Thursday, November 14, 2013

Christmas Gift Guide: Unique DIY Gifts

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Hi there! This is my first EVER Christmas gift guide and I couldn't possibly be more excited about it. There will be about six or so gift guides going up in total before Christmas, so that's one every week on Thursday. First off - DIYs. I think that receiving or giving a nice handmade gift has always been a gift feel just a bit more special, so keep reading for a few DIY ideas that you could make for your loved ones this holiday season.

1. Card

That one's a no-brainer. I've been making cards ever since I was very young and over the past three years, I've been making them "properly" with cardstock and everything. If it's a hobby or passion of yours, you should definitely check out your local craft store for supplies. As for ideas, Pinterest (here's my board!), as well as CardMaker and Paper Crafts magazines are awesome places to look for inspiration.

2. Snow Globe

snow globe decor

Who doesn't want a glittery winter scene in a jar as a gift? Learn how to make the one above here.

This one is also a really cool idea. It's a necklace!

3. Clothing

DIY ASOS Fantasia Sweatshirt

If you're handy with a sewing machine, knitting, or crocheting, you could actually make the clothes yourself. However, if you just want to say, write a funky message on a t-shirt or paint a sweater or whatever, just go out and buy one and paint on it yourself!

4. Jewellery

diy infinity wire ring

I've made jewellery for my mom and friends in the past and they seemed to really like it. Plus, it's often pretty easy to make and inexpensive as well. It's a bit more intimate than going out and buying a piece from like Forever 21 or something.

5. Scrapbooks

If you have a bunch of photos of you and your friends laying around, put them together in a scrapbook! They'll surely love it and treasure it. If you're a beginner to scrapbooking, you could always look for inspiration on Pinterest or this website here.

6. Book Clutch/Box

Ever since Olympia Le-Tan debuted his infamous book clutches, it's been spotted or recreated kind of everywhere. I've even noticed the trend resurfacing today. They're ridiculously expensive, but you can make them yourself and it's actually not that hard. You could also skip the clasp and just simply make it a box to hide things in. Another idea is to put more gifts and trinkets inside the book/box.

7. Baked Goods


Most (normal) people love food, and they love it even more during the holidays. You could bake people cookies, brownies, make chocolate, etc., stick it in a tin can, put a bow on it, and you're good to go! I remember getting a box of baked goods one Christmas a long time ago and thought it was just the most adorable and thoughtful gift.

8. Art

If you're handy with a paintbrush or a pencil, maybe you want to paint/draw a friend something?

9. Journal/Notebook Covers

If you know a writer who just adores notebooks (I do!), maybe you could buy him/her a (or many) plain notebooks and just DIY the cover to their liking. There are so many ideas for this on Pinterest, or you could go on Etsy or bookstores/stationary shops for inspiration. You could also do it for a sketchbook like here.

P. S. Can you spot Taylor Swift on the triangle journal cover?


10. Mug

Sharpie dishes tutorial by A Beautiful Mess

If you're taking a ceramics class or something, maybe it would be possible to actually make the mug, but painting on them works just as well. If you want to paint on your mug, I'd recommend using Americana's Crystal Gloss Enamels Transparent Glass Paint and baking it (it actually works! I've tried!). If you want to draw on it, you could simply use a Sharpie and bake it in the oven.

Which DIY was your favourite? Are you thinking of trying any of them out? Have you ever DIY-ed gifts for loved ones? Leave your comments below!

Thank you so much for reading!
- J

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