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Do It Yourself Gifts

Do-It-Yourself Gifts

When it comes to giving gifts, you’ve likely heard the saying, “it’s the thought that counts,” and there is certainly no gift more thoughtful than something that is made with love. Homemade gifts are not just thoughtful; they’re also budget-friendly. If you’re looking for some gift ideas that you can make yourself, check out the list of suggestions below.

Baked Goods – Baked goods and homemade food items are always a great and tasty gift option. Plus, you can make them in bulk so that you have plenty of extra items on hand in case you need a last-minute present for someone.

Gift Basket – Why not create a custom gift basket for someone that you care about. Do they have a sweet tooth? Fill it with cookies, candies, and other confections. Are they a gourmand? Gather lots of foodie items at World Market in Elmwood like gourmet olive oils, artisan cheeses, and a bottle of wine to complete the basket.

Scrapbook – Pictures are worth 1000 words, so communicate your affection with a photobook or scrapbook. Theme the album around a favorite family vacation, a special event, or create a chronological history of memories. Make it by hand or visit a photo-friendly site like for some high-tech help.

Special Day – Memories last far longer than things, so why not create a “special day” for someone you love. Plan a romantic evening out, complete with dinner and a movie at Elmwood or Clearview AMC Theaters or organize a family day at the New Orleans Audubon Zoo. So they actually have something to open, print out a picture of where you’re going or get a gift card toward a special place you’ll visit that day.

Get creative and have fun – your loved one will adore you for it!