Sometimes, it can be hard to really personalize your gifts so that that the person you’re gifting them to knows you care. There are sites online where you can get words in scripted onto a glass, or a bracelet engraved with special words… but for the most part, you can end up feeling like a bit of a fraud for not doing it yourself. But don’t worry – there are certain things that you can make at home which really will have that magic sparkle to them without you having to break your budget.
Cookies and Cakes
Baking your own creations and decorating them the way you want can be a super-sweet way to create a really bespoke (and yummy!) gift. If you know the favourite sweet treat of the person that you’re gifting them to, then all the better. This is a way to really cut out the cost of going to the bakery and hoping that they’ve got something similar in stock, or paying a professional cake maker to do it for you. Just make sure that you have enough ingredients to cover everything so you’re not popping back to the shop every couple of minutes for something new.
CDs and Vinyl
If you are a good singer/songwriter, why not record a song for them? There is nothing more personal than having a song composed specifically for you, and this is something that can be treasured for years to come. If it’s something that you’re particularly proud of, head over to Nationwide to ensure that you’ve got good quality CDs to hand out to your friends, family and maybe those even higher like music producers to listen to your tracks!
Art can be subjective, but as long as it’s focused on a subject that the receiver will absolutely love, then it’s something that will always go down a treat. As long as it doesn’t look like Phoebe’s creation ‘Gladys’ from Friends, it may even turn out to be something that will be hung in their home for years to come. Think about all of the things that make your friend smile and try to include them, however small the influence within your design may be.
There are some photos of yourself that you will have never seen. This is the same for any friends and family members who you hold close. If you are in possession of these photos, try putting them in an album or in a nice frame for them to receive. You could even add little beads and sequins to the spaces between people or on plain bits of background to really jazz them up a bit. It’s small memories like this which can mean the world to some people, and truly you don’t have to spend a lot on a gift for it to be something that they hold dear to them. Just make sure that you have a spare copy of the photo if it’s one that you like as well.