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The Secret to a Perfect Gift: Homemade Sentimental Gift Ideas

Find inspiration for sentimental gift ideas from around the blogosphere.

The latest tech gadgets will come and go, but gifts that touch someone’s heart will be cherished for a lifetime.  You don’t need to spend a ton of money to make someone smile as they open your gift.

With this in mind, the concept of a gift that holds sentimental value with the recipient is literally the best way to go when you want to go the extra mile this holiday season (or really for any time of the year!). 

To give you some amazing ideas of sentimental gifts, I rounded up some of my favorites from around the blogosphere.

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Simply click on the purple link to hop on over to the full tutorials.  You might need to get some tissues ready…

DIY Sentimental Gift Ideas

  1. Make an adorable Christmas Ornament from a loved one’s old clothing from Cutesy Crafts.ornaments out of loved ones clothes

2.  Or an Embroidered Ornament with kid’s artwork from Swoodson Says.

how to gift kids artwork ideas

3.  Learn how to transfer a cherished Family Recipe to an oven mitt for a sentimental gift.

transferring old recipe to oven mitt

4.  Remember how little your babies were this these sweet DIY Christmas Ornaments out of baby’s socks from Cutesy Crafts.

diy christmas ornaments

5.  Have a travel lover??  Make these easy DIY Map Ornaments from As For Me and My Homestead.       

diy map ornaments

6. Or add a travel photo to a  Clay Vacation Map Ornament from Where The Smiles Have Been.

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7.  Family pictures like this Embroidered Family Picture Ornament from Swoodson Says are always great sentimental gift ideas for family.

tutorial for a christmas ornamen family photo

8.  Any parent would love a Personalized “How Tall” Ornament from Kids by Destination Family Fun.

personalize ornaments for kids to make

9.  Get the kiddos involved in Making a Handprint Calendar from Joyfully Thriving.

sentimental gift ideas

10.  If you don’t have a cutting machine, this is a great alternative for transferring a Handwritten Family Recipe to a Tea Towel from Hearth and Vine.

family recipe tea towel transfer gift

11.  A custom latitude and longitude pillow from Newlywed Survival would be perfect for that special couple or your spouse.     

finished latitude longitude pillow

12.  Put together a cute DIY Scrabble Shadow Box from My Design Rules.

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13.  I love this Thoughtful Mug Tradition from A Bride on a Budget.

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14.  Keep loved ones pictures close by with these DIY Photo Magnets from Amber Oliver.

mason jar lid magnets diy photo magnets

15.  Another option for handwritten treasures is this Old Family Recipe Display from Walking on Sunshine.


16.   Anyone would love a personalized Our Love Story canvas sign.

our love story sign

17.  Another creative way to display milestones is this sweet Family Birthdate Sign from The Handyman’s Daughter.

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18.  Everyone can use a DIY Photo Pen Caddy from Confessions of an Overworked Mom.

photo crafts ideas easy

19.  Handmade is always the best!  Like this  Handmade Photo Frame from Cookies, Coffee and Crafts.

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20.  Such an easy way to change display photos on this Grandkids Make Life Grand Sign from Where The Smiles Have Been.

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21.   Make an Accordion Book Travel Postcard from Shrimp Salad Circus to document a special memory in someone’s life.

accordion book travel postcard tutorial step

22.  House Key Memories Shadow Box from Shrimp Salad Circus is a sweet idea for any new homeowners!

shadow box

23.  Take someone down a trip down memory lane with this DIY Memory Jar from Strength and Sunshine.

diy memory jar

24.  Parents or grandparents would love a Fingerprint Necklace from Spaceships and Laser Beams.

main fingerprint necklace

25.  For those hard to shop for teens in your life, transfer some of their favorite things to a phone/tablet stand.  You can also get a bunch more gift ideas teens will cherish here.

teen gift idea wooden phone stand

26.  Transfer your child’s artwork to a tote bag.

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27. Make a Cricut music plaque with a photo from a favorite memory that links to a favorite song.

spotify glass art cricut

28. Using sublimation printing, you can make custom mouse pads, puzzles, tumblers, pillow cases, and more!

photo pillow diy

There you have it… 28 sentimental gift ideas to make someone smile this holiday season!

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