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How to Make Unique Gifts {Without Spending 1000 Hours on Pinterest}

Thanks to Pinterest, there is no shortage of DIY ideas for making unique gifts for every occasion. In fact, there may be a few too many to choose from. By the time you’ve finished scrolling through all your choices, you probably could have made at least one thing from a pallet and two things from mason jars.

When you don’t have all day to spend on the ideation phase of gift making and want to get down to the serious business of crafting, here are 5 unique and giftable DIY projects anyone will love.

Wool felt ball coasters

Wool felt ball coasters are so adorably fuzzy and cheerful, who wouldn’t want them sitting on their tables? They’re also ridiculously easy to make. All you need are:

  • 1 cm felt balls in whatever color you like
  • Cork coasters
  • Clear craft glue

Beginning in the middle of the cork coaster, glue one ball, then keep adding felt balls in circles. Let dry.

Tucked in a basket with a pottery mug and their favorite coffee or tea, wool felt ball coasters are fun birthday gifts, thoughtful friendship gifts, and unique personalized gifts.

Map magnets

For the traveler or geography enthusiast in your life, map magnets are a chic upgrade to boring old refrigerator magnets. Here’s what you need to make them:

  • Clear round glass rocks
  • Maps
  • Small round magnets
  • Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Hot glue gun

Use a clear rock as a guide to trace circles on the map; cut out with scissors. Apply Mod Podge to the back of the rock and position the map cutout to fit the shape. Add another layer of Mod Podge over the back of the map. When dry, use the hot glue gun to affix the magnet to the back.

Map magnets are a handy and thoughtful gift for your boyfriend or unique birthday gift for your husband, father, or son.

Food gift basket

If you break out into a sweat at the thought of using a hot glue gun, no worries. DIY gifts are still well within your reach. Like a thoughtful food gift basket. What you may lack in crafting skills you get to make up for with your imagination because there are no limits to what you can make.

  • Start with a vessel for the “basket” that goes with your theme. It can be a slow cooker for a soup basket, picnic basket for a day at the park, or a colander for a pasta dinner theme.
  • Fill the basket with the non-perishable food items.
  • Embellish your basket with coordinating tea towels, potholders, or utensils—whatever goes with your theme.
  • Tuck in a recipe card or two—maybe a traditional family recipe or your Pinterest go-to.

Food gift baskets are unique gifts for foodies, for the person who has everything, fun Father’s Day gift idea for dad, or unique anniversary gift idea.

Whatever the occasion, DIYing your gifts is always a good idea because you give a piece of your heart with each gift—and you can customize your gifts for your recipients. These fun and easy homemade gifts are sure to bring a smile to anyone who is lucky enough to receive them.

For more fun and unique personalized gift ideas, KindNotes offers keepsake quality jars of heartfelt notes for any occasion. Go to KindNotes.com.



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