Gifts to Make
Money is probably my least favorite gift to give. My kids are still young and don’t ask for it yet. But, my nephews are really getting into asking for money for their birthdays to save up for something big! I love the pass the parcel game and this wrapping idea is inspired by it. There are different layers of wrapping paper with a little more money in each layer. No need to pass it around, all layers are for the birthday boy (or girl!)
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I picked up a few of these blank iphone cases and have been playing around with them. A few weeks ago, we tried covering a few in gold leaf and paint – and I love the way they turned out! You could make them any way you want (even put someone’s monogram in gold leaf!)
This Travel Memory Map is a gift I’ve been wanting to give to Paul to keep track of our travels. I grew up in a house with a giant map on the wall of our den and love having a map around to show my kids where everything is. It’s really easy to personalize and celebrate all the places you’ve been together. I used push pins to attach mini photos of every location our family has visited around the world. And, the best part is – we can keep adding to it and tracking our travel memories for years to come.
Materials: Spray Adhesive, Push Pins, Scissors, World Map, Large Piece of Foamcore, Printed Mini Travel Photos (Including Location Name & Date)
Step 1: Cut foamcore down so that it’s the same dimensions as your map.
Step 2: Spray the foamcore with adhesive.
Step 3: Carefully lay the map onto the foamcore. Use your hands to smooth it out so there are no wrinkles.
Step 4: Cut out the mini travel photos you’ve printed.
Step 5: Use push pins to attach the travel photos to the corresponding location on the map.
Step 6: Give to your loved one!
Here is another Father’s Day gift idea. I love giving gifts of gourmet sodas because people really get into experimenting with the different flavors. (For Christmas I gave my sister’s family a giant crate of 50 different rootbeers–it was a hit.) Most cities will have a specialty soda store where you can buy these, here in California I usually go to BevMo. You can always order stuff online but the shipping can get pricey so its usually better to pick it up in person. (PS – Remember my rainbow soda bar?)
This project doesn’t need any instructions but we found it easiest to take the crate to the soda shop to test how they all fit. And beware, the crate of sodas gets heavy quick!
With Father’s Day right around the corner, I’ve been thinking about easy-to-make gifts for Dads. This one is really funny and can be personalized with photos of your family members. Using a Shrinky Dink Kit, we turned Moses and Roman into miniature pins and keychains. The boys loved making this craft with me and makes a fun little present.