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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  • Reply Lauren

    A great idea! Nice post!

    22/08/2016 at 23:00
  • Reply Wendy

    Love it! So many cute ideas πŸ™‚

    22/08/2016 at 23:15
  • Reply Giulia

    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!

    22/08/2016 at 23:17
  • Reply Shelly Ray

    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™‚

    22/08/2016 at 23:25
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

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

      23/08/2016 at 8:30
  • Reply Kate Stronach

    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™‚

    23/08/2016 at 0:19
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      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™‚

      23/08/2016 at 8:29
  • Reply gen

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

    23/08/2016 at 1:32
  • Reply Amanda

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

    23/08/2016 at 2:35
  • Reply Katie | Katie's Time Travelling Kitchen

    This is so cute and thoughtful! πŸ™‚

    23/08/2016 at 11:56
  • Reply Style It Out

    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

    23/08/2016 at 12:24
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      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™‚

      23/08/2016 at 13:12
  • Reply Debbie

    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

    23/08/2016 at 13:51
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

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

      23/08/2016 at 21:01
  • Reply Nicky

    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™‚

    23/08/2016 at 17:00
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      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˜‰

      23/08/2016 at 21:02
  • Reply Stacy di Anna Pollard

    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™‚

    23/08/2016 at 17:39
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

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

      23/08/2016 at 21:03
  • Reply Adelle

    such a smart and cute idea!!!

    23/08/2016 at 18:51
  • Reply Curlygirlabroad

    Cool idea!

    23/08/2016 at 20:00
  • Reply Snow

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

    23/08/2016 at 21:30
  • Reply Irene

    This is so inspiring! I love the post:)

    24/08/2016 at 2:43
  • Reply girlmasked

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

    24/08/2016 at 11:10
  • Reply Pinayskattebasse

    This is a creative good idea!

    24/08/2016 at 17:05
  • Reply Ella Garrett

    I love homemade gifts! What a lovely idea!

    26/08/2016 at 12:26
  • Reply Pamela Li (Rookie Parenting)

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

    29/08/2016 at 20:51
  • Reply Courtney Bentley

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

    30/08/2016 at 7:38
  • Reply Imogen Clegg

    I love this Idea!

    05/09/2016 at 15:16
  • Reply caitlin

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

    20/10/2016 at 6:45
  • Reply Laila

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

    29/10/2016 at 15:58
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

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

      29/10/2016 at 17:27
  • Reply Wendy

    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

    04/12/2016 at 20:01
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