You don't have to spend a bundle to put a thoughtful gift bundle together!
Are you looking for gift ideas and inspiration?
DIY gifts are fabulous for everyone because they’re personalized and show that extra touch of love and care in an intentional and thoughtful way.
- Books plus homemade items make wonderful gifts!
Remember, it doesn’t have to be Christmas or a birthday to treat someone you love with a unique gift they’ll really appreciate. When can you give homemade gifts? Anytime! Mother's Day, Teacher Appreciation Day, Valentines Day, Easter, anniversaries, and just for fun.
If you’re on the hunt for a creative, easy, inexpensive gift for your friend or family member, we’ve compiled these lovely ideas just for you! They're all simple and easy so anyone can create them. Let's get giving!
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DIY Gifts for teachers —
Pocket Prayers for Teachers by Max Lucado plus homemade candy apples
Pocket Prayers for Teachers: 40 Simple Prayers That Bring Peace and Renewal includes encouraging prayers specifically for teachers. Do you know a teacher who you'd like to encourage? Pair Pocket Prayer for Teachers with a candied apple for a fun and considerate gift!
green apples, dipping caramel, skewers
Step 1: Stick a skewer into each apple
Step 2: Melt caramel in a microwave-safe bowl in 30-second intervals
Step 3: Dip skewered-apples into caramel and cool on a plate
Step 4: Wrap in cellophane with a cheerful bow and pair with Pocket Prayers for Teachers for a great gift!
DIY Gifts for Kids ages 6-10
Indescribable plus DIY Volcano Kit
We love science, yes we do! We love science! How about you?
Indescribable: 100 Devotions About God and Science by Louie Giglio is a best-selling book for a great reason! Boys and girls ages 6-10 will learn not only about cool subjects like how many teeth a shark may have, how important and cool bees are, how fast wind flies in tornadoes, and how volcanos explode, but also how God is the awesome creator of everything! Louie shares great Bible verses and prayers that go with each devotion which will enrich your child’s mind and spirit.
Pair Indescribable with these simple items to create a homemade volcano experiment!
baking soda, red food coloring, vinegar, brown clay, small jar, green or brown paper
Step 1: Mold brown clay around a small jar to resemble a volcano
Step 2: Place the jar with clay on a green or brown sheet of paper to resemble the ground
Step 3: Add 4 tbsp baking soda to the small volcano jar
Step 4: Add ½ cup vinegar to a small cup
Step 5: Add 2-4 drops red food coloring to vinegar
Step 6: Once well mixed, pour vinegar into baking soda and prepare for a bubbly reaction!
DIY Gifts for Anyone —
Breath as Prayer by Jennifer Tucker plus a homemade candle.
Breath As Prayer: Calm Your Anxiety, Focus Your Mind, and Renew Your Soul leads readers through time-proven Christian prayers to help with anxiety, stress, and fear. It's a wonderful tool to gain calm in the presence of Jesus. Pair with a DIY scented candle or even include a cozy throw blanket or prayer journal for a lovely gift.
soy wax flakes, empty candle jar with a wick, a skewer, fragrance oils, candle toppers (if desired)
Step 1: Add soy flakes to microwave-safe bowl and melt in 30-second intervals.
Step 2: Once completely melted, mix in 4-6 drops of your favorite fragrance oil
Step 3: Pour melted wax into candle jar
Step 4: Wrap wick around skewer so it stands up straight as wax cools
Step 5: Sprinkle toppers around the wick (if desired)
Step 6: Allow to cool for 4-6 hours and pair with Breath as Prayer.
Praying the Scriptures Journal by Jodie Berndt plus handwritten Scripture notecards
Praying the Scriptures Journal: Trusting God with Your Children is an interactive tool to document your prayers for your children and answers from God. It includes prayer topics, areas to focus on, and Scripture to hold close to your heart. Pair with notecards, pens, and a pray/Scripture jar for daily enouragement.
mason jar, nice set of pens, notecards, ribbon
Step 1: Write selected Scripture verses on notecards
Step 2: Include blank notecards for the recipient to write their own
Step 3: Tie ribbon around mason jar neck and pair with Praying the Scriptures Journal by Jodie Berndt!
The Weekly Gratitude Project plus DIY Gratitude Jar
Nothing increases our joy like gratitude! The Weekly Gratitude Project: A Challenge to Journal, Reflect, and Grow a Grateful Heart is a year-long journal that's a perfect gift for everyone. It's the beginning of a life-changing journey towards a deeper relationship with God and a happier outlook on life. Pair with a set of nice pens and a DIY gratitude jar and you're good to go!
small mason jar, nice set of pens, some card stock
Step 1: Cut the card stock into strips.
Step 2: Place them in the jar with a note encouraging the recipient to add something they’re grateful for to each strip so that they’ll have something physical to remind them of their blessings
Step 3: Write different encouraging verses, quotes and sayings on strips of paper to encourage the recipient as they complete the weekly journal
For the woman who could use a little luxury —
The Weekly Self-Care Project plus DIY Sea Salt Scrub
The Weekly Self-Care Project: A Challenge to Journal, Reflect, and Invite Balance is a year-long guided journal to take care of yourself — body, mind, and soul. Self-care doesn't happen automatically; you have to plan for it or get worn down by the stresses of life. God wants you rejuvenated, rested, and healthy! Pair The Weekly Self-Care Project with this simple sea salt body scrub for a luxurious gift.
lidded jar, sea salt, olive oil or almond oil, coffee grounds
Step 1: Combine 1 cup sea salt and ¼ cup olive oil or almond oil in a bowl
Step 2: When well combined, add in 1-2 tbsp used coffee grounds and continue to mix
Step 3: Once completely mixed, add into a jar with a lid and store for up to 30 days
There are so many fun and thoughtful ways to make a book gift personalized! Get creative!
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