Another pinner exclaimed: 28 Decorating Tricks To Brighten Up Your Rented Home (or college apartments) - I especially like the washi tape picture frames and the DIY photo wall. Nice DIY home decor list.
NOT FOND IF COLOR but a cute idea! Paint a Mason Jar Tissue Holder using colors that will fit your gift recipient's decor, and you have a frugal homemade gift that anybody can use. - 100 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts at The Happy Housewife