A Thoughtful Handmade Gift Idea

I think you all now by now how much I love crafting, especially creating gifts for friends and family πŸ™‚ I have already shared with you some of the gifts I made which were travel-themed (if you want to check them out click here πŸ˜‰ ) and I was so glad to read you liked the ideas! πŸ™‚

This time I’d like to share with you another gift I made last Christmas which didn’t really have a theme but if you’d like it can totally have one!

If you read my posts from a while you’ll know that I spend most of the time not in my home country due to my studies (If you’d like to know more, click here πŸ˜‰ ) so I like the idea of giving my closes friends something [Such as The Happy Thoughts Jar Β πŸ˜‰ ]Β that reminds them that despite the distance, I’m always there for them. Because of this, the gift I made is supposed to be opened in different times of the year, at the beginning of each month.

Indeed, the gift is composed by 12 envelopes, one for each moth, and what’s inside the envelopes changes every month: little gifts such as hair masks or stationary items, inspiring and motivational quotes or activities to do together during the months I would have been with them.


After this little introduction, here is the process to create this gift:

1. Write down what each envelope will contain ( I strongly suggest to plan it before starting to actually make it Β πŸ˜‰ )

2. Decor each envelope. ( I made them different one another using different items such as washi tapes, stickers, stamps…)


3. Buy the items that you’d like to give as a little gift. ( If you’re planning to include little gifts I suggest you to find thing that can fit in the envelope or if not, wrap it and glue it on the envelope so that it can’t be lost)

4. Write a little note for each envelope, if there’s a gift explain the meaning why you thought about giving him/her that or if it’s an activity explain which kind of activity is. πŸ˜‰


Of course this is just a guideline, you can change/create as you want! As said before, you could even have theme and base the content of each envelope on that!

The total cost of this is not high at all, of course it depends on the kind of gifts and activity you plan, but the making part it’s not expensive and if you want to know more about how to craft on a budget I wrote a specific post for this, which I hope can be useful πŸ˜‰

Also if you consider yourself not that good at thinking about what to give as a gift to a person, this post I wrote about how to improve your art of making gifts might help you as well! πŸ˜‰

I hope you like this gift idea! πŸ™‚


What about you? Do you like making gifts your own? Which has been your last creation? I’ll be so glad to read about it! πŸ™‚


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This post was written by Lisa, an Italian girl globetrotting around Europe, blues&soul music lover and singer, addicted to crafting & healthy food. Oh yes, and in the meanwhile she’s a Marketing student.

Mmmm what else? She’s definitely a morning person, really lazy when it comes to make up and could spend more time in a stationary store than in a clothes one –

She loves sharing thoughts, feelings and reactions so do not hesitate to comment or contact her!

49 Comment

  1. Lauren says: Reply

    A great idea! Nice post!

    1. Thanks Lauren! πŸ™‚

  2. Wendy says: Reply

    Love it! So many cute ideas πŸ™‚

    1. Oh thank you! So glad you like them! πŸ™‚

  3. Giulia says: Reply

    I strongly believe handmade gifts are the best and crafting is such a fun activity after all! This is a great guide to get started, Lisa!

    1. Yes I totally agree! Thank you Giulia 😍

  4. This is such an awesome idea! I love giving handmade gifts, and I always appreciate receiving them as well. I feel they are much more personal most of the time. I might have to try this one out sometime! πŸ™‚

    1. I totally feel you, I’m the same about handmade gifts!! I’m glad you like this idea πŸ™‚

  5. This is such a lovely idea! I definitely prefer handmade gifts, but have never heard of this before πŸ™‚ Do you send them all at once, or send the envelope each month? Thank you πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Kate! I gave them all at once and at the beginning of each month I “remind” her to open the envelope, but you can also give one every month, actually you’d avoid all the struggle to plan everything before so could be better! πŸ˜€ Thank you for commenting! πŸ™‚

  6. gen says: Reply

    very nice idea πŸ™‚ very creative…i will start doing that too πŸ™‚ thanks for the follow

    1. Happy to hear that! No problem, thank you for stopping by πŸ™‚

  7. Amanda says: Reply

    Such a thoughtful, little gift idea! I love it!!! Thank you for sharing!

    1. I’m glad you like it! Thank you for commenting Amanda πŸ™‚

  8. This is so cute and thoughtful! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you Katie! πŸ™‚

  9. This is such a cute idea! <3 One of my friends is moving really far away to a boarding school so me and my friends spent a whole day writing loads of "Open When…" letters for her and putting in little trinkets every now and then, like you have done. I think she really appreciated the thought that we put into it and honestly I think most people prefer receiving handmade gifts that they know you have spent a lot of time and effort on than something you could have bought them from a shop. At least now she won't be able to forget us too soon with a million letters to remind her of us haha! πŸ™‚ Loved this x

    1. Ohhh that’s such a lovely idea!! A friend of mine did that too when I left for uni and it was so nice to receive it! Yes, I bet you’ve spent lot of time but it’s definitely worth it! And I totally agree with your thoughts about handmade gifts, That’s why I love doing them! Thank you for the comment! πŸ™‚

  10. Debbie says: Reply

    Lisa!! I completely love this. What a creative and loving idea. I live far away from some of my friends so this got my creativity going!
    You are such a sweetheart. Many blessings,
    Debbie πŸ’œ

    1. I’m so glad you liked the idea!:) I’m sure your friends will love it! Thank you for your constant support Debbie❀️

  11. Nicky says: Reply

    What a lovely idea! I put together gift baskets often – I enjoy planning them and then wrapping them up all cute. Never thought of doing one that lasts a whole year – fabulous! πŸ™‚

    1. Ohh gift baskets are such a nice idea too! I love doing them with a theme usually! πŸ™‚ Happy to hear you like this idea too! πŸ˜‰

  12. Lisa, this is darling! What a great idea! I’m so impressed by all your talents — fluent in 2 languages (that I know of), a writer, a traveler, a crafter…. Thanks for sharing your enthusiasm! Cin cin πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you very much! Hahaha yes I have many passions πŸ˜€ Thank you for reading and commenting! ❀️

  13. Adelle says: Reply

    such a smart and cute idea!!!

    1. Thank you! πŸ™‚

  14. Cool idea!

    1. Thanks! πŸ™‚

  15. Snow says: Reply

    Such a sweet and thoughtful gift! Very original, too!

    1. Thank you! πŸ™‚

  16. Irene says: Reply

    This is so inspiring! I love the post:)


    1. Thank you Irene! πŸ™‚

  17. This is a great idea,so sweet! πŸ™‚

    1. Oh thank you!:)

  18. This is a creative good idea!

    1. Thank you! ❀️

  19. I love homemade gifts! What a lovely idea!

    1. Thank you Ella! πŸ™‚

  20. Great idea! My little one will enjoy this project a lot.

    1. Thank you, glad to hear this! πŸ˜‰

  21. This is such a great idea, I need to try this thanks!!


    1. Oh I’m so glad to hear this! Thank you for stopping by! πŸ™‚

  22. I love this Idea!

    1. Thank you! πŸ™‚

  23. This is an amazing idea I may just have to steal one day!

    1. Thank you! πŸ™‚

  24. Laila says: Reply

    This is absolutely brilliant!! I’m honestly considering doing this for Christmas. It’s also really cute for snail mail.

    1. Thank you! I did it last year as Christmas present and it was quite a success! I’m sure your friends would appreciate πŸ™‚

  25. Wendy says: Reply

    That’s such a lovely idea Lisa… I’m already making the happy thought in a jar and I think I’ll be making this one for my daughter in law who’s had a really tough year.. Thanks! x

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