Special days like Christmas, Mother’s Day or Birthdays should be celebrated with special presents. The newest phone or a new laptop might be expensive, but not really personal. So you might feel good about yourself because you bought your loved one something that cost you a lot of money, however you didn't put a lot of thought into the present. If you’re thinking of buying something else rather than the newest cellphone this year, we have some tips for handmade presents for you.
1) Neon - is there anything more personal than a neon with a personal text? The date of your wedding or the day you met each other. A word that means a lot to you. Your life motto. All of that can be reproduced on neon. On sygns you can order custom neon signs. All you need is an idea, the rest they will do for you.
What’s so great about neon is that each one is unique. Since each neon is handcrafted and bent, each is different and thus one of a kind. That makes it special. If you choose the word or phrase wisely, then it is perfect as a present. It should a phrase/word you share with the person you are gifting it to. You would appreciate receiving a handwritten birthday card more than a generic printed one, right? The effect you achieve when gifting neon is very similar if the text you come up with has a meaning.
Sometimes it is a bit difficult to imagine what a neon sign could look like at home. We collected a couple of examples that should give you a bit of inspiration.
Looks great, right? Neon works well with other visual elements as well - in this case with a plant wall.
It's more typical to place the neon above your bed or your sofa though - really makes for an eye-catcher in your room.
There is also the option to put your neon within a transparent box made out of acrylic. If you are the type of person who likes to rearrange your rooms regularly, this could be an option - within an acrylic box, neons are very mobile.
2) Products from young labels - everyone knows Armani and Prada. But have you heard of Frau Tonis Perfume? Probably not, they’re not that famous. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were some sort of database or location where unknown Designer Labels were listed? Good news: there is.
Selekkt is a website on which a lot of young labels are displayed and featured which are not well known yet. From perfume to salad spinners (no joke), there’s a lot of interesting products to be found there.
If you’re looking for something personal, selekkt is a good choice. Since you’re buying from young labels, you’re buying handcrafted items with a nice backstory - not mass produced products from a sweatshop. That makes the present more interesting, certainly more so than products from large brands you see everyday on TV.
Pack & Smooch is one of those brands. It produces minimalistic, functional leather goods, which are produced eco-friendly but are still affordable.
Nuukk specialises on stickers and paper goods. Their stickers for tiles and porcelain are very pretty - and can transform your interior design without a huge investment on your part.
3) Handmade furniture - sure, it’s a bigger present, but why not? There is a young furniture label from Berlin, Germany, called Bullenberg which produces tables according to your specifications. The tables are furnished completely by the company - even the wood originates out of their own forest! You’ll have a hard time finding anything more local and handmade than that, and is probably an upgrade to your IKEA setup ;)
Since you might not be located in Germany, you might want to search for carpenters closer to you. Thanks to Google, it’s not very difficult at all - search for this. With a bit of luck you’ll be able to see all carpenters located close to you.
You do have to watch out though. Furniture is personal and something people really have to like, they are living with it every day. You have to be absolutely sure that the furniture you are gifting will fit well into the apartment/house and that the person you are gifting it to will like it.
4) Vintage Carpets - The Knots is a young company which sells carpets from small family-run businesses. The Knots campaigns for fair trade and against mass production - via carpets. The complete merchandise they sell is handpicked from their network of carpet businesses.
The flagship products of the store are their vintage oriental carpets. You purchase a carpet with character and history. The Knots even lets you know when and where the carpet originates from. For example this one- 60 years old, comes from Kerman (Iran), and still has a beautiful color.
Carpets are definitely are very specific present, and a quite large investment. Thus it might make sense to decide which carpet to buy together with the person who is going to receive it.
5) Cook yourself - until now we’ve covered present options which are handmade and personal. But none of these are handmade by you, others have put in the work. If you want to get active yourself, why not cook something for your loved one(s).
You don’t know how to cook? All the better. That makes it more of a present and something special. Most people have cookbooks at home. If not, you’re reading this on the internet, so just search for some recipes - no excuses!
Learn from the best. Watch some Youtube tutorials on cooking, many celebrity chefs have their own Youtube channel.
Cooking once for your loved ones is probably not enough for a present, especially not for Christmas. However, cooking well for someone is always a nice gesture.
6) Other handmade products - nothing relevant so far? Take a look on Etsy, it’s a huge marketplace for handmade products, which normally are made by individuals.
On Etsy you can find anything your heart desires. Not just your typical handmade products like jewelry or knitted goods, but also unusual things:
While Etsy markets itself as a marketplace for handmade products, you may come across products which are not. However it doesn’t happen often and is normally quite obvious. Just be aware of it if you are exclusively looking for handmade products.
If you live in Europe, take a look at Dawanda. Same idea as Etsy - a marketplace for handmade products.
7) Do-It-Yourself - as already touched upon, you can of course also craft presents by yourself.
Making a present yourself is a great opportunity to teach yourself a new handicraft. If you’re looking for something for Christmas, how about knitting a scarf? There are countless videos on Youtube which help you learn how to knit correctly, and a scarf is simple-enough for the start. One of the most watched videos is this one, she explains it very well:
Another option is a jewelry box, handmade by you. Again there are many tutorials to choose from. If neither of those options are what you had in mind, just type in “DIY”, “do-it-yourself” or “how to make” into the search bar and you’ll get a rough overview of what tutorials for DIY are popular.
We hope there were a couple of useful options contained in the tips above. Finding homemade gifts may seem difficult at first because you don’t know where to start. However, there are actually a lot of options out there. From neon signs to rugs and cooking - there is no shortage in selfmade presents. If you have additional tips or are a label which would fit into this list, please reach out to us!