When it comes to gift buying, there’s no doubt that the internet has made things so much easier to get the perfect gift for that special someone in your life.
But on the flip side, it’s super easy to get lost in the selection of gifts available out there and you can spend hours browsing only to end up not buying anything because there’s just so much to choose from. There are so many online stores offering everything from electronics to jewellery and from clothing to cool gadgets. And if you want to buy something a little bit more individual then there are online spaces for that, allowing people to sell their own hand made goodies.
But, as easy as it is to buy online, you don’t have to – you could go along the lines of making your own homemade gift. Not only is such a gift unique and affordable, but it shows that you really put the time and effort to make sure that the person receiving it feels really special.
And as well as making the person you’re giving the gift to feel super special, you also get the chance to get creative yourself which is surprisingly enjoyable (although that could just be me). And let’s not forget the fact that getting crafty is the perfect opportunity for you and your kids to have some fun together.
It doesn’t have to be anything too difficult though – I’m the least crafty person about and I’ve always been able to find something that’s simple and fun just by doing a search on Youtube and Pinterest. There are crafts out there for all abilities and ages so you’re bound to find something you like the look of.
Here are a couple of ideas for custom-made gifts that you might enjoy making with your kids…
We’ve made loads of homemade soaps and bath bombs that would make a perfect present!
Then there are the bath bombs we’ve made over the years, my favourite have been these super cute little unicorn sugar scrub cubes…
Jewellery is a much-loved gift, and it’s easy to see why. Accessories can often really complete an outfit by adding a splash of colour or a dash of elegance that comes from the metals or stones used to make it.
You can pick up quite cheap but pretty basics for jewellery making in your local hobby or craft store and if it’s anything like our store then you’ll find something for every budget and ability.
The simplest bracelet that you can make one with the kids is just a basic beaded one. All you need is an elastic bead cord and some pretty beads. It’s up to you to decide what type of beads you use but there’s so many available that you can definitely find something that you know the recipient of your gift will love. You could even make your bracelet more personal by incorporating the person’s birthstone and some coordinating beads.
Did you know you can also easily make rings at home? All you need is some copper wire and whatever beads or decoration you want to use (tiny beads will work the best). After that it’s just a matter of twisting the wire into a ring shape while adding the beads at the right spots, and voila — you have a lovely customised ring for your friend!
Something to wear
While accessories are a great gift on their own, who says you should stop there? While most people would prefer to DIY their own clothing, that doesn’t mean you can’t give them a little something with your own personal touch. Help them accessorize with knitted or embroidered scarves and sweaters — such a perfect choice for Christmas, isn’t it? Or get your hands even dirtier and make dyed handkerchiefs!
One of the best pieces of attire you can give them, however, are custom-designed T-shirts. Everyone likes t-shirts and a unique personalised design can really make a person’s day. Some stores allow you to add your own design to one of their T-shirts, and here’s where the creative part comes in — you can add your own drawings. Ask your kids to draw something and put it on a T-shirt — that will definitely help you tell the person just how much your kid cares about them.
If you want a unique gift that any kid (or someone who’s a kid at heart) will love, plushies are the way to go. After all, who doesn’t love to cuddle up to a stuffed animal after a hard day’s work? With so many cute designs available online, you’re probably tempted to try it on your own but are too afraid to do it. The reality is that it’s quite a simple task.
The difficulty depends on what type of plushie you’re going to make. If you’re going to crochet or knit the whole outer layer, then, of course, it’s going to be more time-consuming and requires more skill. If you can knit or crochet, you should definitely go for this option, as not only are the results very satisfying, but you’ll also have a lot of fun making them.
You can teach your children how to knit or announce them the official designers of the toy. Let them be an important part of your gift making team.
If neither of you has any knitting skills, go a simpler and quicker way — sew a custom plushie! It’s also a wonderful zero waste gift idea. When I was little, I used to make stuffed animals and monsters out of my dad’s socks, lying around fabric scraps and buttons. All of my friends were actually amazed by my collection.
When it comes to the designs themselves, your imagination is the only limit. People make animals, dolls, and various other fantastic creatures of all shapes and sizes, so what’s stopping you from making something wild? Get your kids involved — have them draw the design they want for the gift and you do your best at the sewing machine (or just grab a needle). Tons of fun for the whole family guaranteed!
Trinkets for your home
Lastly, there are a lot of home accessories that can be easily made by hand. These carry the benefit of not only being a very unique gift, but will also serve a practical purpose. How long it does that mostly depends on the materials you pick and the skill you put into it, so make sure you do your best so your gift will last for the longest time possible.
When it comes to home accessories, the sky’s the limit. Your kids will definitely have fun helping you make some art using old newspapers or washi tape — like a collage birthday card or poster.
You can make your own scented candles — your kids will definitely have fun picking out colours and scents. You can even put some glitter and sequins to the wax, or make a little sculpture out of a candle!
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