Gifts with a Personal Touch

Buying so many holiday gifts can get expensive, but there are easy DIY gift ideas that everyone will love.


Micah Barnes

Drawings or writings can often mean more to people than things.

When it comes to purchasing and planning gifts for friends and family during the holiday season, most high school students are on a budget. Making do-it-yourself (DIY) gifts is both affordable and personal, making for perfect holiday gifts.

“DIY gifts are special because they are customizable for the person you give it to,” senior TarravStevens said. “It makes them happy knowing that you put a lot of thought into their gift. I feel like it’s more memorable that way.”

Customizable No-Sew Fleece Blankets

What is needed:
Two fleece patterns
Fabric can be purchased from places like Joann’s Fabric, Hobby Lobby and Walmart.

How to:
Pick out two patterns that are special to the person receiving the gift. Line up the two fabrics and cut around three inch long strips along each side. Then tie the two strands together for each blanket.

Personalized Coffee Mugs

What is needed:
Colored Sharpies
White Mug
These can be purchased from any craft store or from most dollar stores.

How to:
Use the Sharpies to decorate the mug by adding quotes, messages or little drawings that the receiver would appreciate. When the mug is decorated, bake it at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.
Side Note: These are not dishwasher or microwave safe after customization.

“Open When” Letters

What is needed:
Writing Utensil
How to:
Take several cards and on the front sides of them, write “open when,” then follow that statement with a life event. Some examples are “open when you are sad” or “open when you need motivation.” Then on the back side, write notes to lift spirits for that occasion.

Personalized Recipe Plate

What is needed:
Plates used in this DIY project can be purchased at dollar stores or places like Walmart for a low cost.
Glass Paint Marker (optional)
How to:
On the plate, write down a recipe on the dish. Feel free to draw and doodle around the recipe to make it special and decorative. Bake the plate at 150 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.