5 Gift Ideas That Are Both Practical and Creative

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Most people have to give hundreds, if not thousands, of gifts in their lifetimes. As such, it’s likely you’ll run out of ideas and need some inspiration for what to buy from time to time.

The good news is that if you’re willing to get creative, you don’t need to scour stores looking for an item that will suit. Furthermore, gifts you put together yourself can be practical as well as personal, making them easier to appreciate and use regularly.

Here are a handful of ideas for gifts that have a functional purpose, and also let you express your creativity.

A photo calendar

Even in an age when most people handle their schedules digitally, a physical calendar is still very handy to have hanging on a wall at home.

What’s more, when you make your own photo calendar, you’re in control of the pictures it features. The snaps you choose can be meaningful, fun, funky or anything in between. They can celebrate the relationship you have with the recipient, and will be a daily reminder of what you mean to one another.

A custom candle

Candle making is a popular hobby at the moment, and for good reason. It’s relaxing, absorbing and lets you escape from the worries of the world while also giving you the means to let your creative juices flow.

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Getting into it is a great way to conjure up bespoke gifts that you can give to your friends and family. Everyone loves receiving store-bought candles, and if you’ve made them with your own fair hands then the enjoyment will be intensified.

Candles are also practical, as they can not only create a great atmosphere when lit, but if scented can also clear up musty smells from domestic spaces. There are lots of kits to try, and you could even give a candle making kit as a gift in its own right.

A knitted blanket

Knitting is another traditional vocation that has been transformed into a rewarding, mindful modern hobby. And again, while you can buy knitted items that have been mass produced, it’s far more meaningful to pick up the needles and yarn yourself and learn how to knit.

Starting off with simple projects, like blankets or scarves where there aren’t any complex shapes to integrate, will let you gift great items which will keep recipients toasty in the colder months.

A bookmark

If you’re after a super affordable, super quick creative gift to give, then a bookmark is brilliant. It relies on the person you’re giving it to being into reading, of course, so if you know any bookworms then this is ideal.

All you need is a few sheets of colorful card, a pair of scissors and a glue stick, and you’ll be able to make all sorts of eye-catching designs in a jiffy. You could even print designs directly onto the card for you to cut around if you don’t want to do the cutting freehand.

A wine rack

Fans of fine wines will always need somewhere to store their favorite tipple, and a wine rack can be made in a DIY fashion with relative ease.

All you need is an old wooden crate, either sourced from an antique store or purchased from a modern retailer. You can add in extra dividers using wood glue or screws, depending on the size and shape.

So whatever type of gift you’re looking for, there are ways to make it creative and practical if you think outside the box – or in this case, inside the box instead!

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