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Meaningful gift giving doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or time. We’ve rounded up some of the best DIY sentimental gift ideas to help you give thoughtful gifts this year without spending a lot of money or time on them.
Sentimental gifts will mean different things to different people so be sure to keep the recipient in mind as you’re deciding what to give. If the person is short on space, then give something that doesn’t take up much space, like the “when to open” envelopes. If the recipient hates clutter then give something that’s practical, like an apron from a man’s shirt.
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I think the number 1 rule for gift giving is will the gift bless the recipient or cause them to feel overwhelmed? Aim for the blessing.
DIY Sentimental Gifts
Sentimental gifts don't have to be sappy. You'll find something for everyone with these diy sentimental gift ideas. Most of these gift ideas come together very quickly which makes them perfect for last minute giving.
Gather your family's favorite flower and herb seeds and create seed paper. These would be great as gift tags for some of your other sentimental gifts. The recipient can just plant the paper after opening the gift.
If you need a practical sentimental gift, here it is. Use a man's shirt to make an apron. Of course, you can by a shirt at a thrift store but it will be more meaningful if you can get an old shirt from a man in the recipient's life.
These "open when" envelops are such a great gift. Certainly, they will take some time to put together but what a great idea, especially for someone who you don't see very often - like a kid going to college or into the military.
Angi Schneider lives with her family on a 1.5 acre homestead along the Texas Gulf Coast. They keep a large garden, a growing orchard, chickens and bees. She shares their simple living adventures at SchneiderPeeps.com