15 Alternative Gift Ideas for the Not-So-Crafty

Here’s a list for the rest of us. The clumsy, the craft-averse, the just plain TIRED.
If you’d love to give super meaningful gifts but your craftingability lies somewhere between lighting a candle and successfullycutting coupons – use this list of DIY Christmas gifts.
No mod podge required, I promise.
Ain’t no shame

  1. Bake something yummy. Homemade cookies, bread, salsa, pasta sauce –whatever your specialty is, it will taste better than store-boughtversions that sit on the shelf for days or weeks. Check out my DessertFirst board on Pinterest here for ideas. Too much? Keep it simple and buy a brownie mix.
  2. Cover the membership fee for your loved one at a local performingarts theater. Most theaters will give their members perks like freetickets or priority seating.
  3. Pick out a few of your favorite photos of your friend or familymember, get them printed, and throw them together in a photo album. (One you get at a store, not some vintage children’s book you’ve upcycledinto a disgustingly cute photo album. This one is pretty and looks kinda fancy without being expensive.)
  4. Sponsor an animal at your local zoo or animal sanctuary. This makes a great gift for kids because as a follow-up gift, you can visit the zooand pretend to find the animal you sponsored. Some zoos will even sendyou a certificate about the animal you adopted.
  5. Offer to teach a skill you have, like a foreign language, playing an instrument, or handling temper tantrums like a ninja badass.
  6. For families with children, a gift membership to a children’s museum is a gift that keeps on giving throughout the year.
  7. Print copies of your family’s favorite recipes and arrange them in a binder.
  8. Think of a cause that’s important to your loved one, then make adonation in their name to a charity that works on that issue. Manynonprofit organizations will even send a holiday card or another giftwith a special message to the gift recipient for you. Or check out these free cards that say a donation has been made in your name, but not in a lame way. They’re guaranteed to put a smile on your loved one’s face.
  9. Make a coupon or certificate for a gift of your time – a night ofbabysitting or weekend of petsitting, a car wash, a month of cleaningthe cat’s litterbox (okay, maybe just one week of that). These coupons are pretty cute, and these are blank so you can write in your own gift.
  10. Pick a favorite book off your shelf to give – you can check it out from the library if you want to read it again.
  11. Take a friend off junk mail lists at 41pounds.org.
  12. List your 100 best memories of your loved one: “That one time, at band camp…” Download my free printable here for sharing your favorite memories.
  13. Give a gift certificate for something they need anyway, like a haircut.
  14. Make a playlist of your favorite songs and save them to a USB flash drive. Check out my tutorial on how to share a playlist for step-by-step instructions. (If you go this route for a romantic partner, check out 65 of the Best Unknown Love Songs.)
  15. Get a basket, write on a notecard “These are a few of my favoritethings,” and go to town filling the basket to share your faves. Yourfavorite wine, your favorite book or magazine, that peach jam at thefarmers’ market that you can’t get enough of, your favorite hand lotion, your favorite fancy candy bar, the shampoo that leaves you feeling like a model.
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