15 meaningful homemade gift ideas anyone is going to love

Fantastic ideas for your husband, wife, kids, friends and family.

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  • 1. Sharpie Mug

  • Swing by the dollar store and grab a porcelain dish you'd like to gift away (mugs are fun). Create whatever Sharpie design you'd like on it, stick it in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees, and there you have it - a personalized mug for your special someone. P.S. Hand wash only. According to this instructional a dish washer can do its job a little too well.

  • Newest addition☕️💜 #greysanatomy #coffeemug #sharpiemug #youremyperson

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  • 2. Chore punchcard

  • You know that one specific chore your kids (or spouse) hatesto do? Make them a punchcard. If they just can't mow the lawn that day they come to you, you hole-punch the card, and you mow the lawn. You can make it redeemable for whatever you want, as many times as you want. Your service is the true gift, as long as you do it with a smile on your face. For the recipient it'll be the gift that keeps on giving.

  • 3. What I love about you A-Z

  • OK, this one is bound to get pretty sappy. Get a keyring and add 26 cute little notecards, each adorned with a letter of the alphabet. Write something you love about your gift recipient that starts with each letter of the alphabet. Get as artsy and crafty as you'd like. A set of Sharpies goes a long way.

  • 4. Mod Podge memory box

  • Gather up all of the pictures you've taken with your special someone. Cut them out and Mod Podge them onto a box of your choosing (thrif stores are the perfect place to check out an array of cool box options). If you don't have enough pictures to finish the job, grab any old magazine and cut out words or phrases that describe your gift recipient.

  • 5. Mix CD

  • Remember CDs? Good times. Buy a blank CD and fill it with songs that perfectly describe how you feel about whomever the CD is going to. Feel free to get mushy with it. Top it off with a homemade CD case sleeve that lists the songs and why you chose each one. They'll love it.

  • 6. The story of your relationship

  • So, you're a writer, huh? Well sit down and your typewriter to tell the epic tale of how you and your gift recipient met, the adventures you've been on, and the good times you've had. Feel free to embellish a little if you'd like. Who's the hero? Who's the villain? Who's the comedic relief? Have fun with it. You can even create and print your book through online websites, like this one.

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  • 7. Mason jar snow globe

  • This one is especially great for kids, and super easy. You'll need a jar (Mason jars, baby food jars, etc.), glitter, glue, water, and one of your child's favorite little toys or action figures. The process is simple:

  • Glue the action figure to the underside of the jar lid. Fill the jar with water and however much glitter you want. Screw the jar lid/toy combo onto the jar (throw a little glue around the lid's seal just in case) and there you have it!

  • Even Batman is feeling the Christmas spirit! #homemadesnowglobe

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  • 8. Music video parody

  • Pick a song, any song. Write your own lyrics, tailored to your gift recipient. Find a karaoke version of your song and someone decent with a video camera and create an entire music video for your special someone. It doesn't have to be fancy. They'll love the thought and effort you put into whatever embarrassing product you end up with.

  • 9. Special occasion envelope series

  • Grab a stack of envelopes and fill them with special messages specific to your loved one to be opened on specific occasions.

  • "Open when you're sad."

  • "Open on New Year's Day."

  • "Open when you're far away from me."

  • You get the idea.

  • 10. Special occasion video series

  • This is the same thing as the envelope series, but a little more high tech. Record yourself saying what you would have written in each envelope. Put your videos in separate files on a flash drive. Title each folder with your chosen special occasions.

  • 11. The first clue to a scavenger hunt

  • Everybody loves a good scavenger hunt. Have your gift be the very first clue that leads them on an epic adventure across town, or across the living room. Design each clue around something meaningful to that person. For example, "The next clue you won't want to miss. You'll find it where we had our first kiss." Get creative with the final prize.

  • 12. Write a gratitude letter

  • Ok, yes, it sounds lame, but stay with me. Has anyone ever given you a beautiful, well-written letter of sincere gratitude? It's something you never forget. Try it out! It's extremely difficult to do because expressing true feelings can make you feel scarily vulnerable, but that's what makes a gratitude letter so special. If you're feeling especially gutsy, read it out loud to them. You'll be glad you did.

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  • 13. Scrapbook of the relationship

  • Don't do this one for your little kids. They'll probably hate it. Your wife or significant other, on the other hand, will love it. Create a scrapbook complete with little knick knacks you've saved over the years. Old movie tickets, dried leaves, a menu from that restaurant that gave you both food poisoning for three days, etc.

  • 14. Home video montage

  • You know all those old VHS home videos hidden in that corner of your house? Dig em' up and transfer them to DVDs. Then, pick out all the clips starring your gift recipient and rip them onto their own DVD. This could get a little technical, so you might need some help from your tech-savvy kids.

  • 15. Your time

  • Now hold on, don't get too sappy on me. If you're looking to go a less tangible route, this is seriously a great gift. Take time off work to play with your kids. Skip out on the meeting just to be with your spouse. Spend your time doing their favorite activities. Sometimes the most meaningful gift is you.

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David Snell is a writer for the FamilyShare team. He's trilingual (English, Spanish and Movie Quotes). He's got a BA in communications and is married to one incredibly fantastic girl.

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