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Happy Buys: 8 ways to get crafty with your DIY gift game

The most personal gifts are the ones you actually create. Get inspired to give a little piece of yourself this season with these fun and expressive DIY gift ideas.

What’s more fun than shopping for gifts? Actually making them yourself. For those with a creative spirit, there’s nothing more rewarding than crafting something truly special for the ones we love.

Channel your artistic energy into a meaningful gesture they’ll remember, and give yourself that feeling of creative accomplishment that comes from a DIY project well done. These crafty products put the power of unique gift giving in your own hands.

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Custom Plush Dolls | Budsies

Handmade to look just like you or a loved one, Budsies can turn practically any picture into a three-dimensional custom plush doll. Give them a unique treasure they can actually hug in real life, based on anything from a selfie to a favorite photo of grandma. Budsies will create a lookalike doll in a custom outfit or costume that’s the spitting image of the real thing. And for an extra personal touch, you can even record a special audio message that plays from inside the doll, whether it’s an inside joke or a genuine “I love you.” Budsies makes it possible to celebrate the special people in your life — and have some fun with a gift they’ll never see coming.

Walnut Hollow Woodburning Kit | Rockler

Embrace your inner artisan by giving the gift of your creativity this year. The Walnut Hollow Woodburning Kit has everything you need to burn indelible messages and drawings into wood. With a 25-watt precision-point iron tool, basswood project planks, transfer paper, and easy-to-use patterns, letters, and numbers, you’ll be branding masterpieces for your friends and family in no time.

Learn to Carve Santa - Study Stick | Woodcraft

Learn how to create a realistic Santa carving from renowned carver and teacher Harold Enlow. With expert techniques, you’ll be able to carve a range of natural and exaggerated facial features inspired by the poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” And once you have Santa’s jolly expressions down, you can adapt those skills to even more carvings. Each kit comes with a hand-cast resin study stick detailing four carving progressions, along with a 32-page photo-illustrated instructional booklet.

Custom Pet Socks | Alpha Paw

With more than 50 background options to choose from, including themes like pop culture, holiday, and tie-dye, you can let your imagination run wild with Alpha Paw’s Custom Pet Socks. To delight the pet lovers in your life, all you have to do is upload a photo of their furry best friend, add the pet’s name, and select your color and layout. Alpha Paw’s artists then get to work, and within 1-2 weeks, you have a gift everyone will be wagging about.

Custom Night Sky pendant | The Night Sky

Show your appreciation for the star-crossed dreamers in your life with a gesture of cosmic proportions. With the custom Night Sky pendant, you can commemorate a special event or moment in their lives, whether it’s a birth or a meet-cute. The constellation in the night sky from that exact date and place is laser engraved on an elegant, hand-polished 1-inch sterling silver pendant with an 18-inch sterling silver chain. And a custom-etched message on the reverse side makes it a truly out-of-this-world gift.

Nordic Ware Holiday Cookie Stamps | Everything Kitchens

Create a holiday cookie wonderland for your dessert centerpiece with this set of three Nordic Ware cookie stamps. Each kit is made in the USA from cast aluminum with blonde hardwood handles that are easy to hold. The kit includes stamps for a holly-and-berry sprig, a ribbon-wrapped pair of candy canes, and a vintage glass tree ornament. Just press down firmly on a ball of dough for an instant perfect cookie every time.

Snowflakes Gift Labels | Erin Condren

Printed on sturdy, sticky stock, these personalized gift labels from Erin Condren will make every package you hand out this year special. With a stylish snowflake design, you can customize your set of labels with any text you’d like, along with your personal signature, so everyone knows the best gifts come from you.

3D Crystal Heart | ArtPix 3D

Immortalize your favorite memories in this Crystal Heart display piece. Using a special high-resolution pixel-based printing technique, your photo takes on the effect of 3D depth, bringing your cherished portraits to life. Add the multicolor LED light base to make your heart-shaped display glow. And a free customized engraved message ensures your crystal will become a lifelong keepsake.

Make it a holiday season to remember by crafting the perfect gift — and give yourself the stress-free convenience that comes from checking out with Amazon Pay.

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