Okay, here’s something you might not believe at first: Shopping for holiday gifts can be FUN. You don’t have to dodge overzealous shoppers at the mall or spend ungodly amounts of money on something that’ll be in the back of the closet by next year. They key: Give something you created yourself. Not only is it more meaningful, but it’s fun for you to get your DIY on.
We know what you’re thinking: I don’t do crafts. I’m not artistic. No one wants a macaroni jewelry box. Paint Nite and Plant Nite to the rescue! We make it so easy to create a frame-worthy painting or a gorgeous terrarium for the coffee table. Either one makes a thoughtful gift, but there are plenty of other options, too. Here, we’ve rounded up 6 awesome and unexpected handmade gifts you can create at Paint Nite or Plant Nite.
1. A gallery wall
What’s better than one painting? Three! Give your recipient a trio of paintings that can be hung together in a pleasing pattern. We suggest choosing paintings with the same color palette or theme, like the animal ones shown here. Take your gift up a notch by having the canvases framed. Pro tip: The frames don’t have to match. Look for different colors and textures that work well together.
2. A personalized terrarium
The great thing about Plant Nite is that you can customize your creation. We suggest making something with significance for your significant other. If you met at the beach, make a terrarium like the one above. You could also write a special message on a wish stone or throw in your own little souvenirs when you get home.
3. A painting of their pet
Here’s one that’s perfect for the pet-obsessed. Check your local Paint Nite event calendar to see if our popular Paint Your Pet events are happening near you. Then, sneak a picture of your best friend’s/mom’s/cranky neighbor’s pet and send it in so your local artist can create a sketch for you to paint at your event (we make it so easy). Who wouldn’t want their favorite four-leg’s pic hanging on the wall?
4. Holiday decor
We love getting festive at Plant Nite. This season, look for this festive wreath or a holiday terrarium on your local event calendar. Wouldn’t they make the perfect gift for a stylish hostess or the mother-in-law who has everything?
5. A light-up painting
What a genius way to turn your Paint Nite painting into an even more beautiful gift! We poked a few holes in the night sky of this one and stuck mini LED lights in them to create a star-speckled sky.
6. A terrarium shadow box
We love this succulent shadowbox. It’s the perfect gift—you can hang it on your wall AND it’s brimming with fresh, living plants. This Plant Nite project is the best of both worlds!
Wait—we have one more. If you want your friends and family to get in on on the creative fun with you, give them a Paint Nite or Plant Nite Gift Card or eGift Card! The best part? You get a FREE $10 Bonus Card for every $45 you give. Our suggestion? Go with your recipients and give them two gifts in one—a creative nite out and time spent together.