Are you crafty and looking for creative present ideas this holiday season? Good news: Your loved ones will always appreciate sweet DIY mementos.
There are several thoughtful and heartfelt goodies you can make yourself, like personalized photo frames, homemade bath bombs, and special recipe jars. Let’s roll up our sleeves and take a look at how to unleash your inner gift-maker this year!
Personalized photo frames are a great way to hold on to memories forever (and invoke a happy cry from the receiver). To get started, select a plain wooden frame from your local art store and add a few unique touches, like painting the wood in the recipient’s favorite color, throwing on some glitter for extra pizzazz, or gluing on fabric to create texture.
Next, find the photos you want to include. It’s best if you can find images that show you and your loved one together, like when you took a trip or a candid shot of a now-inside joke. Another way to go is by choosing pictures that mean a lot to your family or friend such as a favorite pet. Once you decide on your photographs, glue them to the frame… ta-da – you’ve just created a sentimental masterpiece!
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Do you have friends or family members who pamper themselves with bubble baths? Obviously, make them a bath bomb! This will turn their ordinary bathtub into a luxurious spa experience that ignites all of their senses and leaves semi-permanent glitter all throughout the house… yay!
To make these fizzy spheres, you’ll need baking soda, citric acid, Epsom salt, and essential oils. Combine the dry ingredients in a big bowl and mix them thoroughly. Next, add a few drops of the oils for an aroma that says, “ahhh.” Scents like lavender, eucalyptus, and vanilla all offer relaxing and healing properties, which is exactly the vibe you are going for!
Shape the mixture into balls using molds or your hands and let them dry on a plate for a day or two. Voilà – now it’s wrapping time. Use a cute jar or envelope each ball in colorful paper, then add a ribbon and gift tag. Soon enough, everyone who got one of your famous bath bombs will remember you fondly as both a cool present-giver and relaxation icon.
A customized recipe jar is the perfect do-it-yourself gift for the food enthusiasts in your life. You just need a mason jar, some note cards, ribbon, twine, or other festive decorative accessories to get started.
The goal here is to write each dish – and any chef’s tips – on a note card. Begin by gathering your favorite recipes for different meals. Include a mixture of yummy options that are sweet, savory, healthy, and downright delicious (you know which ones these are, they have all the butter). If you like calligraphy, this is a great moment to let those skills shine when you write out the ingredients and steps!
And finally, arrange the cards neatly inside one of the glass jars. Close the lid and then embellish the jar with anything sparkly. P.S. Your gift wouldn’t be complete without including a heartfelt note and a little backstory of why you chose the recipes.
Making your gifts is a fun way to celebrate your loved ones, especially during the holidays. Ideas like memorable photo frames, glorious bath bombs, and special recipe jars are perfect for everyone on your list. What are you waiting for? Put on your elf hat or yamaka and get ready to sleigh those DIY tokens of cheer!