Customized Gifts for the Holidays

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving break. I LOVE the holiday season. As a kid, I loved this time of the year because of the presents and no school 🙂 As an adult, I love the holidays because I enjoy making customized gifts because I can personalize them based on the person whom I am giving them to. I am a creative and artistic person so making anything by hand is enjoyable to me. Because my husband and I had our wedding this summer, money is a bit tight. Therefore, this year is a great opportunity to use my creativity to customized/personalized, yet affordable, gifts for our families and friends. For family members, I chose to make gifts that have sentimental values, such as printing special pictures/image on home accessories (I cannot disclose this in case any of my family members or friends are reading this post :D). For friends,  I handmade some wonderful gifts that light up and can be reused if they want to.

As college students, I can understand that we tend to live on a budget so I thought that this blog would be a great opportunity to share with you some awesome ideas for gifts for the holidays.

Edible Gifts
Homemade Marshmallows
I like this idea because you can make it vegan or use the typical ingredients to make it. You can customize this in any way you want, such as making it with different colors and dipping it in chocolate. You can even make this with kids! I like the idea of making marshmallows and creating s’mores pack and decorating its packaging with ribbons and bows as if they were bought from a fancy store. This is a great gift for anyone who likes chocolate, s’mores or food in general. I found this great website that with a great recipe for chocolate covered marshmallow.

Rice Crispies
I like making my own foods because I know which ingredients are in them. Rice crispies treats are very easy to make. The ingredients that you need are marshmallows, butter, and rice crispy cereal. You can incorporate different flavors, colors, and event shapes. The ideas of how to make this delicious treat are endless!


  • NoSew Pillow Cases
  • Handmade Soaps
  • Handmade Lotion Bars
  • Handmade Candles

I would suggest visiting Pinterest or Google each of the above because there are numerous recipes. I typically make my decisions on what time make based on which ingredients I already have so I do not have to buy all of them.

Other Ideas for Customized Gifts:

  • Use nice picture frame to frame a sentimental picture of someone’s loved ones or favorite idol or TV show
  • Paint a nice picture on a canvas
  • Items with Pictures (Ways to transfer images) such as vases, mason jars, wood

The Holidays are not just about giving any gifts, but handmade or sentimental gifts convey to your loved ones how much you care and love them. I hope my ideas inspire your creativity this holiday season. Please feel free to comment on any ideas that you have for personalized/customized or handmade gifts that you have.

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