Easy Homemade Gift Ideas

If you are anything like us, staying inside all the time makes you stir-crazy. COVID-19 safety restrictions are keeping us away from our loved ones and mostly inside our homes. The anxiety for our health and the health of others bleeds into boredom. Filling hours at home can be difficult.

We were looking around for new crockpot recipes when we saw a post about other uses for slow cookers. And it mentioned making your own candles. Using the slow cooker to keep jars of different colored wax melted, you can dip wicks into the jars and make multicolored candles. This is an excellent use for any old crayons you have floating around in drawers. That got us thinking, and we realized that this is a good time to make homemade presents.

Making crafts is a soothing way to fill time and not focus on the stress we’re all feeling in these strange times. They also give you a sense of accomplishment: this isn’t dull downtime if you’re making something. You can get a huge jump on the holidays, make birthday presents or make “thinking of you” gifts to give to friends and family when the COVID-19 pandemic is over. It’s a nice way to think about the people in your life when you can’t be with them.

If you Google DIY gift ideas, there are thousands of options. You might not have all the supplies you need, but craft stores and Amazon are still shipping. Look around online for the best deals. Here are four projects that we both want to make and would love to receive!

Pom Pom Bookmarks

Image: Design Mom

These bookmarks are great for so many reasons! They are fun to make and easy. If you don’t have a lot of crafting experience, this can be a fun way to ease into it. And, once you get into the swing, you can make a ton for everyone you know without breaking the bank! Get the instructions here! 

Personalized Coffee Mugs

Image: Laughs Crafts and Photographs

We love personalized coffee mugs because every time we use it, we remember who gave it to us and why. It’s an everyday, useful object that has emotions tied to it! You can do a pretty design, happy message or an inside joke to make the person you gift it to smile every time they see it! Get the instructions here!

Painted Rope Votive Holder

Image: Freutcake

These votive holders are so much fun because you can personalize them. Make it someone’s favorite color or paint it in colors for the season (pastels for the spring and oranges and red for the fall). If you have a steady hand, you can try to put someone’s initials on it and, even if you mess up, you can just cover it with paint! You can make them polka-dotted or try for an ombré effect! Get the instructions here!

Fleece Tie Blanket

Image: The Spruce Crafts

This is a great way of turning old blankets into something new and special or turning store-bought material into a personal gift. If you have a couple of old throws, this is a great way to bring life back to them. Or, you can get material off the internet and make a lovely present for someone. Consider getting a fleece blanket with a team logo on it for someone who loves sports and is missing the season. Get the instructions here!

These crafts can bring some fun to your day, make gift giving more personal and help make time go by. We are all in this together, but we’re apart. Now, more than ever, looking forward to spending time together is a huge mood boost. So, prepare to join up with loved ones again by making these fun presents today!

April 03, 2020
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