10 DIY Gifts That People Will Actually Want

10 DIY Gifts That People Will Actually Want

There’s Something For Everyone On Here

Christmas is just around the corner and, for those of us with big families, it can be hard finding the right gift for everyone and not breaking the bank at the same time. Personally, DIY is the way to go. Here are ten easy, do-it-yourself gifts that everyone will love!

1.Faux Agate Coasters

These faux agate coasters are the perfect gift for any friend or family, and they’re so easy to make! All you need is a little cardboard, some gold spray paint, agate prints, and Mod Podge and you’ve got a great gift that someone can use for years to come! DIY Joy has simple, easy to follow instructions, plus a video so there’s no way you can mess these up.

2. Glass Etched Shot Glasses

Another great find from DIY Joy, these shot glasses are cute and perfect for that tough to buy for friend! Find out how to make them here.

3. IPhone Book Dock

As an avid book nerd, this idea made me super happy inside. Why not make it out of your friend or family member’s favorite book? Just head on over to your local used bookstore and grab a gently used copy. Here's how to make it.

4. Photo Collage Star

This is an awesome idea, courtesy of Scraps and Scribbles. It uses all of my favorite things: Mod Podge, large metal ornaments, photos, and scrapbook paper. Click the link above to find out how to make it!

5. Coffee Lovers Survival Kit

Gift baskets are easy, inexpensive, and fun to put together. This coffee one from The DIY Mommy is an awesome idea for any caffeine addict. Here's how to make it.

6. Man Balm

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Sarah Lipoff

I absolutely LOVE making balms, soaps, and lotions from scratch. When I found this awesome recipe on Pop Sugar, I knew I had to give it a try. The balm can be used for dry skin or as a pomade for hair. The best thing about making lotions and balms is that you can personalize them with the scent of your choice, just switch up the essential oils! Click the link above for directions.

7. Etched Cutting Boards

Image by Amy Christie for Design Mom

This is an awesome idea from Design Mom, though it does require a little more work. I’ve seen these etched cutting boards done so many different ways. You could etch in a favorite family recipe, inspirational quote, or even biblical scripture. Click on the link above to find out how Design Mom did hers.

8. Chalkboard Serving Tray

This is one I’m seriously thinking about giving a try. Chalkboard spray paint is AMAZING and this would be the perfect gift for my best friend, who is always hosting dinners and parties at her house. You can find out how to make this fantastic gift here.

9. Cutting Board Tablet Holder

Image originally by Mamie Jane’s

I am constantly pulling out my phone or tablet in the kitchen and this tablet holder from Hella Wella would make life so much easier. It’s really a great idea for any cook. Find out how to make it here.

10. Animal Wall Clock

Image Credit: Elsie Larson, A Beautiful Mess

For the animal lovers out there, this photo wall clock is absolutely perfect. Print out a photo of their beloved pet and grab a simple clock kit. Find out how to make these adorable clocks here.

I hope you found something on this list that will make your holiday season a bit easier and a lot more fun. There’s something for everyone on here. Happy crafting!!

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An Open Letter To Every Athlete On Their Senior Night

"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened"

Dear Seniors,

For many of you, today was a day that you had always wished would come sooner, only to find that when the day arrived wishing for it to come was the last thing you truly ever wanted.

When stepping out onto the court or field or rink for the very last time today, take a moment to stand quietly and look out into the crowd, look to your teammates, to your coaches, and to your fellow seniors, and remember the way this made you feel, as this is a feeling you will remember for the rest of your life.

Today and every day moving forward will be filled with memories that will last you a lifetime.

Today is a day bound to be filled with endless amounts of tears, both happy and sad, so let it be. Let these feelings consume you, and serve as a reminder that no matter where you may go in life from this very moment, that you have made a family of your own. That you have changed the lives of others by just simply being in theirs.

That all the little things were really the big things, like the nicknames you had for your teammates, or your favorite song to sing in the locker room before a game. These things that never seemed to mean anything at the time are all the things that you will carry with you when you leave this place you call your home away from home.

On this day, years from now you will not remember the wins and losses of each season, but the people that took this journey with you and never let you look back.

The teammates that picked you up and carried you through the good and the bad of each day. The ones that taught you to see the good in all things. The ones who never let you live down the stupid things you did, mainly because they did them with you. And even the ones that you couldn't stand 99.9% percent of the time.

You will remember the coaches that pushed you and never let you give up.

You will remember all the times they yelled and made you run until you couldn't walk. The times that they depended on you to be the leaders we all knew you could be. But more than any of that, you will remember the opportunity they gave you to play the game you learned to love, the game that changed your life, the game that taught you more lessons about life, love and dedication than anything ever could.

On this day I ask you to remember a few things. I ask that you remember that the impact you have had on your teammates' lives is unmeasurable, never doubt that. The time you have spent dedicated to this sport that you love was never, EVER a waste of your time, because you are a better person because of it.

I ask you to remember that although the sadness you may hold in your heart overwhelms you, that you have found a part of you along this journey that will help you follow your dreams, whatever they may be.

Play your heart out today, and leave knowing you've given it all you've got just one last time. Leave knowing that you are one of the lucky ones. Remember the love, remember the defeat, remember the laughs and the tears, remember the battle wounds. Remember this feeling, always and forever.

Best of Luck,

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How Starting Your Journey Is Half Of The Battle

"You can start your journey any day at anytime."


Not that long ago, I wrote an article about a little phrase I heard on my friend's snapchat story. It got a tone of views and a lot of great feedback. And just in time for the beginning of the new school semester, he said something else that just kind of stuck with me.

He said that you can start your journey any day, at any time.

Okay so we've all heard this before but have any of us actually taken the time to put that saying into action? Well, quite recently I have. I used to be the type of person who waited until last minute to do everything, whether it was homework, a workout plan or whatever I wanted to accomplish. I used to be the type of person who said that at whatever time I'll start my homework and if it was a minute past that time I would have to wait to the start of the new hour....yes like the meme.

But now, ever since I heard that quote, it's been replaying in my head on a loop. Which is why I now just do things at the moment they're thought of and not a certain time. I decided that this is the semester, I don't wait until the last minute to do all of my work, and so far it's going well. I decided that this is the perfect time to get in shape, and not wait until the New Year, because I'm the skinniest most out of shape person that I know. I decided that instead of waiting until the new year to eat healthier that I'm going to do it now.

For a while I have wanted to get back into dance. I kept saying that I'll sign up for classes again when I finish school. But instead I decided to do it now, registered for a ballet class at school and signed up for ballroom dance, and it hands down has been one of the best decisions I have made.

Honestly it's been weird not having a set start date and time for certain things, but why would I put off doing something that I want to do? What I will say though, is that not procrastinating on homework has made these first couple of weeks of the semester fly by and seem like a breeze.

Just by letting go of the idea that every thing needs to have a set start date and time and a set date and time to end has made the pressure of things go away. By just starting my journey for whatever I'm doing right now, has increased my happiness and my overall productivity of what I'm doing.

So a little word of advice just go for and just do whatever you want to do right now.

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