Consider this your PSA that Valentine’s Day is in TWO DAYS!!! Ack!!!
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Procrastination can be a terrible trait to have especially when it comes to gift giving. The time just seems to race by and now you are caught with little money, no ideas and a looming deadline. Here are some great DIY gifts that take little skill and time. What’s more, handmade gifts always win first-place with the recipient.
1. Candy Coins
A great gift for kids, candy coins require little skill to make. Grab a roll of quarters and wrap in a festive paper. Roll again in cellophane and tie each end with bright ribbons. Each roll holds $10 worth of quarters and these are great for vending machines or saving for a rainy day. Take your idea one step further and place a couple of wrapped candy coins and place in a jar filled with your recipient’s favorite miniature candies.
- Mason Jar Gift
These are one of the easiest and most impressive DIY crafts you can try, even as a beginner. Save those mason jars for last-minute DIY gifts that are unique and treasured, as they’re perfect for all sort of creative presents. Glass is a natural long-lasting substance that will keep food and soap fresh. And because it is clear, items stored inside are always identified right away.
One unique idea that can be easily made from a mason jar is a sewing kit. Keep little spools of thread, sewing scissors and needles contained and easily noticeable. Cover the lid with cotton and a piece of colorful material and you have a convenient pin cushion.
- Lip Balm Locket
Homemade lockets are cheap and easy last-minute DIY gifts for any woman. No more rummaging through a purse to moisturize those chapped and dry lips. Lockets are a great fashion statement and will always provide lip balm when needed. You can find beautiful lockets at any thrift store or you may have one in your home. Just melt down a tube of stick lip balm and pour into a beautiful locket. This gift will be a reminder of a personal friendship and a convenient lip balm holder as well.
4. Bird Seed Wreath
If a nature inspired gift is needed, make a handsome bird seed wreath. The backyard collection of winged friends will bring a smile to your gift receiver’s face. You will need to begin this project a day in advance to allow for dry time, but the process is so easy. With a Bundt cake pan or jello mold, an assortment of bird seed goodies and a few items from the kitchen, this delightful cake can be whipped up in no time. Toss in fresh berries and nuts to make this treat colorful and attractive. Top off with ribbon or rope for easy hanging from a tree or post.
- Gift Baskets for Newlyweds
Starting a new home is not as simple as it may seem. Cooking, cleaning and organizing can become a startling discovery for a new couple. Think of when you were first starting out and the items that were needed. Take one topic and turn it into a basket full of those forgotten items. For example, take an oven mitt and fill it with wooden spoons, spatulas, toothpicks, straws, peelers and hand-held mixers.
These items will be much appreciated during meal preparation and entertaining. Another great idea is filling a colander with fixings for pasta. Dried pasta, sauce, olive oil, bread sticks, and, of course, a great bottle of wine will delight the newlyweds.
You don’t have to spend a lot of time and money to make your gift special and memorable. In fact, the creativity of your idea will leave a wonderful lasting impression on the one receiving the gift. All of these DIY gift ideas can be put together in a few hours and will make you happy that you didn’t rush out and buy a less than meaningful gift.
Anyone else making some DIY Valentine’s Day gifts? Leave me a comment with what you are planning!