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Gift-giving doesn’t necessarily mean going to a crowded mall, bustling your way through a throng, fighting off other shoppers so you can grab an item, and lining up at the counter to pay for your purchases. Moreover, the price tag of an item shouldn’t determine the value of a gift.

These days, people are becoming more practical when it comes to giving gifts. They would rather resort to do-it-yourself or DIY gifts that are not as expensive as store-bought items but even more meaningful since these DIY gifts can be personalized.

DIY gifts can highlight your artistic side or creativity, which may be something the recipient doesn’t know about. What’s more, the recipient would definitely appreciate the gift because of the care, effort, and thought you’ve put into creating the gift.

Giving handmade gifts is a calming way to slow down and put meaning into the event that warrants the gift. You can have fun and let your creative side go wild with some DIY crafts that you can make at home. Here are some other advantages of DIY gifts:

DIY gifts are usually rare and unique
DIY gifts elicit a special kind of appreciation from the recipient
DIY gifts allow you to recycle or reuse some things you already have at home
DIY gifts save you money
DIY gifts give you a different kind of satisfaction knowing full well you’ve given the gifts your personal touch
Of course, the hard part about a DIY gift is deciding what to create or put together for a certain person. You don’t want the recipient to think that his gift has been haphazardly conceptualized. As much as possible, you want to pour your thoughts and effort into it even if it’s simple. When putting together a DIY gift, there are three things you need to remember – meaningful, practical, and special. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Tile trivet made of wine cork that may be used for hot food or serving dishes. If you are a wine drinker and you have collected a good number of wine corks, now is the time to make them useable. Glue each cork and on a 6x6 felt paper until all spaces are filled.
A hand-painted homemade frame to hang on walls or be placed on tabletops. Have a photo of the recipient displayed on the picture frame.
Make a mosaic out of broken glass or old magazines and glue them on a wooden serving tray. You can buy the serving tray online, it’s not too expensive, and if you want to see your options, you can see more here.
One-of-a-kind craft. These are recycled items at home awaiting reconstruction and repainting and become functional. An outdated-looking piece of wood can be converted into a fashionable book or DVD rack.
There are other DIY gift ideas you can find from the many website; you can check this page out. Choose which one you think you can enjoy doing. Giving DIY gifts is actually giving away a part of you. What can be a fitting gift for friends and loved ones than a DIY that starts as an inspiration, seen in the heart and finished with the hands.

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