It’s almost Thanksgiving, and then it’s almost Christmas – and if you’re anything like me, that means it’s almost time to start figuring out what to make people at this special time of year.
Yep. I’m one of those people. The crafter. The person that hands you a gift that you slowly open because you’re slightly scared and uncomfortable at what you’re about to uncover under the wrapping, because if it came from me, there is a good chance it is homemade. It’s just how it is. I like making them, I like receiving them – they’re special, and unique, and conversation starters, and memory holders, and…well, you get the drift. I likey.
Will it be a homemade macaroni necklace? A felt ornament with mom’s old mis-matched buttons on it? Or if you’re real lucky – a book of homemade coupons that you can use at your disposal for activities I don’t mind doing? It may be. But these days it’s more likely to be a necklace, some earrings, maybe a random book of some sorts, maps from your favorite city turned into coasters – and so on and so on.
Now – though I will still continue to put my heart and soul into my thoughtful gifts (yeah, I said it, they’re thoughtful) – I do realize and can actually appreciate a good, awkward face upon opening said gift, followed up by the “Omg! You made this?” comment. Come on, the jig is up, we both know I made it.
So you can imagine how tickled I was when a friend sent me a link to this blog post today. Hmph. What a concept. DIY gifts that you’d actually want to receive. I know you like receiving mine too (vintage blocks with black/white photos of your favorite person on them much?), but these are pretty rad as well. And I’ve already picked out which ones I want to try.
Can’t wait to smile and scream with excitement with a “Yay! You made me my gift!”when you hand me one of these 39 DIY gifts.
My favorite kind.
Re-blogged from Buzzfeed….http://www.buzzfeed.com/alannaokun/39-diy-gifts-youd-actually-want-to-receive
2. Painted Camera Strap
For the one person in your life who doesn’t just Instagram everything. Directions here.
5. Decorated Tea Towels
That nobody will ever want to get dirty. Directions here.
6. Nebula Pillow
Because the only thing better than a pillow fight is a SPACE PILLOW FIGHT. Directions here.
11. Artsy Mug
Directions here. Again with the German.
You could also make these easily with a Sharpie.
14. Catnip Feather Toy
For the feline who has everything. Directions here.
15. Painted Pouch
You can put ANYTHING YOU WANT IN IT, like an engagement ring or a Snickers. Directions here.
18. Gold Bead Bracelets
Directions here (they’re in German, but ay yo, Google Translate).
20. Homemade Cat Treats
25. Honey Lip Balm
It’s nicer than saying “Your entire mouth is gross and chapped.” Directions here.
26. Magnetic Tote Bag
Spell out a crytic message with alphabet letters. Get the tutorial here.
28. Skinny Tie
For a dapper dude. Or a dude who you wish were dapper-er. Directions here.
30. Travel Art Kit
For long car rides (and short ones too). Find out how here.
31. Printed Leather Jewelry
Because sometimes someone just really loves her cat, and you should acknowledge that. Directions here.
33. Handmade Soap
Everyone will be unbelievably impressed and also they will smell however you would like them to, which is really a great deal of power. Directions here.
36. Glitter Bottle Necklaces
Because no matter how many necklaces a person owns, she probably doesn’t have one that’s filled with glitter. Directions here.
37. Jewelry Storage Frame
The perfect place to house all those glitter-filled necklaces. Directions here.
38. Candle Luminaries
These are made from decorative aluminum sheets you can easily find at Home Depot. They’d also make really nice desk organizers or pen holders.