The holiday season is just around the corner, and we are hard-pressed to find the perfect gifts for our friends and loved ones. After all, we want our gifts to be appreciated, treasured, and not just ignored. And we all have that one friend or loved one “who has everything already.” We have a finicky mother-in-law, a hard-to-please boyfriend, that well-traveled friend – the list is endless. What do we give such loved ones and friends?!
While it is quite fun and easy to shop around for gifts, it can sometimes be a challenge to find the right gift for a special loved one. We are beset with doubt as to whether the product we are thinking of is all too common. Our gifts might just end up in storage or re-gifted to others. This year, why not try something different? Why not try do-it-yourself, or DIY, gifts? What makes DIY crafts such great ideas for gifts?
When we personalize our gift by creating it ourselves, we show our friends that we have put much thought, effort, and time into what we are giving. The present becomes meaningful, both for the giver and the receiver. Because DIY crafts are unique, they can be remembered years after they have been given. DIY gifts also bring with them the surprise factor. Many of us, including our friends, expect to receive the typical gamut of gifts for every special occasion. When we give a gift that we ourselves had made, we surprise our friends. The joy at being surprised is all part of the gift itself and can only add to the happiness of the occasion.
Going the DIY route when preparing our gifts allows us to tailor our present for the person we want to give to. We know what each loved one or friend would prefer, and we can accommodate each friend’s unique tastes. For instance, we can include a loved one’s favorite quote, motto, prayer, or photo in our DIY gift. They say love is in the details. When we are attentive to the details we put in each DIY gift, we show our love in action.
Moreover, when we prepare the gifts ourselves, we are in control of the quality of the gifts we will give. Many of us have had that frustrating experience of buying something that got broken or damaged so easily. Definitely, we would not want to give a gift that is of poor quality.
DIY gifts can also be a money-saving strategy, especially for those of us who are budget conscious or who may have numerous friends we need to give presents to. When bought in bulk, certain arts and crafts materials are quite affordable. Making use of what we already have at home combined with our skills and creativity can go a long way into helping us stick to our budget during the holiday season.
Preparing DIY gifts also allows us to recycle or repurpose certain materials. Not only do we help the environment, but we also have environment-conscious friends who will undoubtedly appreciate receiving gifts that make use of earth-friendly materials.
When we think about it, gift-giving season happens all year round as there are just so many wonderful occasions to celebrate. The challenge to come up with unique, one-of-a-kind gifts is a yearlong call. Giving DIY gifts is indeed a beautiful idea, and we can take on these projects as time permits. Sometimes, however, we need last minute ideas for gifts. For such happy emergencies, we can always go online to look for a wide array of wonderful gifts for our loved ones that can be delivered to our doorsteps as early as the next day after we order. After all, we also want the gift-giving process to be as stress-free as possible.