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Best Creative Gift Ideas for the Art Lover in Your Life


| By Alexis Teasdale | January 04, 2021

We've found the best creative gift ideas to DIY for your family and friends, plus a range of other ideas to boost their creativity.

Creative gift ideas to make for friends and family as DIY presents.

If you want to wrap up some handmade and heartfelt presents for the arts and crafts lovers in your life, these creative gift ideas will show them you care.

Design an Apron

A unique personalised apron is one of many creative gift ideas.

This present idea is perfect for the loved one who adores being in the kitchen. Paint or draw on a ready-made apron such as the Born Artist Apron, which can be worn straight away. A mess-free way to create your art is to use permanent markers, such as Sharpies or fabric markers, but if you’re not feeling totally confident, you can sketch out your design in pencil first, then go over the top in marker.

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Tie-dye a Top

Try these cool creative gift ideas including a DIY tie-dye t-shirt

Thanks to so much home-time recently, comfy clothing has become an essential – but it doesn’t have to be grey and sloppy! Tie-dye is back on trend and a fun activity to do at home. Buy or dig out a basic white nightie, tracksuit or t-shirt, pop on some gloves and start creating. Look for kits with cool colour palettes, instead of individual dyes, to ensure a final product that’s more artistic than abstract.

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Prep a Cookie Jar

A make-your-own cookie jar mix is a great homemade creative gift idea

Gift a friend almost everything they need to bake their own homemade cookies by layering all the dry ingredients beautifully in a jar. Buy a clear glass jar like the Lemon & Lime Glass Jar, then add in layers (tap the base of the jar to keep each layer straight) of chocolate buttons, nuts, dried fruits, flour, sugar, and whatever extra dry essentials you use in your cookie recipe. Create your own label to pop on the front of the jar, with another on the back, listing the fresh elements they need to add, like butter and eggs. You never know – your giftees may turn up on your doorstep with a plate of treats down the track!

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Create a Unique Statement Necklace

This DIY necklace is one of many great creative gift ideas

Channel your inner designer by making a chunky bead necklace for a special piece of costume jewellery your aunt or mum won’t find in any store. Paint wooden beads with luminous metallic paints and leave to dry, before stringing them all together using ribbon or twine. Add a little wooden disc with a DIY design to finish.

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SEE ALSO: 5 Beautiful DIY Canvas Painting Ideas for Your Home

Make a Home for Special Trinkets

 Try this creative gift idea for a handmade trinket box

A beautiful handmade box for a loved one’s most treasured piece of jewellery is a thoughtful present – they’ll think of you every time they open it up. Up-cycle an old box or look for a small, plain one at your local hardware store. Decorate it by either adding a personal message or by painting, drawing or even collaging, using images from magazines or photos. Pick a colour palette – like the dreamy ice-cream hues of the Reeves acrylic pastel pack – to keep the box design cohesive.

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