Gifts Made with Love: and sometimes blood, sweat, and tears

~Kristen Furleigh

Sometimes gift giving can be stressful “Ahhh, I have NO. IDEA. WHAT. TO. GET. (Insert person). Life is awful!” Other times gift giving can be brainless ex: Run to the store, pick up first item you see, purchase, leave. When it comes to gift giving, second to the experiences and time option from my previous blog post, DIY items offer a token of love unparalleled with every detail you put into it.

Don’t get me wrong it can get stressful at times especially if you feel as if you don’t have a creative bone in your body but trust me you do; well really its a muscle. In order to find it you’ve got to work those creative muscles in order to build a stronger set of skills. We all have to start somewhere and believe me YOU CAN DO IT.

Here are a few tips when trying to come up with a DIY that works for you and your gift recipient:

1.) Much like with experiences it means more when you can think of and incorporate their interests.

2.) Pinterest is AMAZING! All you have to do is type in key words and it populates links to numerous DIY projects.


3.) Start simple. Don’t overwhelm yourself your first go at it. This can be discouraging if you are trying to incorporate this into your repertoire of gift giving. It doesn’t have to be the hardest tutorial; what matters is the heart that is put into the project.

4.) As you go and get more comfortable with your homemade creations challenge yourself. You can’t improve your skill set without having a few Pinterest Fails under your belt.

5.) If you found something at the retail store that you think would make a great gift come up with a way to make it yourself; hopefully cheaper than retail. It is even more awesome when you find something that doesn’t come in the color or style you are looking for and can make it customized to fit their style.

6.) Just because it is homemade doesn’t mean that includes only arts and crafts there are a ton of DIY tech ideas out there too!

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Before you know it your skills will be Pinterest or even Etsy worthy!

Hopefully these tips were helpful. I know we enjoy coming up with different creative ideas for gift giving and putting our personal touch on what we compose for others and each other. We would love to hear some of your favorite DIY gifts both given and received! Need some help coming up with an idea after these tips?  Leave us a comment we would enjoy brainstorming with you.  Til next time Pengminions!

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2 thoughts on “Gifts Made with Love: and sometimes blood, sweat, and tears

    • Aww I’m so glad! Richard must have approved this comment since I am just now seeing it haha
      We had fun coming up with something that fit you two!

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