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"Hurricane Statement" This product covers southeast New York, northeast New Jersey, and southern Connecticut **tropical storm watch remains in effect for Suffolk County, long island** New information --------------- * changes to watches and warnings: - none * current watches and warnings: - a tropical storm watch is in effect for all of Suffolk County. * Storm information: - about 290 miles south-southeast of New York City NY or about 270 miles south of Montauk Point NY - 37.2n 71.3w - storm intensity 75 mph - movement north-northeast or 25 degrees at 8 mph Situation overview ------------------ Hurricane Jose will continue to track slowly north and then northeast later tonight, passing to the southeast of the area. The system will be close enough for potential impacts. The main hazard will be coastal flooding with 1 to 2 feet of inundation expected during the times of high tide tonight into Wednesday. Localized inundation of up to around 2 1/2 feet is possible in the typically more vulnerable locations across Peconic and gardiners bays. Dangerous surf will build to 7 to 13 feet through Wednesday. This will result in widespread dune erosion and washovers. Tropical storm force winds are possible tonight into Wednesday with sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph and gusts up to 50 mph. Potential impacts ----------------- * shoreline hazards: prepare for dangerous surf of 7 to 13 ft causing widespread dune erosion, and localized dune overwashes along the Atlantic beachfront. * Surge: prepare for locally hazardous surge having possible impacts across Suffolk County. Potential impacts in this area include: - localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along immediate shorelines and in low-lying spots. - Sections of near-shore roads and parking lots become overspread with surge water. Driving conditions dangerous in places where surge water covers the Road. - Widespread beach erosion. Heavy surf also breaching dunes, mainly in usually vulnerable locations. Strong and frequent rip currents. * Wind: prepare for hazardous wind having possible limited impacts. Potential impacts include: - possible tree limbs broken off. Some fences and roadway signs blown over. - A few roads impassable from debris. Hazardous driving conditions on bridges and other elevated roadways. - Scattered power and communications outages. Precautionary/preparedness actions ---------------------------------- If you live in a place that is particularly vulnerable to high wind, such as a Mobile home, a boat, plan to move to safe shelter. Take enough supplies for you and your family for several days. If you live in a place particularly vulnerable to flooding, such as near the ocean, in a low lying or poor drainage area, or near an already swollen river, plan to move to safe shelter on higher ground Closely monitor NOAA Weather Radio or other local news outlets for official storm information. Listen for possible changes to the forecast. * Additional sources of information: - for information on appropriate preparations see ready.Gov - for information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.Org - for additional disaster preparedness information see Redcross.Org Next update ----------- The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather Service in New York NY around 12 am EDT, or sooner if conditions warrant. 541 PM EDT Tue Sep 19 2017 This product covers southeast New York, northeast New Jersey, and southern Connecticut **tropical storm watch remains in effect for Suffolk County, long island** New information --------------- * changes to watches and warnings: - none * current watches and warnings: - a tropical storm watch is in effect for all of Suffolk County. * Storm information: - about 290 miles south-southeast of New York City NY or about 270 miles south of Montauk Point NY - 37.2n 71.3w - storm intensity 75 mph - movement north-northeast or 25 degrees at 8 mph Situation overview ------------------ Hurricane Jose will continue to track slowly north and then northeast later tonight, passing to the southeast of the area. The system will be close enough for potential impacts. The main hazard will be coastal flooding with 1 to 2 feet of inundation expected during the times of high tide tonight into Wednesday. Localized inundation of up to around 2 1/2 feet is possible in the typically more vulnerable locations across Peconic and gardiners bays. Dangerous surf will build to 7 to 13 feet through Wednesday. This will result in widespread dune erosion and washovers. Tropical storm force winds are possible tonight into Wednesday with sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph and gusts up to 50 mph. Potential impacts ----------------- * shoreline hazards: prepare for dangerous surf of 7 to 13 ft causing widespread dune erosion, and localized dune overwashes along the Atlantic beachfront. * Surge: prepare for locally hazardous surge having possible impacts across Suffolk County. Potential impacts in this area include: - localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along immediate shorelines and in low-lying spots. - Sections of near-shore roads and parking lots become overspread with surge water. Driving conditions dangerous in places where surge water covers the Road. - Widespread beach erosion. Heavy surf also breaching dunes, mainly in usually vulnerable locations. Strong and frequent rip currents. * Wind: prepare for hazardous wind having possible limited impacts. Potential impacts include: - possible tree limbs broken off. Some fences and roadway signs blown over. - A few roads impassable from debris. Hazardous driving conditions on bridges and other elevated roadways. - Scattered power and communications outages. Precautionary/preparedness actions ---------------------------------- If you live in a place that is particularly vulnerable to high wind, such as a Mobile home, a boat, plan to move to safe shelter. Take enough supplies for you and your family for several days. If you live in a place particularly vulnerable to flooding, such as near the ocean, in a low lying or poor drainage area, or near an already swollen river, plan to move to safe shelter on higher ground Closely monitor NOAA Weather Radio or other local news outlets for official storm information. Listen for possible changes to the forecast. * Additional sources of information: - for information on appropriate preparations see ready.Gov - for information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.Org - for additional disaster preparedness information see Redcross.Org Next update ----------- The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather Service in New York NY around 12 am EDT, or sooner if conditions warrant. 541 PM EDT Tue Sep 19 2017 This product covers southeast New York, northeast New Jersey, and southern Connecticut **tropical storm watch remains in effect for Suffolk County, long island** New information --------------- * changes to watches and warnings: - none * current watches and warnings: - a tropical storm watch is in effect for all of Suffolk County. * Storm information: - about 290 miles south-southeast of New York City NY or about 270 miles south of Montauk Point NY - 37.2n 71.3w - storm intensity 75 mph - movement north-northeast or 25 degrees at 8 mph Situation overview ------------------ Hurricane Jose will continue to track slowly north and then northeast later tonight, passing to the southeast of the area. The system will be close enough for potential impacts. The main hazard will be coastal flooding with 1 to 2 feet of inundation expected during the times of high tide tonight into Wednesday. Localized inundation of up to around 2 1/2 feet is possible in the typically more vulnerable locations across Peconic and gardiners bays. Dangerous surf will build to 7 to 13 feet through Wednesday. This will result in widespread dune erosion and washovers. Tropical storm force winds are possible tonight into Wednesday with sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph and gusts up to 50 mph. Potential impacts ----------------- * shoreline hazards: prepare for dangerous surf of 7 to 13 ft causing widespread dune erosion, and localized dune overwashes along the Atlantic beachfront. * Surge: prepare for locally hazardous surge having possible impacts across Suffolk County. Potential impacts in this area include: - localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along immediate shorelines and in low-lying spots. - Sections of near-shore roads and parking lots become overspread with surge water. Driving conditions dangerous in places where surge water covers the Road. - Widespread beach erosion. Heavy surf also breaching dunes, mainly in usually vulnerable locations. Strong and frequent rip currents. * Wind: prepare for hazardous wind having possible limited impacts. Potential impacts include: - possible tree limbs broken off. Some fences and roadway signs blown over. - A few roads impassable from debris. Hazardous driving conditions on bridges and other elevated roadways. - Scattered power and communications outages. Precautionary/preparedness actions ---------------------------------- If you live in a place that is particularly vulnerable to high wind, such as a Mobile home, a boat, plan to move to safe shelter. Take enough supplies for you and your family for several days. If you live in a place particularly vulnerable to flooding, such as near the ocean, in a low lying or poor drainage area, or near an already swollen river, plan to move to safe shelter on higher ground Closely monitor NOAA Weather Radio or other local news outlets for official storm information. Listen for possible changes to the forecast. * Additional sources of information: - for information on appropriate preparations see ready.Gov - for information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.Org - for additional disaster preparedness information see Redcross.Org Next update ----------- The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather Service in New York NY around 12 am EDT, or sooner if conditions warrant. 541 PM EDT Tue Sep 19 2017 This product covers southeast New York, northeast New Jersey, and southern Connecticut **tropical storm watch remains in effect for Suffolk County, long island** New information --------------- * changes to watches and warnings: - none * current watches and warnings: - a tropical storm watch is in effect for all of Suffolk County. * Storm information: - about 290 miles south-southeast of New York City NY or about 270 miles south of Montauk Point NY - 37.2n 71.3w - storm intensity 75 mph - movement north-northeast or 25 degrees at 8 mph Situation overview ------------------ Hurricane Jose will continue to track slowly north and then northeast later tonight, passing to the southeast of the area. The system will be close enough for potential impacts. The main hazard will be coastal flooding with 1 to 2 feet of inundation expected during the times of high tide tonight into Wednesday. Localized inundation of up to around 2 1/2 feet is possible in the typically more vulnerable locations across Peconic and gardiners bays. Dangerous surf will build to 7 to 13 feet through Wednesday. This will result in widespread dune erosion and washovers. Tropical storm force winds are possible tonight into Wednesday with sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph and gusts up to 50 mph. Potential impacts ----------------- * shoreline hazards: prepare for dangerous surf of 7 to 13 ft causing widespread dune erosion, and localized dune overwashes along the Atlantic beachfront. * Surge: prepare for locally hazardous surge having possible impacts across Suffolk County. Potential impacts in this area include: - localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along immediate shorelines and in low-lying spots. - Sections of near-shore roads and parking lots become overspread with surge water. Driving conditions dangerous in places where surge water covers the Road. - Widespread beach erosion. Heavy surf also breaching dunes, mainly in usually vulnerable locations. Strong and frequent rip currents. * Wind: prepare for hazardous wind having possible limited impacts. Potential impacts include: - possible tree limbs broken off. Some fences and roadway signs blown over. - A few roads impassable from debris. Hazardous driving conditions on bridges and other elevated roadways. - Scattered power and communications outages. Precautionary/preparedness actions ---------------------------------- If you live in a place that is particularly vulnerable to high wind, such as a Mobile home, a boat, plan to move to safe shelter. Take enough supplies for you and your family for several days. If you live in a place particularly vulnerable to flooding, such as near the ocean, in a low lying or poor drainage area, or near an already swollen river, plan to move to safe shelter on higher ground Closely monitor NOAA Weather Radio or other local news outlets for official storm information. Listen for possible changes to the forecast. * Additional sources of information: - for information on appropriate preparations see ready.Gov - for information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.Org - for additional disaster preparedness information see Redcross.Org Next update ----------- The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather Service in New York NY around 12 am EDT, or sooner if conditions warrant. 526 PM EDT Tue Sep 19 2017 This product covers southeast New York, northeast New Jersey, and southern Connecticut **tropical storm watch remains in effect for Suffolk County, long island** New information --------------- * changes to watches and warnings: - none * current watches and warnings: - a tropical storm watch is in effect for all of Suffolk County. * Storm information: - about 290 miles south-southeast of New York City NY or about 270 miles south of Montauk Point NY - 37.2n 71.3w - storm intensity 75 mph - movement north-northeast or 25 degrees at 8 mph Situation overview ------------------ Hurricane Jose will continue to track slowly north and then northeast later tonight, passing to the southeast of the area. The system will be close enough for potential impacts. The main hazard will be coastal flooding with 1 to 2 feet of inundation expected during the times of high tide tonight into Wednesday. Localized inundation of up to around 2 1/2 feet is possible in the typically more vulnerable locations across Peconic and gardiners bays. Dangerous surf will build to 7 to 13 feet through Wednesday. This will result in widespread dune erosion and washovers. Tropical storm force winds are possible tonight into Wednesday with sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph and gusts up to 50 mph. Potential impacts ----------------- * shoreline hazards: prepare for dangerous surf of 7 to 13 ft causing widespread dune erosion, and localized dune overwashes along the Atlantic beachfront. * Surge: prepare for locally hazardous surge having possible impacts across Suffolk County. Potential impacts in this area include: - localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along immediate shorelines and in low-lying spots. - Sections of near-shore roads and parking lots become overspread with surge water. Driving conditions dangerous in places where surge water covers the Road. - Widespread beach erosion. Heavy surf also breaching dunes, mainly in usually vulnerable locations. Strong and frequent rip currents. * Wind: prepare for hazardous wind having possible limited impacts. Potential impacts include: - possible tree limbs broken off. Some fences and roadway signs blown over. - A few roads impassable from debris. Hazardous driving conditions on bridges and other elevated roadways. - Scattered power and communications outages. Precautionary/preparedness actions ---------------------------------- If you live in a place that is particularly vulnerable to high wind, such as a Mobile home, a boat, plan to move to safe shelter. Take enough supplies for you and your family for several days. If you live in a place particularly vulnerable to flooding, such as near the ocean, in a low lying or poor drainage area, or near an already swollen river, plan to move to safe shelter on higher ground Closely monitor NOAA Weather Radio or other local news outlets for official storm information. Listen for possible changes to the forecast. * Additional sources of information: - for information on appropriate preparations see ready.Gov - for information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.Org - for additional disaster preparedness information see Redcross.Org Next update ----------- The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather Service in New York NY around 6 PM, or sooner if conditions warrant. 526 PM EDT Tue Sep 19 2017 This product covers southeast New York, northeast New Jersey, and southern Connecticut **tropical storm watch remains in effect for Suffolk County, long island** New information --------------- * changes to watches and warnings: - none * current watches and warnings: - a tropical storm watch is in effect for all of Suffolk County. * Storm information: - about 290 miles south-southeast of New York City NY or about 270 miles south of Montauk Point NY - 37.2n 71.3w - storm intensity 75 mph - movement north-northeast or 25 degrees at 8 mph Situation overview ------------------ Hurricane Jose will continue to track slowly north and then northeast later tonight, passing to the southeast of the area. The system will be close enough for potential impacts. The main hazard will be coastal flooding with 1 to 2 feet of inundation expected during the times of high tide tonight into Wednesday. Localized inundation of up to around 2 1/2 feet is possible in the typically more vulnerable locations across Peconic and gardiners bays. Dangerous surf will build to 7 to 13 feet through Wednesday. This will result in widespread dune erosion and washovers. Tropical storm force winds are possible tonight into Wednesday with sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph and gusts up to 50 mph. Potential impacts ----------------- * shoreline hazards: prepare for dangerous surf of 7 to 13 ft causing widespread dune erosion, and localized dune overwashes along the Atlantic beachfront. * Surge: prepare for locally hazardous surge having possible impacts across Suffolk County. Potential impacts in this area include: - localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along immediate shorelines and in low-lying spots. - Sections of near-shore roads and parking lots become overspread with surge water. Driving conditions dangerous in places where surge water covers the Road. - Widespread beach erosion. Heavy surf also breaching dunes, mainly in usually vulnerable locations. Strong and frequent rip currents. * Wind: prepare for hazardous wind having possible limited impacts. Potential impacts include: - possible tree limbs broken off. Some fences and roadway signs blown over. - A few roads impassable from debris. Hazardous driving conditions on bridges and other elevated roadways. - Scattered power and communications outages. Precautionary/preparedness actions ---------------------------------- If you live in a place that is particularly vulnerable to high wind, such as a Mobile home, a boat, plan to move to safe shelter. Take enough supplies for you and your family for several days. If you live in a place particularly vulnerable to flooding, such as near the ocean, in a low lying or poor drainage area, or near an already swollen river, plan to move to safe shelter on higher ground Closely monitor NOAA Weather Radio or other local news outlets for official storm information. Listen for possible changes to the forecast. * Additional sources of information: - for information on appropriate preparations see ready.Gov - for information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.Org - for additional disaster preparedness information see Redcross.Org Next update ----------- The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather Service in New York NY around 6 PM, or sooner if conditions warrant. 526 PM EDT Tue Sep 19 2017 This product covers southeast New York, northeast New Jersey, and southern Connecticut **tropical storm watch remains in effect for Suffolk County, long island** New information --------------- * changes to watches and warnings: - none * current watches and warnings: - a tropical storm watch is in effect for all of Suffolk County. * Storm information: - about 290 miles south-southeast of New York City NY or about 270 miles south of Montauk Point NY - 37.2n 71.3w - storm intensity 75 mph - movement north-northeast or 25 degrees at 8 mph Situation overview ------------------ Hurricane Jose will continue to track slowly north and then northeast later tonight, passing to the southeast of the area. The system will be close enough for potential impacts. The main hazard will be coastal flooding with 1 to 2 feet of inundation expected during the times of high tide tonight into Wednesday. Localized inundation of up to around 2 1/2 feet is possible in the typically more vulnerable locations across Peconic and gardiners bays. Dangerous surf will build to 7 to 13 feet through Wednesday. This will result in widespread dune erosion and washovers. Tropical storm force winds are possible tonight into Wednesday with sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph and gusts up to 50 mph. Potential impacts ----------------- * shoreline hazards: prepare for dangerous surf of 7 to 13 ft causing widespread dune erosion, and localized dune overwashes along the Atlantic beachfront. * Surge: prepare for locally hazardous surge having possible impacts across Suffolk County. Potential impacts in this area include: - localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along immediate shorelines and in low-lying spots. - Sections of near-shore roads and parking lots become overspread with surge water. Driving conditions dangerous in places where surge water covers the Road. - Widespread beach erosion. Heavy surf also breaching dunes, mainly in usually vulnerable locations. Strong and frequent rip currents. * Wind: prepare for hazardous wind having possible limited impacts. Potential impacts include: - possible tree limbs broken off. Some fences and roadway signs blown over. - A few roads impassable from debris. Hazardous driving conditions on bridges and other elevated roadways. - Scattered power and communications outages. Precautionary/preparedness actions ---------------------------------- If you live in a place that is particularly vulnerable to high wind, such as a Mobile home, a boat, plan to move to safe shelter. Take enough supplies for you and your family for several days. If you live in a place particularly vulnerable to flooding, such as near the ocean, in a low lying or poor drainage area, or near an already swollen river, plan to move to safe shelter on higher ground Closely monitor NOAA Weather Radio or other local news outlets for official storm information. Listen for possible changes to the forecast. * Additional sources of information: - for information on appropriate preparations see ready.Gov - for information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.Org - for additional disaster preparedness information see Redcross.Org Next update ----------- The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather Service in New York NY around 6 PM, or sooner if conditions warrant. 526 PM EDT Tue Sep 19 2017 This product covers southeast New York, northeast New Jersey, and southern Connecticut **tropical storm watch remains in effect for Suffolk County, long island** New information --------------- * changes to watches and warnings: - none * current watches and warnings: - a tropical storm watch is in effect for all of Suffolk County. * Storm information: - about 290 miles south-southeast of New York City NY or about 270 miles south of Montauk Point NY - 37.2n 71.3w - storm intensity 75 mph - movement north-northeast or 25 degrees at 8 mph Situation overview ------------------ Hurricane Jose will continue to track slowly north and then northeast later tonight, passing to the southeast of the area. The system will be close enough for potential impacts. The main hazard will be coastal flooding with 1 to 2 feet of inundation expected during the times of high tide tonight into Wednesday. Localized inundation of up to around 2 1/2 feet is possible in the typically more vulnerable locations across Peconic and gardiners bays. Dangerous surf will build to 7 to 13 feet through Wednesday. This will result in widespread dune erosion and washovers. Tropical storm force winds are possible tonight into Wednesday with sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph and gusts up to 50 mph. Potential impacts ----------------- * shoreline hazards: prepare for dangerous surf of 7 to 13 ft causing widespread dune erosion, and localized dune overwashes along the Atlantic beachfront. * Surge: prepare for locally hazardous surge having possible impacts across Suffolk County. Potential impacts in this area include: - localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along immediate shorelines and in low-lying spots. - Sections of near-shore roads and parking lots become overspread with surge water. Driving conditions dangerous in places where surge water covers the Road. - Widespread beach erosion. Heavy surf also breaching dunes, mainly in usually vulnerable locations. Strong and frequent rip currents. * Wind: prepare for hazardous wind having possible limited impacts. Potential impacts include: - possible tree limbs broken off. Some fences and roadway signs blown over. - A few roads impassable from debris. Hazardous driving conditions on bridges and other elevated roadways. - Scattered power and communications outages. Precautionary/preparedness actions ---------------------------------- If you live in a place that is particularly vulnerable to high wind, such as a Mobile home, a boat, plan to move to safe shelter. Take enough supplies for you and your family for several days. If you live in a place particularly vulnerable to flooding, such as near the ocean, in a low lying or poor drainage area, or near an already swollen river, plan to move to safe shelter on higher ground Closely monitor NOAA Weather Radio or other local news outlets for official storm information. Listen for possible changes to the forecast. * Additional sources of information: - for information on appropriate preparations see ready.Gov - for information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.Org - for additional disaster preparedness information see Redcross.Org Next update ----------- The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather Service in New York NY around 6 PM, or sooner if conditions warrant. , "Coastal Flood Advisory" ...Coastal flood advisory now in effect until 2 PM EDT Wednesday... * locations...vulnerable areas along Long Island Sound. * Tidal departure...1 to 1 1/2 ft above astronomical tides during the late evening and Wednesday morning to midday high tides causing minor coastal flooding. * Coastal flood impacts...shallow flooding is expected in the most vulnerable locations near the Waterfront and shoreline. Expect around 1 to possibly 2 feet of inundation above ground level in low lying, vulnerable areas. Some roads and low lying property including parking lots, Parks, lawns and homes/businesses with basements near the Waterfront will experience shallow flooding. * Shoreline impacts...waves of 2 to 4 ft on top of elevated water levels will cause minor beach erosion and enhance coastal flooding. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A coastal flood advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore. Old Field NY MLLW categories - minor 9.2 ft, moderate 10.2 ft, major 12.2 ft mhhw categories - minor 1.9 ft, moderate 2.9 ft, major 4.9 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/12 am 9.0/ 9.5 1.7/ 2.2 1.3/ 1.8 3-5 minor 20/12 PM 8.7/ 9.2 1.4/ 1.9 0.9/ 1.4 3-5 minor 21/12 am 8.6/ 9.1 1.3/ 1.8 1.0/ 1.5 2-3 none : Glen Cove NY MLLW categories - minor 10.1 ft, moderate 11.1 ft, major 13.1 ft mhhw categories - minor 2.2 ft, moderate 3.2 ft, major 5.2 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/12 am 9.6/10.1 1.7/ 2.2 0.9/ 1.4 2-4 minor 20/12 PM 9.5/10.0 1.6/ 2.0 0.7/ 1.1 2-4 minor 21/01 am 9.3/ 9.8 1.4/ 1.9 0.8/ 1.3 1-2 none : Time of high total tides are approximate to the nearest hour. , "Tropical Storm Watch" 1050 PM EDT Tue Sep 19 2017 Attn...WFO...box...okx... 1050 PM EDT Tue Sep 19 2017 -- Tuesday Sep.19 17,11:36 PM

Great Gifts Under $20 - Inexpensive DIY Gifts That Look Like a Million Bucks!

You don't have to skimp on holiday cheer to save money - just make some great gifts at home this holiday!

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Staying on a budget while shopping for the holidays can be tough, but you don't have to break the bank to get something great for everyone on your list! With the holidays right around the corner, there might be a lot of pressure to give friends and family lavish gifts to show that you care, but often, it's the smaller, more thoughtful gifts that are remembered years later. This year, when you're making your list, why not opt for some alternative

To help you stay on your budget, we've put together a few great DIY Craft ideas that are simple & fun to make, and are sure to be a hit this holiday season!

Perfect for Everyone

Bake Up Some Sweet Treats - $5 - 20
Who doesn't love a good Christmas cookie? If you're trying to save this Holiday Season, but you've got a lot of friends and coworkers you want to give gifts to, baking a big batch of your favorite Christmas Cookies, then putting them in a mason jar you've personally decorated is a great way to show you care without breaking the bank.

Hot Cocoa Ornaments - $2 - 5 per ornament
Looking for a sweet treat that will really wow? Pick up a pack of clear plastic food-safe fillable ornaments (available at craft stores), and fill them with the following: one packet of pre-mixed hot chocolate, enough chocolate chips or crushed candy canes to cover the hot chocolate later, then fill the remaining space with miniature marshmellows, and close. Once you've finished filling your ornaments, add a homemade gift tag, and bam! You've got an adorable holiday gift that's inexpensive, but looks like a million bucks!

Handmade Scarves & Mittens - $3 - 20, depending on yarn choice
When it comes to knitting or crocheting, are you a pro? Then put those skills to work this holiday season! To make your own scarf, it typically only takes 1 to 2 medium or large skeins of yarn, depending on the pattern, and if you plan ahead, you can get some high quality yarn for anywhere from $2 - $10 on sale!

For Friends & Family

Cook an Amazing Meal at Home $3 to $20, depending on meal choice
Show off your culinary skills this holiday season by cooking an amazing meal for your significant other right at home! The meal can cost as much or as little as you'd like - there are plenty of delicious dinner options that won't break the bank. Find out what his or her favorite dish is, and make it at home for a special date night that won't soon be forgotten! Bonus Idea: Make a Special Certificate to give to your giftee, good for one (or more!) Home Cooked Meal of their Choice!

Manicure in a Jar - $5 - 10
This gift is perfect for sisters, mothers and female friends if you're on a serious budget. Grab a mason jar, 1-3 inexpensive bottles of nail polish, a decorative emery board, and a travel size hand lotion (many major retailers have specialty lotions that will work perfectly on sale for the holidays), and top off with some Hershey's Kisses, or other individually wrapped candies. You can also add in other manicure supplies as well, which can be found at stores such as Target, Ulta, and CVS.

Mug or Tea Cup Decorated with Love - $3 - $5
This one is simple and fun. All you need is a plain white coffee mug or tea cup and some metallic colored sharpies (typically $1 or less at major retailers & craft stores). Once you've selected your mug, get going with your design - hearts, flowers, polka dots, and special phrases that will remind your friend of you each time they fill up their mug. Note: Only use Sharpies to decorate the OUTSIDE of the mug.

Handmade "Coupon" Books - $3 - $20
It's often said that actions speak louder than words, and if you want to show someone special you care, then making them a special "Coupon" Book filled with certificates for fun activities you can do together is a great gift! Coupons can range from a Date at a Museum, a Day at the Beach, a Home Cooked Meal, or even things like a Certificate Entitling Him or Her to do No Chores for a Week, Be King of the Remote, or other No Cost things that you can do to show you care. This is a great gift for kids to make as well, and you can customize the coupons to ANY giftee!

For the Kids

Hot Cocoa "Reindeer" Cones - $1 - 2
This one is an oldie, but a goodie. For the outside of the bag, you'll need is a clear plastic "piping" bag (in the shape of a triangle), a pair of googlie eyes, a small red pompom, one brown pipe cleaner, a rubber band, a bit of glue. For the filling, you'll need2 packs of hot cocoa mix, some crushed up candy canes, and a few small marshmellows to top it off. Start off by pouring your hot cocoa into your piping bag, followed by the crushed candy canes, then the marshmellows, and tie off securely at the top with your rubber band. Once your bag is tied off, glue the red pompom close to the tip of the bag, leaving about 1/2 inch from the bottom, and about an inch above that, glue on your googlie eyes.

To top it all off, roll your pipe cleaner around your finger to curl it, and then uncurl it slightly (leaving some of the curls), and wrap around the rubber band, to look like antlers. For an extra dose of fun, you can add a little note to the top!

DIY Pinecone Christmas Trees - $1 - 3
If your kids love crafts, then this is the perfect gift for them to make for their pals! Take an old coaster (or, for about $2, you can purchase a 4 pack of cork coasters from Michaels), and paint it white. set aside. Grab a few pinecones - these can be found outside (just make sure they're clean!) or picked up at a local craft store, and paint the tips of all of the cone green. Once the paint has dried, drizzle glue all over the pinecone, and then roll in green glitter. We recommend using a large plastic container to do this, to contain the glitter.

Once the glue & glitter has dried, you can add beads for ornaments (using old costume jewelry or leftover beads from older projects is a great way to reduce waste!), and once your ornaments have been secure, glue the base of the pinecone to your white coaster and bam! You've got an adorable Christmas Tree decoration to give this holiday.

Have a great DIY Gift Idea? Let Us Know in the Comments Below!

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