My favorite gifts to give are personal and handmade.  It truly is the thought that counts.  Nothing shows more thoughtfulness than a DIY gift.  Handmade gifts are also perfect for the “person who has everything”.

I am always collecting handmade gift ideas.  I have a Pinterest board I recently started to help me keep track of and organize my gift ideas.  I am using it for mostly handmade ideas and DIY wrapping ideas, but there are also a few buy ideas mixed in.

I love helping my kids make handmade gifts.  It is another way I DIY to teach.  They love to help with the project.  It teaches them the best gifts aren’t purchased, they are made.  Here are a few of the gifts the boys helped make.

Iron on Transfer Dish Towels Kitchen Towels – My oldest helped write his “recipes”, draw the food, and then iron the transfers on the towels.  We made a set for both his Grandmas.

Magnetic Paper Dolls Magnetic Paper Dolls – These were a gift for one of my sons’ little girl friends.  He helped pick out the dolls to include.

Stuck On You Valentine Stuck on You Magnets – A fun little project we made for our nanny on Valentine’s Day.

Modern Bird Feeder – Another gift for Grandma, who has a spring birthday.

Besides making the gifts, I also like DIY gift wrap for both handmade and store-bought gifts.  Simple embellishments can make all the difference.  Here are a few of the techniques I have used for wrapping:

Monogram Brown Paper Gift Wrap Monogramed Gifts

Paper Ruffle gift wrap Ruffled Paper Trim

Mini Feed Bag Gift Wrap Mini Feed Bags

For my sister’s birthday, I passed on the gift of giving.  She is always giving to her friends and family.  So, I made her a gift giving kit with everything she might need to wrap up a beautiful gift.  The contents of the kit were mostly handmade.

Gift Giving Stationary Kit

Handmade gifting is in my blood.  I have been known to stay up past midnight making cake in a jar treats for my coworkers.  Now that my oldest is in school, I fully expect a few late night crafting events for the kids.  I have already figured out what were are making for Halloween.  I am getting better and better at starting well in advance to make sure my handmade dreams come true.

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4 Responses to DIY to Give

  1. Lisa says:

    I’ve decided that I want to make all my Christmas gifts (for the adults) this year. The only downside is that I don’t have a lot of room for DIYing crafts in my home. I love that you’ve included your son in making gifts. I have a tendency to take over which I need to work on.

    • Jackie says:

      Lisa, space is always a challenge. When we were in our townhouse, I made a bit of space in our laundry closet on a shelf. I kept all my gift projects in a canvas bin about the size of a laundry basket. I pulled it out to the table whenever I had time to work on them, then I could put it all away.

  2. Love love love these ideas!

  3. Rebecca says:

    Love these. I wish someone would make me a gift giving kit. That is spectacular!

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