Then, put hot chocolate powder mix in a decorative jar and some marshmallows in another. You can even include a bag of tea or something similar. Wrap the items as you please, making them look as festive as possible to truly get in the holiday spirit. This is a great, easy-to-make gift that your children can help you out with.

Thanksgiving Travel Tips

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Happy Thanksgiving from Perry Hyundai!

One of the busiest travel times of the year—both in the air and on the road—is around Thanksgiving. But no worries, we’re here to help your travel feel much easier! Here are some Thanksgiving travel tips for your holidays this year.

Plan, Plan, Plan

Travelling will be so much easier if you plan ahead of time. Buying plane or train tickets ahead of time is a good idea, especially for Thanksgiving. Keep an eye out for deals, which can pop up at random times.

Pack Light

The lighter you pack, the easier navigating the airport will be. Checking bags can take much longer than bringing a carry-on. Try to fit everything in your carry-on, but prepared to leave it planeside as the airline might have to store it under the plane when overhead space lacks.

Pick Your Days Carefully

The day before and the weekend after Thanksgiving are the busiest travel days of the year. Roads get more crowded and airline tickets get more expensive. So try to pick other travel days, like Tuesday to Monday.

Bring Maps

If you’re roadtripping, bring maps in addition to your GPS. This will help you find different routes if you’re hitting traffic or construction.