15 DIY Gift Ideas

15 DIY Gift Ideas

15 Thoughtful Gifts

If you're strapped for cash or maybe you like putting some extra time into the gifts you give DIY gifts can make the perfects gifts for holidays, birthdays, or any occasion.

1. 52 Reason.

Grab a deck of playing cards and on each one write a reason why you love the person, or maybe just a happy thought to make their day, you plan on gifting it to. Then you can punch holes along the side and tie them together with ribbon or find a cute box and every day there. This is a perfect gift for anybody, whether it's a partner, family member or friend.

2. Recipes.

If you're someone who's good at cooking why not share that talent through a gift. You could write down some of your favorite recipes, find a cute box, and maybe add a few blank ones so they can grow their collection.

3. Magical Shrinking Necklace.

This one involves a bit more craftiness then the first two. If that's you're thing then give this a try! You will also need to buy some jewelry making supplies, remember if you buy a pack of these items you can make a few and make several for a few different people. If you want to check it out, you can find pretty clear directions here.

4. Lip Scrub.

The holiday season is the perfect time of year to give someone a lip scrub, all though you could give someone lip scrub any time of year. This article has 30 recipes for homemade lip scrubs, where you can choose between different flavors such as kiwi, mint, orange, lemon, and honey and cinnamon. This is also a great gift regardless of gender and is pretty universal, who wouldn't want a lip scrub?

5. Baked Goods.

Never underestimate the power of cookies, fudge, cake, pie or whatever you can think of. This might be especially nice if you have a friend with specific dietary needs or has allergies and you make something that caters to that.

6. Photo Wine Glasses.

With Mod Podge you can affix pictures to the bottom of wine glasses. You can do pieces of art you know they like, pictures of you two together, family photos, anything you want really. Here's a full tutorial.

7. Tassel Bookmarks.

If you mind a piece of patterned cardboard or you can glue a picture, quote, or anything you want to a piece of cardboard. Here's a tutorial for the tassel.

8. Paperclip Bookmarks

If you have more than one bookworm in your life, here's another DIY bookmark that they're sure to love. The directions for this one are pretty easy, here's where you can find them.

9. Soap.

Soap is another great gift to make and give if you really don't know what else to give someone. Everyone needs soap. This particular recipe is for peppermint soap but if you scroll down you can find other recipes for ones that will smell like pumpkin spice, cranberry orange, milk and money, peaches and cream, coffee and milk, apple pie, and natural citrus.

10. Coupon Book.

Grab some note cards, or patterned paper, or even just paper and style them however you want. Then create the coupons whether is a free night of babysitting, a free huge, a free dibs on the shower, a free ice cream, or a free ride somewhere. It's perfect to be catered to the relationship between you and the person you're giving it to. You can draw on them or not, punch a hole in the corner and tie with a string or not. It's really completely up to you.

11. Hot Chocolate Spoons.

These are perfect for any age and could be given as a gift or brought to a party for everyone to share. They're spoons dipped in chocolate that can be stirred into warm water or milk to create delicious hot chocolate. Here's a great recipe.

12. Teacup Candles.

These look super cute and you could make this candle in anything you want to; a mason jar or a seashell. But if you did want to do it in a teacup I would recommend looking at Goodwill or other consignment shops that might sell inexpensive teacups. Here are good instructions.

13. Animal Book End.

You can use any animal, or any figure you could find at a dollar tree, AC Moore, or Micheals or any color you want. Here are the instructions and if you don't know if they'd be strong enough you can replace the wood with a brick or put a little hole in whatever plastic friend you choose and fill it with sand.

14. Animal Memo Holder.

If bookends aren't really your style but you still have a plastic animal you don't know what to do with. Try this one out. Here are there instructions.

15. Chocolate Chips Cookies in a jar.

This is a classic gift and it's perfect because even if the person you're thinking of isn't a huge baker, it's pretty easy for them. Most of the measuring is done for them and they have a cute mason jar and a plate of chocolate chip cookies after they make them. Here's a link for instructions that includes a free printable with the recipe for you to include when wrapping the present. So the recipient will know just what they need to add and how many cookies they will be able to make.

So there you go fifteen DIY recipes that are perfect for every occasion and holiday. Just remember that it's the thought that counts and a good friend won't care how much money you put into your gift.

Happy Holidays.

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27. Stay up all night and watch the sun come up

The weather is finally getting warmer and summer is just two short months away.

The other day I got my first whiff of food being cooked on the way home and it made me think of all the stuff I want to do this summer and what I want to accomplish in the upcoming months. It also made me think about how I make the same promises to myself every year and don't accomplish half of the things I want. So, this year, I decided to make a summer bucket list. I've heard of people doing this and I always thought it was kind of stupid, but I figure writing it down would motivate me more than just thinking, "That would be a nice thing to do."

So here are some things on my summer bucket list and hopefully they inspire you to go out and have the best summer of your life.

1. Find and do a summer exercise challenge

2. Go on a road trip

3. Visit a water park

4. Make fresh-squeezed lemonade

5. Have a water fight

6. Attend at least one outdoor concert

7. Research and apply to internships

8. Start journaling

9. Sign up for a class

10. Spend an afternoon on a boat

11. Read a new book every month of the summer

12. Eat fried dough

13. Attend a fair

14. Spend the day at a beach

15. Roast a marshmallow and make s’mores

16. Host an awesome summer party

17. Go to a drive-in movie

18. Cook something you never cooked before

19. Have an epic movie marathon with friends

20. Go river tubing

21. Reconnect with friends you haven’t seen in a while

22. Eat lunch on a dock

23. Order a new flavor of ice cream

24. Go bowling

25. Take pictures in a photo booth

26. Go shopping on a boardwalk

27. Stay up all night and watch the sun come up

28. Eat pizza by a pool

29. Do a Pinterest craft

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Putting Away Christmas

It sometimes feels like the end, but it's not.

It's probably the worst time of the year for those of us who love Christmastime. At least in the days immediately following December 25th, it's still socially acceptable to listen to your favorite Christmas carols, keep your Christmas lights plugged in, and enjoy your tree and decorations.

But, sometime after New Years, the day inevitably comes when the celebration of the Christmas season must give way to the next one. Whether you throw your tree out promptly on January 1st, wait for the official changing of the Christian liturgical season at Epiphany (January 6th), or just take everything down when you have time, there's a definite sadness that accompanies the un-decorating process.

First, there's the sheer amount of work involved in taking everything down and packing it away for next year. It takes time and effort to locate every tiny ornament hidden in the boughs of your Christmas tree, tenderly wrap each fragile figurine in a Nativity set, and untangle the many strands of lights that illuminated your yard all December. We spend hours putting everything away, not to mention vacuuming tree needles and glitter off of the rug.

Once everything is safely stored in the basement or garage, of course, it's guaranteed that we'll find one last decoration that we completely forgot about, meaning that we have to somehow make space for it in one of the already-overstuffed boxes of ornaments and tinsel and lights. It can all be pretty overwhelming.

Christmas teardown is also a reminder of just how much stuff we accumulate, and just how little of it we really need or care about. Now is probably a good time to get rid of some of it so that we'll have less to store, put up, and take down next year, but often in our mourning for the ending of the Christmas season, we find it difficult to part with almost anything. We make mental pacts with ourselves not to buy any more decorations next year, but then immediately break our resolutions when we see the cute little nutcracker ornaments on a great sale a week after Christmas, or when all the new decor begins to appear in stores the following October.

And of course, there's the essential fact that putting away Christmas decorations means the ending of one of the most beautiful, festive, and happy times of the entire year. The decorations in the stores and around town gradually disappear, the number of family gatherings and parties on our calendars begins to dwindle, school and work resume as vacations end. Everyone and everything just seems a bit less jolly as the bleak wintry weather of January sets in.

But even in the face of a long winter devoid of Christmas cheer, there's still hope. There's hope for exciting holidays ahead, like sweet, romantic Valentine's Day or joyous Easter Sunday. There's hope for changes in weather, like potential snowfall and the eventual coming of spring, when the earth will finally come back to life in flowers and birds and trees and EVERYTHING. And for those who celebrate the coming of Christ at Christmas, there's the promise that Immanuel, the presence of God With Us, doesn't go away even when we've put away our manger scenes and stopped listening to O Holy Night.

Before we know it, Christmas will be just around the corner once again, and we'll get to enjoy our favorite holiday traditions and celebrations sooner than we think. Even though lovers of Christmas will never not struggle when Christmastime comes to an end, we can take comfort in the fact that the cycle of the seasons continues, bringing so many other things to enjoy until Christmas comes again.

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