There’s something extra special about receiving a handmade gift from a loved one. Not only is something tailored or handmade incredibly thoughtful, but you won’t find another quite like it on any virtual shelf or retail stockroom.
Yes, handmade gifts are personal, crafted with love, and will go the extra mile. Now, if you have a birthday or special occasion coming swiftly around the corner, going the handmade route will work wonders. And, even if you’re not particularly crafty, there are ways you can create DIY-style gifts without enduring papercuts or glueing your hand to the table.
From custom charcoal portraits to decorative pottery, personalized journals, and beyond, there are countless ways you can inspire and amaze with your handmade gift-giving prowess—and here we’re going to explore the best of the best. Let’s go.
Before we delve any deeper into our handmade gift-giving ideas, let’s talk wrapping paper for a moment.
Whichever present you give your friend or loved one, handmade or decorated wrapping paper is sure to make them smile. Essentially, if you present your gift in a little personalized or handmade paper, you will bring it to life.
There is a range of ways to make your own wrapping paper from simple household materials and with the smallest amount of elbow grease, it’s possible to create something really wonderful. This handy wrapping paper-making guide will show you how.
Picture to paint
Transforming pictures into paint is powerful, and you don’t have to be a Rembrandt or Van Gogh to achieve dazzling results.
Portraits on Demand offer a service that will allow you to pick a photograph, choose your preferences or specifications, and perform the creative legwork on your behalf.
When it comes to marking a special occasion or immortalizing a special moment, a vivid charcoal drawing portrait will give a wonderfully vintage feel, one that will make a memorable and emotionally charged gift.
Okay, it may not be handmade by you directly. But, the thought, coupled with the personal choices you will have made to transform a creative gift idea into a living, breathing reality will make your friend or loved one feel very special indeed. A handmade-style gift-giving idea for all occasions.
The first of our official handmade gift-giving ideas is one of the ceramic variety. A piece of handmade decorative pottery will make a memorable gift for any occasion as its aesthetically dazzling, functional, and with a little creative flair, will exude charm and personality.
There are a wealth of different pottery-making or decorating kits available online—most come with tools, materials, and step-by-step instructions—and working with them is lots of fun.
Depending on your craft skill level, you can choose a premade ceramic kit that you can simply paint or you can make a pot from scratch and add a personal touch once it has set. Either way, if you take your time and let your creative side run free, you will produce something pretty magical.
Your creative skills are likely to impress your friend or loved one and the fact that you put so much thought into your gift-giving efforts is sure to be remembered for years to come.
Journals with hand-written messages
Journaling has become incredibly popular over the last decade. In fact, keeping a regular journal (as an adult especially) is proven to reduce stress, boost immune function, and sharpen the memory.
If your friend or loved one is an insightful or creative soul, a personalized, handmade journal will go the extra mile, for sure.
Now, we’re not suggesting that you make a complete journal from scratch (that would take some serious skill, not to mention time!). Instead, you can buy a handmade, personalized journal from an independent online retailer and add a handwritten message to the front page or pages.
Your message doesn’t have to be long or prolific. A short, impactful, and meaningful message will do the trick. You could even write a ‘best wishes’ message on the inside front page, followed by a famous quote. Here are a few to inspire your efforts:
- “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”—Ebner G. Letterman
- “The secret of success is to be ready when your opportunity comes.”—Benjamin Disraeli
- “Shoot for the moon, even if you miss it you will land among the stars.”—Les Brown
- “Anything is possible if you have got enough nerve.”—J.K. Rowling
- “Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.”—Aristotle
- Just when I think that it is impossible to love you any more, you prove me wrong.—Anon
There’s no doubt about it: the right handmade gifts will always go down a storm on a birthday, at a wedding or on any other event or occasion you can think of.
Try these handmade present ideas on for size and make your next gift one to remember for years to come.