Alert! Alert! There are 12 shopping days left until Christmas. This means that if you haven’t already purchased all your cool gifts, you might be out of luck as far as online shopping is concerned (especially if you live in Canada, like we do). But fear not, your nerdy gift needs can still be covered! I’m here today to share with you some geeky DIY gift ideas.
Disclaimer: All family & friends who we have gifts for should not read this post unless they want to RUIN CHRISTMAS! We are using actual examples of this year’s gifts. Justine, that’s to you too.
This year I started an event planning business. So far it’s about 8 months in, and I still haven’t gone crawling back to the corporate world. Each day is definitely inspiring when following your dreams and doing what you love. You can check me out here:
I’m pretty proud of myself for taking the leap of faith and making the decision to go into business on my own, but it has certainly pulled the purse strings a little tighter this Christmas. It wasn’t the easiest for me because I absolutely LOVE buying gifts for everyone in my life, but I found that I will still able to do this by just involving some creativity and a bit of DIY knowledge. Kris joined along with me on this DIY gift adventure for many of our friends. Check out what we came up with below.
Mugs with Messages
This gift idea is cute, personalized, and as simple as they come (though it does require a steady hand). Create a set of mugs with geeky quotes from your gift recipient’s favourite movie/book/TV show/etc. All you need to do is use a Sharpie, draw on the mug, then bake it in the oven to set the ink – there are tons of tutorials about this online. It may not be 100% permanent if the mugs go through the dishwasher regularly, but the drawing should last long enough to get plenty of enjoyment out of it!
We chose to do Harry Potter mugs for many of our friends. They are a mixture of 9 3/4 designs, lightning bolts, and one saying “Don’t Let the Muggles Get You Down”. These are paired with Butterbeer Tea from Tea Hippies, obviously.
I came up with this idea based off of the tissue paper rose numbers I made for an event this spring. They had looked amazing on a 2015 backdrop for a graduation party, so I figured using fake flowers instead of tissue paper would be beautiful!
I used basically the same process as with the tissue paper rose numbers above, but I bought some project board from the dollar store instead of just using posterboard. It was a bit more solid and meant that I didn’t have to reinforce this on the back at all. I also added some ribbon wrapped around the top of the letter to create a loop for hanging – this went on before I started glueing the flowers.
When researching gift ideas online, I came across this tutorial on putting Instagram pictures on canvases. It’s simple and the supplies are relatively affordable when you do this for a bunch of people. Kris and I chose to put different graphics than just Instagram photos on ours.
For Justine we put together a collection of maps of fictional places, from Westeros to Middle Earth to Narnia… and of course the Marauder’s Map:
And we took this idea even further, designing a set of “I solemnly swear that I’m up to no good” and “Mischief Managed” prints, as well as one stand alone Harry Potter print. We even took a photo of Rapunzel’s tower from our Disney World trip this year, added a quote to it, and put it on a canvas!
The beauty of this project is that you can totally personalize this gift for anyone. We love to use PicMonkey for all design needs. Though we have the paid version, there is a free one available that has a few less options, but still tons of features to make your designs look awesome.
As a special bonus today, if you join our e-mail list you’ll get access to a free download of the “I Solemnly Swear That I’m Up To No Good” and “Mischief Managed” designs shown in the photos above. You can print them off yourself and pop them in frames or on canvases for all your Harry Potter gift giving needs. Join our mailing list by clicking the button below!
Did you make any gifts for people in your life this holiday season? Share in the comments – we’d love to hear about your geeky DIY gift ideas.