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8 Ideas for Creating Stunning Handmade Gifts at Home

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Easter is almost here, so for those of you who don’t indulge in chocolate or want to give a different type of present, this post is for you. When it comes to gifts, the wisdom is that “it’s the thought that counts.” That’s often used to justify giving cheap or hastily-bought presents because, the reasoning goes, it’s still evidence that you at least thought of the occasion. But if you’d really like to impress someone with your thoughtfulness, you can’t beat a handmade gift. It shows that you cared enough to put a genuine effort into making someone happy. Here are eight incredible (and affordable) handmade gifts you can make yourself in your home.


1. Paper Clip Earrings

If you know someone with a flair for zesty, unique jewelry, and that person has their ears pierced, look no further. These paper clip earrings, which you can accessorise with yarn, fabric, or beads, are a breeze to make, and you can personalise them to match the vibe of the person you’re gifting them too.


2. Bow Belt

Another gift that’s great for the fashion iconoclast in your friend group or family, this bow belt can be any size (and just about any colour) that you’d like. You can use patterned fabric to add an extra level of quirkiness to the final product.

3. Homemade Cinnamon Honey Butter

Does the person you’re gifting have a sweet tooth? Presenting them with a jar of this homemade confectionary delight will have them eating out of the palm of your hand (not literally, unless you’re into that). The recipe is simple enough for beginning cooks and crafting the jar won’t take much longer.


4. Rhinestone Wrap Bracelet

The friendship bracelet is a classic for a reason—it lets you remember each other at all times, even when you’re apart. This take on the friendship bracelet is a big upgrade, with sparkling rhinestones and vibrant colours. If you can discern the person’s favourite colour and make the bracelet to match, that’s an added bonus.


5. Bejeweled Hair Combs

Continuing our theme of bright shiny things, a bejeweled hair comb makes for a thoughtful accessory. You can use plastic or metal combs, and if you know your way around a hot glue gun, you can get really creative with the design!

6. Photo Blocks

Even in the Instagram age, people still freak for physical versions of images that are meaningful to them. You can choose six pictures that represent your relationship to the person you’re gifting and affix them to the sides of a cube. The process is simple and the result makes a great keepsake. Use goofy pictures and you might get a laugh on top of that smile.

7. EZ Backpacks

For the student in your life, or anyone else who’s constantly lugging things around, this simple backpack will make life easier, and every time they grab their bag, they’ll be reminded of you.


8. Mason Jar Sewing Kit

Grandmas and moms who sew can always use another kit, and this adorable little gift gives them that and more. Complete with a pincushion on top, it’s a handy, functional present that will make sewing a little more fun.

If you’d like to do any of these ideas and activities for an upcoming Res Life event, speak to one of our Resident Assistants and let them know. Happy crafting!

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