We’ve all experienced this situation – a holiday approaches, be it Christmas, Mother’s Day or a someone’s birthday, and we rush to the mall to get a gift. We are always looking for something cool and unique, but all too often we end up spending a fortune on ultimately useless items. In this article, we would like to share a selection of homemade gift ideas, which will help you create original presents for every occasion.
Let’s be real – our consumerist society is slowly but surely sucking the life out of holidays, and diminishing their charm. In the past, Christmas, birthdays, and other special occasions used to be about showing people your appreciation. In our modern day and age, however, everything revolves around shrewd marketing and the accumulation of material goods. We struggle to buy more and more gifts, and spend an increasing amount of money each year, without realizing that quantity cannot replace quality. A truly good present needs to be personal and thoughtful, and no amount of cash can buy you that.
Here’s where handmade gifts come in. They show that you are willing to spend hours of your time making something truly unique for the special people in your life. It’s like giving a small piece of your soul, which bears the imprint of your inimitable imagination. Plus, DIY gifts are a lot more sensible from a financial perspective – even if your budget is quite tight, you can still surprise your loved ones with something beautiful. Last, but definitely not least, handmade gifts are environmentally friendly. All too many of us buy mass-produced items that quickly end up in the bin, once people have grown tired of them. Not so with DIY presents! Not only are they usually made from recycled materials, but they hold tremendous sentimental value, which makes people want to keep them forever.
In addition, the variety of homemade gift ideas is simply staggering! For Christmas, you can try making DIY candles, customized calendars, knitted goods, coasters, lavishly decorated everyday items and, of course, chocolate and sweets, in attractively crafted containers.
What about Mother’s Day? Well, a DIY wallet, a hand-crafted bracelet, or a decorated vase, are excellent suggestions. Dads meanwhile, are sure to love a customized mug, or a creative frame, containing your favorite family photo. As for your besties, the possibility are simply endless! Depending on their preferences, you can opt for handmade bookmarks, t-shirts, phone covers and more.
If you’d like some visual inspiration, check out our gallery bellow! It has tons of great homemade gift ideas, including several awesome video tutorials.
Homemade Gift Ideas – a gorgeous black and white photo, decorated with fresh flowers. An original and creative gift for your best friend
These lovely multicolored fabric keychains are another great DIY idea. They make great party favors, too
An adorable handmade calendar, with photos of your friend or family member’s pet!
Star shaped paper craft, covered in family photos. It can be used as a Christmas (or all-year-round) decoration
Personalized wooden bowls – cute and very easy to make
And here is an adorable Valentine’s day idea
How about these gorgeous DIY Christmas decorations?
Transform old boxes into gorgeous decorative items, with decoupage. Great idea for a Mother’s Day gift
We simply adore these lush, DIY scented candles!
Personalized cushions – a lovely gift for Mother’s or Father’s day
The book-lovers in your life will treasure these jewel-like bookmarks!
Learn how to make Father’s day bookmarks in this cool video (very kid-friendly DIY idea):
Instagram photos, transformed into gorgeous and unique greeting cards
Homemade gift ideas to die for – Christmas themed salt and pepper shakers
These knitted coasters are fun and easy to make, even if you are still a beginner
Lavender-scented, vegan homemade soaps – a cute and thoughtful idea
Why not wrap the soaps in a cute and creative packaging?
More excellent Christmas DIY ideas
Handmade Kindle, tablet,or mobile phone covers are an awesome idea for any occasion
A DIY hamper, designed especially for coffee aficionados
A fun and cheeky Christmas gift idea
Gorgeous candle holders – another cool suggestion, perfect for Christmas
DIY hot chocolate kit – an adorable idea for the colder months of the year
Jewelry boxes and organizers – elegant presents, ideal for Mother’s Day
Have a friend who loves traveling? Give them customized memory-boxes to store small items from their trips
Bottle racks are a great idea for a friend or relative’s house warming party
And now, a few creative suggestions for tea-lovers
People with a sense of humor will love this Chill Pills candy jar
Another delicious idea – brownie mix jar
Customized kitchen mitts and utensils – always a good idea for friends who love cooking
Jewel-like fridge magnets. Perfect for your mom, sister or firend
Charming decoupage hangers
Customized multicolored DIY camera strap. Cool and super easy to make
Homemade gift ideas – a lovely floral ceiling decoration
A DIY photo frame – creative present for Father’s Day
How about a stylish cookbook stand?
A mousepad featuring a gorgeous design
A monogrammed serving tray. Perfect for breakfasts in bed!
Adorable Valentine’s day gift idea