HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS FOR HIM AND HER: day 5 – “DIY” edition

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PREFACE:

LI’L GRIPES is generally not a fan of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) gifts, regardless of the occasion. It is ridiculous to profess that purchased gifts are, by definition, less thoughtful than homemade ones. Money does not grow on trees and spending it on someone is absolutely a display of love and caring. So, it is our official opinion that, yes, you can buy love.

Now, that said, if you want to display affection through a gift crafted with your own fingers for a loved one, here is a primo suggestion apiece for him and for her, along with a completely gender-neutral gift:

FOR HIM OR HER:

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A $0-gift that doesn’t basically scream “I’m either cheap or broke and/or don’t really care about you.” Make him or her a homemade documentary compiled of interviews with the giftee’s loved ones all speaking nice truths from the heart about said giftee.

*Make sure all those interviewed do not say clichéd, holiday-themed bullsh!t and that their individual messages are distinctive to their relationship with the giftee. Also, that each message lasts at least a minute.

All you need is a smartphone, if not an actual video camera and a computer video-editing program, and the iMovie app. String the interviews together with exterior shots of things the giftee loves… Cupcakes, skylines, old forests… Just make it a theme.

FOR HIM:

Leather and Gold Leaf Notebook

(for full instructions, go here)

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Ingredients:

A piece of soft leather, 8″ x 5 1/2,” about 15-20 pieces of paper, 7 1/2″ x 5 1/2,” upholstery thread, sturdy needle, scissors, pen, ruler, ModPodge, 2 small paintbrushes, gold leaf, bone folder, tweezers

 Steps:

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 It is ridiculous to profess that purchased gifts are, by definition, less thoughtful than homemade ones.

FOR HER:

Raw Crystal Necklace Display

(for full instructions, go here)

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Ingredients:

Three 12″ x 4″ x ¼” pieces of craft wood, thin paintbrush, thick paintbrush, gold paint, white paint, premium construction adhesive glue, an assortment of 18 raw crystals, non-destructive wall mounts

Steps:

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CHEERFUL CRAFTING, FILMING AND PARTIAL-SHOPPING!

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