Instead of spending a lot of money on a birthday gift, add a personal touch by making birthday gifts for your friends. Not only will you save money, but you can show you care by taking the time to make a special gift for your friends.
Everyone needs a little relaxation in life. Create homemade spa products to give to your friends. You can even collect them in unusual bottles and a basket for display. For example you can make aftershave by making a cup of peppermint tea, cooling and putting in a spray bottle. You can also make a facial scrub out of two tablespoons of sea salt, three drops of lemon essential oil and two tablespoons of olive oil. With one banana and one tablespoon of honey you can make a formula that will make hair smooth and shiny. Not only are these gifts homemade, but they're natural as well.
Use a recycled jar from home or purchase a decorative tin to make a cookie recipe jar. Find out your friend's favourite cookie flavour or use a new recipe you found. Gather all dry ingredients and place into the jar. Use zip-lock bags to separate the ingredients. Type the recipe up on the computer, print it on card stock, decorate it and place in the jar. Wrap a ribbon around the jar for presentation.
For male or female friends, make jewellery that fits their personality. You can use different beads, hemp or charms to create a unique necklace for your friend's birthday. Use the hemp to make knotted necklaces with beads woven in, or use the hemp simply as string for beads. This gives the necklaces a natural look. Create a matching set such as a necklace, bracelet and earrings for women if they love wearing jewellery. Use a design that will match many outfits so they can wear it at any time.
A scrapbook can be a lengthy project few have time for, even if it's a small-scale one. Use your talent to make a small one for your friend's birthday. Collect photos of you and your friend from the past year or from a trip you took together. Cut card-stock paper as a base for each page. Paste the photos, stickers and borders on the card stock. Create a collage that fits with the theme of the photos and use different textures for an artistic look. Use a thicker cardboard to make a cover. Cut a hole in the middle of the cover and paste the best picture behind as a peek-a-boo cover. Use a paper punch to cut holes in each page and connect with a thick string or ribbon.
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