Will you miss gathering with your family and friends this year? I know I won’t be seeing most of my family. I decided it’s a good year for a DIY custom gift box. I want each one to have a theme and I’ll box everything up together in a wood crate.
This year it’s more important than ever to shop early (which I’m usually terrible at). I’m hearing whispers that because of shipping overload if you wait until the last minute, your gifts might not get there in time.
This year I’m turning to my favorite shopping addiction, ETSY, to come up with some unique custom gift boxes. I don’t have all of the goodies in my possession yet, but this will give you food for thought. The GREAT THING ABOUT ETSY is that its really a collection of small businesses. You can talk to the shop owners if you get custom items, and there are lots of them.
diy gift box for plant lovers
The gift box for my niece who works for Martha Stewart Magazine has a plant theme. She is pretty impressive, and she doesn’t read this so I’m safe. She is really into plants this year and she has been living through quarantine in a 400 square foot apartment. The theme is going to be pets and plants, both of which she loves.
- Shippable Crate for DIY gift box
- Felt Doggie planter for succulents (this seller has cats, dogs and every other animal, but ships from Italy so don’t wait).
- Ceramic dog planter – only order this one for people you live near, it won’t ship until December
- Sloth planter
- Hanging felt planter (you choose the color)
- Faux Mini succulents – these are artificial just in case you aren’t good with succulents (the fake ones look so real).
- Real mini succulents – If you want real succulents, these can be shipped to you.
DIY gift box for pet lovers
We have all been spending a lot of time with the pets in our family this year. My sister in Minnesota has six dogs. She fosters (and keeps) dogs. You can see them at her lake house if you’re curious. She won’t be coming home this year for Christmas, but I have some ideas she will love for her animal family.
- Dog mug – you can customize the background (lake, mountain, etc) and the dog breed with up to 100 options. You can fit up to six on one mug. This is such a cute idea.
- Dog rescue Tshirt – This shirt comes in different sizes,colors, v-neck and crew neck. It even comes as a onesie for babies.
- Dog portrait – This artist will make different sizes and color combinations. You just have to send in a photo of your pet.
DIY Gift box for Cooks
Around this time last year my nephew was getting married. What a strange first year of marriage right? If you can get along through 2020, you can probably get along through anything.
They both like to cook so I’m going to lean into that. They love Indian food and all different types of ethnic cuisine and they are both good cooks.
One thing that’s important if you like to cook is a sharp chef’s knife and good cutting board. I worked at Williams-Sonoma when I was in college and I still have my Wusthof knives to this day. This Teakhaus cutting board was reviewed by America’s Test Kitchen and chosen as their favorite. I bought one for myself and I love it. We also bought this knife sharpener and it’s surprisingly good.
What kind of themed gift box will you mail out this year? Better get started.