It’s the giving season, but you don’t only have to depend on store-bought items. We love the creativity of gifting someone an experience like a trip or tickets to a show or creating something handmade that they’ll cherish for years to come. If you’re looking to gift ethically, make more of your own presents, or spend a little less this year, we, at Shea Homes®, have rounded up the best DIY gems you still have time to make.

Family Presents Holiday Blog Story
Home for the Holidays

For the Griller
It may be a bit too cold to cook out right now — although we all know someone who grills in a parka and snow boots — but the barbecue lovers in your life will absolutely appreciate a grilling gift box. Welding gloves prevent accidental burns, a welding apron keeps their clothing spotless, and artisanal salt makes the finishing touches just a little bit fancier. Toss in a headlamp for those early mornings or late nights, spice tins with clear lids, and a set of nice metal measuring spoons to finish off your personalized grilling box. Add personalized details like their initials in paint and you have a gift they’ll cherish!
For the Home Chef and Baker
Gifts for home chefs may seem like a piece of cake, but you’ll only be able to give your brother so many cookie sheets before he kindly asks you to stop. For a truly unique gift, create a gorgeous recipe box and decorate it with wallpaper. Add in family recipe cards and choose a paper that will complement the colors of their kitchen and voila! You’ve made a gift that won’t be shoved to the back of the pantry.
For the Aspiring Photographer
If there’s one thing all shutterbugs need, it’s a reliable camera strap that suits their style a bit better than the plain black one that came with their setup. With cotton webbing, acrylic craft paint, swivel hooks, fabric glue, and a bit of thread, you’ll create a simple-yet-stunning gift where the only difficult part will be resisting the urge to create a dozen more!
For the Dog Lover
The gift you never knew you needed is a dog bow tie. A gender-neutral choice, the bow tie looks sophisticated and adorable on every type of dog. The best part? It’s a cinch to make! All you need is fabric, thread, scissors, and a button to officially join the dog fashion business.

Holiday Bow Tie Dog
Holiday Pup Bow Tie

You’ll find few greater joys than gifting a loved one something you’ve made and seeing their face light up with joy. Tap into your creative side, break out the hot glue gun, and cross those names off your list. Tag us in your DIYs on Facebook and Instagram at @sheahomesco!
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