Gifts are something that are given to loved ones to express our feelings for them. Be it Christmas, a birthday, valentine's day, or any such special occasion, giving a gift always makes the other person feel special.
However, buying presents from the gift shop can prove expensive and many times, once the initial excitement dies down, the gift remains in a corner, unnoticed.
However, handmade gifts are inexpensive as compared to those that we buy from gift shops. The beauty of these gifts is that the time and thought that goes into them makes them truly special for the recipient.
Nevertheless, many people do not favor this option because they feel that it is very difficult as well as well as time-consuming. Though making a gift at home may take some time, it is not actually a difficult process. Moreover, the satisfaction that you receive is worth all the efforts you have taken.
Handmade and Creative Gift Ideas
These gifts are not restricted to a particular occasion or person and can be given on birthdays, valentine's day, anniversaries, etc. Here are some ideas that you can consider.
You can either refer to a dessert recipe book or look on the Internet for ideas. With cake mixes and other instant mix products, baking a cake is no longer a difficult process.
If you have kids at home, then they must be getting called for birthday parties almost every month. Though kids love to go to parties, buying a gift every time may put a strain on your budget.
One such gift idea is to make a nameplate with the birthday kid's name on it. Take a rectangular-shaped piece of wood and make two holes in its head. Ask your kids to color both sides of the wood and decorate it using glitters, stones, bows, ribbons, etc.
Write the name of the kid with paint in the center and connect the two holes with a rope. The birthday child can hang it outside his/her room.
One such special gift idea for a girlfriend will be to write a poem for her. If you think that coming up with a poem is not something that you can do, then you can write a letter. Rather than writing on a colorful or decorative paper, you can make it unique by writing it on a paper that has your hand print.
Choose an oil paint color that you like and paint your hand with it. Make an impression of your hand on a piece of paper and write down your feelings about her on it. She will surely find it special and treasure it forever.
If your boyfriend is a music lover, then making a CD of his favorite songs will be an ideal gift. Look for songs of the music genre that he loves the most and copy them all in a CD. You can also make the CD cover yourself or else print a picture according to the genre of songs that you have selected.
For kids, you can make refrigerator magnets with their photographs on it. Collect their photos and cut them into small squares and circles. Cut some cardboard in the same shapes and stick the photographs on them. Attach magnets on the back of the cardboard and gift wrap it.
For an older person, a personalized album is a great idea. There are many shops where you can get hold of inexpensive photo albums. Decorate these with decorative paper or fabric and write the name of the recipient on it.
Pick out some recipes from the Internet or a cookbook and write them down in a new book. If you have good artistic skills, you can draw the picture of the dish adjacent to the recipe or just print one from the Internet. Decorate the book cover with your mom's picture and inscribe her name on it.
Fill it up by writing about why you love your dad and also decorate it with drawings, stickers, glitter, etc.
Another idea will be to paint a T-shirt. You either take one of his T-shirts or buy one with your pocket money. Make hand prints as well as footprints on both its sides by keeping a cardboard in the center. Let the paint dry. Then, using a fabric marker, write a message on it like 'love you dad' or 'dad, you are the best'.
You can come up with more innovative and unique handmade ideas with the help of your creativity. So, make a handmade gift and enjoy watching the surprised look on your dear one's face.