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9 Heartfelt Homemade Gifts to Impress Your Friends

9 Heartfelt Homemade Gifts to Impress Your Friends

Some people have difficulty coming up with a gift idea for their friends, especially if you’ve been friends with someone for years now, and you already exchanged all the big and meaningful gifts you planned. The budget is also a factor here – the winter holiday season is coming and we all need to be cautious about the way we spend money.

There’s a nice and useful method of surprising your friends and not paying a fortune for a gift – homemade crafts. It’s really not necessary for you to be particularly handy or resourceful for what I have in mind. A sprinkle of will, a pinch of creativity and a fair amount of patience is all you need.

1. Homemade Sweets

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    Cooking actually might be a pretty great idea for that special someone you’d like to surprise. If they have a sweet tooth and can’t resist a fresh batch of cookies, that’s exactly what you should make!

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    Your best choice here is muffins – they are simple to make, so you can’t really mess them up; and I don’t know a person in this world who doesn’t like them or who can even stay indifferent to their smell. The ones with chocolate chips are a classic, but you can always spice them up with some kind of berries or – even more chocolate.

    2. Scrapbook

    Having a meaningful friendship with someone implies that you have a lot of memories and that you two have gone through a lot of different things, both good and bad. Well, you can take a walk through your past memories and remember all those things that helped you build this bond of yours.

    The most meaningful gift I ever gave to my best friend is a scrapbook that contained our first photos and the most recent ones, and all the pages were filled with jokes, funny sketches, and drawings. Aesthetics shouldn’t really matter here – find the most meaningful photos and items, draw and write from your heart, and I’m absolutely sure that your friend will be the happiest person in the world once they receive it.

    3. Gift Basket

    No, I don’t mean the ones you can just buy – you are to make it from scratch. That way, it’s a budget-friendly gift in which you invested time, skill, and effort.

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    A gift basket is a simple DIY project – all you need is a hamper of sorts and a theme. If you can’t decide on only one thing your friend likes, you can simply fill the basket up with everything your special person enjoys and make it even more personal.

    4. Framed Flowers

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      This idea requires some planning, so you should have that in mind. But, it’s worth all the trouble because it looks gorgeous. If your friend is known to be an aesthete, I believe that dried flowers pressed with glass on both sides and simply framed is a present that they will definitely appreciate. All you need to do is to find a beautiful flower, several of them, or a leaf perhaps – the composition is completely up to you – press them very carefully and have your piece of art framed.

      5. Knitted Blanket

      This is a huge trend all over the internet right now, and it’s no wonder – blankets made out of really thick wool are both very cozy, so you’ll never want to leave yours, and very stylish, so they fit with any inner décor and any room in a home, as a matter of fact.

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      I know this seems like a lot of work and it does seem to require a lot of skill, but that’s really not true – you just need to be patient, follow a detailed guide and you’ll have a really nice gift in no time. Of course – unless you decide to keep it for yourself.

      6. Canvas Print

      Canvas significantly contributes to the level of stylishness when it comes to wall art and you should have that in mind if you’d like to share a particular memory. My suggestion is to have some photo editing done on that photo, so that it doesn’t look like it was just glued onto the canvas.

      7. Custom Coasters

      This is a nice little present that everyone needs. The thing is that coasters don’t have to be ordinary. You can have a set specially made according to your friend’s personality – the bands they listen to, favorite characters from movies, or perhaps some symbols they find meaningful. A gift that is useful and pretty is always appreciated.

      8. Artsy Pillows

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        We all have that one friend who loves to sleep and who appreciates being comfy above all else – a person like this can never have too many pillows. Considering that Christmas is coming soon, you can have some fun with those motives if that particular friend is into that. If you’d like to do some brainstorming, you should browse through different ideas online and find the most appropriate design.

        9. Handmade Bottle Stoppers

        Another easy to make DIY project any friend who enjoys a quality drink (or two) will appreciate. Handmade bottle stoppers have a decorative purpose, but they are also quite handy – no one likes it when their drink goes stale. So, depending on your friend’s affinities, decide on which theme to go with for this DIY and create a set of bottle stoppers; I’m sure that you can find the right person for this gift and that they will have a lot of appreciation for your efforts.

        Once I started creating homemade gifts for my friends, I felt amazing. Now, I rarely actually purchase them. Spending money on a gift isn’t the point of making someone happy – thinking about an idea for starters and realizing it later is something that will make your friends happy, and the surprise itself is just the second wave of joy.

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        How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

        How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

        Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

        If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

        1. Breathe

        The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

        • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
        • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
        • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

        Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

        2. Loosen up

        After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

        Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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        3. Chew slowly

        Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

        Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

        Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

        4. Let go

        Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

        The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

        It’s not. Promise.

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        Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

        Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

        21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

        5. Enjoy the journey

        Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

        Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

        6. Look at the big picture

        The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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        Will this matter to me…

        • Next week?
        • Next month?
        • Next year?
        • In 10 years?

        Hint: No, it won’t.

        I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

        Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

        7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

        You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

        Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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        8. Practice patience every day

        Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

        • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
        • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
        • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

        Final thoughts

        Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

        Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

        Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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