With more time on our hands than ever, it opens the opportunity for more art and crafts. As the year starts again and birthdays begin to roll around, why not take the time to get the kids and hand make some birthday gifts for your loved ones?
There are so many ideas out there that the recipient is sure to love – and it is a great way to really show you care, as well as keep the little ones busy if they aren’t in school! With a normal gift, anyone can just pop out to the store, spend some money and buy it.
But if you make something yourself, you can guarantee it is a unique, one-off present that they won’t have a duplicate of – and won’t get again! You can also make it a lot more personal and tailored to the person who is receiving it. The great thing about the following homemade gift ideas is that they are designed to suit a whole myriad of skill sets.
Whether you are a hardcode DIYer with plenty of tools and experience in home made things, to someone who hasn’t picked up a glue stick since they were in pre-school. The most important thing is that you have fun – don’t worry if it doesn’t turn out perfect, it just adds to the charm and the recipient isn’t likely to notice anyway!
Here are some top thoughtful homemade gift ideas for you to try…
1. A home made scrapbook
If you have known the person for a long time and have lots of photos and memories together, why not make them a scrapbook? You could try Pixa Prints to get your photos printed out in high quality to stick in.
Why not get some colourful corner stickers to stick them down as opposed to glue? You could fill the book in with different memories, times you have had together and things you have done. If you have any old concert tickets or memorabilia from places you have gone together, you can add these too!
Many shops sell scrapbook kits with different coloured papers and stickers to jazz it up.
2. Treat jars
Treat jars are a great homemade git and you can fill them with as much or as little as you want.
Think of all your loved ones favourite little things and see what you can fit into a jar. Why not put in a tea light, some hand cream, a mini notebook, a mini sized bottle of alcohol and something to eat in there? It is also a good idea to decorate the outside of the jar to add a real personal tough.
You could make your own label to stick around the middle and tie some beautiful ribbon around the lid.
3. A candle
Candles are great fun to make and not as difficult as you might assume! There are many kits online that you can purchase to create and they allow you to make many different scents. Try and think about which your loved one would like the best and make that.
You can add in different elements such as rose petals or different colours, and put them into fun shapes too. Once you have made your candle, you can decorate the jar that you put it in, and wrap it up nicely too.
4. Personalised cookies
Cookies are always a lovely gift to receive and are great fun to make and get the kid involved with too. Think of the recipient and what flavour they would like best, or get creative and make a number of different flavours. From white chocolate chip and raspberry to double chocolate, or oat and raisin there are so many choices.
You could also make plain cookies too and focus more on the icing. Why not buy an icing kit and you can write messages on top of them? If it is for a birthday or anniversary you could pipe nice messages for them to read on the day. Be sure to get a box for them to go in and tie it up with a bow for a really professional and thoughtful finish.
5. A collage
If you are looking to really delve into your art and craft skills, why not create your loved one a collage for their birthday? This could be something made from different materials that come from all the places they like to go, or that remind you of them. For example, you could get some sticks and flowers from the woods if they like to go there on walks, shells from the beach, or things that remind you of them.
You could mix this up with some photos of them, their family and friends and you and stick it all on a big board. Don’t forget to pop it in a frame so they can put it up in their home if they want to.
6. A scrabble name picture
Scrabble name pictures are easy to make, look great and are the perfect gift to go up in their house. Simply choose a background of colored or patterned paper and attach this to a board of a photo frame. Then get some scrabble tiles and spell out the name of your loved one, their family or something they love and stick the tiles down together like a scrabble board. Put the frame together once you are done and you have a perfect homemade gift that they are likely to treasure for years to come.
You could leave room if they are planning to have kids and when they have their children, offer to put the new names on there too!
These are just a few different ideas for thoughtful homemade gift ideas.
Be sure to plan out what you are going to do ahead of time to ensure you have all the necessary equipment or ingredients. The last thing you want is to be halfway through your project and find you don’t have the equipment necessary to carry on! Not only is it inconvenient, but it could ruin all of the hard work you have put in.
What is your favourite thoughtful homemade gift idea? Let me know in the comments below!
Disclosure: this is a collaborative post