by Kahlia Meeuwsen, Lifestyle Columnist
Published in Lifestyle on 23rd December, 2019
Buying gifts is easy, but these days more and more people are seeking presents that really come from the heart. Even if you don't consider yourself to be particularly creative, you too can make gifts that will really show just how much you care for those around you.
These ideas cover a lot of different needs and wants. Some are purely decorational while others provide a delicious treat, a warm nap or a number of other handy uses. More than anything, they show a kind of love that no mass-produced item can give. Tis the season to give mindfully.
So many of our homes are filled with store bought objects we don't really need. Over the years, the drive to give and receive more gifts can really start to drown out the meaning that gift has. At some point, it becomes giving a gift just because you know it's a holiday requirement.
This year, slow down and really consider what would be important to that person. If you take the time to make something, even something very simple, it's made with love. This isn't something you'll find in any random stocking stuffer you might find at the local big-name store.
I want to challenge you to use this list to help you create something that will show how much you care about the people you give gifts to. Make something they can look at, use or eat and remember all the thought and effort you put into it. It's sure to be more special than the latest shiny gadget or another knick-knack you know they really don't need.
Use this year to create and give from the heart. These ideas can help you with finding the right way to do it!
Making Christmas gifts doesn't need to be an overly-complicated thing. Even those who don't usually find themselves to be the most creative can surely find something in this list that they can make. Just take a deep breath, keep it simple and your love is sure to shine through the gifts you create.
Fleece blankets can be abundant during the colder months. However, they often tend to be very generalized. They can also often be too small. By making a fleece blanket yourself, you can tailor the gift to the person receiving it in both style and size. You can even opt to make it a bit warmer!
Just head to your local fabric store and you're sure to find a multitude of options. Choose whether you want to keep it simple, add in some stuffing or personalization and then sew it all together. Tie it up nicely with a big, gorgeous bow and you'll have the perfect gift for anyone who likes to stay cozy.
A snow globe made by hand brings a whole new layer of delight to this concept. With just a simple mason jar, scenery of your choice, water and glitter to create the ideal winter scenery. This cute concept is sure to thrill, and the recipient will be amazed to learn you made it yourself!
If this seems like a daunting task, don't worry. There's an entire guide for you to follow, which will help you out with a variety of scenery choices. You can go for something as simple as a winter tree to something much more complicated and unique. It's up to you!
Those who enjoy crocheting the odd blanket or scarf may be pleased to find that the skill can also be used to create stuffed animals known as amigurumi. On top of that, there are a multitude of different useful patterns out there that are absolutely free of cost. Many others can be found for around $5.00 or less.
With a few yarn colors and some inexpensive filling, you can easily make new stuffed animals for anyone who may be interested. That includes options for children, or those that are purely decorative for adults in your life.
For those who are more keen on wine than stuffed animals, crocheting and knitting can also come in handy for making wine cozies. These make for a great way to dress up a bottle of wine and make it look nicer.
Otherwise, it can also work well as a method for wrapping wine or similar drinks that you're giving as a gift. They're easy to make, and quite classy to gift out. You can choose something gentle and neutral or sparkly and eye-catching. The recipients will also be able to use these for future wine bottles as well.
Soap is another fun activity that can not only be inexpensive to create, but also a lot of fun. You can toss in a huge variety of colors and scents based on the season, or just on personal favorites. When you create soap on your own, you can also strive to avoid the chemicals found in most store bought options.
All things are better when they are made with care and love, and you can design soap to be gifted out that will clean, nourish and remind whoever receives the gift that they are cared for.
A terrarium is a great way to give someone a small piece of nature all year long. You can store it in a variety of containers, depending on how creative you want to get. Additionally, you can add in decorative touches like small figures, favored knick-knacks and more.
Using fake plants is a great way to make sure that the terratium is always looking fantastic. You can learn more about just how to design the perfect terrarium here. These ones make use of picture frames for even more of a unique flair! If you're shopping for a nature lover, you can't go wrong here!
Making your own candles can be a fun way to enjoy some holiday activities and create easy gifts that your recipients are sure to love. You get to have full control over what goes into the candle wax, like colors, scents and more. Making these peppermint or pine candles isn't nearly as hard as you might think!
All you need is some wax, essential oils, containers and colors if you want them, and you'll be ready to go! You'll find that not only are these candles made with more love than what you'll find at a store, but they will save you a great deal of money as well.
With a simple locking mason jar and a few inexpensive self care items, you can piece together the perfect holiday self care kit. While the holidays may be a time of joy and togetherness, there can also be a lot of stress in planning parties, events, gifts and everything else that goes into the ideal holiday.
By selecting some themed items like bath bombs, bubble bath, bath salts, nail polish, nail files, lotions or mud masks, you can build a kit that will provide the recipient with everything they need for a relaxing bath, facial, manicure or pedicure.
Tote bags are useful in a number of ways. They can work well as purses, grocery bags, beach bags and more. Depending on your skills, you can also opt to go about creating this gift in a number of ways. If you're skilled with sewing, knitting or crocheting, you can make the tote from scratch.
Otherwise, you can also shop for a blank tote and choose to color it yourself. One such example includes the ombre dyed tote that can be found at Hi Sugarplum. All you need to know is your recipient's favorite color and you're ready to make a delightful gift!
If you're getting a gift this year for someone who loves to travel, you can't go wrong with this DIY map! With some scratch off paper and the map of your choice, you can make a great looking map that the recipient can scratch off as they adventure into new places!
This may seem like a complicated project, but by following the detailed instructions at Aww Sam, you're sure to get it handled. They take you through everything you need and how to put the map together in just the right way. It's worth trying out!
There's no better way to enjoy the holiday season than with a cute mug topper. It's a great way to combine a love of making gingerbread houses with your favorite hot holiday drinks. This topper not only looks great, but it's perfectly edible as well. If you feel like snacking on the gingerbread house with your cup of cocoa, go right ahead!
When you're making these houses, you can keep them as simple as you want or go all out with the details. Just take it one step at a time and remember that none of them have to be perfect. They'll be cute regardless!
Pillows are another easy option that can be knitted, sewn or chrocheted without too much effort. You can choose to make decorative holiday pillows. This is a useful choice because they don't have to match the rest of the decor in the person's home if they are full of holiday spirit!
It's easy to grab some yarn and make simple red and green stripes, checkers or get a little more creative and add imagery or trees, elves or their favorite fictional characters. Combine this with a cozy winter blanket and you'll have a perfect set for your recipient to enjoy plenty of warm winter naps.
For those who are on a tighter budget, the presentation of your gift can really add to the overall effect. One might think that gifting some tea may be a cheap route, but if you spice it up a bit, any tea lover is sure to be pleased.
Using a few simple elements like packets of tea, styrofoam cones, glue and more, you can turn that tea into a wonderful tea tree decoration. Although colors like greens and whites may work best for this, you can also base the theme on the kinds of tea that person likes the most.
If there's one thing I've learned from researching all of the homemade gift ideas out there, it's that coasters can come in just about any shape or form. From tile coasters depicting family photos to crocheted coasters and even those that are designed to look like the inside of a rock, the choices are numerous.
On top of that, many of these coaster options can be created on your own. It's a great way to save on money while protecting the recipient's tables from those annoying leftover circle stains!
With the move towards storing everything digitally, we might come to realize that we just don't find ourselves casually thumbing through old photo albums like we used to. Using family ornaments, you'll know that you'll get to see your favorite old photos at least once a year.
This blog shows you a great, unique way to make them as well! No breakable glass on these ornaments. Just transfer your photo album favorites onto some cloth, cut it into the ideal shape, and stuff it! From there, if you want to add a few extra touches, you certainly can!
If there's one thing that really makes the holiday season, it's delicious food. Candy, cocoa and baked goods all make the holidays great, even if they also cause us to have to loosen our belts a bit. A great way to show your love for someone is to create some holiday treats just for them.
You can choose to make special spoons made to stir into cocoa or coffee that use chocolate, peppermint sticks or other ingredients to make it truly delicious. Holiday fudge or peppermint bark can also be delightful choices. Or, if you're intent on keeping things healthy, just some soup kits that make the meal easier to cook up.