If you are like me, you know a few of your loved ones birthdays, but mostly just rely on Facebook to remember the rest for you. So when one of those special days sneaks up, you find yourself scrambling for a quick gift, that won’t immediately end up in the trash. I’ve got a couple for you, that you can start and finish, in only a night. They aren’t hand-made…more like hand-adjusted.
First, is just a simple gift basket, or one could think of it as a year-round stocking. Many little gifts, comprising one collection of goodies!
Variety is your friend, knowing your audience is so helpful, and display is key. A nice arrangement of junk can fool people into thinking that it’s treasure.
Pictured below isn’t the greatest example of this, a little heavy on the tissue paper, but it was Mother’s day. They deserve an entire pack! Also, they are mothers who just got a basket of treats; they will not care!
Second easiest on the list, is a personalized mug. Really in a pinch? This can get knocked out in an hour.
5 Step Personalized Mug
1.Grab any plain mug out of your cupboard and any color sharpie, and then draw whatever you want. (I bought matching mugs & the metallic gold permanent markers).
2. Heat at 375° for 30 minutes to an hour.
3. After removing from heat, carefully use Q-tips to clean up some edges. Take caution to not burn yourself!
4. Let cool.
To add a little something extra, put coffee beans, hot chocolate mix, or some other treat inside, and use in your gift basket arrangement!
Lastly, is another personalized piece, by hot tool. My friend The Ballerina gave me a great idea this Christmas, and I jumped on it.
As a beginner, I felt that my needs would be met by a more well-rounded, all-purpose tool. Something versatile…or in this case, Versa-Tool. This one helps give you a taste of what materials you will enjoy burning and what some of the most common points can do, without breaking your bank. Dropping the money on all the materials for a project, only to realize you absolutely hate doing that thing always stinks. So the Versa-Tool is a safe bet for folks just starting out, like me.
I chose bamboo cutting boards, as they are anti-microbial, inexpensive, and serve as great cheeseboards. I started with a practice round, trying out the different points on a cut of lumber, and I can now tell you that your work surface matters! Again, bamboo is a great choice, as the surface is smooth, uniform, and delicate.
I’m sure that some folks are amazing and can just create masterpieces in the blink of an eye, but I fight a lack of artistry; so I must draw it out, before making it permanent.
A beginner’s attempt at personalized wood-burning.
I gave these to folks who love me, so there would be a higher chance that they would be loved.
And that’s it! Just a few quick, easy gifts you can make on the fly.