Christmas Gift Guide: DIY Homemade gifts for the traveller in your life

This gift guide was supposed to be posted around the 1st of December but things just kept cropping up which meant it had to be pushed back. But it’s finally, FINALLY here today. Hurrah!

Also, I’m not going to tell you that, if I had posted it when I originally wanted to it would have been a day late because I was convinced that there was a November 31st. Let’s keep my idiocy between us, yeah?

Anyway! This year I’m in a very Christmassy, omg I want to buy everything and give everyone a gazillion gifts each mood, but, unfortunately, my bank balance says it doesn’t want me to do that.

As lovely as some of the bloggers’ gift guides are, I just can’t afford a lot of the things they recommend *sobs*. This year, instead of buying my presents, I’m going to have to get creative and make some homemade gifts. However, in my hunt for inspiration I didn’t come across many homemade gift guides so I thought that, for my first gift guide, I could round-up some of the best DIY homemade gifts.

Handmade gifts can often be way more thoughtful than a shop-bought present; they take time to think about them and learn how to make them, they take a lot of effort, and they usually have to be planned out unlike a hastily bought last-minute gift. Every cloud, eh?

So, here is the list for you poor, generous people of the world (or not poor generous people who like to do things a little differently):

Map Photo Frame:

Perfect for the traveller who likes to reminisce often.

Image by Alyssa B. Young (click on photo for a link to blog)
Image by Alyssa B. Young (click on photo for a link to blog)

This is a great gift for the traveller in your life who likes to be reminded of their trips when they’re going about their day to day home lives. It’s pretty simple too; all you need is a photo frame, some decorative paper and some Modge Podge (glue/sealant for the uninitiated. Yes, I had to ask my mum what it was). See the original post on Alyssabyoung.com.

 

Map Coasters:

Perfect for the traveller who likes to talk non-stop about their travels.

Image from popsugar.com (click on image for link to their site)
Image from popsugar.com (click on image for link to their site)

Picture this: they invite a few friends over for dinner and on the table are these coasters. One of their friends notices and innocently inquires about them. “Oh those awesome coasters? So-and-so made them for me for Christmas. Every time I look at them they remind me of this trip…” and thus a long story ensues.

To make these you need some coasters (I’ve also seen these made with tiles which I think is pretty cool), a map or decorative paper, cardboard, Modge Podge. Oh, and obviously some scissors. See the full tutorial over on Popsugar.com.

 

Sleep Mask and Pouch:

Perfect for the traveller who is always on those red-eye flights.

Image by Cath Kidston (click on image for link to their site)
Image by Cath Kidston (click on image for link to their site)

Also perfect for those travellers who frequently encounter accommodation with practically see-through curtains. What if people just want to sleep in the dark, god dammit?!

I’m not personally a fan of eye masks as I’d probably forget I had it on over-night and wake up thinking I’d gone blind, but I know a lot of people love them.

This one is from Cath Kidston who provide you with a tutorial and a pattern template over on their website here. You don’t have to make the pouch if that makes this gift too complicated as the eye mask is a lovely gift in itself.

 

Homemade Drawstring Bag:

Perfect for the hostel travellers.

Image by Sewoverit.co.uk (click on image for link to their blog)
Image by Sewoverit.co.uk (click on image for link to their blog)

With this bag the recipient can now lug their dirty washing around in style (and think of you whilst they do it!).

For this two rectangles of fabric (can be anything, doesn’t have to be a map print), pins, a sewing machine and patience (although it isn’t as complicated as you might think). You can see the whole tutorial on sewoverit.co.uk.

 

Cute Bookmarks:

Perfect for the traveller who’s always got a book on the go.

Image by sparklesofsunshine.com (click on image for link to blog)
Image by sparklesofsunshine.com (click on image for link to blog)

I love these cute little decorative ribbon bookmarks which are perfect for any bookworm- not just travellers- and they can be given for any holiday. Woo!

All you need is some thick decorative ribbon, scissors, stretchy hair ties, decorative buttons and a needle and thread. See the full tutorial on Sparklesofsunshine.com.

 

Noughts and Crosses/Tic Tac Toe Pocket Game:

Perfect for the sociable traveller who’s always using inventive ways to make friends.

Image by Craftaholicsanonymous.net (Click on image to view their blog)
Image by Craftaholicsanonymous.net (Click on image to view their blog)

I love the idea of making a mini travel sized board game instead of buying one. Not only is this great for people who are travelling together to pass the time on long journeys, it’s also great for solo travellers to whip out in a hostel common room. They’re guaranteed to have new friends lining up to play.

This requires a bit more effort than some others on this list as this one includes decoupaging, however, I think it’s definitely worth it as it would make a great gift! Learn how to make it on Craftaholicsanonymous.net (it also comes with free printable).

 

DIY Cord Organiser

Perfect for the super organised traveller with a lot of gadgets.

Travel cord DIY
Photo by Namebubbles.com (click image for link to their blog)

When you’re travelling you want to take your gadgets with you- your phone, your camera, your tablet etc, but these all come with cables galore. Charging cables, USB cords, earphones- and we know that they don’t stay organised in your pocket! With this organiser, however, tangled cords is a thing of the past!

It’s not only cute and thoughtful, it’s also easy to make; all you need is some fabric, some ribbon and a bit of elastic! View the full tutorial on Namebubbles.com.

 

Pretty Sewed Ipad Case:

Perfect for the traveller who likes to stay well connected.

 

Image by Toriejayne.com (click on photo for link to blog)
Image by Toriejayne.com (click on photo for link to blog)

This is another sewing one, and its’s one that I absolutely adore (I might just make one for myself!). I love this pattern but of course yours doesn’t have to look like this- it can have any pattern you fancy.

To make this case you need fabric of your choice, self-cover buttons, pom pom trim and sewing skills. See the full tutorial from Toriejayne.com.

 

Travel set (passport and card holder, and luggage tag):

Perfect for the traveller who likes to keep their important stuff in one place.

Image by thirtyhandmadedays.com (click on image for link to blog)
Image by thirtyhandmadedays.com (click on image for link to blog)

Not only does this gift look thoughtful and lovely, it’s also super handy for the recipient. It’s a great way for them to keep all their handy documents, such as their passport, credit card and boarding pass, in one place.

For this you will need fabric with a pattern of your choice, buttons, stretchy hair tie, 1 plastic sheet protector and, if you’re anything like me when it comes to crafts, a readiness to start again when it inevitably goes wrong the first time. See the full tutorial over on Thirtyhandmadedays.com.

 

I think I’d be happy with any one of these gifts, to be honest, but my favourites are the Ipad case and the Noughts and Crosses game. Which ones do you like the best?

Oh, and let me know if you make any of these. I’d love to see some of them!

 

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