DIY Gift Idea Round Up
On this week’s podcast, Rosie said she’s inclined to hand make a gift before buying one, and I am the same way. There’s a sort of magic that occurs when you create something for a person you care about. The love you have for them infuses itself into the gift. I know this is true because when I receive a handmade gift, I can feel the love pouring out of it. I cherish and prize the things my friends have made for me over the years. I know they thought about me, sought out materials, colors, and themes I might enjoy, and spent time on me.
For DIY week, I thought I might share some gifts that are fun and easy to make. That way, we can all increase the love in the world with a little handmade goodness.
- I give away candy every year at the holidays. I posted the recipe last year here at Can’t Talk, and I stand by it as the most well-received gift I’ve ever given in my life.
- Handmade ornaments (or decorations for winter). So many options, so little time to make all the cute things!
- Self-care things. Lotion bars, sugar scrub, soap, bath bombs. I also like to make knitted washcloths.
- Infuse stuff to make it tasty. Oil, vodka, salt, and sugar. Probably other stuff, too.
- Warm stuff. Slippers, easy throws (sewn or not), hot water bottle covers, quick mittens out of old sweaters, no-sew fingerless gloves out of socks, sewn or knit hats (bless chunky yarn and big needles), quick flannel scarf. If you have more cash, you can order custom-printed fabric from Spoonflower and have it be super weird or unique.
- Cool things. Snowglobes, homemade coasters (can make with photos), bracelets, a little pot of rosemary (or as I call it, the only plant I can keep alive), teacup candles (thrift stores are great for this), magnets. What I like about all of these is that, while the tutorials may be cutsey, you can make them as personalized as you like. If you want magnets filled with anime characters, you can do that! Don’t want a reindeer in your snowglobe? How about a tiny skeleton and a spider next to a tiny treasure chest? Or a d20? Make it about you and your gift recipient.
- Lastly, if you have a childlike spirit to gift to, consider this super rad fort kit. This is by far my favorite discovery of 2015.
Good luck, and make cool stuff!