8 Clever Homemade Gift Ideas!
March 22, 2011 by Bobbi
Happy Tuesday, HowDoesShe Gals!
8 Clever Homemade Gift Ideas
Will you imagine with me..just for a moment? Close your eyes. Wait, open them! You need to read. Um….well, imagine with your eyes open for a second. That can be done, right? Just pretend you’re in calculus class. Okay, back to imagining.
It’s a loved one’s birthday, and you are running out of gift ideas. In the end everyone goes for typical gifts like a perfume, a book, or a pair of gloves. It could very well be the reason why every birthday party has that distinct déjà vu quality.
But now… you are going to do something completely different.
YOU, my friend, are going HANDMADE!
That’s right! You are going to roll up your proverbial sleeves (and your literal ones, too) and you are going to CREATE a gift that will be guaranteed to cause excitement and make you the star of the party. Even if you aren’t the handcrafting type, you can find cute personalized gifts that will show how much you care. And we are here to help. Yes. It’s what we do. Let’s get sharing, shall we?
1.Muffin bags (Oh and they are a FREE printable!)
Food, especially food with, uh, SUGAR equals HAPPY, HAPPY, JOY, JOY! Especially when it’s given in a unique package with a personal touch! Package a sweet treat in a printable gift bag with a little bling, like this one from “Funkytime”!
Alison shows us how to avoid the awkward “Um….thaaaaanks” response to your gift by making a personalized photo holder out of…get this…ordinary two by fours! LOVE IT! Slap some paint or patterned paper on those babies and some black vinyl, and you’ll have a homemade gift that will leave them talking!
What about a gift that is cute AND functional? Put together an emergency gift box with some vintage matchboxes and candles and more! “Homework” fills us in on how to put this together. I know I would LOVE getting one of these!
Put a twist on the ordinary “picture frame” gift by getting a multi-photo frame, adding a printable in one of the spaces and sticking a painted monogram on it, like this one submitted by The Scrap Shoppe! It totally gives it the “wow” factor, right? Anything personalized is extra special.
Is there a photography enthusiast in your life? Take it from one who knows…they would FLIP over this gorgeous ruffled camera strap cover. Nursery Rhymes and Sweet Times walks you through each and every step, and if you can sew a straight line…you can make this! Seriously. Love this thing.
Making unique gifts en masse can be quick and inexpensive, as Madiganmade shows us. With so many gorgeous patterned papers out there, really – the sky is the limit as far as the design goes. ANYONE would love getting some of these to slap on their fridge or their filing cabinet. Think: friends, neighbors, teachers, craft groups, church goers, party guests..etc!
Aaaaannnd…we’re back to sugar. I like coming full circle I adore this idea from Amy W.! Package up some hot chocolate mix and chocolate-dipped marshmallows in a cute little carrying case for some hot chocolate for two. Fun, unique, inexpensive, and homemade!
This is just scratching the surface of homemade gift ideas! You will find something for everyone on your gift-list on the IShare Sites! Take a look!
You don’t have to be part of the rat race to be a fabulous gift-giver! Handmade can be FABULOUS and it’s always unique. There are so many great gift ideas and tutorials to be found, especially on the IShare sites. All you need to do is take a moment to think of that special some, who they are, what they mean to you, and what might make them smile…then get creating! You will be a gift-giving superstar! Happy Crafting!
Oh and check out the IShare Facebook Page…a FREE exclusive printable can be found over there…you’ll need it today!