Whether it’s an anniversary, a birthday, a traditional event, Christmas or any other occasion, gift giving always seems to be around the corner. Selecting the perfect gift is always a task and leaves you wondering if you’ve made the right choice.
People often opt for something safe and cliched, like a box of chocolates, clothes or watches. Instead, be a little creative and present your friends and loved ones with a handmade gift that’ll make them feel special.
Handmade gifts always hold a unique place over stuff bought from the store, as they’re personalized. They might take some time to prepare but are a great way to show love and affection towards the receiver.
Here are 7 easy DIY gift ideas you can make to show how much you care.
1. Photo collage monogram
All you need for a monogram photo collage is a wooden letter, glue and the photos you want to paste on the collage. Take the wooden letter and apply a thin layer of glue on it. Carefully paste the photographs of your choice on the letter, when you finish sticking all the photos apply another thin layer of glue all over the photos so they every photo is tightly stuck to the letter. It’s that simple.
2. Pull out photo album
A pull out photo album can be an excellent gift to celebrate an anniversary, Mother’s Day, Father’s day or Valentine’s Day. All you need for making this simple and memorable gift is a small wooden box, card stock papers cut into the size of the wooden box, glue, a small piece of ribbon or thread, and photos of your choice.
Take around 8 to 10 photos and cut them into the shape of the inner portion of the wooden box. Paste them on the card stock paper and put it inside the box. Remember to tape the bottom piece of the photo to the bottom of the box and glue a small piece of ribbon behind the top piece of photo so that you can pull out your hand-made photo album with ease.
3. Personalised coffee mugs
Be it friendship day, anniversary or a birthday, a personalized coffee mug is one of the simplest and easiest handmade gifts you can make. All you need to make this is — a plain white coffee mug and colorful permanent marker pens to pen down your message on the mug. You can also use glitter and stickers to make it look bright and colourful.
4. Doodle bookmarks
To make this gift, you’ll need a rectangular shaped card stock paper, colorful pens and a piece of ribbon. Use your imagination to make fascinating designs on the card stock paper. Tape a ribbon to it to turn it into a personalized bookmark and gift it to your bibliophile friend.
5. Jewellery holder
This is a gift any girl would love. All you need for making this jewelry holder tree is short tree branches, a tin can or any other holder, colorful fabric paint to paint the tree branches and a thread to tie the tree branches together at the bottom. Tie the bundle of painted tree branches together and put it inside the decorated tin can and your jewelry holder tree is ready.
6. Cell phone cases
For making a handmade phone cover case, you’ll need a transparent plastic phone cover, colorful marker pens, stickers, glitter and glue. Go wild with colors and designs or draw your friend’s favorite cartoon characters.
7. Liquor Bouquet
A liquor bouquet is the ultimate gift for a man. All you need for making it at home is a vase, colorful ribbons, thin and long sticks to be taped onto the alcohol bottles and colored paper to wrap the bottom of the bottles. Put together a bouquet and enjoy the smile on your friend’s face when you give this liquor bouquet to him.