Last Minute Easy DIY Gift Idea

Are you struggling to find a gift for that someone who has everything already? Someone who says they don’t want or need anything? Someone who already has too much “stuff”? Are you short on cash?

a coupon for taking a friend out for lunch, with a guest of her choice...

a coupon for taking a friend out for lunch, with a guest of her choice…

Make your own gift card for an outing, service, or special adventure! Here are some ideas:

  • a special lunch or dinner- homemade or going out
  • a nature hike
  • bike ride through your hometown to somewhere special
  • car cleaning
  • week of doing the dishes
  • a commissioned art project
  • a night of babysitting
  • mowing the lawn
  • breakfast in bed
  • doing laundry
  • a surprise adventure outing – (don’t tell them where you are going and make it a surprise – like to watch the sunset, revisiting a romantic place, a local museum or park, or a scenic drive)

You can even make a coupon book of several things that people can enjoy for months to come!

If you get someone tickets to something, spruce them up by creating a homemade certificate to tell about the event. People will really enjoy the personal touch.

sprucing up tickets to an event

sprucing up tickets to an event

Design Suggestions:

  • keep it simple
  • go with a color theme to bring everything together
  • use glitter, sequence, ribbon, beads, applique, stickers, etc to add texture
  • use colored and patterned paper
  • print out clip art if you don’t like to draw
  • leave spaces where you can fill it in with another pen/pencils to make it look official
  • use multimedia – paint, crayon, pen, pencil
  • use scissors that cut in a patter, or tear paper, or whole punches to make a creative edge to the paper that goes with your theme (i.e. tearing for outdoor/rugged theme)
  • use photographs of a location or event, or of the person

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Do you have any other ideas of adventures, services, or outings to suggest?

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One response to “Last Minute Easy DIY Gift Idea

  1. Reblogged this on EmaBee's Art and commented:

    Are you freaking out because you don’t have a Valentine’s Day gift for someone yet? Check out this easy DIY gift idea (recycled from Christmas, but just as good!)

    Valentine’s Day specific ideas:
    – an at-home massage
    – home-cooked dinner by candle light – complete with after-dinner slow dance
    – coupon for week of homemade lunches
    – week of doing dishes (shows you really love them!)
    – breakfast in bed
    – week full of surprises each day (i.e. flowers one day, make nice breakfast for before work, foot massage…)
    GET CREATIVE and channel some love!

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