If you haven't already picked up on this, we're going to have a pretty tight budget for the next year. We are going to be okay, we will be able to pay our bills, but it's gonna be tight. I l-o-v-e giving gifts... to a fault. Giving gifts can get expensive. The word "expensive" is not in our vocabulary right now.
And, at the same time, I don't want to buy something cheap. Like, "hey, here is a picture frame I bought you at the dollar store!" So, I am installing a DIY-only gift rule for one year. Pinterest has provided for some REALLY great gift ideas, and I thought this would be a surefire way to help our budget while still being able to give really awesome gifts...
...until a wedding shower invite came in the mail. I hadn't really considered what to do for wedding showers and baby showers. In my own experience, I didn't get many gifts that made me go "eww," but I did get some that made me wish people would shop off of the registry. :) A girl can dream, right? Anyway, you spend a lot of time working on your registry and so it's stuff you want... stuff you have hand-selected... and people should buy those things for you.
DIY-ing can get very expensive unless you do it so often that you have on-hand most of the tools/supplies you need. For instance, I am making someone a birthday gift (can't tell who!) and spent $20 at Michael's yesterday on the tools - but I got like... 120 of three different things, so if I keep making this item, I won't need to spend much for each go 'round. To keep the DIY cost at a minimum, I'll have to either use things I have on hand or can buy inexpensively (frames, glassware, ornaments). But.... what about buying something off the registry and personalizing it?
So, I'm stumped. Do I buy one or two small things and make something to accompany those things? Or do I just take the risk and make something with the risk they won't like it?
Here are the ideas I'm considering:
This is my top pick - I already have the frame and I can just buy the vinyl for the Cricut. Some people just don't like monograms, so it's risky!
I am definitely making this for myself!! To make this for a gift, it would technically require the purchase of a Pyrex dish, but they really aren't expensive and they are a necessity for any cook.
I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE this... and it's so/sew easy. Buttons are relatively inexpensive, as is thread. I already have embroidery needles and could buy a small piece of fabric... and paint a frame from the thrift store. This idea is growing on me.
These are so simple, but so pretty! It's just twine and spray paint with a pretty ribbon at the top. But I'm not sure how I feel about giving candle holders as a gift... seems almost TOO impersonal.
Lastly... this is so lovely. Imagine with a fruit salad or trifle inside!!! Again, a home-made stencil via Cricut and some spraypaint and - voila! - personalized magic.
Notice a few of these projects involve require a Cricut... I think I am getting one for my birthday. I know, what about the rule?? The rule doesn't apply for my birthday this year because I want a Cricut so I can make gifts. A little investment that will go a looooooong way.... ;)