Christmas is coming and there’s no stopping it. (source)
In my last post, “Gifts Ideas for the Person Who has Everything, Part I: Don’t Kid Yourself,” I wrote about how difficult it is to figure out what to buy for the people in your life that don’t need anything. My solution was simple: DIY! I realize that not everyone has the ability to in the time and/or money that handmade gifts require, so for the people that are not inclined to DIY, fear not! There is another solution besides slaving or some craftsy thing that may or may not turn out as expected: gifting experiences!
What exactly do I mean by gifting “experiences,” you ask? Gifting experiences means getting the person who has everything something they can experience. Concert tickets, football tickets, dinner at a fancy restaurant, a weekend getaway, or a well thought out picnic are all examples of gifting an experience. This gift can be as inexpensive or as over-to-top as you want. As long as you have an idea of your giftee’s interests, this gift will take no time to figure out. Buy the tickets/make the arrangements for the experience, write a nice little letter, wrap it in a fancy box, and violà! You’ve got an awesome personalized gift for your loved one that they will absolutely adore.
The people that I’ll be making gifts for this Christmas are my parents and my boyfriend. These people always manage to find me the perfect present, and I hope to return the favor this year. These aren’t all my DIY plans, but they’re what I’ve come up with so far.
For the parents who have everything… I’ll be doing a few things for each of them. First, I’ll be making ugly Christmas sweaters for each of them. A few years ago my boyfriend and I went to an Ugly Sweater party and both of my parents expressed interest in our awesome ugly sweaters. My parents love wearings sweat shirts around the house, so while I’ll be making something ridiculous and Christmas themed (a flamingo wearing a santa hat for my mom and a moose with christmas lights around his antlers for my dad), these sweaters will made durable enough so they can be machine washed and dried repeatedly without being destroyed. My mom, who loves all things cake, will also be receiving a custom cupcake kit with lots of fun wrappers, sprinkles, and awesome recipes. I got this inspiration for this gift here. My dad, a huge beer enthusiast, will get one of those cute reinbeer six packs. I’ll be mixing six of his favorite IPAs, wrapping them up in brown paper, adding the reindeer characteristics, and making the six pack into a sleigh of sorts. I’ll be blogging all of these projects as I work on them.
For the boyfriend who needs nothing… it turns out he doesn’t have everything! My boyfriend is severely lacking in decor for his first grownup apartment. I’ll be making him a few artsy pieces he doesn’t know he needs. I’ll also be putting together an energy bouquet, similar to the candy bouquets that pop up in grocery stores every Valentine’s Day. Instead of candy, which he doesn’t eat much of, I’ll be using different energy bars, gels, and everything a cyclist/runner needs to survive.
These aren’t the only things I’ll be making for my family. I’ll be revealing other DIYs I’ve been working on during the weeks leading up to Christmas, culminating with a big Christmas Reveal on Christmas day. Stay tuned…