Heart’s Holiday Guide: Made With Love
There is nothing in the world quite like receiving a ‘one-of-a-kind made-just-for-you with heaps of love’ present.
For those of us with crafty hands and creative hearts it’s a matter of thinking of something thoughtful (within the realm of your ability) that your partner needs. Knit a scarf in their favourite colours (gold star if you make sure it goes well with their coat), create some art with their tastes in mind, have a photograph you took that might be special to your partner printed and framed. Build them something they need, personalize a collage, get crafty with your bad self.
If you were not blessed with creative hands but have a very big heart you can still do-it-yourself with a little effort:
Bake something! I’m pretty sure even burnt cookies still get smooches and points for effort.
Have a quote or song lyric your partner loves framed. You could write the quote on fancy paper if you have good penmanship, or use scrap-booking letters or stencils. If you need something fail-proof you could print it yourself using a font you like or even buy the quote on a card. If you doubt your skills you could have it professionally mounted and framed, but with some fun scrapbooking paper for a mat and an antique or thrift store frame you could really make your piece unique. For examples click here, here, here or here. (And side note; holy shit if you can embroider the possibilities for framed quotes are even fancier.)
Grow them a plant using clippings from one of your own. (Instructions for house plants here, for outdoor plants here.) Find a vase or container from a thrift shop that suits your partner’s tastes or decorate a plain one with paint, stickers, beads, etc. What better gift than a clone!
Make them a mix-tape. Look, it may be outdated and not at all necessary in this day and age but the best part of my courtships as a young girl were mix-tapes. You don’t have to necessarily go retro and rock a cassette (but omg if you did swoon), mixed-cd’s or even playlists are a fine substitute. Choose songs with a special memory or history to them, choose a mood for your collection like “driving in the dark”, “jogging jams” or of course “sexy time”. Decorate your mix, write a love note on it and make a fancy envelope. Sharing music is intimate! Most importantly unveil your soundtrack at a time when you can listen to it together, perhaps while you have dinner, or road trip to family functions. Make new memories for those songs.
If your partner wears earrings or jewellery get an old frame and some chicken wire and make them an awesome and useful-as-fuck jewellery holder. It’s super easy and super functional. (Ideas and directions here.)
If you’re all thumbs or short on time you can still go handmade by finding something one-of-a-kind your partner would love on a site like etsy or deviant art.
Things you make with your own hands and heart carry a piece of you within them.  Knowing you used your precious time and talents to craft them something unique will make your partner feel (rightfully) special. Hand-made gifts are things people truly treasure. It’s a tangible form of your love, and love is what the holiday season is really all about.
*This is the last of my Holiday Guide posts. Thanks for all of your awesome feedback. I’d love to hear from you if you achieve partner-present-success with any of these ideas. Cheers. <3
Embroidery by Lux Alptraum. See a "How To" here.

Heartโ€™s Holiday Guide: Made With Love

There is nothing in the world quite like receiving a ‘one-of-a-kind made-just-for-you with heaps of love’ present.

For those of us with crafty hands and creative hearts it’s a matter of thinking of something thoughtful (within the realm of your ability) that your partner needs. Knit a scarf in their favourite colours (gold star if you make sure it goes well with their coat), create some art with their tastes in mind, have a photograph you took that might be special to your partner printed and framed. Build them something they need, personalize a collage, get crafty with your bad self.

If you were not blessed with creative hands but have a very big heart you can still do-it-yourself with a little effort:

  • Bake something! I’m pretty sure even burnt cookies still get smooches and points for effort.
  • Have a quote or song lyric your partner loves framed. You could write the quote on fancy paper if you have good penmanship, or use scrap-booking letters or stencils. If you need something fail-proof you could print it yourself using a font you like or even buy the quote on a card. If you doubt your skills you could have it professionally mounted and framed, but with some fun scrapbooking paper for a mat and an antique or thrift store frame you could really make your piece unique. For examples click here, here, here or here. (And side note; holy shit if you can embroider the possibilities for framed quotes are even fancier.)
  • Grow them a plant using clippings from one of your own. (Instructions for house plants here, for outdoor plants here.) Find a vase or container from a thrift shop that suits your partner’s tastes or decorate a plain one with paint, stickers, beads, etc. What better gift than a clone!
  • Make them a mix-tape. Look, it may be outdated and not at all necessary in this day and age but the best part of my courtships as a young girl were mix-tapes. You don’t have to necessarily go retro and rock a cassette (but omg if you did swoon), mixed-cd’s or even playlists are a fine substitute. Choose songs with a special memory or history to them, choose a mood for your collection like “driving in the dark”, “jogging jams” or of course “sexy time”. Decorate your mix, write a love note on it and make a fancy envelope. Sharing music is intimate! Most importantly unveil your soundtrack at a time when you can listen to it together, perhaps while you have dinner, or road trip to family functions. Make new memories for those songs.
  • If your partner wears earrings or jewellery get an old frame and some chicken wire and make them an awesome and useful-as-fuck jewellery holder. It’s super easy and super functional. (Ideas and directions here.)
  • If you’re all thumbs or short on time you can still go handmade by finding something one-of-a-kind your partner would love on a site like etsy or deviant art.

Things you make with your own hands and heart carry a piece of you within them.ย  Knowing you used your precious time and talents to craft them something unique will make your partner feel (rightfully) special. Hand-made gifts are things people truly treasure. It’s a tangible form of your love, and love is what the holiday season is really all about.

*This is the last of my Holiday Guide posts. Thanks for all of your awesome feedback. I’d love to hear from you if you achieve partner-present-success with any of these ideas. Cheers. <3

Embroidery by Lux Alptraum. See a "How To" here.

(Source: mnagos)