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December 14, 2016


Homemade gifts are one of the best kinds of presents to give throughout the year. They show the hard work and dedication one puts into making the gift and are a simple and cheap way to give a loved one something special. Here are some inexpensive, fun and easy ways to give the most unique gifts.


Websites like Pinterest have great DIY projects that are perfect for every occasion. Pinterest categories include art, DIY and crafts, fashion, food and drink, home décor and travel, among extensive other possibilities. It is a great resource to use when brainstorming ideas for that special someone.


Using mason jars for gifts are very popular and there are so many unique ideas that you can use them for. Mason jars are the perfect gift for making a hot chocolate mix filled with cocoa mix, marshmallows, crushed candy canes and mini chocolate chips. This is a festive holiday gift for just about anyone to enjoy because most everyone loves some hot cocoa during the season.


            Another unique way to use these trendy jars is the “100 Things I Love about You Jar”. To make this heartfelt gift, one will need a mason jar, paper and a pencil. Write down 100 things to love about the person receiving the gift, put them in the mason jar and the project is completed. One can also add Hershey Kisses or any other type of candy in the mason jar for a sweet treat.


A picture is worth a thousand words. Print out a picture with a loved one and frame it for a meaningful gift. Don’t worry if there isn’t a printer at home, go to a local CVS or Walgreens to print out a photo for as low as 30 cents. Target and Walmart have a wide variety of picture frames that are perfect for this DIY craft. One can even customize the frame by writing his or her favorite quote or a song lyric.



If supplies aren’t available at home to make a homemade gift, Columbus has many places to offer where one can make creative gifts for any occasion. Marcy’s Clayground is a paint-your-own pottery studio located in Dublin. According to Marcy’s website, they have over 150 ceramic items to choose from and over 80 different colors of glazes. The prices range from $3 to $50 depending on the type of piece. Marcy’s is a great place to go with friends and family anytime and the best part is one is able to customize his or her piece however they desire.


The Candle Lab is another option that is enjoyable for the donor and recipient of the gift. The Candle Lab has locations in the Short North and Worthington. According to The Candle Labs website, they have over 120 different pre-made candles available for customers to purchase off the shelf, but they also offer clients to pour their own candles. Their prices range from $15 to $30 depending on size and style of the container you choose. The Candle Lab is unique from any other average candle store because it gives its customers an opportunity to create their own personalized scent. If they do not carry a scent one is looking for, they always have the option to make your own scent through the wide variety of fragrances they carry. This way every customer will always have a one-of-a-kind candle.


There are so many places and different ways to make a DIY gift for anyone. It makes the gift more special when the recipient knows the time and effort put into it. So next time a gift is needed, stay away from boring gift cards and give them a creative DIY gift.

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