Handmade Gift Ideas – HELP!!

Help!!! At my church we do secret sisters. Basically it’s like a secret santa but we do it all year round and then do a big reveal each January. Well, this year I liked to give my secret sister handmade gifts. I have been a serious slacker though in the gift department. The year just got away from me and I have not been a very good SS. And the thing is, it’s one of my good friends. How terrible is that? Anyhow, her birthday is on Friday and I want to make her something but just don’t know what. Here’s what I’ve made her already this year (and go ahead, slap my hand……i do not have ANY pictures of what i’ve made/given her – what kind of blogger am i?????):

  • Tote Bag with candles and photo album inside
  • Sugar Scrub (2x)
  • Rice Bag/Bed Warmer
  • Apothacary Jar
  • Cook Books

What else can I make her??? I’m at such a loss. I’d love suggestions….and if you have links to tutorials, please leave them in the comments. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

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  1. I made a couple of cute DIY gifts for Christmas presents this year… chalkboard coasters, a moss initial, etc. Let me know if you make any!

  2. Make her some one of kind accessories I don’t know if you sew or crochet or make jewelry. but That would be a conversation starter every time she wears them and she will always remember you and the bond you have. Depending on what and how many you make its something she could wear everyday. Useful, sweet, and fashionable.

  3. I have to second the glass stone magnet idea Christina mentioned. I made tons of these (in fact I’m making more right now while I surf because they’re so fun and easy!).

    Everybody LOVED them, and it’s so easy to customize to the recipient. I made a bunch using scrapbook paper, but I also made some for my husband using hot rod artwork as well as the logo for his custom car business.

    I just created a 1 inch circle shape in Photoshop Elements, dropped in my image of choice, and printed it out on plain white paper, making sure to set it to print at least a 1/2 inch in from the edge of the paper to make sure it would fit in my punch. I started out cutting my circles with a 1.25 inch punch, but I found I always have to trim those. I switched to a 1 inch punch and have found that it works perfectly most of the time. Also, I used Modge Podge rather than Gorilla Glue and it worked great and didn’t bleed through the paper. AND, Hobby Lobby’s glass stones are half off right now, so $1.50 will get you a 2 lb bag!

    Oh yeah, and I think I’m also going to make some for my niece using story building words (Ex “Today” “I” “Want” “Feel” “To” “Like” “Sleeping In” “Jumping” “Laughing” “Dancing” “Happy” “Hungry” etc. I’ll put them on a magnet board so she can arrange them to refect her mood. 🙂

    They would also be pretty with words like “Faith” “Love” “Hope” “Dream” “Laugh” printed on pretty scrapbook paper.

    Another thing I made for Christmas gifts was homemade coasters. I purchased 4×4 white ceramic tiles for $0.16 each at Lowes. I don’t have a cutting machine, so I bought various rub-ons for the front designs, and they worked great! AC Moore had the best selection of rub-ons that I found, but they were pricier than other places. Most Hobby Lobby’s have a decent selection too. I got a 12 pack of 12×4 cork sheets at Hobby Lobby for $4.99 for the backs which made 36 coasters, and they were even self adhesive! I made sure to seal the finished coasters with acrylic sealer and let them set overnight, but they were very quick and easy to put together.

    Oh! And dressed up post-it notes! I made these too and everyone loved them. They would work especially well if she has an office job (or just uses post-its, and who doesn’t?). One thing I did for one girlfriend was make magnets to match the post-it covers (using scraps of the same paper) and gave them as a set. The tutorial for the post-its (and a version of the coasters too) is here:

    Have fun!