Who says you have to spend so much money in giving thoughtful and valuable gifts to your friends and loved ones? There are actually gifts out there that are more valuable than the most expensive items you can purchase at the store, where some of the elements that cannot be bought is dedication, thought, love, and care. This is why do-it-yourself Christmas presents are greatly appreciated even if things turned out bad. Care to try a few? Here are 25 great do it yourself Christmas gifts that you can personally create and give.
Personally Written Plates
You can choose any porcelain plate for this simple but very thoughtful gift. As for the wording, you can write favorite song lyrics, a poem, or even a speech, and a set of quotations. It does not even matter if your penmanship is good; as long as your sincerity reaches the receiver of your gift.
Wooden Letters on Canvas
Simple but very elegant when displayed in the living room, this Christmas gift only takes little amount of patience to create. Wooden letters, canvas, paint, and glue should be able to help you make a gift that is worth displaying.
Guys, especially those who love accessories, would love to have this kind of gift from girls. And because ladies know how to make braids very well, making a braided nut bracelet should be a cinch.
Couple Love Portrait
You can give this special gift to a couple or you could give this as a sweet offering to your spouse. And you do not have to spend so much to let them feel your support. A presentable frame, a wonderful paper, and printout of the famous couples with a standout print of the couple are very great.
You do not have to resort to expensive photo vases in order to give a personalized container that can serve as a special gift. Just purchase a clear long straight vase, print a black and white picture in vellum paper, wrap the said paper on the vase, stick both ends with a double sided tape, and put a battery-operated tea light inside. Voila!
Nintendo Entertainment System Lunchbox
You may find your well-loved console unit just staying in the attic or in the basement of the house, but it still has value, especially for the new generation of gamers. They may not enjoy 8-bit games like Super Mario Bros anymore, but you could create a gift that would just make old gamers envy. Just imagine an old gaming console used as a lunchbox.
Scrabble Tile Coasters
Your Scrabble tiles can still be put to good use thanks to the idea of having tiles stick together on a corkboard to form a coaster that would be great for different kinds of drinks. It is actually so easy to make that even kids can do it.
I Love You Because… Message Frame
Although these things can be bought at an online store as one set, you can do your own by purchasing or using a frame, printing an “I Love You Because…” message with patterned paper in the middle or upper part for more writing room, and some scrapbook items to make things even more personal. Once done, just wrap it and you’re good to go.
Gifts in a Jar
Buy an empty bottle from a store, or you may gather some from friends. Purchasing sticker paper and printing labels should take care of the packaging. As for contents, you may decide to stuff in whatever the theme is. You could use Energy, Faith, Laughter, Inspiration, Action, and other things you could think of.
Personalized Bucket Jockey
Anyone from kids to adults would love this kind of gift as it gives them a utility bucket where they could stuff in different things. You can simply use a 5-gallon paint bucket and a bucket organizer, which usually come in different colors. For it to have a personal touch, you could include different items that the person loves. After all, the bucket and the organizer are not that expensive.
Juice Pack Bags and Totes
If you were good in sewing things together, this project would actually be easy. By the way, although Caprisun has been used as the main fabric for the improvised bag, you may use other juice packs in order to make a design with the right blend of color.
Fabric Covered Books
In case you have a book that’s memorable to you but you do not want to give something looking old or rugged, you may simply buy a fabric and have it wrapped on a book of your choice. It gives out that personal and valuable look.
Framed Story Maps
Although this idea is created for couples whose love story can be marked with a heart sign on the map, you can also switch things up by giving it to friends or siblings with a star mark instead. You just need to print a map, cut it, and stick it on a clear glass frame.
Buy or use frames and then look for letters in the internet that may be in the form of a picture or a doodled alphabet, or whatever fits your preference. You can be as creative as coloring the frames into names, whether of the person you want to give the gift to, or something of great value.
An infinity scarf is actually simple to wear and even simpler to create. Just buy yourself some desired fabric of 6 inches by 12 inches, stitch and reverse sides to hide the seams, and you can give it to someone special in no time.
Hollow Book Safe
Do you think that only bookworms would like books for gifts? How about creating a secret hollow book safe for friends? Get an old book, a box cutter, an X-acto knife, brush, pencil, and ruler to have everything set up. You can also be creative by using bigger books for iPads or fatter ones for other things.
Framed Button Art
Buy a thick frame if you want to create overlapping button art and spend some time in embroidery stores for some buttons. You may make a sketch beforehand so that you could make a masterpiece. Textured paper and glue should stick things together.
For those who knows how to bake, making shortbread bites should not be a problem. You only need to preheat the oven at 325 degrees F, add flour and sugar, include butter, and knead red and green sprinkles into the dough ball. Pat on a pan, freeze for 15 minutes, slice it into squares, bake cookies for 15 to 20 minutes, and you nailed your Christmas treat.
3D Printed Figures with Remote Control
Thanks to 3D Printers created by companies like MakerBot, you can now download 3D patterns and make stuff using such printers with colors you can edit on your own. You may choose to make fun toys like this or you could create other stuff using the geeky tool.
Cactus Pin Cushions
This gift should be easy for the people who knows how to create crochets. Even though it may just be made with interconnected circular fabrics, the end result is just so cute that girls who sew would envy this kind of handmade gift.
2-Pocket Tie Wristlet
Men have so many ties that some of these accessories just end up old and taken for granted. Rather than having these things stay in the storage, you can recreate a tie and turn it into a wristlet that can store a smartphone in one pocket, and credit cards in the other.
Mosaic Family Portrait
This project is actually simple to do. In case you do not have puzzle board, you may use a corkboard instead. Cutting the desired shape, fitting a picture underneath the specific shape, and placing a board at the bottom should also work as a compromise.
Molded Lotion Bars
It is actually quite simple to do and just buying vegetable shortening, vegetable oil, and beeswax already makes an amazing gift. You only need to melt the materials and have them placed in a mold to come up with designs that people will surely love.
Old Book Box
Another way of using old books as a gift is by creating a box that can be concealed in a library. All you need to do is purchase or create a box and stick the spines of the books on one end, making the perfect disguise for hiding valuable stuff.
Naturally Scented Candles
While scented candles are great for making homes smell good especially when guests are around, this version of the famous candle is made even better and more appealing. The ingredients are all natural and everything can be easily stored and kept in a jar.