Why did I share this with you? It's a large challenge to make gifts for Teens and Tweens they will appreciate and keep. What they like today may be out tomorrow and, after awhile, gifts become all about the brand. It is with hope the gift ideas in this post bring you inspiration for making handmade gifts of love with your brand for your Teen or Tween.
This sweet idea was presented by my Niece. She loves movies and has kept many of her ticket stubs with no place to display them. To make this stub bank she placed a printed "Admit One" on paper in the background of the shadow box, and got a little help with cutting the opening in the top of the box to drop the tickets in. If you don't have a way to cut the top of the shadow box, perhaps a small 2" cut in the back of the box near the top? Either way, it's a grand idea and one I believe every movie buff would appreciate! The shadow box can be found at most thrift shops in their frame sections, or a new one for as little as $10.00.
Most of you know about t-shirt quilts, right? These quilts can be as elegant or down to earth as you think the recipient would like. This is the gift that says you know them! Find old shirts and jeans from thrift shops with thier favorite artists, movies, topics, and colors. From there, it's a simple matter of cutting out the pieces you want (Pictured: I cut random sizes from concert T-Shirts and sewed with old jeans). You really don't need much more than a straight stitch on your sewing machine and back it with fleece or an old blanket. There are dozens of ways to make these quilts; search for your preferred style online or make up your own method and share with us! The cost of making this can be anywhere from $0-$25.00; it depends on what you want to make the quilt with.
The floor is the limit when it comes to making gaming, body and throw pillows for your Teens/Tweens. Personally, if I could still manage floor time, this Flying Carpet (above) would be in my living room! It's foam wedges covered with wool. How would you make your flying carpet? Other gaming and floor pillows:
The Power of a Doodle
Didn't you want to write on that wall as a kid? And if not the wall, your notebooks, scraps of paper, everything it seemed was covered in doodles. Give them a permanent place to express their creativity, ideas and doodles with chalkboard paint. If you can't paint an entire or partial wall try using chalkboard paint with these application ideas:
The cost? $7.00 for 8 oz. at Oriental Trading Co., to Rustoleum 1 Qt. for $47.00. Do a little shopping around; the results will be well worth your time and money.
Remember the brown paper sack book covers? This journal cover idea is similar in the way it is sewn to cover a composition notebook. Handsewing will work just fine for this project while you create several amazing designs for your young Tween or Teen. The cost? Less than $5.00 using scrap items and a new composition notebook.
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Next, take your covered journal a step further with making a "Coupon Book" in the form of a covered journal. Below are a few ideas for coupons your recipient will be happy to collect on. Cost? A little patience, understanding and time from you.
- No chores for a day
- Extra hour of gaming
- Play a board game of their choice with you
- Brunch date with you
What have you made for your Teens/Tweens that was a success?
While you day dream of what you will make for your Teen/Tween holiday gifts, remember: I wish you success and inspiration today and always!