I have been crafting up a storm lately and I’m excited to finally share the details! If you’re on a budget but want some thoughtful and/or creative gifts, here are a few ideas I’ve tried recently!
Personalized Serving Dish
My best friend, Amanda, is getting married this September and had a bridal party a few weeks ago. She already owns a home with her fiance so their registry was nothing fancy and I knew I needed to get her something a little more meaningful that a vacuum. Fortunately, thanks to Pinterest, I found a really cool idea for a serving platter.
A porcelain plate and sharpie from Target. I think the total was $7. Amanda and I have always used the song “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts to represent our friendship so I knew I wanted to include that as she transitions into the role of being a wife. Since I have small hand writing and the plate was large, I decided to add some spice with their last name and wedding date. Then I baked in at 350 degrees for 20 min.
Unfortunately, the first time I designed it and baked it, the ink faded. I went over the ink a second time and re-baked it with my fingers crossed. Thankfully it came out much bolder and it looked like a great serving dish.
And no, you absolutely do not need excellent handwriting or any design skills. I free-handed all of it and I really think your personal touch is all that counts, a talented design is just a perk!
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We both teared up a tiny bit when she opened it and it was a big hit amongst the gifts. That’s when you know it was good!
Father’s Day video
On of my favorite mommy bloggers, I Love You More Than Carrots, wrote a post back in May with a giveaway for creating a free animated movie. I was excited to use it but I wasn’t sure what the right opportunity would be so I kept it in the back of my mind. When I got engaged, I knew I wanted to make my dad a video for Father’s Day that would ask him to walk me down the isle.
Make your own slideshow at Animoto.
It was easy, free, and fun to make! Of course he said yes, he would happily walk me down the isle 🙂
Regular videos won’t be free but the code from ILYMTC still works so I suggest you hop on over to her blog and give it a try! (*No, no one asked me to promote her blog, she certainly doesn’t need it lol).
60 Memories for 60 Years
My dad turned the big 6-0 in early June. I knew it required a big present but I knew I couldn’t spend big money. I got an amazing idea off of Pinterest to collect 60 memories from family and friends. Starting in April, I started collecting e-mail addresses of anyone that knows my dad and I sent out an e-mail reading:
Quickly, stories came pouring in from all decades of my dad’s life. It was such a treat to learn all about his past, especially parts I didn’t know and especially to see how others see him.
In the last week of May, I ordered envelopes and started stuffing!
The weekend of his birthday it was time to reveal months of effort. He loved it!
It took a few hours to read them all. It was SO fun hearing him read the stories, all of which were followed up with added details from my dad!
All of these presents were definitely as fun to make and give as I’m sure it was to receive. I can’t wait to continue gifting, especially when it’s so affordable! What is your favorite inexpensive gift??