Buying gifts for loved ones is a gratifying task. However, nothing compares to a handmade gift, especially one that is crafted with love and intent. Not only are handmade gifts a great way to save money, but they can also be completely personalized to suit all of your gifting needs. Whether you have a birthday, anniversary, or special holiday coming up, here are some of the most thoughtful DIY gifts you can make for a loved one.
Suppose you have an old painting lying around that you no longer like. You can turn this into a new masterpiece. Think of a quote that your loved one will enjoy. It could be an inside joke, an inspirational saying, or even a song lyric. Whatever you choose, find some letter-shaped stickers and place them on top of the painting. Once you have written out the quote, you can paint it on top of the canvas. Please choose a color that will stand out against the original painting and give it a few coats. Once it’s dried, lift the stickers and enjoy your (almost) brand new piece of art.
Embroidery is a great way to personalize any gift, and it can be used on sweaters, jeans, bags, and even hats. Embroidered beach towels are a perfect present for the summertime. You don’t have to be an embroidery expert to gift someone a unique and embellished gift. Nowadays, computerized sewing machines can do most of the hard work for you. You can embroider a cute pattern or phrase that is special to your relationship.
We all have that one family member, or friend, who is too glamorous for ordinary mugs. If you know someone that loves glitter, this is the perfect gift for them. Just take any plain mug and clean it thoroughly with rubbing alcohol. Coat the bottom half with a dishwasher-safe mod podge and dip the mug in glitter. You can choose one type of glitter or get creative and mix colors. You could also choose only to dip the handle in glitter rather than the whole mug.
A recipe book full of family favorites is a sure way to tug at anyone’s heartstrings. Find a vibrant journal and decorate it in whatever style you please. You could attach a small wooden spoon to it, some paper clips for cuttings of new recipes, and even some family pictures. This is the perfect gift for someone who lives far from home. You can even categorize the different recipes under fun headlines such as, ‘For When You Miss Mom’s Cooking’ or ‘Dad’s Desserts.’
Going out and buying a present is less time-consuming than creating your own, but the level of effort that goes into making your own gift will never go by unappreciated. Not only will you be able to save an extra bit of cash, but you can also give a unique and personalized gift that they will cherish forever.