I love gifts that I can make and give to loved ones. There’s something special about making a gift because of the time, effort, and special care that is taken to create a gift. They can also be challenging when it’s a gift you’ve never made before. I’ve tried and tested several so far but on my quest to find something to make for my family, I’ve found some great ideas on sites like Michaels, Joann’s, and Hobby Lobby that I had to share. So if you are a DIYer kind of person or you just want to test your skill at creating a unique one-of-a-kind gift this holiday, then check out this list!
My Top Picks: (in no particular order)
- Who doesn’t like coloring? You can create your own personalized coloring book with this tutorial from Joann Fabrics. filled with pictures of family and friends. Great gift for anyone who likes to color.
- Sticking to the personalized type of gift, pictures are a beautiful way to remember people and cherished memories. But no one has enough wall space to hang them all up! Check out this neat DIY video from Hobby Lobby on how to transfer images on anything from wood, to fabric. You can make a great coffee mug for dad, coasters for a friend, or a unique wood picture for grandparents of all the grandchildren to hang on the wall.
- Michaels website is the easiest to navigate through to find things you might be interested in making. They even provide the list of what you’ll need as well as if you can buy it online. I like the Fall Floral Welcome Plaque because everyone needs something beautiful in the front of their home to welcome guests. Terrariums are popular these days so why not make this neat great-for-everyone kind of gift that is totally customizable!
- Jewelry can be for men, women, or children and when you make your own, you can customize it using color beads, charms, and other items that can be added. Check out this Joann’s tutorial on how to create a bracelet for anyone!
- How about creating a gift that can be given to everyone on your list? Keepsake ornaments such as those that contain pictures are cute and thoughtful. I love this Photo Block Ornament and there’s even a how-to video to watch.
Classes and DIY videos
Both Michaels and Joann’s provide in-store classes you can take to learn a new craft such as sewing, cricket, knitting, painting, etc. There’s even classes you can sign your kids up for so they can create their own little craft too. Each class does come with a price and the websites are pretty good with providing prices, times and dates the classes will be held, and if there are any pre-requisites to signing up such as skill levels and appropriate age for the event. One thing I really like about Michaels is that they have a class for little kids age 3 and up. These classes typically cost $2 and you can either sit with your child to make the craft or drop them off and the instructor will help your child create a neat little craft. I’ve personally taken my little ones here to enjoy a little shopping while they enjoy some craft time. For Michaels craft link, click HERE. For Joann’s craft link, click HERE, for Hobby Lobby’s craft page, click HERE.
If none of these sites do it for, you can still find some cool ideas on sites like YouTube and Pinterest where many self-proclaimed DIY’ers (like me) roam. There’s nothing like giving someone a gift you made from the heart so why not try your hand at one of these great DIY gift ideas today?