10 DIY Gifts That People Will Actually Want

10 DIY Gifts That People Will Actually Want

There’s Something For Everyone On Here
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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!!

Cover Image Credit: Patryk D.

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Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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Christmas Of Remembrance Series: My Last Letter

Christmas time is not about the gifts... It is about something far, far more special.

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Dear Reader,

Thank you for your time.

This is a series that I have dedicated to those I have loved and lost. It was merely a thought, then an idea, and now a realized creation. Christmas time… all winter really is a hard time for me. It holds this duality in my life of being both my favorite and also my least favorite and difficult time of year. It has been that way for years now.

In a way, this series aids my closure and healing further, and it allows me to tell my story in a way that, to me, is less scary (one of the many great facets of this platform). It was never my intention to write this in order to reach people, or encourage people, or serve as an inspiration to anyone. This was for me and only me. No one else. But, if these pieces of writing do impact someone, somewhere, or make them feel encouraged or inspired in some way or another, or just simply make them feel, then I hope you have enjoyed them. If I can make someone feel, then I guess I have done my job.

The life of an artist is often an uncertain one. The life of a human is a trying one. But life is a journey, and all journeys have their trials. Their tests. Their triumphs and rewards. And they all have their losses. What matters most is what you make of all of it. What lessons you learn. What changes you make. What life you create for yourself. What art you create because of it all. It can be very, very hard. But it can all be glorious at the same time.

At the heart of this series, my words, there is this deep and valuable belief of mine: Christmas (or the Winter Holiday that you may celebrate) is so much more about presents and cooking and shopping and all that other bullshit… it is about family.

The family that is related by blood. The family that surrounds your heart. Your Mom. Your brother. Your dearest friends. The bonds that make life valuable. Worth living. These bonds are soulful bonds, ones that are far more special than any mere trivial object. So… be with them. Forgive. Forget. Heal. Mend what is broken. Reassemble what has been shattered. And stop worrying so much. Laugh together. Cry together. Heal on another. Heal together. And may your new days be better, brighter, and full of love.

Happy Holidays.

Ty


A song for you...

"Sense of Home" — Harrison Storm / YouTube

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To My Fellow 孤, The Sons Without Fathers On Father’s Day

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