Making gifts is a thoughtful way to add an extra personal touch to what you give. Not only are homemade gifts unique, but they are also an opportunity to get in touch with your creative side. Getting crafty can also help save money during what can often be an expensive time of year. Here are 3 tips for making your homemade gifts a hit.
Planning ahead will help to save time and money when it comes time to make your homemade gifts. Sticking to a list of those who you would like to make gifts for will help keep you organized during the process. If you are planning to make multiple homemade gifts, be sure to know what you want to make for each person on your list, especially if you plan to make different gifts for each person. Having all of the ingredients or supplies that you need in advance will help to save you time when you are ready to assemble each gift.
Deciding on the right gift.
When giving a homemade gift, you will be giving a one-of-a-kind, personalized item. It doesn’t have to be elaborate to be thoughtful. Keep it simple when it comes to your gift ideas. There are plenty of practical, edible, or decorative gifts you can give that will not consume all of your time. For parents or family members, incorporating photos or memories is priceless and always appreciated. Be sure to check out our list of homemade gift ideas below.
Set aside time.
After you have all of the supplies that you need, it is important to set aside a designated time to assemble your gifts. Work on each project one at a time to keep from feeling overwhelmed. With a hectic holiday schedule, finding time might be a challenge. Naptime or after your kids go to sleep in the evening may be the perfect time to work on your homemade gifts.
Five Easy Homemade Gift Ideas
- Painting a letter on a canvas
- Baby’s handprint on an ornament
- Muffin in a jar
- Baked goods
- Photo Coasters
Buy a canvas and paint one letter, the first letter of their first or last name on the canvas. Use a color that will match their home. This type of gift works well in an office or as a child’s bedroom decoration.
Using any color round ornament, stamp baby’s hand onto the ornament using nontoxic paint and write the year underneath the handprint. This is a great gift idea for grandparents and aunts and uncles.
Using your favorite muffin recipe, layer the necessary dry ingredients in a jar, and attach the instructions with a list of additional ingredients that need to be added with some ribbon on the outside of the jar.
Baked goods are a classic homemade gift. Give a healthier sweet treat and make mini loaves of banana bread or pear mini muffins. Try giving this gift to coworkers, teachers and friends.
Just grab some 4×4 tiles and print out some favorite photos. Then apply the photo using mod podge, and spray with a clear gloss after they dry. Easy-to-assemble and fun to receive, they make the perfect gift for friends and family!